May 12th General Meeting – Duane Redford

Duane Redford
If This, Then That – A Systematic Approach to Fishing Your Home Waters
Welcome back to Duane Redford!  Duane Redford, a professional fly fishing guide, spends the majority of his days guiding on the South Platte River below Deckers, Colorado and on the Eagle River near Minturn, Colorado. He began his fly fishing career fishing the Rocky Mountain West, and has been toting a fly rod for better than four decades.  As a retired teacher and coach, Duane has a unique, systematic approach to the river that he has used as the basis of his guiding for the last ten years.  This systematic approach, derived from guiding countless days on highly pressured, technical waters, has been refined over time, and is easily understood.  When he’s not guiding, Duane spends his time teaching fly fishing classes, blogging, speaking, and writing.  When he’s not teaching, writing or guiding, you’ll find him on the river.
Join us at the AFC general meeting on May 12th for Duane’s latest presentation, If This, Then That – A Systematic Approach to Fishing Your Home Waters.  If you are not able to make the AFC meeting on May 12th, Duane will also be appearing at the DFC meeting on May 11th. 

Navajo Unit Forecast for Spring Operations- April Update

alertIf you are planning a trip to the San Juan River in May be award.
Bulletin: Information related to the San Juan River.

Hi All-

I’m looking at a pretty similar forecast as March right now, a 3-day ramp up starting in mid-May, 33 days at 5,000 cfs, and a 2-week ramp back down. The start date is still up in the air, just waiting to see what the Animas does, but I’m still guessing mid-May is a good bet. I’ll update in a couple weeks…..

Susan Novak Behery, P.E.
Hydraulic Engineer
Western Colorado Area Office
Durango, CO

April 7, 2016

The April update to the most probable forecast for the April – July modified unregulated inflow volume to Navajo Reservoir is 530,000 acre-feet, a decrease of 40,000 af since the last forecast. This is 72% of the 30 year average. Snowpack above Navajo is currently 82% of average. Navajo reservoir current content is 1,445,000 acre-feet, which is 85% full (75% of active storage). Current reservoir elevation is 6067.4 ft. A dry spring has contributed to the falling forecast.

As per the 2016 Interim Operations at Navajo Reservoir, releases will be made to target the San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program’s (SJRIP) recommended baseflows of between 500 cfs and 1,000 cfs through the critical habitat area. The target base flow is calculated as the weekly average of gaged flows throughout the critical habitat area. The reservoir will be operated to target an end of year storage level between 6050 ft and 6063 ft. Water over this target will be made available for a spring peak release.

The most probable forecast results in spring peak release beginning in mid-May with a short 3-day ramp up to 5,000 cfs, 33 days at 5,000 cfs, followed by a 2-week ramp back down to the base release. The shape and timing of the hydrograph may change and will be coordinated with the SJRIP to balance recovery program benefits with potential flood control and operational safety. During spring operations, releases from the Navajo Unit will be made in an attempt to match the peak timing of the Animas River to maximize the peak at the San Juan at Four Corners gage while remaining below the US Army Corps of Engineers safe channel capacity of 5,000 cfs between Navajo and the confluence with the Animas in Farmington, and 12,000 cfs downstream of Farmington.

Projected spring operations will be updated with revisions to the forecast and are highly dependent on tributary flows throughout the San Juan River Basin. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or

Sign up to be notified Fishing Buddies Meet-ups

AZFISHBOOK-box-250-fishbook1Periodically Fishing Buddies organizes weekly meet-up at various venues.

Current Meet-up

Weekly Casting Practice Meet-up
Wednesdays, though-out the summer
(open to the public)

The time in April has been 10:30, however this schedule will change as summer heat move in on us.

We meet on the north side of the lake.  Typically has been 4 to 6 people, but hopefully this will expand.  So come on out and refine you casting skills.  If you are a beginner or old pro just want to keep you skills tuned come on out.  Member of AFC, interested in learning Fly Fishing or just want a test drive, come on out.

In addition other social meet-up events may be scheduled.  If you are interested in being notified via email fill out the form below and I will send reminders for time, place and date (if could be a moving target over the summer, check event schedule before attending).

Drop me an email at

The Rondoni Rod and it’s magic.


Wally and I went fishing up to silver creek Tuesday and Thursday and a I used the camo rod I won.  I caught about 8 nice rainbows, mostly on dry flies.  They put up quite a fight, testing the rod:) I caught the most on a ~size 12 foam rubber legs ant.

Connie Richards

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

Cast N’ Blast

Jorge Canaca of AZGFD is finalizing details for a “Cast & Blast” event for Monday February 29th from 4:00 – 7:0p.m.

Jorge has indicated that he and Tony Guiles (Legislative Director) expect the Biscuit Tank to be arrival location and the BBQ dinner facility.   Also, he has the logos of the four organizations which will be added to his draft 2016 flyer (see attachment) as was done in 2015 (see attachment).

A total of 12 volunteers (collectively from Arizona Flycasters, Desert Fly Casters, Trout Unlimited and White Mountain Lakes Foundation)is being organized to conduct the “Cast” portion of the event.    Since many of the volunteers wear the hat of each of these organizations it is expected to not be a problem to have each organization represented.   As done at prior events, AFC has provided the fishing rods for the attendees and the volunteers bring their selection of flies for the event.   In addition to getting a free BBQ dinner and to meet some of the elected officials, IF there is a low turnout (as has been in the past) the volunteers can personally fish at Biscuit Tank.

Volunteers will meet at 4:00pm at the Biscuit Tank which is located near the AZGFD headquarters at 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix and the Ben Avery Target Center (see attached map).  The fly casting and fishing session is expected to last until 6:00p.m.   Additional volunteer information will be sent over the coming weekend.  Any materials for the legislator’s packets promoting each organization or programs are being provided and coordinated by John Doss (AFC), Joe Miller (DFC), Glen Knight (WMLF), and Jim Walker (TU).

All volunteers are invited to stay and attend the BBQ with the legislators and AZGFD staff. This is a great opportunity to spend quality time to talk with the legislators and the AZGFD staff about our organizations, water, fishing and conservation issues.

Please let Ben Alteneder and I know by Tuesday at 5p.m. if you would be able to volunteer.

This will be the third year that conservation organizations are involved in this annual event with the AZGFD Community & Congressional Relations staff for legislative friends at the State Capitol.  The “Arizona Legislators for Wildlife” caucus will be in attendance and will be recruiting legislators to join the caucus.  This bi-partisan caucus serves as a medium for sportsmen and conservation groups to engage legislators who have an interest in fishing, hunting, wildlife watching and outdoor recreation.  Attendance at the event will include about 30+ legislators and their staff.  It is expected 15 legislative guests will want to experience an opportunity to be taught fly casting and a chance to fish with representatives of Arizona Flycasters, Desert Fly Casters, Trout Unlimited and White Mountain Lakes Foundation.

We will provide volunteers updated details as they are received.

Don’t hesitate to call or email if you have any questions.


Jim Walker