Wikipedia describes the Apache Trout as "The Apache trout or Arizona trout, Oncorhynchus gilae apache, is a species of freshwater fish in the salmon family (family Salmonidae) of order Salmoniformes. It is one of the trouts. The Apache trout is native to the upper Salt River watershed (Black and White Rivers) and the upper Little Colorado River watershed."
I had to go to Arizona anyway for work so I decided to leave a few days early. I did a bit of research and found that the best place to go for the Apache Trout in Arizona was the Apache Indian reservation in the White Mountains.
Fortunately, I had contacted a great guide, Jim Brady at White Mountain Fishing Adventures to arrange a couple of adventures that would take us deep into the White Mountain wilderness for both the Apache Trout and Smallmouth Bass.
Jim had planned to take me to a section of the Apache Reservation where he knew we would have excellent Bass fishing in the Black River. However, due to a forest "fire of the century" the Apache band closed that area. Instead we drove 2 hours down a steep canyon to the river where we would fly fish for the day.
As you can see from these dawn photos, there was still lots of smoke.
Although named the Century Plant, in actuality it only takes about 25 years for it's "once in a century" bloom.