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Fly Fishing Arizona's Black River

Located in east-central Arizona, the Apache trout stronghold flows through the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.

Fly Fishing Arizona's Black River
Photo Aaron Otto

When work recently beckoned me south from my home in Montana, to Arizona, I threw my fly rod in the car . . . and planned to fish in Colorado along the way.

Now, after a chance encounter on Arizona's Black River, I find every excuse to make it back to the Grand Canyon State.

Located in east-central Arizona, the Black River flows through the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, and the San Carlos and Fort Apache reservations near the towns of Eagar, Alpine, and Fort Apache. Tucked away from large population hubs such as Flagstaff (about 180 miles to the northwest) and Phoenix and Tucson to the west and southwest, the Black River drainage has every conceivable trout niche: from...

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