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Fly Fishing East Clear Creek Arizona
East Clear Creek is located in the Mogollon Rim area of
Arizona. It is a tributary of the Little Colorado River. The
stream provides about thirty miles of small stream trout
fishing. This is a remote stream with plenty of trout
but difficult access. Fly fishing East Clear Creek in the
Kinder Crossing area is probably your best bet.

It's a beautiful little streams surrounded with Ponderosa
pine and some colorful canyon walls. You have to get into
the East Clear Creek canyon to fish it and that's isn't easy
to do in most places. Access  is from several different
forest roads off of roads leading off Highway #87.

East  Clear Creek is best known for its wild, stream-bred
trout. It has some nice size brown trout as well as average
size rainbows.

The stream consist of a variety of types of water including
some deeper pools and runs. There's a few sections of
riffles but all in all, the stream flows through the canyon
on a moderate decline.

East Clear Creek supports a very good population of
aquatic insects. Blue-winged Olives, Tricos, Blue Quills,
Pale Evening duns and a few other mayflies are present.
Caddisflies including Little Black Caddis, Short-horned
Sedges, Spotted Sedges and Green Sedges are also
plentiful. There's also some brown stoneflies that hatch
during the month of June. Terrestrial insects supplement
the aquatics during the Summer months.

The fishing season runs year-round.
Fly fishing East Clear Creek can be good in late Spring.
The stream stays cold during the Summer and fishing
usually continues to be good.
Fishing for brown trout during the early part of Fall is
usually excellent.
The stream is open for fishing during the winter, but
access is probably impossible most of the time.

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Type of Stream

Rainbow Trout (wild and stocked with
Brown Trout (wild and stocked with
some holdovers)

Small to Medium

Mogollon Rim


Nearest Towns
Clints Well
Happy Jack


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State of Arizona

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