Sometimes we get requests from people that are relocating to Tucson from out of state, or even out of the country. Some of the request are fairly easy to meet.
- We want a good view of the mountains
- We want a place near a hospital
- We want a place bear a lot of golf courses
- We want a place with easy access to hiking
- We want a place with. . .
- We want a place on a river.
The last request is the one we do get, not often, but we do get it. It is possible to get a home on a river in Tucson. This might be a surprise to some. What is really surprising to those wanting river front property is the discovery there isn’t any water in the river.
This image is taken from the “River Walk”.
This is what a normal river in Tucson looks like.
Notice there is a little vegetation in the bottom providing cover for the fish.
Also notice it is mostly filled with air.
You will also notice, at least the real perceptive among the crowd will notice, there aren’t any people fishing along the river.
All right even the non-perceptive will notice there is no one fishing along this river.
When we tell people the rivers don’t have any water in them, they at first have kind of a nervous laugh then ask what do we mean. I don’t know how many ways there are to interpret “there isn’t any water in them”. We mean, there isn’t any water in them. For the most part they are dry riverbeds. Sometimes people hike in them, sometimes they drive in them, but not in town. One thing they never do is boat ride or water ski. I suppose you could sand ski, but I never see anyone doing it, so it must not have ever caught on as a sport. My guess, too much dust.
There are a few places you can fish around Tucson, Silverbell lake is one, and if you live at “The Lakes at Castle Rock” there are good places to fish, but that’s about it for here in town. There are a couple of others but. . . you get the idea.
Finally, on this Labor Day weekend I’ll introduce you to the little fish I mentioned in the title. It is a local trout found here in Tucson. They are hard to catch and not any good to eat. “Too Hard” They only surface at night, and since there isn’t much for fish to eat in Tucson rivers they feed mostly on sand and gravel.
It is amazing I was even able to get a picture to show you, but I went out late one moonlight night and managed to catch one.
If you don’t have anything to do, and you want to go fishing for supper here in Tucson, I would suggest you try Fry’s, or Safeway, or Albertson’s, and stay away from the rivers. A Big Plus, no mosquitoes to bother you while you’re fishing.
There is a difference between a “Wash” and a “River”.
A wash only has water in it after a big rain storm. A river used to have water in it when it wasn’t raining. Tomorrow is Labor Day 2007. Have a safe and enjoyable day.