1st Talk: Entomology 101- On the Water & In Your Fly Box
Talk Description: Join Aquatic Biologist Peter Stitcher for a journey through the life cycles of aquatic insects on the water and in your fly box. In this talk, the participant will learn the defining characteristics of Midges, Mayflies, Caddis Flies and Stoneflies on the water, the identifying features of each life cycle, as well as the different types of fly patterns that we tie to match through the life cycles. We will also discuss how to identify each of the major trout foods as they fly over the water just by observing their distinctive flight patterns. After this talk, the participant will be able to quickly and easily identify the naturals on the water, and match that hatch!
2nd Talk: How Match the Hatch in 2 Minutes & Hack Hatch Charts
Talk Description: Join Aquatic Biologist and Fly Fishing Geek Peter Stitcher as he guides you through the PAUSE Method of matching the hatch, highlighting the 5 areas on and around the river that the angler can quickly observe to match the day’s hatch and choose the best fly patterns. He will then teach participants how to read between the lines of the traditional hatch chart so that the angler can begin to anticipate which flies will work year round on target waters, and ensure the right files are on hand before you get to the river.
Peter Stitcher is an Aquatic Biologist and Chief Fly Geek at Ascent Fly Fishing and River Oracle. Approaching the sport of fly fishing through the lens of a biologist, Peter strives to break down the sciences of entomology, fish feeding behavior, stream dynamics, and fish habitat use in order to equip the fly angler with an insider’s knowledge and biologist-crafted fly selections to help them experience greater success on the fly.
National Public Lands Day is the last Saturday of September, September 30th. If you are interested, the Mogollon Rim Ranger District is looking for volunteers to participate in any of the events listed below. Preregistration is required and the cutoff time is 4:00 pm on September 27th. We will meet at the Mogollon Rim Ranger District office at Blue Ridge on Highway 87 at 9:00 amto sign volunteer forms and have a safety talks. Location of the clean-up is to be determined based on the number of participants. Volunteers need to bring: work gloves, eye protection, water, snacks/lunch, boots, long pants and long sleeve shirt and be sure to dress for the weather. Physical labor requires bending, stooping, lifting objects. Please call Blue Ridge Ranger Station at 928-477-2255 if you are interested, and we will add your name to the list.
Bear Food Locker Install at Rock Crossing CG
Looking for participants to help install up to 16 bear lockers. Limit group size to 15. Preregistration is required and the cutoff time is 4pm, 9/27. We will meet at the RC CG on Forest Road 751 off State HWY 87 at 9:00am to sign volunteer forms and have a safety talk. Volunteers need to bring: Work Gloves, Eye Protection, Water, Snacks/Lunch, Boots, Long Pants, Long Sleeve Shirt, Sports Helmet (such as a bicycle helmet), and dress for Weather. Physical labor includes pounding posts and heavy lifting.
Long Valley Work Center (LVWC) Log Worm Construction
Looking for participants to help install log worm fencing. Limit Group Size to 10. Preregistration is required and the cutoff time is 4pm, 9/27. We will meet on FR 141at HWY 87 just south of Clint’s Well at 9:00am to sign volunteer forms and have a safety talk. Volunteers need to bring: Work Gloves, Eye Protection, Water, Snacks/Lunch, Boots, Long Pants, Long Sleeve Shirt, Sports Helmet (such as a bicycle helmet), and dress for Weather. Physical labor includes pounding posts and heavy lifting.
Dispersed Site Clean Up
Looking for participants to help clean up dispersed campsites. Number of volunteers, unlimited. Preregistration is required and the cutoff time is 4pm, 9/27. We will meet at the Mogollon Rim Ranger District office at Blue Ridge on HWY 87 at 9:00am to sign volunteer forms and have a safety talk. Location of clean-up is to be determined based on number of participants. Volunteers need to bring: Work Gloves, Eye Protection, Water, Snacks/Lunch, Boots, Long Pants, Long Sleeve Shirt, and Dress for Weather. Physical labor requires bending, stooping, lifting objects.
Thank you for your interest and your time. Jeannie
Jack Houck is one of the most knowledgeable fisherman in the state. If there is mud hole with a fish in it, Jack knows about it.
Jack has been fishing the rim country for 30+ years, been employed by Orvis for 16+ years.
Grew up in Eastern Washington State; have lived/fished in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona. He is also a Trout Unlimited volunteer and a key resource for the Trout-In-the-Classroom, as well as, a AZGFD volunteer.
Jack has been responsible for introducing hundreds of Arizonan to the sport of fly fishing with the Orvis Fly fishing 101 classes here in the Phoenix valley, Flagstaff, Payson and Prescott.
Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions is always looking for better, simpler ways to do things–whether you’re talking about tying a specific fly pattern or trying to get a new line and backing on a fly reel. Here, Tim demonstrates his method for ensuring that he gets just the right amount of backing loaded on a reel, to make the most of the arbor’s diameter. As usual, Tim employs a little ingenuity and some unorthodox materials. While this process may seem complicated, if you watch all the way to the end, you’ll discover that once you’re set up, the actual loading of the reel is a breeze.
Our basic fly tying classes started on September 1. We will tie nine different “bugs” over the course of the month. Brian Mazoyer has put together a great selection of fly patterns as well as an excellent team of instructors.
The classes are free to all club members. You can attend any or all the classes, as you like. Our
instructors will be there to help if you need it. The club supplies all the materials and has equipment for those in need.
The complete schedule of classes is set forth above and on the website. All classes are held at the
Sunnyslope Community Center from 7:00 to 8:45 PM. Please be a little early, as we start at 7:00 PM sharp. If you have questions, give Ron Robinson a call at 602-867-8820.
Casting classes are extremely import so you understand proper casting technique, however practice is what sets that muscle memory so you can repeat, mindless, a quality casting action and as Cinda Howard told me putting the fly where you want it is the key.
So come on out. Starting on September 6 at 8:00a we will meet every Wednesday until May. Keep in touch with social media and the newsletter for times. Time will change as the weather does.
If you have questions, give John Doss a call at 623-229-8335.
We resume our monthly casting classes Saturday, September 14. Our classes will run through April and are held from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at Steele Indian School Park. Enter the park on the south side at Indian School Road and 3rd Street. We will be all the way at the north end of the parking lot on the grass. If there is an event blocking the Indian School Road entrance, use the entrance on the west side at Central Avenue (about 1/4 mile north of Indian School Road). The club has rods and reels for those in need and a fine group of casting instructors. It will likely be hot, so bring your sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, and water. The first class will feature a review of methods to give you good loop control and show you how to develop a casting practice session designed for your specific needs. If you have questions, give Ron Robinson a call at 602-867-8820.
I was a practicing orthopedic surgeon in the valley for 32yrs. and retired 2yrs ago. I began fly fishing 10 years ago and quickly tried to learn as much as I could. 3 years ago I became a certified casting instructor with the FFF. I’ve read, studied and fished with some of the current experts in the sport. Fishing has taken me to Montana, California, Florida, Virginia, Wyoming, The Keys, Bahama’s, Cuba, Belize and Mexico. I’m currently working with the AFC casters on Wednesdays, Wounded Warriors, Boy Scouts and I have been the Education Chairman for DFC this past year.