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Excellent Trout Fishing in Arizona

May 9th, 2012 12:23 pm

But the truth is that the state of Arizona offers some excellent trout fishing. One of the most popular places for fish for these beautiful fish in Arizona are the White Mountains, which are in the eastern part of the state near the New Mexico border. There are many rivers, streams, lakes, and reservoirs throughout the white mountain area and 90% of the trout that are found in Arizona are found in the area that is known as the “White Mountains”.

There are other areas within Arizona that also provide some good trout fishing as well. The biggest difference between trout fishing for trout in Arizona and fishing for trout in many other areas of the country is when the most productive times for trout fishing are. While fishing for trout really “cools off” during the winter months in hotspots such as Montana or Pennsylvania, the winter is when many Arizona trout fishermen experience the most success.

The department of fish and game aggressively stocks trout during the winter months so that the people of Arizona can enjoy the experience of catching hungry trout. The four main species of trout; brook, brown, rainbow, and cutthroat are all stocked and can all be found in the waters of this beautiful state along with another lesser known ‘native’ species of trout that can only be found in the state of Arizona, the Apache trout. The Apache trout isn’t found anywhere else and is also the state fish of Arizona.

In many parts of Arizona as the temperatures start to increase as the year progresses any trout that haven’t been caught by anglers die off due to rising water temperatures, and therefore if you are going to engage in trout fishing in Arizona the fall and winter months are often your best bet for success.

The point of the matter is that while the state of Arizona isn’t thought of as a destination for trout by many people, this beautiful state actually offers some very productive trout fishing waters. Whether you are a lake, river, spin, or fly fisherman the Grand Canyon State can provide you with some excellent fishing opportunities.

Visiting Arizona Missions

March 28th, 2012 8:37 am

The state of Arizona has a beautiful and colorful past that can be witnessed through its historic landmarks. Among these magnificent landmarks are the Missions. Missions are structures built by the first Spanish missionaries or priests to come in the area. They housed the Spanish missionaries who came to spread Christianity in the Americas, and are about two or three centuries old.

How did these missions came about? Well, centuries ago, Spanish priests, particularly a Catholic priest named Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, established more than twenty missions in the area called the Pimeria Alta, which means the upper lands of the Pimian Indians that is now known as Southern Arizona U.S.A and Northern Sonora, Mexico. Unfortunately, due to several factors, only four of those structures have been left intact and these are the San Xavier del Bac Mission, San José de Tumacácori, San Cayetano de Calabazas, and Los Santos Angeles de Guevavi.

Who was Father Eusebio Francisco Kino? Father Kino was born in a small village in Segno, Italy on the 10th of August in the year 1645. Actually, his parents named him Eusebio Francesco Chini, which was later changed to its German version Eusebio Francisco Kino. This change might be because he studied in Austria, a country in which German is the national language. He belonged to a rich family and was sent to a Jesuit school and later on to Hala, near the German border. When he was in his middle teenage years, he got seriously ill. While he was sick, he made a promise to himself that if he survived the illness, he would become a missionary. After he recovered, he fulfilled his vow and became a priest. He was then assigned to help spread Christianity in Mexico in the year 1683. He started building missions across Pimeria Alta from 1687 until his death at Sonora in 1711.

One of the oldest remaining missions in Arizona today is San Xavier del Bac Mission. It is fondly called by some as the “White Dove of the Desert” because of its white facade. It was first built about 3 centuries ago and it is still amazingly beautiful and functional. Even today, it is still used as a church. Years later, San José de Tumacácori and Los Santos Angeles de Guevavi were both built in 1691 while San Cayetano de Calabazas was built in 1756.

Where specifically can these missions be found in Arizona? San Xavier del Bac Mission can be found near the city of Tucson. It is a little over 8 miles from the city. The three other missions can all be found in the Tumacácori National Historical Park in Santa Cruz Valley. The park is also near Tucson and is quite a popular tourist spot. All four Arizona missions are quite popular because of their sheer beauty and historic significance. Hundreds of both devotees and the “simply curious” sort visit these magnificent historic places every day.

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