Best Place for a Sure Thing 2012 | Sedona Rainbow Trout Farm | Sports & Recreation | Phoenix

Taking a girl out to a fancy dinner doesn't mean you're going to make it to home base, and buying a lottery ticket doesn't mean you're guaranteed to win millions, but if there is one thing out there that's a sure win — even if your prize is just a couple of tasty fish — is fishing on a fish farm.

It's not real fishing by any stretch of the imagination, but if you're the impatient type who loves freshly caught rainbow fish, then a stop at this Oak Creek Canyon fish farm can't be missed. Buy your bait, grab a bamboo pole, find your spot and wait for the fish to start biting. It is like shooting fish in a barrel (minus the gun and all the messiness). Once you have your catch for the day, a member of the trout farm staff will clean your Ncorhynchus mykiss and put it on ice to take home, or you can buy a grill kit and cook your catch right at the farm.

For several weeks in both the spring and fall, make a detour off the trails at the Desert Botanical Garden and find yourself surrounded by butterflies. In fall, the assortment is rather limited, but still stunning, as you'll hang with black and orange monarchs. Spring brings more color. Either way, the humid, airy Marshall Butterfly Pavilion is paradise for both people and butterflies. When you leave, a garden volunteer will check you for hitchhikers.

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