Partridge and Green Soft Hackle

Hook: Standard wet, size 12-16 Screen Shot 2016-07-04 at 11.07.35 AM
Thread: Black 6/0 or 8/0
Rib: Silver tinsel or wire
Body: Peacock herl
Hackle: Partridge
Head: Thread

1. Place the debarbed hook into the vise. Attach the thread just behind the eye of the hook and start wrapping back towards the bend. After only a few wraps of thread, tie in the ribbing material and wrap back over it to the bend. Wrap the thread back towards the eye where the thread was started.

2. Tie in several strands of peacock herl by the tips. Take the peacock and wrap it around the thread several times to form a rope (this will help make the

peacock stronger). Take the peacock rope and wrap it around the shank of the hook towards the bend, then wrap it back to the tie-in point and tie off. Trim the excess peacock.

3. Now take the rib material and counter wrap in a spiral fashion, making only three or four turns, tie off, and trim.

4. Take a partridge feather and prepare it by trimming the end and removing the barbs from the top half of the feather. Tie in at the front of the body. Take hold of the feather and make only one or two wraps around the hook, tie off, and trim.

5. Use the thread to form a neat head. Whip finish and cut the thread. The fly is ready to fish.

July General Education – Mark Pearlstein, Balanced Leech

July 19, 7:00 PM
Sunny slope Community Center

Our education class this month will show you how to tie a deadly Balanced Leech.

Our guest instructor will be Mark Pearlstein. Mark has used Balanced Leeches with great success in the ponds and lakes of Oregon.

Balanced patterns are becoming very popular among still water anglers. Philip Rowley told us about the unique features of balanced patterns in his presentation to our club last year. The Balanced Leech (Minnow) is designed to fish under an indicator. The concept is to get larger flies to ride horizontally in the water

under an indicator and not up and down like a midge. This helps the fly imitate leeches and minnows swimming in the water. It is tied on a 60-degree jig hook and incorporates a straight pin or brad in which the bead is secured to balance the fly. Smaller size 8 flies are called balanced leeches and larger size 4 flies are referred to as Balanced Minnows.

Balanced patterns can be used on many different types of flies. We will tie a simple Simi Seal-type leech. You also could use a balanced technique on flies such as the Arizona Peacock Lady, Woolly Bugger, Woolly Worm, most any leech pattern, and quite a few of the popular wet fly patterns. In addition to showing you how to tie this style of fly, Mark will give tips on how the fly should be fished.

The club will supply all the materials you need. If you need tools or a vise, the club will have them

available. If you have questions, give Ron a call at 602-867-8820.


Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) Rim Country EIS Launched

The US Forest Service Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) Team has announced the 4FRI Rim Country EIS for forest restoration across much of the Mogollon Rim and into the White Mountains and has released the “Proposed Action” for that Project.  Many of our favorite trout streams and prime fishing on and under the Rim are included in the “Footprint”.    The Proposal already includes stream restoration for 350 miles of streams.     We’ve got a great opportunity for real improvements in our Fishing Landscape, and this is an opportunity to directly help decide what actually gets done.  Arizona Game and Fish, Trout Unlimited, and the Forest Service are already working together on this restoration, so let’s jump in, too.

The 4 Forest Restoration Initiative “Rim Country” EIS, which covers 1.24 Million Acres over significant parts of the Coconino, Tonto and Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, will include up to 350 miles of stream restoration work for both native and wild non-native trout.  Release of the Scoping Documents last week started a 45 day comment period that will close Thursday August 11th.  AZ Trout Unlimited is working this opportunity very hard, together with AZGFD.  We can all ask AZGFD Aquatics Branch Chief Chris Cantrell about this during his presentation to DFC on July 13.

The “Rim Country” EIS will have a huge impact on All trout streams across the Mogollon Rim and through much of the White Mountains.  It’s our fishing area!  Even those streams that don’t see direct stream restoration will likely benefit from improved stream flows as the surrounding forest is restored to a more natural structure.  See the Map below for an idea of just how widespread the streams are.

And of course, there are public comments being solicited and collected at meetings in Payson (Thursday night, July 21) or Show Low (Thursday night, July 14).  I hope and encourage DFC members to make one of those meetings, learn more, talk directly to the planners, see detailed maps, and provide specific comments.  It’s another great reason to leave the Valley early for a long weekend of fishing on the Rim or in the White Mtns. The Public Scoping Comment Period will close on Thursday August 11, so our August meeting will be just in time for a final reminder to comment.

The public inputs and comments obtained at the Scoping Meetings and during the Scoping Comment period will be used to perform analysis, develop Alternatives and proposed actions and a Draft EIS is expected next year.  We’ll have another chance to submit comments at that time, but the earlier we get involved, the more influence we can have.

Here’s the Major Information from the Forest Service Press Release:

  • Forest Service seeks public input on Rim Country Proposed Action
  • Four Forest Restoration Initiative Stakeholders Group hosts two public meetings

Flagstaff, AZ – June 29, 2016 – For Immediate Release: The Forest Service has released the Proposed Action (PA) for the Rim Country Project and the public is encouraged to provide comments. These comments will help the Interdisciplinary Team as they conduct a comprehensive analysis of the environmental impacts of the proposed restoration treatments.

