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Old 11-29-2018, 11:41 AM
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Verde Flow

Verde flow is down to a manageable rate and the water is clear at Phon D.
Stockers are not interested in the dry fly yet.
I have been to the bridge and Phon D in the last 2 weeks.
A lot of surface action, but they are taking tiny bugs.
Having better luck stripping SSL's.

Looking forward to more nymphing at Phon D with the clear water and good flows.
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Old 12-02-2018, 09:22 PM
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At phon D I have had much success with black SSl, but I'm fishing the moving water.
They have spread out with the lower flows.
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Old 12-31-2018, 09:37 AM
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Anybody have any luck on the lower salt with trout from phon D and below since they been dumping in dirty Verde water?
I have fished above phon D in the low flow area's and only hooked bass.
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Old 01-04-2019, 09:20 AM
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Dirty Verde

I have not hooked a trout since the Verde flow has increased, again.
I have also noticed that they are no tired tracks down from the gate.
I suspect that they have not been following the stocking schedule for some unexplained reason.

There was a brief period of clear flow from the Verde in mid-December when the stocked fish were biting.
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Old 01-04-2019, 11:55 AM
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Stocking schedule says it was stocked last week. Didn't it rain? Wouldn't that wash away tracks?
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Old 01-23-2019, 08:50 PM
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Anybody catching anything on the lower salt ?
I haven't been out I 3 weeks
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Old 01-25-2019, 01:42 PM
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Lower salt river

Just stocked this week.
Plenty of action.
I've been mixing it up.
The big pool above the bridge is very busy, but they are hitting midges at the surface and that's been very hard to replicate for me because of the lack of flow and distance to cast.
I've seen others take decent sized trot with nymphs on indicators at the edge of the big pool.
My only success has been stripping SSL through the area. There is a lot of chase, but few takes.
Below the bridge the small pool has many active trout. Dry flies has been pretty useless. Beaded pheasant tail nymphs and caddis nymphs have been very productive, but you have to get it in the narrow flow for presentation.
At the end pf the pool, they have been hitting the SSL and beaded nymphs on the strip.
At the blue point bend, I caught one trout yesterday on an SSL. first trout there in 8 months.
Hope this helps. They have been holding over between stockings also.
This is a significant, pleasant change over the past 24 months....
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Old 01-25-2019, 04:34 PM
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might sound crazy with there being little to no flow.. but y'all should try out swinging or slowly stripping soft hackles..

take a step into the water above the bridge and look at your feet... you'll see thousands of nymphs scatter.. the trout see that too.

plus, swinging a fly beats staring at a bobber anyway! haha

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Old 01-26-2019, 09:26 PM
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I got a chance to hit phon D Friday morning. There was a lot of water flowing and it was a bit muddy but no fish in the spots I normally catch fish.
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Old 02-21-2019, 02:31 PM
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Lower salt river - nymphs?

I appreciate the advice to use soft hackles in the slower water above the bridge.
To my surprise, I had a trout in the net after my 3rd cast. This seems to be the exception because I have not had any sustained success since.
I am still perfecting my technique - retrieval, drift, choice of sinking line, etc.
However, I am still trying to figure out which fly to tie below the soft hackle to make it sink. I have been using smaller beaded nymphs, but they don't sink quickly enough and they start to buoy on retrieval.
So far, I have tried wollybuggers and SSL. The SSL seems to be the perfect weight, but I am only getting takes on a faster retrieval and only on the SSL.
So basically, I am streaming an SSL with a soft hackle doing nothing.
Any advice would be appreciated.
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