Soul River Runs wild

Support Chad Brown and Soul River Runs Wild

“Veterans and inner-city youth share similar troubles. But they also have one important thing in common: the healing power of wild rivers. Getting outdoors onto protected, public lands inspires hope in both groups. It inspires hope in all of us. Let’s conserve our lands and our waters for generations of today and tomorrow.” – Chad Brown

Colorado Personal Pontoon $399

personal-pontoon-jdNew condition – Used about 10 times.

$399.00

Contact: John Doss – jdoss@dossigan.com

Description: The Colorado Pontoon Boat from Classic Accessories® is a 9′ high-capacity inflatable pontoon boat with a padded seat and 400 lb. capacity. Special features include: a high storage capacity with 10 mesh pockets, 12 zippered pockets, and 2 insulated drink holders; 3-position rod holder; wire rear storage and battery platform; anchor system with fillable mesh bag, cleat and pulley controls; sturdy, 2-position motor mount for trolling; and detachable foam fly patch. For comfort, there are 3 oarlock positions and an adjustable seat and footrests. Construction features include: heavy-duty pontoons with abrasion-resistant bottoms and tough nylon tops; bronze oarlocks; powder-coated steel tube frame; cold- and heat-resistant bladders; 2-piece, 7′ aluminum oars; and combination quick inflation/deflation valves. A unique dual-side stripping apron (with fish ruler) allows entry and exit without unclipping. Weight: 71-1/2 lb. Assembled size: 108″L x 56″W x 26″H. Manufacturer’s 2-year limited warranty. Imported.
Manufacturer model #: 69660.

  • 400 lb. weight capacity
  • Heavy-duty, 9′ pontoons
  • High storage capacity
  • 3-position oarlocks
  • Powder-coated steel tube frame
  • Cold- and heat-resistant bladders
  • Wire rear storage and battery platform
  • Fold-down seat
  • Adjustable seat and non-slip footrests
  • Weight: 71-1/2 lb.

2016 Banquet Photos

Thanks to all the people who came out to help set up the banquet, man registration table and raffle ticket sales table. Thanks to all the contributors of raffle prizes, as well as, the great deserts table.  And a special thanks to the Banquet Committee of Brad Norgaard, Marti Cahoon and Brad Johnson.

Also thanks to all of you who contributed by purchasing raffle tickets.  As mentioned this is one of the club’s highlights of the year and you all make it possible.

Thank you for the AFC Board.

Conservation News

Eric Swanson, Conservation Chair

Increased Conservation Participation Sought by Board

Increasing participation in conservation activities and conservation committees has been identified as an important AFC goal for 2016. AFC is looking for conservation-minded members to:

1) identify and participate in future fishery conservation projects,

2) advocate for local, state, and federal conservation issues of concern to AFC, and/or

3) contribute to conservation activities that enhance fish populations and aquatic habitats in Arizona.

If you are interested in any of the above-mentioned aspects of conservation, please contact our

Conservation Chair Eric Swanson at a monthly meeting or conservation@azflycasters.com.

AZSFWC 2015 Conservation Highlights

Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation recently compiled an impressive list of accomplishments for 2015. Here’s a list of the 2015 fishery-related accomplishments:

  • Supported AZGFD efforts with Willow Beach Fish Hatchery to support continued trout stockings
  • Supported the Lees Ferry trout fishery through the Lees Ferry Management Plan and Long TermEnvironmental Management Plan (LTEMP) Environmental Impact Statement
  • Supported wildlife and fishery management issues at Havasu National Wildlife Refuge
  • Provided forest planning input to Coconino, Tonto, and Kaibab National Forests
  • Awarded almost $40,000 towards fishing clinics and events, Trout in the Classroom, and Wild Trout Conference (and another $53,000 toward hunting and wildlife related activities and projects)
  • Actively opposed proposed legislation regarding the Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument and the transfer of federal lands to the state
  • Actively supported the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act and permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund
  • Fostered continuing coordination, communications, and relationships with the Game and FishCommission and Department

More advocacy and Wildlife Conservation License Plate Grants are planned in 2016. AFC has been an active member of AZSFWC for the past decade with key participation by Gary Stinson, Chuck Howey, Jim Walker, and Eric Swanson.

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

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.