March Casting Class March 12, 2016

ron-robinsonMarch 12 9:00 AM

Steele Indian School Park

Ron Robinson, Education Chair

 

Our casting class will offer basic instruction as well as some more advanced techniques.  The club will have equipment for those in need, so make your plans to attend and enjoy a morning of casting instruction.  The class will be held on March 12 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at Steele Indian School Park.  We will meet at the end of the parking lot off 3rd Street and Indian School Road.  If you have questions, give Ron Robinson a call at 602-867-8820.

AFC and Yogurtini NAU Scholarship Fundraiser

yogurtini-1100x400NAU Scholarship Fundraiser
March 14 6:00 PM

Yogurtini at 59th Avenue and Thunderbird Road

It is time for our next Yogurtini fundraiser!  Your purchase benefits our NAU Scholarship Fund.

The camaraderie with fellow AFC members and delicious yogurt will be worth the trip. Join us on Monday, March 14, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, at Yogurtini in Glendale, on the northwest corner of  59th Avenue and Thunderbird Road, next to Smashburger.  See you there!

 

April 22-24 Club Outing Fool Hollow Lake State Park

fools hollowby Phil Koda, Outings Chair

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 available!  If you decide to join us at a late date, do not discount Cinnamon Teal Camp- ground, 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!

Winner of Membership Renewal Raffle

Thanks to everyone who renewed their membership for 2016.  Our club is shown some growth from this time last year and the membership attrition rate is much less than years past.  Our membership due, while one of the great bargain in the fly fishing industry, affords our club to get involved with many community and conservation activities around Arizona.

craig-mernitzThose of you who took advantage of the Renewal Raffle contest were eligible for the digital raffle drawing at the February general meeting. The luck winner to receive the $50 gift Certificate was long time member Craig Mernitz.

Thanks again for renewing and look forward to several new features the club will be offering in the  2016 including the great Wyoming Fishing Extravaganza in May, see John Doss or Phil Koda for details.

9-foot, 12-weight, 2-piece Fenwick graphite

with removable fighting Guides are double wrapped.  Has sock and case. Built for large, tough fish. Used in Alaska once.  $300.

Always wanted a bamboo rod? This 9-foot, 3-piece, with 2 tips has been It is in excellent condition. Tips are the correct length.  Agate stripping guide. Handles a 5–weight WF or 6-weight DT line.  $225.

 

If interested, call Jim Schultz at 623-399-6844.

 

Lees Ferry Draft Environment Impact Statement (DEIS)

ltemp-email-joe-millerConservation Alert
Lees Ferry Draft Environment Impact Statement (DEIS)
Comment Period January 8 – April 7, 2016

LTEMP DEIS

The National Park Service, both Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Grand Canyon National Park, and the Bureau of Reclamation have released on January 8, 2016 the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Long Term Experimentation and Management Plan (LTEMP) for the Glen Canyon Dam which will have control over the flows and conditions of Arizona’s Colorado River Lees Ferry Blue Ribbon Rainbow Trout Fishery for effectively the next 20 years.

A PUBLIC Comment Period is now open on that DEIS. That comment period will continue now through April 7, 2016. There will be Public Meetings in both Flagstaff and Tempe in February in which the NPS / BOR will present the contents of the DEIS, with charts, Graphs, maps, and the rationale behind the Draft contents. Comments can be submitted at those February meetings, or in writing, or via the internet.

Lees Ferry Recreational Trout Fishery Management Recommendations

A number of member organizations of AZSFWC such as members the Arizona Council of Trout Unlimited (AZ-TU), the Arizona Fly Casters, and several other fly fishing clubs especially the Desert Fly Casters have worked long and hard with the formal sponsorship of the Arizona Council of Trout Unlimited and the International Federation of Fly Fishers and with the strong support of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP), to influence the direction and content of this long expected document. The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) has provided invaluable assistance. Many other organizations, ranging from many members of the Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation, to the guides and guiding businesses around Lees Ferry, to the Orvis Company, have also endorsed this effort.

That working group, with its many contributors, has developed and distributed a Lees Ferry Recreational Trout Fishery Management Recommendations Report (See at www.az-tu.org). That report has been used as a basis for the new and formally issued AZGFD Fisheries Management Plan for Lees Ferry, and has been vetted by the USGS Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center in Flagstaff (GCMRC). The working group continues to advocate for and support the use of those Recommendations in the Adaptive Management Plan (GCDAMP) Work Group (AMWG) for the Operation of Glen Canyon Dam, an on-going Department of the Interior effort that is related to but separate from the LTEMP DEIS.

We recognize this is all somewhat confusing to a sportsperson who just wants to enjoy fishing in Lees Ferry, BUT IT’S NOT OVER YET!!!!! Many of the concerns and issues addressed in the Recommendations report are subject to restrictions and findings in the Draft EIS, BUT that DEIS is still just a draft, and WE can get it CHANGED, if weGO TO those meetings and / or SEND IN well thought out comments, based on the Recommendations Plan.

