Gila Trout and Coral Snakes

Had an epic day out on the streams of high country Arizona. Chasing the Gila Trout. Plenty of people away from the stream walking but nobody fishing on the stretch I was on. I am not pretending to be any expert and my advise is just hopefully useful to some. No ego, just information to be used or thrown away.
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The water was a little lower than last time but still has good color, also helping was a slight overcast cloud cover for most of the time.
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I am like a broken record but what works works!!!. As we all know you have to find where the fish are feeding so playing around with depth is important till you get some action.
 
In this case most of the runs were about 4 to 5 feet deep. Under a small indicator 2 feet down black woolly bugger, I put a small split shot right on the head of the fly, most people do not, 2 feet down size 20 midge Black & silver. Cast up into the moving water slow drifts and game on!!
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Plenty of good fighting trout only fished for 6 hours from 9-30 to 3-00 pm approx. I did land 2 fish that were at least 16″ plus and fat in the shoulders took me awhile to bring in on 6 x tippet. While taking the midge out of the first one he jumped out of my hand before i could take the selfie!!!. The next big one i put the net in the water to take my camera out and he just swam off the edge of the net giving me the finger!!! Well I had the memory!!!!
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Also of interest caught a few very small wild rainbows beautiful markings, these guys were very aggressive taking the fly as soon as it hit the water and just starting to sink!! No big rainbows this day I think the Gila Trout have taken over!
The wild life in Az is so diverse, yesterday I had a very close encounter with a coral snake, literally next too me second most venomous snake in the world. Rare to see, the good news they have less than effective poison delivery system!!!! Good news.
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As you all know I tend to fish 4 or 3# weight fly rods in these small waters so the experience is so much fun you can not over power these guys and even the smaller guys put up a great fight. I always take plenty of time to make sure they are revived.

Walk on the wild side in the Arizona Mountains

Went for a walk on the wild side, Az mountains. Marc and I spent the day social distancing so we did not take the pictures of the big brown he caught as I was a few runs up and did not hear his calls for help with the net!!!
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Took him five minutes to bring in.
Still we both caught some small browns and rainbows me on a black and silver size 20 midge deep,
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Marc the ninja dry fly caster, on a small blue olive, one he literally caught as the fly landed, the brown slurped it down. Nice 12 ” he missed another bigger one that took a look and then turned off it!!
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I lost 2 nice browns that took my tarantula fly that i had weighted to get down deeper with a trailing midge. Had them on in fast current, both turned quickly in the moving water and i gave them some slack. With bar-bless flies that is all they needed, off they went. Still cool to see them take the fly and feel the weight thinking what might have been!
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we had to climb into some of the pools, later walking back down stream saw some muddy parts on the trail thinking to myself that looks slippery!!! Yep slippery it was down i went but I did not break my rod, saved that and also stopped from sliding into the creek!! Felt a bit foolish but what the hell if you don’t get out there, no fun!!