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.
Where: Sunnyslope Community Center
Sunnyslope Community Center
802 E Vogel Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020
December 14th, 7:00 pm
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May 11, Thursday, 7:00 pm – 8:45
Sunnyslope Community Center
802 E Vogel Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020
Kevin Krai, Fishing Manage of Orvis in Phoenix will speak at our May 11 general meeting.
Come listen to the great fishing stories, check out Bryan Moyer flies and great raffle prizes.
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
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
Some of my first memories are of fishing. A fly rod was stuck in my hands about the time I took my first steps. As a youngster I spent many days chasing trout in the White Mountains of Arizona. Over the years I wandered Arizona’s trout waters and got to know them. I got my first guiding job while I was working and living in Park City, UT. I spent my winters on the slopes and my summers guiding anglers on the Weber and Provo. I was in college in Flagstaff, Arizona, when I got an offer to guide full time at Lees Ferry for Marble Canyon Outfitters. I took the offer and never looked back. After 9/11 the fishery at Lees Ferry was in rough shape. I started working summers in Montana for Hubbards Yellowstone Lodge. I instructed their guide training courses and took their anglers to the waters in and around Yellowstone. During this time period I continued to work at Lees Ferry in the winters and spring for Lees Ferry Anglers and Terry and Wendy Gunn. With the birth of my daughter, Bailee, I went to work for Wolf Creek Anglers during the summer months so I could be close to home. When Wolf Creek Anglers went up for sale I jumped on the opportunity. I look forward to working with the many wonderful returning guides/staff and introducing some of the great folks I’ve worked with in the past to Wolf Creek Anglers. We are very, very excited for the 2015 season.
Jason Randall is a veterinarian certified in fish health and medicine. He is also a member of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association and the Society for Freshwater Science.
Chris Cantrell, AZGFD
Chris Cantrell, is the Aquatic Branch Chief for the State of Arizona. He received his B.S. in biology from Northern Arizona University in Zoology. As the chief of Fisheries, Chris ensures over 13 million dollars and over 90 fisheries and fishery related staff continue the protection and management fisheries populations and their habitats, while ensuring quality fishing opportunities for present and future generations. Chris has served in this role for the last five years. Chris was first hired on with the Arizona Game & Fish Department as a fisheries biologist in 2003. Over the past fourteen years in Arizona, Chris has had the ability to work on all aspects of fisheries science from high mountain trout work, to lake management, and all canyon bound rivers and streams in between.
I will address and provide copies of the Coldwater Vision.
The Department conducts millions of dollars on aquatic conservation dollars annually. The coldwater vision for Arizona’s fisheries gives a backbone and direction to the conservation projects we implement on the ground and assists in communicating those to the public. By focusing our conservation dollars, we can move the needle in becoming a nationally recognized state for coldwater fishing opportunity.
John Rohmer and Glen Knight –The White Mountain Lakes Foundation is dedicated to improving Arizona’s White Mountain fisheries through grass-roots conservation, restoration and protection efforts. WMLF is a 100% non-profit organization. All the money raised goes directly to improving fishing in the White Mountains area. Our goal is to increase the fishing opportunities for today’s anglers and to ensure future generations are able to enjoy great fishing in the White Mountains of Arizona.
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.
John has helped AFC modernize the communication strategy with the new website and social media components. After 2 ½ years it seems to be time to explain the madness to the membership. He will be presenting the navigation of the website:
- Who we are.
- About AFC
- Board members
- What we do.
- Fly Tying
- Find a mentor
- AFC Outings
- Destination Trips
- Fishing Buddies
- Latest Posts
- Many categories to help find the information you seek
- Getting Involved
- AFC Calendar
- and a litany of article posted in various categories, ranging from fly tying, knots, casting and fishing techniques.
Many 3rd party tools have been incorporated. John will discuss those tools and what role the play in the communication strategy. Briefly:
- Eventbrite = Event Management
- Paypal = Credit card and Online membership and merchandise purchasing
- Constant Contact = Email communication
- Facebook, Twitter = Social Media
- Survey Monkey = Membership feedback
In addition John will cover a recap of the resent trip to Wyoming he and 14 fellow AFC members participated in. Awesome trip. Lots of great fishing.