December 2020


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
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you from the entire Board of Old Pueblo Trout Unlimited.

You have heard many times, “This has been a difficult year”. OPTU continues to help our community and the environment here in Arizona. Here are some of the highlights from our year.

This year OPTU had the privilege of donating to the Gila Trout Recovery Program operated by AZGFD. We gave a donation to “Fish Camp” which was a Boy Scout program this summer in Payson. Members assisted the AZGFD transport and stocking of 500 Gila Trout to the top of Mt. Graham in Safford. Our Trout in the Classroom was on hold this year. Plans are underway to continue the program in 2021 when the schools are open. Our monthly presentations were “Virtual” this year, but the information and presentations were helpful and informative.

Old Pueblo TU has almost 500 members here in southern Arizona. We have new Board members that bring youth and professional skills to the projects and programs we are all involved in. The Board is working on a new Strategic Plan for the next five years. Our goal is to continue the programs that improve fishing and protect our clean cold water for anglers and people who love the outdoors.

Opportunities exist to become more involved in the programs here in Arizona. Some of these positions are: A position on the Conservation Committee. This group works with other volunteers here in Arizona to provide clean cold water for native and wild trout to survive and thrive. A position on Diversity is involved in the recruitment of new young members to get involved in our meetings, activities and programs. Youth Education coordinator. Trout Unlimited has a formal program to involve youth of all ages to get outdoors and have fun.

Volunteers for these positions would not be abandon at their post. Members have the complete support and cooperation from the entire Board. Our goal would be to have a volunteer ease into the role and start with a small project.
Contact any Board member if you are interested in helping with any of these rewarding programs here in Tucson. Until then, enjoy your holidays and stay safe.

The Programs Section below covers our regular scheduled programs and our outreach programs.
Monthly Meeting
There is no meeting for December, but we will be back in January. We'll be sending sending out the information about that meeting soon

Trout in the Classroom

Trout in the Classroom is likely going to be postponed for the rest of the school year. Hopefully we'll be back in the classroom for the next school year.

In the meantime, AZGFD's magazine, Wild-Life, had an article recently that highlighted the Trout in the Classroom Program. Check out the magazine if you haven't seen it yet.
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

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
Fishing Adventures features a fishing destination each month. Some are local and rather pedestrian while others are more exotic.
No events scheduled at the moment
For Sale

Nothing for sale this month.

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The calendar will be updated when events resume.