Black River Lower River

Fort Apache, Arizona

Black River Lower River

Black River (Lower River) Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

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Tucson, AZ
Explorer | 31 pts
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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.

Trail Information

Fort Apache
Nearby City
Several options
Trail Type
Year-round; best early spring and late fall
Season & Limits
San Carlos Apache Reservation, Fort Apache Indian Reservation
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