We have several great outings planned in 2016. Our outings are not only a fantastic opportunity to hone the skills you learned at our education classes, but also serve as a nice way to get to know one another in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. There is never a need to feel intimidated, as we always have members willing to help, whether it is backing in your trailer for the first time, setting up a new tent, getting in a float tube, or making that first cast on a new rod. It’s all about having fun together!
January 16: Saguaro Lake/Butcher Jones Day Trip
What a better way to start the New Year than by planning to attend our first outing! On Saturday, January 16, we will have a day outing to Butcher Jones Recreation Area at Saguaro Lake. Bring your float tube, raft, kayak, or whatever you’ve got and do a little bass, trout, or crappie fishing. AFC will provide doughnuts, bagels, and coffee. Don’t forget your Tonto Pass! You can stop by any Circle K or purchase online at
February 5-7: Dead Horse Ranch State Park
We will be at Dead Horse for a weekend outing. The park has three ponds, as well as the Verde River adjacent to the park, liberally stocked with trout throughout the winter. The ponds are fishable from shore or float tube, and the river provides a good moving water experience. This is a whole family event, as there are lots of activities around the Cottonwood area such as antiquing, wine tasting in historic downtown Cottonwood and Jerome, bird watching, hiking, or just plain relaxing at the park itself. If camping is not your style, there are rentable cabins at the park and many fine hotels a stone’s throw away, or plan on making a day trip. Plan on attending the Saturday potluck at 4:00 PM and bring your favorite dish or dessert. AFC will provide the main course. Our new president Jim Rondoni has volunteered to be the host. Be sure to register so we have a good head count. You can make online camp/cabin reservations at Arizona State Parks/Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Club members will be staying in the Quail Loop Campground. Members already have made reservations for Sites 1-9. There are many good sites still available but DON’T WAIT. Dead Horse is very popular, and we want all our members included! To reach Dead Horse, drive north on I-17 to Camp Verde, exit at Highway 260 and go west to Cottonwood. Turn left on Highway 89A and drive about 1.5 miles. Watch for the Dead Horse signs and turn right into the park at 10th Street. We will have maps and information at the January 14 general meeting.
March 19: Local Carp Day Outing
April 22-24: Fool Hollow Lake State Park
The club will venture north to Fool Hollow just outside Show Low. Fool Hollow affords the opportunity to catch a variety of species, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, walleye, northern pike, and of course rainbow trout. As a home base, Fool Hollow also affords the opportunity to fish the nearby waters of the White Mountains. The lake is best fished from a float tube or boat, but with that said, with help from our club and others, AZG&F has installed fishing docks and fish structures throughout the lake, making it very fishable from shore. The lake has a beautiful campground located at 6,300 feet in elevation and impeccably maintained. Members have made reservations in Mallard/Red Head Campgrounds, and sites are still avail-able! If you decide to join us at a late date, do not discount Cinnamon Teal Campground, which is within shouting distance. Reservations can be made at www.azstateparks.com, Fool Hollow Lake. For those who like the nicer things in life, there are many fine accommodations within minutes of the park! The nights will be crisp, the days warm with the scent of pine in the air, relaxing around the campfire with friends, it doesn’t get any better! Please join us!
May 14-17: Wyoming Extravaganza
AFC partnering with Grey Reef Anglers have put together a great package for fishing the Platte River in Wyoming.
3 nights and 2 guided fishing days with Jason Ostrander. Jason gave the presentation at the January Monthly meeting.
Package 1 – 3 nights lodging/2 guided fishing days, all-inclusive – $650.
- 3 nights in lodge,
- 2 float guided days,
- all meals,
- shuttle service from Casper, Wy. airport.
Package 2 – 3 nights/2 guided fishing days, basic lodging – $500.
- 3 nights lodging in cabins,
- 2 float guided days.
NOTE: These prices are based double occupancy. If you have a preferred partner please let us know, otherwise we will attempt to find you a suitable room mate and guide partner.
If you are interested contact John Doss or Phil Koda. A 50% deposit is required to hold your reservation. April 1 is deadline for reservatiopn and deposit.