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Black River - Apache - Arizona

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Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

Directions To Location

Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midge Midday #18 - #22 Zebra Midge, Disco Midge
February Midge Midday #18 - #22 Zebra Midge, Disco Midge
March Midge, Blue Winged Olive Midday #16 - #20 Zebra Midge, Parachute BWO
April Midge, Blue Winged Olive Midday #16 - #20 Zebra Midge, Parachute BWO
May Stoneflies, Caddis Afternoon to Evening #12 - #16 Golden Stonefly, Elk Hair Caddis
June Stoneflies, Terrestrials Afternoon #10 - #16 Golden Stonefly, Foam Hopper
July Terrestrials, Caddis Afternoon to Evening #10 - #16 Foam Ant, Elk Hair Caddis
August Terrestrials, Caddis Afternoon to Evening #10 - #16 Foam Beetle, Elk Hair Caddis
September Terrestrials, Blue Winged Olive Afternoon for Terrestrials, Midday for BWO #16 - #20 for BWO, #10 - #14 for Terrestrials Parachute BWO, Foam Hopper
October Blue Winged Olive Midday #16 - #20 Parachute BWO
November Midge Midday #18 - #22 Zebra Midge
December Midge Midday #18 - #22 Zebra Midge, Disco Midge

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Black River – Apache has several excellent spots that are perfect for fly fishing. Each location provides a unique fishing experience surrounded by the natural beauty of the region.

  • Wildcat Point: A renowned spot for catching Rainbow trout and Apache trout. The surroundings are pristine and it’s quite secluded for a perfect fishing getaway.
  • Beaver Creek: Another spot well regarded among fly fishermen. The steady stream is especially known for Cutthroat trout.
  • Forks Campground: It’s an ideal place for camping and fly fishing. The river around this area is well populated with wild trout.
  • Boggy Creek: This spot is closer to the town and easily accessible. Perfect for quick fly fishing trips. Great place to catch Apache trout.

Remember to respect the environment while enjoying the fishing, as the Black River – Apache is an Ecologically Sensitive Protected Area.

Best Access Points

The Black River, found in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Arizona, offers a unique fly fishing experience. Notable points of access include:

  • Buffalo Crossing: A popular campground, it acts as a prime starting point.
  • Diamond Rock Campground: Located upstream, provides good fishing and wild scenery.
  • Wildcat Crossing: A more remote access point, offers tranquil fishing experience.

River sections between these points are accessible by forest roads which, though somewhat rough and requiring careful driving, provide further fishing opportunities. Know your abilities and the wilderness regulations of the area for a safe and enjoyable experience.

  1. Remember: To navigate these roads, a high-clearance vehicle is advisable.
  2. Remember: Forest fire regulations must be strictly observed due to the vulnerability of the area.
  3. Remember: Catch and release is practiced to conserve fish populations.

Local Fish

  • Rainbow Trout: Predominantly found; the river’s clear water makes them a popular target.
  • Brown Trout: Less common; known for their fighting spirit and therefore a challenge to catch.
  • Cutthroat Trout: Named after the red slash on their throat, they are a favorite among anglers.
  • Apache Trout: A local species renowned for its striking golden color and dense population in the region.
  • Pike: Known for their aggression and size, they are sought after for the thrill and challenge.
  • Smallmouth Bass: They are highly targeted for their sporting quality.
  • Bluegill: Although smaller in size, they are an entertaining catch especially for beginner fly anglers.
  • Catfish: While not typically a fly fishing target, they offer a unique challenge and variety to anglers.

About The River

The Black River – Apache is a marvel of Arizona’s White Mountains, boasting a rich history rooted in the Apache tribe’s ancient customs. This pristine river has sustained local tribes for centuries, providing not only a vital water source but also a path for migration and trade.

The river’s significance in Apache culture is immense, reflected in numerous traditional tales and spiritual practices. Historians believe that the Apaches have thrived around this river since the 13th century, suggesting a deep connection with the waterway.

The charming beauty of the Black River remains untouched today. Among the prominent flora and fauna, you’ll find:

  • Endangered Apache Trout
  • Rare Blue Heron
  • A diversity of Ponderosa Pines

From its historical significance to the Apache tribe to its preservation as a natural habitat, the Black River is an intriguing testament to Arizona’s cultural and natural wealth.


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