Lee’s Ferry outing in September

Name: Tom Scheidt
Email:  Scheidt1@cox.net
Name of Fishing Buddy Event => Lee’s Ferry
Date => September 2016
Contact => 623-362-2806

I’d like to get folks together to fish Lee’s Ferry in September…. maybe for 3 days. We would stay at Lee’s Ferry campground for those with trailers or tents. Cliff Dweller’s Lodge is a god place for those that would like to stay in a motel. I will do the walk in area, but there are also guide trips to go up stream.

I have made a map of the walk-in area, and fly patterns that have worked for me and others that have gone.

Please contact me (phone is the best)and we’ll set some dates that don’t interfere with club activies.

AFC – July 22-24 – Big Lake Rainbow Campground


From July 22 through 24, the club will be at Big Lake in the White Mountains. Located at about 9,000 feet elevation, Big Lake offers needed relief from the scorching temperatures in the Valley. The lake is heavily stocked throughout the summer and has a good population of winter holdovers, thus offering the angler a chance to catch a trophy trout. Club members have already started making reservations in Rainbow Campground (around site numbers 48 through 65). You are responsible for making your own reservations, which can be made at http://www.recreation.gov. This is a very popular area, and I can’t stress enough that you should make reservations early, as in now, to be part of the adventure! If you don’t find a site in Rainbow Campground to your liking, there are other campgrounds at the lake, and there are many fine accommodations to be had in the surrounding communities of Greer, Alpine, and Springerville/ Eagar, all a very short drive from the lake. In addition, to help us understand who is attending, if you could register online with AFC at http://afc-biglake-2016.eventbrite.com, we would appreciate it. Our potluck is scheduled for Saturday at 3:00 PM depending on weather (check with other AFC members about the potluck). This is a popular outing every year. I hope you join us!

AFC – August 26-28 – Woods Canyon Lake


From August 26-28, we will be at Woods Canyon Lake on the Mogollon Rim for our annual Crawfish

Festival. The club has reserved Crook Group Campground Loop B. For those planning on spending the weekend, there will be a $23 camping fee. If you can’t make it for the entire weekend, this outing makes a great day trip, as Woods Canyon Lake is only two hours north of the Valley. If you choose to come up for the day, the fee is $5 per carload. Space is limited for weekenders, but there are still nice spots which can be reserved online at Eventbrite or at the general meetings.

As part of our annual tradition, we’ll harvest crawfish from the lake and make the “mud bugs” taste like a shrimp cocktail. What they do to the aquatic environment is the bad news–the good news is that they are delicious! We will do our best to eliminate as many crawfish as possible and feast on the bounty! Hope to see you all there. This is a great outing for the whole family!

To get to the campground, take Highway 87 out of Phoenix to Payson. Turn right (east) on Highway 260 out of Payson. When you reach the top of the Mogollon Rim, turn left on Forest Road 300 at the Woods Canyon Lake turnoff. Follow Forest Road 300 about 3 miles until you reach Forest Road 105 (entrance to Woods Canyon Lake). Turn right and immediately turn right again into the Crook Group Campground.

Special Note: If you sign up on Eventbrite @ https://afc-woodcanyon-2016.eventbrite.com  for the Crawfish Festival or the October San Juan trip, you will be entered to win a raffle prize at each of those outings!

DFC – San Juan River Sept 22 – 24th

The annual San Juan River Fishing Trip is September 22, 23, and 24th.
This is three nights lodging and two days guided fishing. The guides will provide all of the flies needed and lunch on the river. Last year we took 20 people on the trip and we had a great time. Everyone said they wanted to come back because the fishing was great and the guides were fun and put everyone on fish. This year’s trip is $595.00, and the price is based on double occupancy on the rooms and two fisherman in each drift boat. Please contact me at the meeting in July or you can call me at 602-451-9459 or email me at billy.wingo@phoenix.gov. Need to have your deposit by the July DFC meeting to hold your spot, and the trip must be fully paid up by the August DFC meeting.

ATTENTION – Some people had mentioned they would like to go during the week instead of the weekend. We have six people right now who say they would be interested in arriving on Monday, September
19th and fishing Tuesday and Wednesday the 20th and 21st. We may be able to split the trip for these people so please let me know if you are interested in this or the regular weekend trip. It will be a lot of fun either way so please join us.

Catch me Billy Wingo at: 602-451-9459 or email me at billy.wingo@phoenix.gov.