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Old 08-03-2018, 01:42 PM
PaysonLazerLiner PaysonLazerLiner is offline
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Rim Stream Update

Thought I might post an update on Rim streams if anyone is interested. About 2 weeks ago I fished Canyon, Upper Haigler and Upper Christopher. A couple of days ago I hiked the short canyon on the E. Verde above Water Wheel up to Second Crossing. Yesterday I fished Horton. In spite of the monsoons, all the creeks are quite low. Canyon, Upper Haigler, and Horton are all low and clear, making stealthy approaches and at least decent presentations super important or you’ll just spook any fish there before it ever sees your bug. Upper Christopher and Upper Tonto are both a little colored but not bad. However, below the confluence of these two, above Bear Flat, it looks like chocolate milk so any WILD fish caught below the confluence will be very stressed due to the difficulty of finding sufficient food in such colored water. When I saw the E. Verde it almost made me sick. The entire creek bed is all but dried up. Apparently SRP continued to pump water all the way thru January (instead of stopping in October) so the Town of Payson could pressure test the lines for the new water system being installed, utilizing Blue Ridge water. That, coupled with almost no rain or snow this past winter has left Blue Ridge at 20% capacity and the decision was made to save that remaining water in the reservoir, so we don’t have the normal summer flows being pumped in the E. Verde drainage. I get the reasoning but it is still a very depressing sight. Please keep in mind that any fish caught in any of these low water conditions is probably stressed and more fragile that normal, so please be gentile to any of our sweet darlins that you intend to release.
I do think that G&F have resumed stocking so you may want to check with them about that.
I hope that helps some of you a little.
Tight lines.
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