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Bucksnort 09-30-2018 07:18 PM

Frye Mesa
 
Has anyone fished Frye Mesa lately?

joe 10-01-2018 04:29 PM

FM Reservoir has been stocked with Gila trout this year and I have seen some photos of GT. Frye Creek is still healing from the latest fire. I have not been there yet but have heard the road is rough.

Bucksnort 10-01-2018 07:51 PM

joe,

Thank you for this response and the one about the Black River.

dp820 10-02-2018 08:05 PM

Haven’t been there since before the fire burned through there. But the road wasn’t too bad up to the reservoir. The road that goes passed the reservoir to the access point for the creek is way rough and I barely got my truck up there. I wouldn’t try it again.

aztightlines 10-02-2018 09:39 PM

I heard that road above the lake is closed. The creek is definitely damaged now and unfishable - off limits.

The lake should have some fish - I fished it a couple of years ago from the bank, mostly roll casting and managed to land a few very small gila trout. I would suggest a float tube/pontoon boat.

The water is clear and deep, not accessible much from shore...best spot is probably across the lake from the parking lot by the dam where the creek enters the lake in a miniature delta section. I caught one small fish right under the waterfall up the little creek, above the lake, in a small pool.

The road up is not that bad, ordinarily, and a 2-wheel-drive is fine if you don't get in a hurry. A very scenic, beautiful place, Frye Mesa.

Bucksnort 10-03-2018 01:07 PM

tightlines,

Thanks for the update. I have no plans to go past the lake. Looking at an aerial view of the lake, it appears there is good back casting places but, as you say, this is not so. I have a pontoon boat. The access road should be no problem for my vehicle.

My goal by going to Frye is to fulfill a bucket list item by catching at least one Gila Trout. If it's four inches long, that will be good enough for me.

Before I departed Colorado, two bucket list trout I wanted to catch were a Tiger and a Golden trout. I caught a four inch Tiger (I've since caught one about ten inches from Woods Canyon lake) and a four inch Golden. I'll probably never be in a position to catch another Golden so I'll be satisfied with the four incher.

joe 10-03-2018 02:57 PM

Bucksnort,

If you are not a member of Desert Flycasters, you should be.

aztightlines 10-03-2018 03:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bucksnort (Post 172553)
tightlines,

Thanks for the update. I have no plans to go past the lake. Looking at an aerial view of the lake, it appears there is good back casting places but, as you say, this is not so. I have a pontoon boat. The access road should be no problem for my vehicle.

My goal by going to Frye is to fulfill a bucket list item by catching at least one Gila Trout. If it's four inches long, that will be good enough for me.

Before I departed Colorado, two bucket list trout I wanted to catch were a Tiger and a Golden trout. I caught a four inch Tiger (I've since caught one about ten inches from Woods Canyon lake) and a four inch Golden. I'll probably never be in a position to catch another Golden so I'll be satisfied with the four incher.

Let me know if and when you plan a trip over there, maybe we can hook up.

Bucksnort 10-03-2018 06:58 PM

joe,

I am a member of Desert Fly Casters.

Bucksnort 10-03-2018 08:26 PM

tightlines,

I will depart Gilbert on the 10th or 11th for Frye Mesa. I want to head into the White Mountains after Frye. What are your thoughts?


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