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Old 09-15-2017, 08:28 AM
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Lower Salt River

I spoke to an angler who floats the Salt and fishes with spinning rods. He puts in at the parking area where the road to Saguaro Lake crosses over the Salt then goes downstream a couple of miles. I have forgotten the name of his take out point. He says he does it in inner tubes but I don't know just how these are arranged.

I have a pontoon boat which is powered either by oars or flippers or both. When the weather turns cooler, I may be interested in doing this.

Can someone give me information on what to do and where to go? My problem would probably be not having two vehicles, one at each end of the trip. I would use fly rods and flies.
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Old 09-15-2017, 09:24 AM
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the are that he is talking about is called blue point. you could float to coon bluff..or phone D

also, you will need to go before they turn the water off.. or it will take you a week to do that stretch! with lots of walking your inflatable in skinny water.

it will take about 4-6 hours to float from blue point to coon bluff, in summer flows.

also, if trout is your target, theres not many in there ( and what are holding over are up higher) until the stocking begins in november, which is when the flows are pretty much nonexistent.

there are tons of bass, suckers, and some really big, tough to fool carp year round.

hope this helps!
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Old 09-15-2017, 07:56 PM
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Dutchman,

So much for a float trip for trout.
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Old 09-18-2017, 11:45 AM
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Dutchman,

So much for a float trip for trout.
yeah.. watch the flows.. sometimes they do some releases out of the dam in winter. fishing is usually real good afterwards as well.

its like beating a dead horse at this point. but it COULD be such an amazing fishery if managed correctly.
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Old 09-19-2017, 08:55 PM
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So, what is the purpose of game and fish stocking when flows are really low?
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Old 09-20-2017, 12:19 PM
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I went tubing with my family on a hot day a couple months ago. There was this group of yahoos that started a marshmallow fight. There were marshmallows floating all around us. I found it mildly irritating. I happened to be watching when a marshmallow was swirling around in an eddy and a big carp mouth came up and inhaled it. I'm talking full size marshmallows that are swollen from being in the water. Whoa! I thought I just got lucky seeing that. Then as we drifted I saw it 4 or 5 more times over the course of miles. It got me thinking. I bet these carp are tuned in to food falling in the water when tubers are out. I bet there is an opportunity there.
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Old 09-21-2017, 07:35 AM
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So, what is the purpose of game and fish stocking when flows are really low?
there are a few fishable pools (under the bridge at blue point, near the confluence of the verde at phon d., and some "secret" spots that just require a hike) that hold trout even after SRP turns the flows off.

i am not sure how long those stocked trout last, they seem to get eaten up by bass and cormorants before i get there. and of course, you will share a small sliver of water with 20 bait fisherman if you go on the weekend.

the bass fishing is decent, though, and i've seen huge schools of suckers and big carp. it's worth a trip, but be prepared to encounter a ton of trash, loads of horse manure, and lots of people.
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Old 09-22-2017, 08:57 AM
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Circlehook,

Regarding marshmallows, you gave me an idea. I have a very good friend in the Denver area who is an accomplished crap (that's right, I said crap) angler. He entered a crap tournament (must be a good one because entry fee is $500) sponsored by Trout Unlimited, which will be held on the South Platte River where it runs through the metro area. I copied and pasted your comments about marshmallows in an email to him and suggested he tie flies resembling marshmallows - joking of course.
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Old 11-13-2017, 08:58 AM
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I did spot some trout yesterday down at phon D. The water was flowing much higher than usual for this time of the year at that spot.
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Old 11-15-2017, 10:48 AM
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I was wondering where the trout end up after they are savaged by the bass near the bridge.
Does azgfd stock trout all along the salt river OR do they dump them at the bridge and let them scatter?
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