August 2021


Board of Directors
President: Mickey Fletcher
Vice President: Eric Ferguson
Secretary: Sarah Herndon
Treasurer: Bryan Eto
Conservation Chair: TBD
Project Healing Waters Program Lead: Jim Owen
Youth Programs Chair: Steve Reiter
Membership Chair: Steve Reiter
Diversity Chair: TBD
Social Media: Eric Ferguson
Other Board Members
Joe Fagan, Scott Koktavy
Newsletter Editor: Eric Ferguson
Old Pueblo Trout Unlimited
51985 E River Road, Suite 201
Tucson, AZ 85718

New and Important
New and Important
The New and Important section includes the president's monthly message, fund raising items and news about recent developments that effect fishing and conservation.
President's Message
Welcome Back

Hope you enjoyed your summer. Your president spent two months in North Dakota, which was much cooler. It has been fun to return to Arizona and continue working on the Chapter business. As you know, we have not been meeting for over one year. My plan is to return to regular meetings ASAP.

Our September 1, 2021 meeting will be a “Virtual” presentation. Please look for more information on the email Blast. The presentation will be, “what trout are eating”, by Tim Flager. He is a recognized expert and fly tier.

I look forward to working with the OPTU Chapter is coming year. Please consider attending the monthly meetings and bring a friend. The Board will meet this month to discuss activities over the next two semesters. Contact me at anytime with questions or concerns. It is always a pleasure working with the members here in Arizona. 

Mickey Fletcher
OPTU Board President
The Programs Section below covers our regular scheduled programs and our outreach programs.
Monthly Meeting
We have a very special guest presenting at the OPTU meeting on September 1st. World-renowned fly tyer and fly fisher Tim Flagler is going to be joining us to discuss What Trout Like to Eat & Flies to Feed Them. This presentation will include video of aquatic insects, bait fish & crustaceans trout eat to survive and the fly patterns we use to imitate them.

Tim is well known for his instructional fly-tying videos featured on his YouTube channel Tightline Video, where you can view nearly 600 fly tying videos.

He has a web site too

Tim also recently competed in a tie off with Tom Rosenbauer and is a frequent guest on Tom's podcast. There is a link below in the Tips and Tricks section to Tom's podcast.

This will be a 2-hour meeting. Tim will be presenting on what trout like to eat for the first hour and will be doing a fly tying presentation for the second hour.

We will be sending out the details of the meeting shortly, so keep an eye on your inbox.
Trout in the Classroom
More information to come soon
Lie and Tie
A monthly gathering to socialize while tying flies.

“Lie ’n Tie”

Cancelled until further notice

For suggestions of fly patterns and/or instructors, please contact Joe Fagan

Casting Practice

Cancelled until further notice

OPTU Teams with Dry Creek Outfitters to host a casting practice every Saturday at 8:00 am, at Ft Lowell Park. Everyone is welcome regardless of skill level. Most days there is extra equipment and experienced casters to help out beginners.

Project Healing Waters

The Arizona State Council of Trout Unlimited has created a new program for Conservation in Arizona. Volunteers are members from Trout Unlimited throughout the State, and there will be more information to come soon.
This section contains information on outings, upcoming trips, fishing reports and fishing tips.
Outings Update: Old Pueblo Trout

There are no outings scheduled at the moment.
Tips and Tricks
Check out the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center and Podcast

Tim Flagler's Tightline Productions, learn about fly tying and more

Arizona Game and Fish
Fishing Section (license, rules, etc.):

Latest Fishing Report:
New Mexico Game and Fish
Fishing Report
If you have anything to report send it to Eric at and we'll include it next month.
Nothing new to report this month.
Fishing Adventures
If you have any interesting fishing adventures to share, please email them to
No events scheduled at the moment
For Sale

Nothing for sale this month.

Press Button Below for OPTU Calendar
The calendar will be updated when events resume.