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2012 Best Campgrounds for Fly Fishing in Arizona

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Lee's Ferry (Grand Canyon)

Located about 1.5 miles back up the road from the boat ramp is Lee's Ferry Campground. 54 well kept but slightly unlevel campsites make up the campground. There are flush toilets and a waste station for RV's. There are even wind breaks in each campsite as the wind can sometimes pick up pretty strong in the afternoons (make sure you bring your stakes if you are tent camping).

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Cave Springs (Oak Creek - Sedona)

Rainbow trout are stocked weekly throughout the summer months by the Arizona Game and Fish Department . Winter fishing can be tough, but nice holdover trout bring anglers here year round. A two mile stretch of the creek from Junipine lodge to just below "Call of the Canyon" is a catch and release area, with lure and fly fishing only. Fishing license are available nearby at the Historical Marker.

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Manzanita (Oak Creek - Sedona)

Rainbow trout are stocked throughout the summer months and holdover trout bring anglers in year round. This is an excellent spot for pan sized hatchery trout. Manzanita is also located just a couple of miles north of a trout farm just in case the fish aren't biting or you want the little ones to catch some fish.

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West Fork (Black River - White Mountains)

Fishing on the West Fork is not as well known as the East Fork, but the solitude you encounter while on the West Fork can be just as rewarding. Expect to catch rainbow, brown, brook and apache trout. the West Fork is an excellent fly fish stream.

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Aspen (Black River - White Mountains)

Quite simply put, If you like small campsites with a few basic amenities this is heaven! Camping is on a first come first served basis, with most of the campsites filling up on the weekends. Wildlife occasionally can be seen riverside, and the fishing is top notch. Most of the East Fork is fishable as an 11 pound 7 ounce rainbow was pulled from the river not far from the Aspen Campground in 2003. Make sure you clean up at nights as this is bear country.

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Pacheta Lake (White Mountains - Apache Tribe)

Pacheta Lake is a gem of a lake deep in the White Mountains. Fishing in the area is outstanding, The fishing pressure is low even during the holidays in the summer so a 16 - 18 inch rainbow or brown is not uncommon.

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Upper Canyon Creek (Mogollon Rim)

Ponderosa pine along with white and douglas firs surround the campground and shade it well, even during the summer months. The cool waters of Canyon Creek begin in a spring above the hatchery. Further downstream is a fantastic 2 mile strech of fly fishing along Canyon Creek. During mid week, you might be the only one out there and fish can be seen in all reaches of the river. This was once known as the best place to fly fish in Arizona.

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