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Old 05-24-2014, 06:20 AM
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Sounds like a fun group trip once my Smurf is running strong again. I hate to go really deep without a backup wagon.
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Old 05-25-2014, 05:51 AM
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how the **** to get there other than canoe trip?
#1 - Get a USFS Tonto District map
#2 - Get a topo map for the overall area of the Verde/East Verde confluence

Not sure how to get there from the west or south, but from Payson take Fossil Creek (FR708) road west from Strawberry. Continue west on FR708 to the Verde River crossing (downstream from the Hot Springs).

If memory serves me correctly (and this is per a 30 year old memory), there is a fork just before the Hot Springs. One road goes northwest to the Hot Springs and the other heads southwest towards the Verde River. Take the left fork.

Sorry, don't have a Tonto map nearby, otherwise I'd have road numbers for you.

Cross the Verde River so long as it is safe to do so.

Once back on dry ground, continue south on a really rough road paralleling the Verde, paying attention to both your Tonto and topo maps. You should also use Google maps to acquaint yourself with the terrain, as when you get close to the confluence, you will know where to stop at the left (east) turn towards the Verde.

Walk down the road to the confluence, and do what fly fishers do best!

Take pics of your rugged trip and the monster smallies which will soon be in your hands. I'd strongly consider an overnight trip just to make sure you fully experience the ambience of this wild waterway.

Enjoy your trip!
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Old 05-25-2014, 08:56 PM
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i will have to check this out and yes i would not even think about going alone in this area
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Old 05-25-2014, 09:51 PM
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Couldn't one so inclined float from Camp Verde/White Brigde area, or better yet from Beasley Flats (just north of Childs by a handfull of miles)

and float in and down until the confluence..?

I know the is a decent rapid run (maybe class 2 rapid) below Beasley Flats and before Childs area thats needs to be cautioned

but still doable for me on low flows. This is a good float with a classy destination for some smallies!

Get picked up at Horeshoe dam/lake area.

Always wanted to do this float again but I did the northern part
from Camp Verde-BF's in Kayaks in half a day...

David V's got the good report already and you know it doesn't get much angler pressure it might be the new Black river lol

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Old 05-26-2014, 08:21 PM
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did the canoe thing from Childs to sheep bridge on 3 occasions....took time...week or so. I always describe the smallie action as like some great Boundary Waters trip.....a fine guide book by Jim Slingluff...title something about "Recreation on the Verde River". That river is always changing...will never forget certain holes,and the whole adventure....be prepared. If I did it now,I might consider a sattelite phone....wimping out in my dotage.
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consider wimping out in my dotage growing wiser by way of your experiences...
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Old 05-31-2014, 01:48 PM
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pfeffness...funny you mention the Boundary Waters. I just finished a Venturing Scout outing on the Taum Sauk section of the Ozark Trail late last night. For next year's High Adventure, the Boundary Waters was given a high priority for further discussion. If we elect to go on that trip, we know we should start preparing and making reservations NOW.
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Old 06-01-2014, 07:40 AM
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sounds like it was a good trip am ready to give it a shot as soon as the eagles get done
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:51 PM
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I be very sad to hear of power bait being offered to the wild smallies of the Verde....keep it for stocked trout if you must.
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Old 06-18-2014, 06:14 AM
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Puffiness is waiting for a response regarding your use of Power Worms........
It's a little hard to tell but, he may be telling you that there is no place for chemically hopped up bait baits on this forum. Or not. Perhaps he wants a de bait on the subject.
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