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Fly Fishing West Clear Creek Arizona
West Clear Creek is located in the Mogollon Rim area of
Arizona. It is a tributary of the Verde River that flows
through a steep canyon as it cuts its way through the rim.
It can be difficult to negotiate in its upper reaches
because of the high canyon walls line both sides of the
stream in some areas. It forces one to wade some rather
deep pools in a few places.

West Clear Creek is easiest to access on its lower end
near Camp Verde off of highway #260. One fairly easy
access into the area is from Bull Pen Ranch Trailhead.
The upper end of West Clear Creek can be accessed
from the Tramway Trail off Lake Mary Road.

Fly fishing West Clear Creek can be very productive in
the late Spring provided the water levels are not high.
Most of the upper part of West Clear Creek holds quite a
few stream-bred trout. That's not the case on the lower
end. The lower end is heavily stocked and far more
popular  to fish. You want have much competition in the
upper  section but it takes a good amount of time to hike
in and out in the same day. There are some campsites

West Clear Creek supports a very good population of
aquatic insects. Blue-winged Olives, Tricos, Quill
Gordons, Blue Quills, and a few other mayflies are
present. Caddisflies including Little Black Caddis,
Short-horned Sedges, Spotted Sedges and Green
Sedges are plentiful. The stream has a hatch of Brown
stoneflies during the month of June. Terrestrial insects
supplement the aquatics during the Summer months.

The fishing season runs year-round.
Fly fishing West Clear Creek can be good in late Spring.
The stream can get too warm during the Summer but
fishing is usually good during the early part of Summer.
Fishing for brown trout during the early part of Fall is
usually excellent.
West Clear Creek is open for fishing during the winter, but
access is probably impossible most of the time.

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Type of Stream

Rainbow Trout (wild and stocked with
Brown Trout (wild and stocked with

Small to Medium

Mogollon Rim


Nearest Towns
Camp Verde

Difficult on the upper end and okay
on the lower end

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State of Arizona

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