Annual Banquet & Raffle

banquet-350x250The annual Banquet and Raffle is AFC’s flagship event.  It gives our members a chance to bring the family out to an event where we all can get to know it other a little better, share a great meal (this is not your burger & dog cookout), recognize our many tireless and dedicated members for their contributions in the past year and WIN GREAT PRIZES.  

In addition it is our major fundraiser for the year.  Your ticket price covers the food and the raffle sales gives us the resources we need to do our members services and community outreach projects.

Lot of work goes into the planning each year.  The last few year Marti Cahoon has headed up this project and we all own her a great deal of thanks.  Here dedication and hard work make this go off without a hitch.

So in short, when you think about whether you want to attend or how many raffle tickets to purchase, remember your support and dollars are what make our club outstanding and a shining star in the community

President’s Lines March

Springtime is here and it’s time for “March Madness.”  I’m not talking about college basketball; I am referring to cabin fever madness.  That is when you load all the flies you tied this winter and get out of the house and go fishing for the first time in the spring.  Better yet, contact a buddy on our “AZFishbook” page and make a day of it with another club member. No matter where or when you go, getting a line wet for the first time in the spring makes the long winter melt away.  Don’t forget to take pictures and send them to John Doss so we can include them in the PowerPoint at the general meeting.

The AFC Annual Banquet and Raffle on March 6 promises to be a great event. I look forward to meeting old friends and making new ones.  The food is going to be delicious and the raffle prizes awesome. Brad Johnson and his committee have done another great job this year.

Speaking of committees, we are starting to form committees for a lot of fun events coming up in 2016.   We are looking for members who would like to help with conservation, outings, education, special events, youth activities, and other areas where the need arises.  We always welcome fresh ideas and perspectives and would like to see all our members get involved in one or more committees.  Please contact me or any board member and let us know if you can help. Let’s hear from you and make 2016 the best year ever for AFC!

Our association with the Sunnyslope Community Center has been beneficial to our club, and we support the center any way we can. One of the best ways we can support the center is to swipe our cards when we attend any AFC meeting or class. For the many of you who do this, I thank you.  For new members, just remember to stop by the front desk and swipe your card when you come in.

This month’s quote:  “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”  – Henry David Thoreau

I believe every fishing trip is its own adventure. Thanks to all of you for making AFC the best club in Arizona.

Jim
AFC President
president@azflycasters.com, jrondoman@gmail.com

Landon Mayer March General Meeting

landonRMayerLandon Mayer’s angling success is fueled by an addiction to pursuing large trout with small flies and lightweight fly-fishing equipment. Mayer enthusiastically teaches and demonstrates his techniques and on-river knowledge to fellow anglers and has developed innovative strategies for sighting, hooking, and landing selective trout. He shares these tips and secrets in his books 101 Trout Tips: A Guide’s Secrets, Tactics and Techniques (new for 2015), Colorado’s Best Fly Fishing, Sight Fishing for Trout, and How to Catch the Biggest Trout of Your Life, in addition to two DVDs:  Landing the Trout of Your Life and Weapons of Bass Production, both of which also feature John Barr.

Landon’s passion for fly-fishing has allowed him to make several noteworthy contributions to the sport on and off the water. This has included travels to fly-fishing related organizations of the Mid-Atlantic, West, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and Southern states, as well as teaching through guided trips, fly-fishing classes, presentations, and demonstrations of his unique techniques.

Mayer is a contributing writer for Fly Fisherman and High Country Angler magazines. His contributions also have been featured in publications such as Fly Rod and Reel, American Angler, Southwest Fly Fishing, Field and Stream, and Fish and Fly magazines.

As an ambassador in the fly-fishing industry, Mayer represents several lines including Simms Fly Fishing apparel and is a royalty fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. He is also an advisory team member of Simms, Ross, Scientific Angler, Smith Optics, Fish Pond, and Casio Pro Trek watches.

Mayer has been guiding in Colorado full time on the South Platte River for the last 19 years, and one full season on
the Nak Nek River in AK.  He resides with his wife, Michelle, and their four children in Florissant, Colorado. For additional information on his services and presentations, contact him at 719-210-0619 www.landonmayer.com Landon Mayer Fly Fishing on Facebook

We are pleased to be able to partner with our friends at Desert Flycasters Club to bring you a special two-night event.  On Wednesday, March 9th, Landon will give his Trout Tips: A guided Secrets, Tactics, and Techniques presentation at the Chandler Elks Lodge located at 1775 West Chandler Boulevard in Chandler.  The following evening, Landon will present Colorado’s Best:  Hunting Trout the Four Seasons at the Arizona Flycasters Club general meeting to be held at the Sunnyslope Community Center, 804 East Vogel Street in Phoenix.  Both events are free and open to the public.

Membership Renewal Deadline Is March 31

 raffle-renewal-final-1000x325Keep Your Membership Active!

 Our last membership raffle campaign proved to be popular, and with the March 31 deadline for renewing your membership approaching, we have decided to have another membership renewal raffle. To be eligible, your 2016 membership must be paid by midnight, March 31, 2016.  Everybody who renewed previously, as well as those who renew in March, will be eligible. Once again, the prize will be a $50 gift certificate for AFC merchandise.  Don’t let your membership lapse!

 

What can AFC do for YOU?

 

AFC will be working hard in 2016 to add to the incredible education and outing offerings of past years, along with some new and engaging features available on our website:

  • AZFishbook: You’ve heard of  AFC is developing AZFishbook – a membership-only website (coming soon).
  • Fishing Buddies: Arrange your own trip or find someone looking for a fishing
  • Special Events: We will be scheduling more special outings like the San Juan River, Wyoming, and other trips with AFC’s fishing partners.
  • Get Involved: We contribute many volunteer hours every year to promoting the sport of fly fishing and community outreach projects and will be focusing on family event involvement.
  • Improved equipment classifieds: Got something to sell, donate, or give away?  Looking for an item to buy?  Use the classifieds section on our
  • Join an existing club network or start your own social fishing network of your fishing friends.

 

The purpose of expanding our digital capabilities is not to replace person-to-person interaction, but to give you another channel to help facilitate person-to-person interaction. As with any tool, it is effective only if used appropriately to, for example:

  • help you, our members, communicate with other like-minded members,
  • give the board feedback and suggestions to make this a better club for members, the community, and the environment, and
  • sign up for

 

Our website also can help make things like renewing your membership, paying for events, or purchasing merchandise more convenient by credit card processing.

Rod Construction Classes March 2, 21, and 23 7:00 PM

ron-robinsonMarch 2, 21, and 23 7:00 PM
Sunnyslope Community Center

Ron Robinson, Education Chair

At our first class held on March 2, we discussed construction and how to order parts. If you missed that class and want to build a rod, you can contact Ron Robinson at 602-867-8820 and he can help you get ready for actual construction that will begin on March 21 and 23.  All costs for the components are the students’ responsibility.  The club will supply the instruction, glue, sandpaper, and reamers.  Even if you are not planning to build a rod, you are welcome to attend to get an idea of what is involved in this fun and rewarding activity.  All classes will be held at the Sunnyslope Community Center from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

 

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.