Blue Stream Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing Report for:

Oak Creek - Sedona - Arizona

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

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 Hatches Afternoon 16-22 Zebra Midges
February Blue Wing Olives, Midges Afternoon 16-22 RS2s, Zebra Midges
March Blue Wing Olives, Small Black Stoneflies Late Morning-Early Afternoon 18-20 Pheasant Tail Nymphs, San Juan Worms
April Midges, Blue Wing Olives Morning-Afternoon 16-22 Pheasant Tail Nymphs, WD-40
May Blue Wing Olives, Caddis Noon-Dusk 14-16 Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Adams
June Stones, Caddis Morning-Late Afternoon 10-14 Golden Stoneflies, Yellow Sallies
July Terrestrials, Caddis Morning-Dusk 10-16 Hoppers, Beetles, Ants
August Terrestrials, Tricos Morning-Noon 16-22 Trico Spinners, Ant Patterns
September Terrestrials, Tricos Morning-Noon 16-22 Trico Spinners, Hopper Patterns
October Blue Wing Olives, Midges Morning-Afternoon 18-24 WD-40, Pheasant Tail Nymphs
November Blue Wing Olives, Midges Afternoon 18-24 RS2s, Zebra Midges
December Midge Hatches Afternoon 16-22 Zebra Midges

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 Oak Creek in Sedona is a renowned location for fly fishing, embraced by lush vegetation and entrancing red rock formations. Here are some of the best spots:

  • Oak Creek Canyon: This spot is known for its tranquil surroundings and excellent population of Rainbow and Brown Trout.
  • Page Springs Fish Hatchery: Just a bit downstream lies Page Springs, where the state hatchery regularly stocks the waters.
  • Grasshopper Point: This place is easily accessible, and it is ideal for those who want a mix of typical and stocked fish.
  • Slide Rock State Park: An ideal place for anglers seeking smaller fish, due to the shallow waters.

Remember to check local regulations before you start, as those can change seasonally. Happy fishing in breathtaking Sedona!

Best Access Points

Fly fishing in Oak Creek – Sedona offers a unique blend of scenic beauty and the thrill of pursuing rainbow and brown trout. The following are some of the best public access points:

  • Slide Rock State Park: This popular spot boasts accessible shallow waters and a variety of fish. Ensure to provide the required parking fee.
  • Page Springs Fish Hatchery: With excellent deep pools and runs filled with both trout species, this spot is ideal for both beginner and experienced anglers. Remember that fishing license is mandatory.
  • Crescent Moon Ranch: Located at the base of Cathedral Rock, this point grants access to the slower moving, wide sections of Oak Creek with deeper holes and undercut banks.
  • Garland’s Lodge: You do not need to be a guest to fish the stretch of Oak Creek that runs through the property. The waters abound in brown trout.

Every angler must observe all fishing regulations, including respecting private property and keeping the river clean.

Local Fish

  • Trout – One of the prevalent species found in Oak Creek, most commonly Rainbow and Brown Trout.
  • Grayling – A unique fish that’s found in cold, clean waters, which makes Oak Creek an ideal habitat.
  • American Bullfrog – Though not a fish, these are commonly targeted by fly fishers for a great sporting challenge.
  • Carp – Abundant in many areas of Oak Creek and a top target for local fly fishers.
  • Channel Catfish – These bottom-feeding fish are a fun challenge to hook on a fly rod.
  • Arizona Mountain Sucker – A native Arizona species, it’s often overlooked but offers a unique fly fishing challenge.
  • Smallmouth Bass – Another high-energy predator that can be found in certain sections of the creek.
  • Green Sunfish – These are hardy and versatile, so they can be found in a variety of environments within Oak Creek.

About The River

Some places just have an undeniable magic about them. Oak Creek – Sedona is one such place. Legendary for its vibrant arts community and its striking red rocks, this area radiates a certain allure, drawing in countless tourists every year. Of course, it has a history just as captivating as its scenery…

The Oak Creek area was once home to the ancient Sinagua people, who left behind beautiful cliff dwellings. In fact, one of Sedona’s most popular sights, the Pink Jeep Tours, lets visitors explore this history first-hand. The area then became a popular spot for farmers and ranchers in the 1870s before evolving into an arts community in the early 20th century.

  • Today, Oak Creek – Sedona is a hub for hikers, artists, and spiritual seekers.
  • Its stunning landscapes were also settings for numerous Hollywood Westerns!
  • Whether it’s for the history marked by the Chapel of the Holy Cross or the beauty of natural wonders such as Slide Rock State Park, Oak Creek – Sedona has something for everyone.

So, when you walk those red rock trails or absorb the unique artistry, you’re stepping into a remarkable slice of American history, surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of Mother Nature. Oak Creek – Sedona truly is a special slice of the world.


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