Committed to 
Protecting, Connecting and Restoring Arizona's watersheds and fisheries.
“There are people in my life who sometimes worry about me when I go off into the fields and streams, not realizing that the country is a calm, gracious, forgiving place and that the real dangers are found in the civilization you have to pass through to get there.”
~ John Gierach
Message From The President
Welcome to the June 2020 Zane Grey Chapter Newsletter. We hope you are well, have stayed safe, and now are ready to again resume some semblance of normalcy. Many areas of the country are opening. In Arizona, you can get a haircut, eat in a restaurant, and shop in most stores. For example, Orvis in Phoenix is once again open; ironically, the Container Store next door is open by appointment only!

 Some good Breaking News – Chris Wood, President TU National announced:
"In response to the COVID-19 pandemic,  all TU indoor, in-person events – including local chapter and council events – are permitted as of June 1, but it is required that every chapter, council and volunteer leader follow all federal, state and local laws, regulations, ordinances and best practices if an indoor event is planned" .
Here is a link to Chris Wood’s video announcement .

In other good news, Governor Ducey announced summer camps and schools are now allowed to open. We are happy to say we will have the first AZTU – BSA Grand Canyon Council, Fish Camp, July 5-11, 2020, at R-C Scout Ranch near Payson. We’re looking for a few volunteers to help so please contact Alan Davis or Doyle Gaines if interested.

Thank You Memberships by TU CEO
In April, Trout Unlimited announced memberships to essential employees in America as a “thank you” for putting themselves in harm’s way during the coronavirus outbreak.
Chris Wood, TU CEO and President, offered free one-year memberships to essential workers to emergency personnel, first responders and those in the health care community that might benefit from becoming a member of the TU community. If you are, or know, an essential worker, please click here .

Don’t forget to Vote! Contest Ending! Our photo contest ends on June 30, 2020. See below for details, or click here .

Coming this fall:
Your Zane Grey Chapter begins a series of occasional member appreciation, conservation, and pint-nights throughout the valley. Our first event is September 24 at the Bone Haus Brewing in Fountain Hills. More information to follow; look for your invitation. 

Carp Fishing Clinic , Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Kiwanis Park. We’re co-hosting a beginning carp fishing clinic with Desert Fly Casters Club. More details are in the newsletter.

Remember the easiest way to maintain social distancing is to go fishing. Simply swing your 9ft 5wt in the direction of the person crowding you and you’ve exceeded the six-foot minimum distance.

Here are some of the articles in this month's Newsletter.
  • Photo Contest – Ends this month; See next article
  • Diversity And Inclusion – Celebrating All The Ways That Make Us Different
  • Women’s Activities To Check Out
  • Volunteers needed for Fish Camp
  • Other Angling organizations
  • ZGTU and affiliates calendar 
  • Follow ZGTU on Social Media 

We’re going virtual!!!!
Please join us for our May board tele-conference meeting:
Thursday, June 4, 2020 7:00 - 8:45 PM
Join Zoom Meeting here

Password: ZGTU2020

  Until then, 
Tight Lines. 
Alan Davis

Share Your Adventures! 
Zane Grey Chapter of Trout Unlimited is now accepting entries for our photo contest!
Photo Contest Prizes
  • First Prize:  Hand built H&H 9' 5wt fly rod and case
  • Second Prize:  Hand built H&H 7'9" 3wt fly rod and case
  • Honorable Mentions (three): Trout Unlimited ball cap
Photo Contest Rules
  • Deadline for online submission is June 30, 2020
  • You may enter as many as five (5) photos
  • Entries are approved at Zane Grey Chapter of Trout Unlimited's discretion; photos that do not meet the entry rules will be disqualified
  • Voting begins January 1 and ends July 15
  • Fraudulent votes will be disqualified at the discretion of Zane Grey Chapter of Trout Unlimited
The contest is free to enter. It's also easy. People can enter via the link below. Click here for complete contest rules. If you have any questions, please e-mail Tom Goodwin at
AZ Legislature Declares Sine Die
AZ Legislature Declares Sine Die

Both houses of the AZ legislature have closed their legislative sessions. It is expected that the Governor will bring the legislature back for one or more special sessions. The focus is expected top be on 1) addressing the COVID-19 crisis and 2) the AZ state budget which has gone from a huge surplus to a huge deficit. Action on environmental issues is not currently expected.

