well im always looking to get people into fishing! i got my best friend into it and now hes hooked (no pun intended) maybe if we find the time we could meet up at rio vista park at 99th and thunderbird and i could teach you the basics, the knots i use, flies, casting how to set up the pole etc.
lake powell? how remote is that? ive never been. for a get away. seclusion and solitude. i would suggest knoll lake on the mogollon rim. or the white mountains have tons of little lakes on and off the reservation that have amazing trout fishing. not sure as to how secluded it is but lees ferry is supposed to be one of the best fly fishing spots in the south west.
Urban Lakes are stocked with Trout every Two weeks in winter and Catfish in summer. In the summer it great to get away to the Rim Country Lakes for cooler weather, camping and great fishing. All these areas are family friendly.
ha, im the adventurous/backpacking type. i want to get out to the blue mountains. there is supposed to be some really remote country and little creeks packed with trout up there. on the rim i usually stick to knoll. never really gone up with anyone willing to get off the beaten path.
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Horton and Tonto creeks are great places to fish casually and camp. There are never any people up there and its really clean and you can hike up to the spring and get fresh clean water. Good trout in the river that are completely natural, so if we catch lil guys we carefully put them back.