By Ron Robinson
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.
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.
August 10, 2017
Sunnyslope Community Center
Growing up in Wisconsin, Tracy Stephens spent her summers outside camping and fishing for walleye and crappie with her family. Time outside and great science teachers developed her interest in field biology. While attending college, Tracy worked seasonally in fisheries for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources before landing a summer technician job with Wyoming Game and Fish Department. After receiving her B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Tracy spent over 15 years working for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, primarily in the Jackson Region. As a regional fisheries biologist, Tracy was responsible for managing fisheries in the Snake River headwaters and worked with a variety of species, including Snake River Cutthroat Trout, Bluehead Sucker, and Northern Leatherside Chub. Some of the projects she completed included a survey of alpine lakes in Grand Teton National Park, extensive drainage surveys of remote waters, and planning and implementing a chemical treatment project of a wilderness lake to remove non-native rainbow trout. She also organized the annual Jackson Kids Fishing Day, a free community event held every June. In March, 2017 Tracy began work with AZGFD as the Native Trout and Chub Coordinator.
Also Tracy will be speaking at the Zane Grey Trout Unlimited Meeting at Bass Pro Shop on August 3rd at 7:00 pm.