Great American Outdoors Act/Land & Water Conservation Act (LWCF): 
The US Senate appears poised to deliver millions of dollars to national parks and other public lands. The bill, called the Great American Outdoors Act , would permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which funnels revenue from drilling for offshore oil into everything from expanding major wildlife preserves to building neighborhood basketball courts. 

The perennially underfunded program LWCF would get $900 million a year. It briefly lapsed out of existence during the partial government shutdown that started at the end of 2018, and Congress only gave it permanent authorization last year. 
The bill also would create a new, $9.5 billion pot of money over the next five years to fix leaky pipes, repave roads and repair other worn-out infrastructure in national parks, national forests and on other public lands. The National Park Service says it has a daunting $12 billion backlog of maintenance work to be done.

The AZTU PPC hosts a virtual meeting on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 until 8:00 PM. If you are interested, please contact Tom Osterday at

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION — Celebrating All The Ways That Make Us Different
Keri Russell Russell accepting the Ray Mortensen award in 2019. Photo by David Armstrong.
This column which usually celebrates the joy of women, diversity and inclusion within Trout Unlimited, starts off on a sad note this month. Kerri Russell passed away at the end of May. Kerri was a founding member of the Women’s Initiative that blossomed into the Diversity and Inclusion Workgroup for Trout Unlimited. Kerri’s southern charm brought a sense of warmth and camaraderie to every task. Speaking for the Arizona DI Workgroup, we felt Kerri was the embodiment of inclusion. She never seemed to meet a stranger and was generous in her praise, support and encouragement of not only women, but all people she mentored. Truly, Kerri's energy, spirit and enthusiasm cannot be overstated. This perspective on life was contagious and helped spur so many positive changes at Trout Unlimited on the national and local levels. Because of this, everyone will miss Kerri because she enriched all of our lives in Trout Unlimited. 

As life continues an our “normal” is continually being redefined, we need to remember that diversity—in thoughts, abilities and backgrounds—strengthens our organization. Sometimes it is difficult to realize what we don’t see is as important as what we do see and what others see. Perception and assumptions can be surprising. Even when we feel we are open and welcoming, it can come as a shocking revelation that we still have some work to do to accomplish true inclusion. This video is a good example of how, even with the best intentions, all of us can miss the boat sometimes. Take a look

In honor of Kerri Russell, the Arizona Women of Trout Unlimited and the entire Diversity and Inclusion Workforce of Arizona pledge to continue her work to make everyone feel necessary.

Free Carp Fishing Instruction

Come Join Us For A Fall Carp on-the-Fly Fishing Clinic October 3 At Kiwanis Park
What : Carp Fly Fishing Instruction
When :      7AM-Canal fishers, 8AM-Lake fishers until 11AM (Saturday, October 3,
Where :         Kiwanis Park
Age :             14+
Cost :             FREE OF CHARGE
Enrollment : Limited to 25-enrollees
Equipment : Fly fishing equipment will be provided. 
What to Bring : See list below
The event will start with short instruction and optional practice casting “games” and then break off into small groups with an instructor to fish either canals or lake

For more information or to reserve your spot contact Tom Horvath: or 602.768.7280.   
Participants should bring:
  • Fishing license --Buy online:
  • Walking shoes
  • Water
  • Eye protection (polarized sunglasses or safety glasses)
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • If you want to use your own equipment, bring a 9 ft, 5 or 6 wt. fly rod, with 9’ 4X leader and 4X fluorocarbon tippet, and flies (Prince nymphs, clown eggs, leaches and a stimulator fly), lanyard with fishing accoutrements
Women's Activities To Check Out
Congratulations to Kay Cameron winner of the Arizona Women of Trout Unlimited’s first every online scavenger hunt! 
Kay Cameron wins accolades for her keen sense of scavenging around the house. Close on Kay’s heels were Jan Duringer, Susan Geer and Renee Fitts. The women were tasked with finding and posting various and sundry items such as a business card from a fly shop or guide, yard item with a fish theme, refrigerator magnets and other fun finds. A big thanks goes to Sara Westfall for organizing this and keeping the Fly Girls engaged!
AWOTU Virtual Book Club: 
Title: TBD
Next conversation: July 16 @ 6:00PM 
RSVP: Sara Westfall email:  
Join us! 
Thursday, July 16
6:00 PM

Call In: 712-432-0220 (Access code: 4632017)
Social media: Sara Westfall has started an Instagram page for Arizona Women of Trout Unlimited. Check it out: azwotu. If you're more traditional, try signing up for the private Facebook group:  Arizona Women of Trout Unlimited .
Back by popular demand: Women’s Retreat to Lees Ferry.  

