February 2021


Board of Directors
President: Mickey Fletcher
Vice President: Eric Ferguson eferguson16@gmail.com
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
At the time of this writing, it is 80 degrees outside. Time to get ready for some Spring fishing. As Rush Limbaugh said at Christmas, “I don’t know anyone that will miss 2020”. Personally, I have not been a fan of Virtual meetings this past year. My hope is that the OPTU members will be able to meet face/face again soon.

I am writing to let you know that one of our past presidents and current member was appointed to the Arizona Game and Fish Department Commission by Governor Ducey. Clay Hernandez will take his position on the Commission soon. Clay has been a lifelong outdoorsman and loves to hunt and fish. He has been a valuable advocate for Southern Arizona for years. He is also a friend of mine. 
Clay will offer a good deal of insight, knowledge and logic to the work of the Commission. He is a wonderful representative from Southern Arizona.  The OPTU is proud to have one of our “Favorite Son’s” speaking up for the sportsmen and women in Arizona. As always, Clay could use our support. The AZGFD Commission meetings are Virtual.  Please consider attending a meeting and offer your feedback for the Commission members. I believe the Commissioners need to hear from us.

Congratulations to Clay Hernandez on his selection to the AZGFD Commission. He will be a valuable asset to the AZGFD and the citizens of Arizona for years to come. 

Mickey Fletcher, Board President

Old Pueblo Trout Unlimited
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 March 3rd at 6:30pm. World-renowned fly tyer and fly fisher Tim Flagler is going to be joining us to discuss euro-nymphing techniques, and will show us how to tie a few flies for euro-nymphing. 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 also has a web site,

This will be a 2-hour meeting. Tim will be presenting on euro-nymphing during the first hour, and will spend the second hour showing how to tie euro-nymphing flies. He is going to go over tying the Sulphur Perdigon, Frenchie Nymph & Lance Egan’s Red Dart. If you want to checkout the flies before the meeting, you can watch Tim's videos with the links below.

Sulphur Perdigon

Frenchie Nymph

Lance Egan’s Red Dart
Zoom Meeting Info

Topic: Old Pueblo TU ~ Tim Flagler Presentation & Fly Tying Demonstration

Time: Mar 3, 2021 06:30 PM Arizona

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Many thanks to John Sachen for his superb presentation on Tenkara fly fishing this month! If you weren't able to make the meeting, John left us with some great resources for learning more about Tenkara.

Manufactures and Resellers of Tenkara Gear (they have excellent rods, videos, a knowledge base and more)

Interviews with the masters, reviews and more

Excellent videos, knowledgebase, tips, rods and more

Excellent, non-bias reviews of several Japanese rods

Tenkara free magazines

Search for and join Tenkara Anglers groups on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Search Youtube etc in Japanese using this key word


Here are some of the hooks that John uses
Trout in the Classroom
Trout in the Classroom has been officially cancelled for the rest of the current school year. There will be an announcement made in August about the plan for the 2021-2022 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

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

Arizona Game and Fish
Fishing Section (license, rules, etc.): https://www.azgfd.com/fishing

Latest Fishing Report: https://www.azgfd.com/category/news/
New Mexico Game and Fish
Fishing Report
If you have anything to report send it to Eric at eferguson16@gmail.com 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 eferguson16@gmail.com
No events scheduled at the moment
For Sale

Nothing for sale this month.

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