Fly Fishing Oak Creek

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Fly Fishing Oak Creek

Post by Ddub » Oct 01 2015 1:37 pm

Headed to Sedona this weekend for some fly fishing. The plan is to start at Grasshopper point and fish upstream. I've not actually started at the West Fork. Does anyone have experience fishing this far upstream or can recommend some good spots? Thanks!
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Re: Fly Fishing Oak Creek

Post by Al_HikesAZ » Oct 01 2015 2:11 pm

Not personally. But here is the Orvis report as of Monday 9/28/15 from the Scottsdale Orvis shop. The Rating is "Just Ok" so don't get your hopes up too high.
http://www.orvis.com/f...
Oak Creek Description
The catch and release section from Junipine Resort to the West Fork parking lot has been reported as good for brown trout. Dry-dropper works well with 14-18 Adams and Elk Hare Caddis and 14-16 Gold Ribbed Hare's Ears, Pheasant Tails and Copper Johns. Stocking of rainbows has gone well this Summer.

Techniques & Tips
Start of with a dry dropper and change up the bottom fly if not getting any hits change bottom fly often.

7-Day Forecast
Watch the weather. Rain can blow out the Creek in a very short time.
Looks like they recommend staying south of the West Fork parking lot in the Catch & Release section.

There are some Arizona Fly fishing guidebooks listed in the HAZ Books Section. Reviews are appreciated.
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Re: Fly Fishing Oak Creek

Post by big_load » Oct 01 2015 6:34 pm

Al_HikesAZ wrote:Not personally. But here is the Orvis report as of Monday 9/28/15 from the Scottsdale Orvis shop. The Rating is "Just Ok" so don't get your hopes up too high.
Did a fisherman ever admit to the action being any better than "Just OK"?

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Re: Fly Fishing Oak Creek

Post by Al_HikesAZ » Oct 01 2015 9:44 pm

big_load wrote: Did a fisherman ever admit to the action being any better than "Just OK"?
I have heard many say (and I have said it a few times) "Oh yeah - the fishing was great. The catching sucked"
Remember - the worst day fishing is better than the best day working :y:
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Re: Fly Fishing Oak Creek

Post by Sun_Ray » Oct 02 2015 11:28 am

@Ddub
I start at west fork and walk about 1/3 of a mile then fish up stream back to parking lot. Have not been there in about 6 months as fire damage brought a lot of silt into the area. They stopped stocking because of this but back to stocking. Have had the best luck with small Adams. I'd rate it fair.
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Re: Fly Fishing Oak Creek

Post by ALMAL » Oct 05 2015 8:31 am

I like to park near the DQ or Indian Gardens and work my way up or downstream. I think the key to success here is to commit to "hoofing" it for the day leaving your vehicle behind. Shorts or swim trunks, sunscreen, lunch, and sandals or sturdy water shoes are what you'll need. There are some really productive spots near Briar Patch Inn, but you have to get used to walking the creek itself to get to the best holes. There are large browns in Oak Creek so don't hesitate using something in a size 12-10-8 even, brown, black, orange, olive, marabou jig combinations are some of my favorites.
Drop down in size and presentation where the creek nears a road or driveway to target the obvious "stockers". A #16 hares ear, copper john, or pheasant tail bead head, tied 18-24 inches below a patriot fly.
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