Top Ten Hidden Trout Fisheries

North Fork, White River, Arizona

I could have just as easily listed the East Fork of the Black, Chevelon Creek, Oak Creek, the Blue, or Bonito, Tonto or Cibecue Creeks, so underpressured and scenic is the angling in Arizona. But the North Fork is where I always catch a lot of Apache Trout. Most streams in Arizona are on the smallish side but the North Fork is a bit larger than most. The chief appeal of this eastern Arizona trout stream are the trout themselves. In addition to brown trout, you can catch the increasingly rare Apache trout, a lovely native gradually losing its range in Arizona's waters. The North Fork has about twenty-plus miles of public access, clear water punctuated by choppy riffles and shallow pools, flanked by thick stands of evergreen forest. Think dry flies. Think small rods. Bring a camera. As an adjunct trip, bring a float tube and fish the area's lakes (Hawley, Earl Park, Horseshoe Cienega) for planted big trout (mostly rainbow and Apache).


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