X Diamond Ranch AZ

X Diamond Ranch Arizona

Just spent some days up at the X Diamond Ranch fishing for rainbows and browns. The water was slightly higher than in the past with some color.

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Fished with Marie McClean, who is the secretary of Desert Fly Casters Club of Arizona. Marie caught the fish of the trip. Fighting a good healthy Rainbow over twenty inches, fat and feisty. Bringing it to the net three times over a five-minute battle, only to lose at the last moment when the fish shook the hook at the net. As if to say you have had your fun and I am off! Marie more than made up for the loss with plenty of nice fish caught.

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Marie also made up some flies when we were there, making a couple of bright six-legged hoppers that did the trick. Orange and yellow, easy to see and the fish seemed to like the six-leg silhouette!

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The fish seem to be on and then off during the day. Mostly taking grasshoppers off the top with some taking small nymphs as a dropper.

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Fish ranged in size from ten to sixteen inches with the occasional twenty plus fish.

Small stream fishing using three weight, seven-foot rods. Great fun!!

My friend and I average about eight to ten fish per day, missing about the same amount.

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Some of the fish just seemed to strike the hopper without actually taking it, hard to catch!

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Lots of fun, stayed in a nice cabin, beds were a bit hard but a beer at night took care of that problem. If you want to get into the high country in Arizona, this is the place to go.

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