Back on the Arizona Carp Waters

by | Feb 19, 2021 | fly fishing Arizona

fish-arizonaFly fishing for carp has become so big here in the Phoenix, Arizona area that the first spot we hit today was already occupied.  It’s true.  With trout fishing locations hours away, folks are taking advantage of the good stuff near home.  I think it’s great but in this weeks blogs I won’t divulge exact locations.  If you live in Phoenix, simply explore ponds and canals and you’ll find the carp.  If you’re passing through the area, contact my friend I’m with this week, Steve Berry.  Steve is a reputable guide and founder of Nomada Fly Fishing.


koiWe fished a place Steve and I have been hitting together for at least 15 years.  It’s an urban development that consists of numerous ponds.  In most of these ponds you find bass, tilapia, grass carp (white Amur), koi, common carp and mirror carp.  While I chase them all, here I get particularly excited targeting the colorful koi.


Nomada-Fly-FishingWe arrived around 10 AM.  Fishing for koi is entirely sight fishing so it does no good to get out before high sun.  Once we got away from the other anglers we found plenty of koi.  Steve uses a bright yellow and red concoction of a nymph but it wasn’t a koi he put on the boards to start it was a little common carp.


koiI need to keep this one short today because we fished late and then headed straight for dinner.  And I’m fishing a ton this next week so I don’t want to fall too far behind in blogs.  Bottom line is that Steve caught a heap of common carp and a few koi today.  He also caught this dramatic looking concoction of a fish.  We call them fancy tails.  Some call them the fan-tail carp.  I personally think it’s a hybrid of koi and goldfish.  Whatever it is, the fish is pretty darn cool looking.


fly-fishing-ArizonaAs for me, my stubbornness of trying to catch fish on my usual carp flies got me in trouble.  I landed only three fish.  A common carp, a strangely ugly koi and a largemouth bass.  That’s life in the Phoenix fastlane.  Hopefully I’ll pick up my game as the week goes on!


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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!