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kafka3 07-14-2020 03:15 PM

Greer
 
Taking my mom up to Greer the first week in August to keep her from getting her stir-crazy butt on a plane in the middle of a pandemic. I figure getting her out of the house, and driving her around AZ will buy me some time until she's chomping at the bit to do something else. I'll probably have one full day to have a go at fishing. Any tips? Is Sheep's Crossing still the primary spot? Are there other points of access? Upstream, downstream? I'm not averse to a solid day hike, but won't have the time to backpack. Nor am averse to a solid drive to get to a trailhead for a solid hike. I don't get up to the Whites very often anymore. And when I do, I usually head towards the Black. I think it's been 19 years since I've been on the Little Colorado, and it was closed at Sheep's Crossing at the time (don't remember why). Are flows/temperature very cooperative this time of year? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

JerryM 07-16-2020 12:02 PM

consider fishing over at the X-Diamond ranch. You will be right near by.

joe 07-17-2020 09:54 AM

The WFLCR just South of Greer is stocked and you can continue fishing upstream for wild trout.

kafka3 07-17-2020 02:57 PM

Thanks, Joe. Few more questions if you don't mind. Do you mean just south of town, like where you follow Main St south to that trailhead? It's stocked there, and then upstream from there one might find more wild populations? Or like south of Greer, stocked at Sheep's Crossing, and go upstream from there? Prefer fishing to 4" wild trout than 15" stocked fish. Also, what goes on below the resevior? Looks to be a fairly steep canyon. I can't seem to find any routes in on topos, trail apps, google earth, etc, other than maybe following Lang Creek or Hall Creek in, which topographically doesn't look too bad, but satellite suggests it might be slow going and require more than a day hike if I expect to get any fishing done as well. Appreciate your help.

flyer 07-17-2020 10:25 PM

You can follow the LCR down from RR- not that bad.

joe 07-20-2020 09:22 AM

What flyer said for downstream (North) below RR.
Both areas that you mentioned South of Greer have stocked and wild trout.

joe 07-20-2020 09:23 AM

Could go downstream and upstream from Sheeps Crossing for wild trout.

bgiordano 07-27-2020 12:38 PM

There are some very large browns downstream of River Reservoir in the LCR. Wild browns upstream of Greer. The area through Greer gets stocked. If you're up for smaller creeks, Hall Creek has wild browns.

creekhiker 07-31-2020 12:30 PM

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Originally Posted by bgiordano (Post 173797)
There are some very large browns downstream of River Reservoir in the LCR. Wild browns upstream of Greer. The area through Greer gets stocked. If you're up for smaller creeks, Hall Creek has wild browns.

I didn't get to fish hall this year when I was up there but from my research there used to be a rare species in the head waters. Well rare for AZ, only a few other streams have those trout.

Can anyone confirm or deny?

OP, any report for us?

bgiordano 08-03-2020 10:22 AM

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Originally Posted by creekhiker (Post 173800)
I didn't get to fish hall this year when I was up there but from my research there used to be a rare species in the head waters. Well rare for AZ, only a few other streams have those trout.

Can anyone confirm or deny?

OP, any report for us?

We had planned on electrofishing it, but I left the agency before we did. I don't think anyone has sampled it for a long time. Haven't heard if they are still up there or not.

kafka3 08-03-2020 11:19 AM

Creekhiker: Heading up today. Probably have either tmrw or Wednesday to be on the water. Will report.

kafka3 08-05-2020 08:56 PM

Report: Fished the WFLC in Greer Tuesday morning. On the water around 6, but nothing happening until 8. Then a lot of insect activity. And a few fish, all on a small caddis. Lost one. Brought three to hand. All browns 4-6 inches, and very acrobatic. I swear they got more air than there was water beneath them. Got about a mile and a half up the trail. Then (while waders seemed like a great idea at 6am) started to get hot, so headed back. Had some lunch and did some recon on the LCR below the resevior, and went for a drive out to Sheep's Crossing, but didn't fish. Did a quick hike in the evening.
Wednesday morning headed down to the LCR below the dam. Hiked about a half mile downstream, worked a number of spots on the way back up, but nothing going on. Took a lunch break, and headed out to the WFBR. First time there. What a beautiful stream/trail/hike. Started downstream around 1:15. Took my time on the way down, checking out the work on the restricted area. Took a couple shots in the cienga area, but didn't seem promising, so didn't really put much effort in until I got past it. After that, I lost two, and brought four to hand. All browns. 4-7" Seemed if I could locate a cast in productive water, a fish would respond. 5.3 miles total out and back. Didn't fish much on the way back up. Was content for the day. Just took in the beauty the trail offers. Thanks to everyone for all the info. Heading to the Upper Rio Grande in a couple weeks. This was a nice little warm up.

kafka3 08-13-2020 09:21 PM

Sorry for the lag time on the report. Tried posting while I was up there, but my login kept timing out or something.
Tuesday morning, fished the WFLCR starting at government springs. Made it about 1.5 miles up. Started at 6am, but nothing was going on. Then around 8 it started. Lots of insect activity. Brought 3 small browns to hand, and lost another. Just after 9, hiked back to town. Waders at 6am seemed like a great idea. A couple hours later, not so much, even up there. Plus, they weren't necessary at all. Got back to our cabin, cooled off, and took my mom for a drive out to Sheeps Crossing for recon, as well as just a scenery cruise around the area. Sheep's Crossing parking lot was full, so i crossed that off my list. I don't go to trout waters to be around people. Went for a short hike in the evening.
Wednesday morning, went down to the LCR below the reservoir. Not much happening there. But only made it about a half mile down from the dam. Didn't care to hump too far in. Came back, had an early lunch and headed out to the WFBR. I've been to the EF many times. The WF might be my favorite place in the world (although I say that about a lot of places where trout live). What a beautiful hike. Went in just over 2.5 miles, and worked the river on the way back. Brought 4 browns to hand (4-7 inches), and lost a couple. Seemed as though every piece of water that looked productive, and that i could manage to flick a cast into, had a fish in it. Not a ton of bug activity, but it was mid-afternoon. Didn't seem to bother the trout though, as they were eager to slurp up a foam caddis. I think any attractor pattern would work.
If I hadn't caught anything, it would have a been a perfect day anyway. Wow! What a gorgeous place!
So, all in all, spent about six hours fishing/hiking. And brought some pretty, wild fish to hand. The rest of the trip was just spending quality time with mom. Can't complain about anything. Good warm-up for a trip next week to the upper Rio Grande. Never fished in that area. Spent a lot of time in the Roaring Fork Valley, but that place is a zoo now. Looking forward to learning new waters. Planning to fish the main river, but also smaller creeks. Anybody familiar with the area care to drop some knowledge?


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