The Working Group is continuing to work with AZGFD, GCMRC, the NPS, BOR, USFWS, the Western Area Power Authority (WAPA) and the several states’ Water Boards and other organizations to hopefully

make the final EIS more Rainbow Trout Fishery Friendly. We’ve made progress, but there’s more to do. We will be providing guidelines on key issues and problems we’ve identified in the DEIS (The DEIS and attachments totals about 2,000 pages). We’ll have those “Talking Points” out shortly, with a “How to Comment” guide, in plenty of time to submit comments BEFORE the April 7th Deadline.

The DEIS is available for reviewing on the internet at: http://ltempeis.anl.gov/.

In the Meantime, Anybody interested in The Lees Ferry Fishery should go to one of those Public Meetings, and express their desires and concerns with what they see and hear.

Public meetings and webinars to provide information and receive written comments will be held as follows:

• Webinar – Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. MST;

Public Meeting – Monday, February 22, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. MST, Flagstaff, Arizona;

Public Meeting – Thursday, February 25, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. MST, Phoenix, Arizona; and

• Webinar – Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. MST.

Staff will be available to take written comments and answer questions during this time.

For specific information about the web-based meetings, please refer to the LTEMP EIS website at:http://ltempeis.anl.gov/.

ADDRESSES: You may submit written comments by the following methods:

• Website: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/LTEMPEIS.

• Mail: Glen Canyon Dam LTEMP Draft EIS, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass

Avenue – EVS/240, Argonne, Illinois 60439.

Public meetings will be held at the following locations:

• Flagstaff – USGS Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center, 2255 N. Gemini Road, Flagstaff, Arizona 86001.

• Phoenix – Embassy Suites Phoenix-Tempe, 4400 S. Rural Road, Tempe, Arizona 85282.

We’ll have more information available for the March AZSFWC Newsletter, with suggested comments guidelines and a simplified process to submit comments to help protect and improve this valuable Blue Ribbon Trout Fishery. For information in the meantime, contact AZ-TU Council Member Joe Miller,jam@prairietriz.com, or 928-978-1315 (m).

Cast N’ Blast

Jorge Canaca of AZGFD is finalizing details for a “Cast & Blast” event for Monday February 29th from 4:00 – 7:0p.m.

Jorge has indicated that he and Tony Guiles (Legislative Director) expect the Biscuit Tank to be arrival location and the BBQ dinner facility.   Also, he has the logos of the four organizations which will be added to his draft 2016 flyer (see attachment) as was done in 2015 (see attachment).

A total of 12 volunteers (collectively from Arizona Flycasters, Desert Fly Casters, Trout Unlimited and White Mountain Lakes Foundation)is being organized to conduct the “Cast” portion of the event.    Since many of the volunteers wear the hat of each of these organizations it is expected to not be a problem to have each organization represented.   As done at prior events, AFC has provided the fishing rods for the attendees and the volunteers bring their selection of flies for the event.   In addition to getting a free BBQ dinner and to meet some of the elected officials, IF there is a low turnout (as has been in the past) the volunteers can personally fish at Biscuit Tank.

Volunteers will meet at 4:00pm at the Biscuit Tank which is located near the AZGFD headquarters at 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix and the Ben Avery Target Center (see attached map).  The fly casting and fishing session is expected to last until 6:00p.m.   Additional volunteer information will be sent over the coming weekend.  Any materials for the legislator’s packets promoting each organization or programs are being provided and coordinated by John Doss (AFC), Joe Miller (DFC), Glen Knight (WMLF), and Jim Walker (TU).

All volunteers are invited to stay and attend the BBQ with the legislators and AZGFD staff. This is a great opportunity to spend quality time to talk with the legislators and the AZGFD staff about our organizations, water, fishing and conservation issues.

Please let Ben Alteneder and I know by Tuesday at 5p.m. if you would be able to volunteer.

This will be the third year that conservation organizations are involved in this annual event with the AZGFD Community & Congressional Relations staff for legislative friends at the State Capitol.  The “Arizona Legislators for Wildlife” caucus will be in attendance and will be recruiting legislators to join the caucus.  This bi-partisan caucus serves as a medium for sportsmen and conservation groups to engage legislators who have an interest in fishing, hunting, wildlife watching and outdoor recreation.  Attendance at the event will include about 30+ legislators and their staff.  It is expected 15 legislative guests will want to experience an opportunity to be taught fly casting and a chance to fish with representatives of Arizona Flycasters, Desert Fly Casters, Trout Unlimited and White Mountain Lakes Foundation.

We will provide volunteers updated details as they are received.

Don’t hesitate to call or email if you have any questions.

Thanks.

Jim Walker

International Fly Fishing Fair

ifff-188x150August 2-6
Livingston, MT

The International Federation of Fly Fishers will hold the 2016 Fly Fishing Fair in Livingston, Montana from August 2 though 6. Classes, both paid and free, will be held on those days, and the Exhibit Hall will be open August 4 through 6. Classes include all types and levels of casting and fly tying, and some not so related to fly fishing. The Exhibit Hall features fly tiers and vendors, all very willing to share their time and knowledge. Check the website atwww.fedflyfishers.org for more details.
A note from last year’s trip: Lodging in Livingston sold out in the weeks leading up to the event. Norm Johnson and I stayed in Bozeman, about 30 minutes away.
Greg Stock, IFFF Chair