The Rim Country Project is the second landscape scale, multi forest analysis within the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI). The Forest Service is proposing restoration activities on nearly 1.24 million acres along the Mogollon Rim near the communities of Happy Jack, Payson, Young, Heber-Overgaard, Show Low, and Pinetop-Lakeside. The objective is to re-establish forest ecosystems that support natural fire regimes, promote functioning populations of native plants and animals, and reduce the threat of destructive wildfire. Proposed treatments include thinning, prescribed fire, reforestation, spring and stream restoration, and decommissioning and improving roads.

The following two public meetings have been scheduled by the 4FRI Stakeholder Group. These meetings are open to all members of the public.

  • Thursday, July 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Frontier Conference Room in Show Low.
  • Thursday, July 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Julia Randall Elementary School gymnasium in Payson.

The next step in the planning process will be to review and respond to comments and develop alternatives to be described and analyzed in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Draft

EIS is expected in July 2017 and the Final EIS is expected in September 2018.  To be most helpful, comments on the PA should be submitted by August 11.

Send written comments to the Four Forest Restoration Initiative at 1824 S. Thompson St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, by fax to 928-527- 3620, or by email to The public can review the Proposed Action and follow the project as the planning process continues by visiting

The Complete 32 page Proposed action, with maps, details of analysis to be done, discussion of Desired Conditions and proposed treatments, etc., can be viewed at the website address above.  Here it is again:

For more information, you can always contact Joe Miller, at

Good Fishing!

Wyoming Stone Fly Frenzy

What I did on my summer vacation – John Doss

With the threat of 118-degree weather and my wife wanting me out of her dossigan-hqhair, I decided to take a week-long camping trip with my Jumping Jack trailer.

My adventure started with a trip to the Rim to Knoll Lake with good friends Alan Davis, Ken Richter, and Jim Rondoni. Continued on to Colorado and Wyoming.  Alan was giving his kayak another run, and Ken brought his 14-foot aluminum boat. Fishing was a little slow, but the weather was great, and camping, cigars, wine, and beer can sure take the edge off. And as always, enjoying another fantastic Ken Richter gourmet meal and campfire stories (except no campfire due to fire restrictions) made for a great time.

The Arkansas River in Colorado
The Arkansas River in Colorado

On Sunday morning we separated, and I continued my journey northeast toward Colorado and Wyoming. A few weeks earlier I had heard that the stone flies would be hatching and the fishing would be “epic”. Also, Joe McDonnell indicated he was going back to Wyoming, and I didn’t want Joe to fish alone.

My first stop was in Buena Vista, Colorado to camp for three days. I contacted Landon Mayer, who spoke at our March general meeting, hoping to fish with him. Unfortunately, he was busy with a video production so I had to fish on my own. I started at the South Platte River, where Landon advised there was good fishing, and ended on the Arkansas River. Fishing was pretty good and the scenery was spectacular.

john-joe-cutthroatFrom Buena Vista my journey continued north to Casper, Wyoming, where I met up with Joe and stayed at Jason Ostrander’s Grey Reef Anglers lodge. Wow, did he do an amazing job on his new lodge. Our guide, Andy Brust, was great, extremely helpful, and made sure we had a great experience. Andy helped improve our fishing skills, and his knowledge of the river assured we had lots of opportunities to catch large fish.

The first day we fished the North Platte below Grey Reef Dam. Both Joe and I caught a few fish, with Joe getting the better of it. Days two and three we decided to check out the Miracle Mile with hopes that the stone flies would be hatching. Typically, stone flies don’t start hatching until the end of June, continuing into the first week of July. Incredibly, though, they were hatching. Actually, they had been in the hatch cycle for over a week according to Andy because they were dropping eggs. Fishing was great. Watching the fish come out of the water to hit dry flies was awesome. We caught 20 to 30 fish during the three-day excursion with none less than 18 inches. The fish above is a 23-inch cutthroat. Two of the three days we hit the trifecta (rainbow, brown, and cutthroat).

2016062495161653In addition to the great fishing, the wildlife was spectacular. Wyoming has more antelope than people. Deer were also quite common. With the hatch, the seagulls, swallows, and many other birds were as excited as we were. Eagles, osprey, and pelicans were always on the lookout for an unsuspecting trout patrolling for a stone fly.

I would have to rate this trip a 9 on a scale of 10. The only other trip that comes close was our Grey Reef Anglers trip in early May (this was my second trip with Grey Reef Anglers). Both trips were experiences of a lifetime.


July General Meeting – Jim Walker

Conservation Activities in Arizona by Trout Unlimited

Improving and protecting water and fisheries does not just happen without lots of attention and work. Often many individuals and organizations collaborate to make the impossible possible.  Here in Arizona many people are members of both Arizona Flycasters and Trout Unlimited.

Jim Walker and John Doss, members of the AFC and the Zane Grey TU chapter, will give examples of the numerous and varied collaborations with Trout Unlimited programs that have occurred and are being planned throughout Arizona.

Jim Walker has been a member of Arizona Flycasters for over ten years and has been a member of Trout Unlimited in various states for over 27 years. He has been a member of the Zane Grey TU Chapter here in Phoenix for over twelve years and currently serves as the President, on the Arizona Trout Unlimited Council and on the national Trout Unlimited Board of Trustees.

Jim will give an update on some of the projects he discussed in his 2014 presentation and introduce many of the new projects that are underway or planned throughout Arizona.

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