Chevelon Canyon Lake

Payson, Arizona

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Many consider Chevelon Canyon Lake to be the best place in the state to fly fish for big browns. Its remote setting, at 6,400' in the Sitgreaves National Forest, combined with the steep hike down to the water, deter all but the most adventurous. This makes Chevelon the perfect place to search out big browns and rainbows. With six miles of shoreline, this 200-acre lake is large by Arizona standards. Types of Fish: Brown and rainbow trout. 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.

Chevelon Canyon Lake Professional Review and Guide

"Many consider Chevelon Canyon Lake to be the best place in the state to fly fish for big browns. Its remote setting, at 6,400' in the Sitgreaves National Forest, combined with the steep hike down to the water, deter all but the most adventurous.

This makes Chevelon the perfect place to search out big browns and rainbows. With six miles of shoreline, this 200-acre lake is large by Arizona standards. Types of Fish: Brown and rainbow trout. 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: Payson
Trail Type: Several options
Season & Limits: Year-round; best spring to fall
Local Contacts: Sitgreaves National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Chevelon Canyon Lake

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May 2018