An Arizona Vacation Feast

by | Feb 20, 2021 | grass carp

fish-ArizonaGranny and I are down here in Phoenix, Arizona visiting friends Steve and Lisa Berry.  As you learned the past couple blogs we’re down here mainly to fly fish for urban carp and bass.  But we have about a week so today, being its Lisa’s day off, we opted to join some of their friends, Rodrigo and Laura, for a casual day of hiking the Dreamy Draw Loop and feasting on some of the Berry’s home cooking.


Steve-BerryAlthough the hike was beautiful, it was the Berry’s culinary skills that took the crown.  Steve smoked up several racks of delicious ribs and Lisa added in some zesty mac & cheese.  We had a spread and sipped some good wine.  It was just one of those days that you enjoy when you’re on vacation.


Arizona-fishingThe fish weren’t entirely unmolested however.  There was a one hour window from 4-5 PM and I snuck to the neighborhood canal minutes away from the Berry’s house.  I saw some HUGE grass carp but all were hugging the bottom and none of my flies were of interest to them.  All I did was spook them.


carpHugging bottom isn’t the behavior you need for catching grassies on fly.  You really need them to be feeding on top.  But it seems we have cold water flushing through from last week’s Arizona mountain snows.  We’ll take this week slow and easy and hopefully the forecasted warmer temperatures will bring the carp bite on.  Stay tuned for a full day of angling tomorrow!


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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!