Photos and Story: Summer Cicadas on the Colorado

Written by: Chuck Coolidge


Horseshoe Bend is a famous photo-op spot, but most folks don't realize how great the fishing is at the bottom.
Photos by Chuck Coolidge

Arizona has always been known for the Grand Canyon, Tombstone, and the Painted Desert, but more recently, places like Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley, and Horseshoe Bend have . . .

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Photos: Chasing Rainbows in the Canyon

Written by: Chuck Coolidge


Courtney's first fish ever was a beautiful, thick rainbow that fell for a nymph..
Photos courtesy Chuck Coolidge

In seven hundred miles of Grand Canyon country, there exists just one place--near the Utah/Arizona border--where vehicles are able to drive to a set of rapids on the Colorado River. It just so . . .

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Photos: Back to Arizona for High-Country Trout

Written by: Tyler Coleman


A trip back to the author's home state produced a magical day of fishing.
Photo by Rickey Furbee

As I headed off to the state I called home for most my life, the excitement of familiar waters was setting in. I knew that with fall came aggressive feeding and bold colors, so I couldn't . . .

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Classic Fish Facts: Gila Trout (Oncorhynchus gilae gilae)


The Gila trout is one of the toughest "life list" trout species to find.
Photo by Christ Hunt, Trout Unlimited

Although one does not usually associate trout with the Sonoran Desert environment of Arizona and New Mexico, the Gila trout—as well as its close relative, the Apache trout—has survived in. . .

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Photos: Saying Goodbye to Arizona’s Mountain Streams


There is nothing like a fresh rod set-up and some small-stream wild trout to break it in.
Photo by Tyler Coleman

This is a bittersweet post for me, as this was my last trip fishing the Arizona small creeks as a resident of the state. The time has come to relocate my family to Michigan, where we have. . .

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The Arizona Wild Trout Challenge, Day Five

Written by: Tyler Coleman


My first successful fish of the day felt great, and I couldn't wait to find some more.
Photo by Anastasia Coleman

On the final day of our trip, we’d be fishing for my favorite wild species, the brook trout. Just a refresher: our goal was to catch all five species of the wild trout in Arizona. There is no time. . .

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The Arizona Wild Trout Challenge, Day Four

Written by: Tyler Coleman


I hope this spot, overgrown and forgotten, continues to stay a secret.
Photos by Tyler Coleman

Day 4 of our adventure started early, with the normal morning rituals: taking care of Sebastian, eating breakfast, and packing up camp so we could head to the creek. There was a lot of. . .

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The Arizona Wild Trout Challenge, Day Three


The gray rocks gave this guy the perfect hiding place, and for his size in the small steam, he was a blast to catch.

We ended Day Two with about a four-hour drive to the next destination. After setting up camp in the dark again, we finally got to relax and reflect on the day's adventure. The next species on. . .

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Fish Facts: Apache Trout (Oncorhynchus gilae apache)


Among the rarest trout in the world, Apache trout are bouncing back from near-extinction.
Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Just getting to a stream that holds native Apache trout (Oncorhynchus gilae apache) can require a lot of work, as Tyler Coleman found out on a recent trip. Found only in headwater streams high. . .

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