Black River Lower River

Fort Apache, Arizona

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The longest, high-quality fishing river in the state, the Black would take many summers to explore fully. The area is famous for its bad roads, four-wheeling, and true wilderness. If you’re up to the challenge of driving bumpy dirt access roads, you’ll be rewarded with outstanding fly fishing. The Black’s headwaters begin near 7,500' in elevation, making it a true Arizona coldwater fishery. Its upper reaches are cloaked in pines and firs, while scrub oak and cottonwoods line the lower river. Although much of the river flows through deep canyons it’s mostly low gradient with slow-flowing pools. This makes for easy wading in most places. Types of Fish: Brown and rainbow trout, smallmouth bass. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use.

Black River (Lower River) Professional Review and Guide

"The longest, high-quality fishing river in the state, the Black would take many summers to explore fully. The area is famous for its bad roads, four-wheeling, and true wilderness. If you’re up to the challenge of driving bumpy dirt access roads, you’ll be rewarded with outstanding fly fishing. The Black’s headwaters begin near 7,500' in elevation, making it a true Arizona coldwater fishery.

Its upper reaches are cloaked in pines and firs, while scrub oak and cottonwoods line the lower river. Although much of the river flows through deep canyons it’s mostly low gradient with slow-flowing pools. This makes for easy wading in most places. Types of Fish: Brown and rainbow trout, smallmouth bass. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use."

Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Fort Apache
Trail Type: Several options
Season & Limits: Year-round; best early spring and late fall
Local Contacts: San Carlos Apache Reservation, Fort Apache Indian Reservation
Driving Directions: Directions to Black River (Lower River)

Recent Trail Reviews

11/19/2007
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The dirt roads leading into the Lower Black River from hwy. 73 were just graded and in great shape. My hike took me up stream from the bridge crossing the Black. I hiked up for about one hour, did some fishing and some sketching. It was wonderful.



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May 2018