Derek Rivchin (owner, operator)
Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert and Surprise Premier Fly Fishing Guide Service. Where to begin! One of the few to be born in Phoenix, Arizona I was raised on our local lakes, which led to me fishing from a young age! I started fly fishing in 2013. Carp came into my life after driving hours to fish for trout got exhausting. Like any angler, I was always looking for a new chase, and carp were the answer. A local legend first got me on carp and from that day forward I became 100% addicted. There have been countless hours, boats, boat motors, trucks, money, and memories made over the years! These are the perfect fish for the ones who want to experience salt but just aren’t able to. It’s all sight fishing for these, very up close and exhilarating. If you think trout eating hoppers is fun, try carp eating giant foam cicadas patterns! -Derek Rivchin
Carp, aka Desert Bones. Where do I begin… Despite what 98% of American’s think, these fish are some of the strongest and smartest species there are. Carp are some of the hardest fish to catch because of their early warning radars. Carp are equipped with eyes that are more sensitive than ours and a sensory system that detects the slightest noise and movement. These fish don’t get big by being stupid. Grass carp eat 2-3 times their weight a day! White Amur aka Grass Carp were imported into the SRP canal systems as a means to rid vegetation without chemicals or machinery.With 50 miles of this river, there are a lot of carp!! I have also recently gotten into using a flats boat to stalk these fish in 6″ of water, a true salt experience and right here in the desert!! I have spent countless hours chasing these intelligent fish. They are tricky and take persistence. This is Arizona, so please bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and wear long sleeves.