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.
Landon Mayer’s angling success is fueled by an addiction to pursuing large trout with small flies and lightweight fly-fishing equipment. Mayer enthusiastically teaches and demonstrates his techniques and on-river knowledge to fellow anglers and has developed innovative strategies for sighting, hooking, and landing selective trout. He shares these tips and secrets in his books 101 Trout Tips: A Guide’s Secrets, Tactics and Techniques (new for 2015), Colorado’s Best Fly Fishing, Sight Fishing for Trout, and How to Catch the Biggest Trout of Your Life, in addition to two DVDs: Landing the Trout of Your Life and Weapons of Bass Production, both of which also feature John Barr.
Landon’s passion for fly-fishing has allowed him to make several noteworthy contributions to the sport on and off the water. This has included travels to fly-fishing related organizations of the Mid-Atlantic, West, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and Southern states, as well as teaching through guided trips, fly-fishing classes, presentations, and demonstrations of his unique techniques.
Mayer is a contributing writer for Fly Fisherman and High Country Angler magazines. His contributions also have been featured in publications such as Fly Rod and Reel, American Angler, Southwest Fly Fishing, Field and Stream, and Fish and Fly magazines.
As an ambassador in the fly-fishing industry, Mayer represents several lines including Simms Fly Fishing apparel and is a royalty fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. He is also an advisory team member of Simms, Ross, Scientific Angler, Smith Optics, Fish Pond, and Casio Pro Trek watches.
Mayer has been guiding in Colorado full time on the South Platte River for the last 19 years, and one full season on
the Nak Nek River in AK. He resides with his wife, Michelle, and their four children in Florissant, Colorado. For additional information on his services and presentations, contact him at 719-210-0619 www.landonmayer.com Landon Mayer Fly Fishing on Facebook
We are pleased to be able to partner with our friends at Desert Flycasters Club to bring you a special two-night event. On Wednesday, March 9th, Landon will give his Trout Tips: A guided Secrets, Tactics, and Techniques presentation at the Chandler Elks Lodge located at 1775 West Chandler Boulevard in Chandler. The following evening, Landon will present Colorado’s Best: Hunting Trout the Four Seasons at the Arizona Flycasters Club general meeting to be held at the Sunnyslope Community Center, 804 East Vogel Street in Phoenix. Both events are free and open to the public.