September 11-13, 2020 (Friday thru Sunday)
$395 per person (pay online below 
Limit: 10 women only
Includes two nights stay (double occupancy) at Cliff Dwellers Lodge and one day guided fishing (two per guide)
Transportation to Lees Ferry, food, tipping and park fee are on your own.
We will be organizing a happy hour and dinner together for fishing as the event gets closer. Also, please note that there is a fee to get in/park at the Glen Canyon Recreation Area: If anyone has a National Park Pass or Senior Park Pass BRING IT and maybe we can carpool and not have to pay that.

• For more information contact Sara Westfall at:  or 480.225.5064.  
Interested in volunteering?
We’re recruiting TU volunteers for AZTU GCC Fish Camp
Scouts fly tying
Casting Instruction
We’re looking for experienced anglers that can help teach and instruct Fish Camp campers in various activities. Fish Camp 2020 runs July 5-11.

Some of the things we’ll offer include, and need your help are:
  • Fly tying
  • Casting
  • Entomology and using a seine to capture aquatic invertebrates
  • Water and soil conservation,
  • Leave No Trace
  • Fishing various Mogollon Rim streams and lakes
  • Fish anatomy and dissection

Interested? More information is here . Contact Alan Davis here
Now that summer has arrived; there are many fishing opportunities; don't miss signing up for the Trout Challenges in Arizona and in the West.
Arizona's Trout Challenge  was developed to encourage anglers to learn more about fishing opportunities in the state. AZGFD manages many waters statewide to provide anglers the opportunity to catch several different species of trout, including two found only in the Southwest - the Gila Trout and Apache Trout.
There are two ways for anglers to complete the Challenge: Catch four species of wild trout in Arizona and catch at least six of the eight total species in Arizona. 
More information and to apply can be found at Arizona Trout Challenge .
The Western Native Trout Challenge  - If you have been looking for another lifetime challenge to add to your list this could be it.
The Western Native Trout Challenge invites anglers to help celebrate our western legacy by catching native trout and char in each of the 12 participating western states, at their own pace. By attempting to catch 18 species throughout 12 states (at the master angler level) participants can enjoy the adventure of a lifetime!
Information and signup at Western Native Trout Challenge .
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Looking for a Fishing Opportunity?
Below is a list of fishing organizations in Arizona. Feel free to join, explore, visit their websites or attend a meeting to find out more information:
Arizona Flycasters Club
Sunnyslope Community Center | 802 E. Vogel Ave. Phoenix, AZ
Link To Website

Fly-Fishing Social Event night - 2nd Thursday of each month. Great speaker and awesome raffle. Donations support our Community outreach partners from Veterans to Youth activities.
Desert Fly Casters
Check website for details.

General meeting 2nd Wednesday of each month. There may be some exceptions so check website for details.
Sun City Grand Fishing Club
Sun Lakes Fly Fishing Club
Payson Fly Casters
White Mountains Lake Foundation
AZFISHBOOK offers a variety of social activities. Listed below are some of the activities available.

Check out the AZFISHBOOK Groups at:

Looking for buddy to fish with?
Signup for AZFishBook Newsletter:
Committee Volunteers
As always, there are many opportunities to participate in the various activities and committees, make new friends and make a difference. For more information, visit our website at  ZGTU Committees , contact us at Volunteer Interest Signup  or contact any  ZGTU Board Member  for details.
Join Trout Unlimited Today!
Not a member yet? Looking for a gift idea?  Join today at Trout Unlimited!
Your Conservation License Plate Supports TU Programs
The Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation (AZSFWC) license plate fund is derived from the sale of wildlife conservation license plates and member organizations as well as non-member organizations are eligible to apply for those funds. 

The Arizona TU Council and Chapters have received funds over the past seven years in support of the Annual Native and Wild Trout Conferences and the Trout-In-the-Classroom programs.
The next time your registration comes up for renewal, choose the conservation license plate option at registration  to show your support for conservation and our projects. 
Combined Calendar 
AZ Trout Unlimited & Chapters, Arizona Flycasters Club and several other area fishing and conservation calendars
You may access our calendar  here
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