Most people will never understand why I get up before dawn, in the rain, snow, or summer heat, to stand at water's edge. Whenever I am asked why I do it, my response is..."for the rise."

Saguaro Lake

I’ll try to make this as interesting as possible. Be warned, this post will not contain pics of twenty something inch trout and all photos are from a phone. I know, i’ve been slacking on reports.

In January I moved my family down to GIlbert AZ. Its definetly different from Utah but we like it. I actually like everything about it besides missing my family and the fishing. Having been suffering from trout withdrawals, I was trying to get up to Becker Reservoir today but waited too long to plan it. I couldnt find anyone to go with and with gas at $3.75 I couldnt justify the cost to go by myself.

I bought a Sage 3200 reel and had to try it out so I loaded up the family and we headed to nearby Saguaro Lake. The drive up along the Salt River is really pretty.

Its wasn’t too hot today, mid 80s, so we packed a BBQ. When we got there we unloaded the car then headed down to the lake. With my wife and baby on the shore I couldnt fish long. Our daughter watched with great anticipation.

The wind was blowing and the Sage I was tossing is just a 4wt. I made about 20 casts, caught 3 Bluegills, wet waded in the warm water, and broke in a new reel. Felt good to be casting again.

We made our way back to the shade and ate grilled honey cajun chicken, chips and pink lemonade.

All in all a good day. I really like the 3200. Its really light, pretty, and I dont miss the drag at all. I’ll try to get out after some trout in the next two weeks. Apache Trout pics to come!

8 Responses to “Saguaro Lake”

  1. Chris Says:

    Glad to see you are getting into fish, even in AZ! Look forward to more reports. What prompted getting a 4wt?

  2. Ryan Says:

    Very cool fishing spot. That Cajun Chicken looked tasty as well!

  3. Angie Says:

    Love seeing your little family enjoying an AZ fishing adventure! Looks like fun!

  4. kyle Says:

    Thanks guys. Chris, I love smaller rods. I have two 3s, a 4, a 5, and a 6. Fishing down here is a little different so its nice to have a rod with some play. Wind is hardly a problem.

    When I’m up in Idaho I take my 6 and Everet provides the 8s and 10s when needed. I’ll be up in May to do some fishing. Sweet blog, had no idea you had one.

  5. Brad Says:


    I was beginning to think Arizona had no water at all. Good to see you get out and catch a few. I’m looking forward to some good soft water action in the coming weeks. This ice has been killing me! Maybe we’ll get some warm days and I’ll go chase some muskies here in the local pond.

  6. kyle Says:

    Get it done Brad! I’d love to see a report from there!

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