Peter Stitcher is an Aquatic Biologist and Chief Fly Geek at Ascent Fly Fishing

1st Talk:
Entomology 101- On the Water & In Your Fly Box

Talk Description:
Join Aquatic Biologist Peter Stitcher for a journey through the life cycles of aquatic insects on the water and in your fly box.  In this talk, the participant will learn the defining characteristics of Midges, Mayflies, Caddis Flies and Stoneflies on the water, the identifying features of each life cycle, as well as the different types of fly patterns that we tie to match through the life cycles.  We will also discuss how to identify each of the major trout foods as they fly over the water just by observing their distinctive flight patterns.   After this talk, the participant will be able to quickly and easily identify the naturals on the water, and match that hatch!

2nd Talk:
How Match the Hatch in 2 Minutes & Hack Hatch Charts

 Talk Description:
Join Aquatic Biologist and Fly Fishing Geek Peter Stitcher as he guides you through the PAUSE Method of matching the hatch, highlighting the 5 areas on and around the river that the angler can quickly observe to match the day’s hatch and choose the best fly patterns. He will then teach participants how to read between the lines of the traditional hatch chart so that the angler can begin to anticipate which flies will work year round on target waters, and ensure the right files are on hand before you get to the river.

Peter Stitcher is an Aquatic Biologist and Chief Fly Geek at Ascent Fly Fishing and River Oracle. Approaching the sport of fly fishing through the lens of a biologist, Peter strives to break down the sciences of entomology, fish feeding behavior, stream dynamics, and fish habitat use in order to equip the fly angler with an insider’s knowledge and biologist-crafted fly selections to help them experience greater success on the fly.

Jack Houck, Fly Fishing the Rim Country

Jack Houck is one of the most knowledgeable fisherman in the state.  If there is mud hole with a fish in it, Jack knows about it.
Jack has been fishing the rim country for 30+ years, been employed by Orvis for 16+ years.
Grew up in Eastern Washington State; have lived/fished in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona.  He is also a Trout Unlimited volunteer and a key resource for the Trout-In-the-Classroom, as well as, a AZGFD volunteer.  
Jack has been responsible for introducing hundreds of Arizonan to the sport of fly fishing with the Orvis Fly fishing 101 classes here in the Phoenix valley, Flagstaff, Payson and Prescott.

Doug Bobb – The Art of Fly Fishing

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.

Tracy Stephens, Native Trout and Chub Coordinator, AZGFD

August 10, 2017
7:00 pm
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.

Bring a Buddy – Kayak fishing – Sponsored by Lower Gear Outdoors

Bring a Buddy!
Win a Free day rental of Pro Angler 12 Hobie
Sponsored by Lower Gear Outdoors

AZ Kayak & Motorless Anglers Presentation
by Marvin Forte and Brian Soefje
Also featuring Dallas Shewmaker, Owner, LowerGear Outdoors
Kayak fishing is on the rise, and for good reason. The cost of entry is low, and the ongoing costs are nearly nothing when compared to other watercraft. Kayak fishing is stealthy and puts the angler closer to the water and more in tune. If you have considered getting into kayak or motorless fishing, this presentation could save you tons of time and energy. Marvin and Brian will share their experience and expertise fishing with a spinning rod, bait caster or fly rod. Multiple angling kayaks and watercraft will be on display. Marvin and Brian will also cover some of the best waters to kayak fish in Arizona, as well as answering your questions.
Marvin Forte
Marvin is on Native Watercraft’s ProStaff.
He’s one the administrators of Arizona Kayak & Motorless Anglers, a fishing club and Facebook group of over 1,900 members.
As Chapter Coordinator for the Arizona chapter of Heroes on the Water, he gives back to veterans, active military and first responders, spreading the excitement and relaxation of kayak fishing.
He’s participated in over 20 kayak fishing tournaments in Arizona, placing first, second and third.
“One of the great things about kayak fishing in Arizona, is that I can get out on the water 12 months out of the year, and when summer gets too hot, I hit the mountains for some cooler temps and different species. Some guys see a fishing kayak as a stepping stone to a bass boat, but not me. I’d rather be in a kayak than a bass boat any day. Close to water, in touch with nature, authentic. That’s why I kayak fish.”
Brian Soefje
Brian is on Hobie’s Kayak Fishing Team, Cactus Wren Outdoor’s Pro Staff, and Kistler Rod’s Regional Team. He’s also the Secretary of the Arizona Chapter of Heroes on the Water.
A regular kayak tournament angler, Brian has placed first place in over eight tournaments and he is well on his way to qualifying for the 2018 Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship.
He’s a certified AZ Game & Fish Fishing Instructor, a regular speaker at Bass Pro Shops and the International Sportsman Expo in Scottsdale. He’s an active member of the AZ Kayak and Motorless Anglers club and Facebook group (1900+ members strong. He hosts his own YouTube channel under his alias, AZKayakFisherman.
“I was introduced to the new sport of kayak fishing five years ago and I caught the bug. I enjoy fishing from a bass boat but kayak fishing is incredible! You will now see me on an Arizona lake pretty much every weekend and even some weekdays. I enjoy teaching and love talking about this great sport.“

