Fishing Season: April through November(no winter access to upper river)

Black River - AZ

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

36

Orvis Phoenix 's Tip of the Week

The black has been fishing great as of late. Both the upper and the lower. If you are planning to access the lower through the San Carlos, plan ahead to get your permit. The gas stations in Globe no longer carry them.

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Map of Black River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 5/4/21

Look for your typical sping BWO and caddis. dry dropper set up would be ideal. Unsure if the WMA or SCA reservation are issuing permits to the lower or not.

Techniques & Tips as of 5/4/21

Fish size 14-16 bwo nymphs or bigger buggers. Dry/dropper rigs could be good with an Elk Hair Caddis above a Pheasant Tail or Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear.

Current Conditions as of 5/4/21

Look for your typical sping BWO and caddis. dry dropper set up would be ideal. Unsure if the WMA or SCA reservation are issuing permits to the lower or not.

Local Species Available April through November(no winter access to upper river)

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    Brown

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    Apache

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    Rainbow trout and Smallmouth Bass(lower river)

Orvis Phoenix 's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Woolly Bugger Black, Olive, Brown 10-12

Woolly Bugger

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Orvis Phoenix 's Recommended Gear

Description: About Black River

The Black River, from the East and West Forks high in the White Mountains to the 80 mile long main stem is some of the best moving water in the state. The upper reaches are trout water, once it enters the Apache Reservation it begins to transition into smallmouth bass water. Access on the upper portions is good with many forest service roads meeting the stream. The middle and lower sections of the Black are 4 x 4 only access points, with most requiring a long hike into the canyon to get to the stream. 80 miles with only 10 access points makes this a great place to find solitude and some amazing fishing. Special Use permits are required for the main stem from either the San Carlos or White Mountain Apache tribe depending on what side you enter from. Access may be limited in winter due to snow.

Nearest Airport:

Showlow

Best Stretch:

Check road access