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Canyon Creek - above Cow Creek near Young - Arizona

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

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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.

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Morning and Late Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midges
Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 16-20 Pheasant Tail Nymph
February Midges Morning and Late Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midges
Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 16-20 Pheasant Tail Nymph
Stones All Day 6-10 Pat's Rubber Legs
March Midges Morning and Late Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midges
Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 16-20 Pheasant Tail Nymph
Stones All Day 6-10 Pat's Rubber Legs
April Midges Morning and Late Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midges
Caddis Afternoon 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis
May Caddis Afternoon 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis
Stoneflies All Day 6-10 Pat's Rubber Legs
June Stoneflies All Day 6-10 Pat's Rubber Legs
Caddis Afternoon 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis
July Tricos Morning 20-26 Trico Spinner
Caddis Afternoon 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis
Terrestrial All Day 10-14 Foam Beetles, Ant Patterns
August Tricos Morning 20-26 Trico Spinner
Terrestrial All Day 10-14 Foam Beetles, Ant Patterns
September Tricos Morning 20-26 Trico Spinner
Terrestrial All Day 10-14 Foam Beetles, Ant Patterns
Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 16-20 Pheasant Tail Nymph
October Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 16-20 Pheasant Tail Nymph
Midges Morning and Late Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midges
November Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 16-20 Pheasant Tail Nymph
Midges Morning and Late Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midges
December Midges Morning and Late Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midges
Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 16-20 Pheasant Tail Nymph

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

For outdoor enthusiasts, the stretch of Canyon Creek above Cow Creek, near Young, offers some outstanding spots for fly fishing. Here are the best spots:

  • Upper Canyon Creek: This is an excellent spot for rainbow and brown trout. It’s surrounded by lush greenery that provides a pleasant backdrop.
  • Confluence Point: Where Canyon Creek meets Cow Creek. This is a popular spot that’s known for its abundance of large fish.
  • West Fork Canyon Creek: A beautiful spot with cascades and clear pools making it a haven for fly fishers.
  • Lower Canyon Creek: A secluded spot with lots of shaded areas, great for catching Apache trout.

Remember, all these spots require a valid fishing license and adhering to catch and release rules to preserve the fish populations for future anglers.

Best Access Points

If you’re planning a trip to the majestic Canyon Creek, here are some of the most accessible points for some thrilling fly fishing above Cow Creek, near Young:

  • Box Bar Recreation Site: This area provides excellent access to the water, ample parking and basic amenities.
  • Water Users Recreation Site: Downstream of Box Bar, it offers flat water fishing spots.
  • Blue Point Recreation Site: A popular spot with good fish populations and comfortable amenities.
  • Sheep Crossing: Provides relatively easy access to the river, but be prepared for steep slopes.
  • First Crossing Recreation Site: Located upstream, it’s well-known for good trout numbers.
  • Little Green Valley: Remote but rich in fish, this area demands a steep hike for access.

Remember: Permits are necessary for some sites and adherence to fishing regulations is mandatory.

Local Fish

  • Rainbow Trout: The most prevalent species found in these waters.
  • Brook Trout: Known to inhabit the deeper sections and pools of the Creek.
  • Brown Trout: Not as common as the other species, but provides a good challenge for experienced fly fishers.
  • Apache Trout: The state fish of Arizona, can be found in limited quantities here on the Creek.
  • Cutthroat Trout: This species prefers the cooler and deeper parts of the Creek.
  • Bluegill: Not a traditional fly fishing target but offers a fun and exciting diversion.
  • Sunfish: Like the bluegill, these are a little different for fly fishing, but can be found in the Creek.
  • Channel Catfish: Not traditionally targeted in fly fishing, these large fish offer a challenging and thrilling experience.

About The River

Hidden deep in Arizona’s picturesque landscape, Canyon Creek – above Cow Creek near Young – paints a golden memory of history. Its roots lie mingled with stories of Native Americans and gold miners who once found home and hope there.

  • In the 19th century, the Apache tribe was the main inhabitant of this area, using the creek for fishing and hunting.
  • Later, came the gold rush around 1860. Realizing the creek’s potential for gold panning, prospectors rushed to Canyon Creek, leaving behind an indelible stamp in its history.

The creek today stands as a testament to these historic events with an untouched aura, embracing its past while charming onlookers with its splendid natural beauty. Whether you are a history enthusiast or a nature lover, or even a thrill-seeking adventurer, Canyon Creek has something on offer for everyone, delivering a unique blend of history, culture, and stunning landscapes.

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