Cole Glenn San Juan Anglers

Cole Glenn was born and raised in Woodland Park Colorado before relocating to Durango to attend Fort Lewis College.  He got his first trout fishing education while growing up on a ranch with trout ponds and many gold metal rivers in the area.
Cole graduated from Fort Lewis College with a Tourism Resort Management degree and spent some years working in the hospitality and resort industries. After attending a Fly Fishing Guide School he took a guide position at the shop, but soon became the general manager at The San Juan Angler.
He likes to spend his off time exploring backcountry streams, hunting for trophy trout on the Los Pinos River, as well as testing his metal on the mighty and challenging Animas River. He has a unique knowledge of the Southwest as he has called Durango home for the past 13 years. Cole demonstrates a deep passion for the sport and enjoys sharing those experiences with others.

Jim Cox, Western Rivers Conservancy

Jim Cox, Director of Donor Relations for Western Rivers Conservancy will make a presentation entitled “Sometimes To Save A River You Have To Buy It.”  WRC has been working to conserve and protect lands on more than 60 rivers in eight western states.  The presentation will focus on how WRC purchases riverlands across the West to protect and conserve vital river ecosystems and to provide compatible public access.  Included in the program is stunning photography of past and current projects including work on some of the most iconic fly fishing rivers across the West including Idaho’s Salmon River, Oregon’s John Day  and North Umpqua, the Yampa and Rio Grande in Colorado, the Madison River in Montana, California’s Klamath Rivers, and Washington’s Hoh River.  We will also chat about our work in Arizona to protect Fossil Creek and the East Verde.

Jim Cox Bio:

Jim joined Western Rivers Conservancy as Director of Donor Relations in 2011. He has more than 25 years experience working professionally in the nonprofit sector. Jim is a past steering committee co-chair of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, and is an active member of the Northwest Planned Giving Roundtable and is also a member of Trout Unlimited, Flyfishers Club of Oregon, IFFF,  the Native Fish Society, and The Freshwater Trust among many other conservation groups. Jim holds a Bachelor of Theatre Degree from Willamette University.

Cinda Howard of Fly Fish Arizona and Beyond, Speaker December 14th Meeting

Where: Sunnyslope Community Center
Sunnyslope Community Center
802 E Vogel Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020
December 14th, 7:00 pm

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Mike Kaul – February 2017 Presenter

BIOGRAPHY
MIKE KAUL

Mike grew up fishing the many fine streams and lakes in Sublette County located in western Wyoming.  He has taken every opportunity in the past 50 years to chase the wily trout with a fly rod in this area.  At age 8, under the tutelage of his grandfather an early settler in the Pinedale area, Mike learned and practiced the fly fishing craft with great zeal.  He has introduced fly-fishing to many individuals of all ages and backgrounds over the years and enjoys working with beginners who want to learn the art of fly-casting and fly-fishing.  Mike, a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor, conducts a fly fishing school and guides walk/wade fly fishing trips in the Pinedale area.  He is the managing partner of Two Rivers Emporium, an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Outfitter located in Pinedale.  In the off season, Mike gives power point presentations on fly-fishing in western Wyoming and conducts casting clinics for fishing clubs and other organizations throughout the United States.


WESTERN WYOMING FISHING ADVENTURES
Slideshow Into

The Bridger Wilderness located in western Wyoming encompasses nearly 400,000 acres of pristine forest, lakes, streams, and mountains, including the Wind River Mountain Range.  This vast area of unparalleled beauty, sometimes referred to as the “forgotten wilderness” because of its lack of notoriety, contains 1300 lakes, several hundred miles of connecting streams, 15 of 16 highest peaks in Wyoming, 27 active glaciers, and over 600 miles of trails.  The Wind River Mountains, the largest continuous mountain chain in the lower 48 states, produces the headwaters of a multitude of outstanding fishing streams which include great trout producing rivers such as the Green and New Fork. These venues offer anglers the chance to get away from crowds and pursue a wide variety of fresh water fish to include rainbow, brown, brook cutthroat, golden, lake (mackinaw) trout and the feisty grayling.

Mike Kaul is from Pinedale, Wyoming a small town nestled at the foot of the Wind River Mountains, which serves as a gateway to the Bridger Wilderness.  Mike who is the managing partner of Two Rivers Emporium has taken every opportunity in the past 50 years to chase the wily trout in this area with a fly rod.  He also takes pleasure in helping others enjoy the sport and is a FFF Certified Flycasting Instructor.  Mike will provide commentary and a visual experience on the lightly traveled Bridger Wilderness and focus on the trout streams flowing from the Wind River Mountains and the Wyoming Mountain Range.  In addition to fishing, he will also discuss other recreational activities featured in the area, talk about the rich history of the region and provide information on accommodations and services.

Also view our web site www. 2rivers.net