Fly-Fishing Class Set



Photo courtesy of Dennis Pirch

Green Valley Lake in Payson has been producing some trophy fish in the 4- to 5-pound category, along with plenty of 10- to 12-inch trout perfect for the frying pan.

The Rim Country is a trout fisherman’s paradise. Most of the waters are within an hour’s driving time of the Payson city limits.  All these lakes and streams are consistently stocked from April through mid-fall. Most of these waters also have a good number of holdover fish that take on characteristics of true wild trout.

Anglers use numerous techniques to catch trout — with the most popular being baits like salmon eggs, worms, power baits, corn, and even marshmallows. Using spinners or small flashing lures is probably a distant second.

Fly-fishing may be the least understood and practiced method of catching those colorful rainbow trout.

If you have had the desire to learn more about fly-fishing and actually want try your skills at enticing a trout to bite one of those little artificial insects, now is your chance. The local Payson Flycasters Club, in conjunction with Payson Parks and Recreation, is offering a two-session class introducing beginning fly-fishing to interested local residents. This program is open to ages 12 years of age and older for the very reasonable price of $10 for two Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon.

Once you have tried fly-fishing and fooled that trout into biting a piece of yarn coupled with a feather, you might get hooked. Being on one of the local Rim lakes in the early morning or late evening when trout are rising to a hatch is a real thrill and trout fishing can take on a new dimension.

The time to sign-up is now for the March 13 and March 20 fly-fishing seminars to be held at Green Valley Lake where the waters are teeming with catchable rainbow trout.

The lake is stocked every two weeks and just received another 400 pounds of catchable rainbow trout. The fishing will only get better, with the final stocking being in early May when water temperatures start to rise into the 70-degree range.

Now is your chance to learn a new technique for catching a rainbow trout. Sign up now with the Payson Parks and Recreation office at Green Valley Park for the two-session fly-fishing seminar. For further information and questions, give Mary McMullen a call at (928) 474-5242 ext. 358.

This weekend, take a friend fishing and enjoy God’s creation.


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