Fishing Season: May through October

Little Colorado River - AZ

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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Orvis Phoenix 's Tip of the Week

Fishing fantastic right now, dry flies and nymphs! We love to prospect with a dry dropper here! There is no stocking being done this season, but lots of fish through out from greer to sheeps crossing. And even through the wilderness section.

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Map of Little Colorado River

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5-Day Outlook as of 10/1/23

Fishing great, it takes some time for the water to heat up to really activate some good bites! Beetles, hoppers, and your normal caddis dry flies! Drop a size 16 Pheasant tail and you should be having an awesome time!

Techniques & Tips as of 10/1/23

Dry dropper rigs. We have been having lots of success with Parachute style flies and many types of terrestrials! Lots of fish in the undercuts!

Local Species Available May through October

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    Apache Trout

Orvis Phoenix 's Recommended Fly Patterns

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

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Adams Grey 16
Rosenbauer Parachute Beetle Black 14
Schroeder's Parachute Hopper tan, olive 12-16
Orvis CJ Nymph red, green 16-20
Bead Head Woolly Bugger Streamer Black, olive 4-12
Hopper Tan, Olive 10-14


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Orvis Phoenix 's Recommended Gear

Description: About Little Colorado River

The Little Colorado starts high in the White Mountains and there are several areas that provide good access to this small stream. This stream flows through the town of Greer, Arizona and has easy access in and around town. There is also some private water called the X-Diamond Ranch just downstream of Greer. This is a very small stream, but there are some good fish that are found every year and it runs through some of the best country Arizona has to offer

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Mayflies Terrestrials Caddis Midges

Best Time to Fish:

early Morning and Late afternoon

Best Stretch:

Greer and above

Best Access:

Sheeps Crossing