By Amos Sharp
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Joy Gonzalez @joya_gonzalez
(Photo credit: Giezi Gonzalez) Every fishing trip is an adventure with unique fish and a fish story. So, here’s a picture of my latest jaunt, catching a beautiful cutty. I love landing cutthroat trout, although I usually prefer river fishing to lake fishing, and drifting down a river is a real treat. A few years back, I floated the Missouri, in Montana, which included forging big rapids, in pitch darkness. I didn’t catch one fish, but that Fourth of July weekend, I felt wild and free. I was born free and fishing makes me remember. It’s saved my life.
Heidi Lewis @heidiaqua
For me, it’s mostly about how I’m catching fish not what kind of fish they are. Nothing thrills me more than having a fish hit my streamer with such meaning and force. The sudden thug jolting through my line to my butt section then through my being is beyond compare. Or seeing that fish attempt to eat a dry or streamer in clear water. My heart beats faster, my hands tremble, my adrenaline is kicked into 6th gear with the turbo engaged. I’m feeling this sensation as I type this, it’s so vivid.Hanna Huhtala @myflyfishingdiary
I have lived in Arizona my entire life and I would have to say that my favorite fish to catch is any native fish species. As part of my job as a wildlife biologist for the state of Arizona, I am grateful to have had many opportunities to implement recovery and conservation actions for native fish, including those threatened or endangered like the humpback chub or desert pupfish. In most cases, we using techniques like electroshocking, snorkeling and seining to catch fishes to document diversity and abundance in beautiful, remote bedrock canyons with narrow walls and deep plunge pools.The fish in my picture is of a Sonora sucker (Catostomus insignis), captured in the Salt River drainage of Arizona; one of the many native fishes of Arizona.