There is always something wonderful about a new fishing adventure trip. Fishing is like Jason's quest for the Golden Fleece. - Zane Grey

Committed to 
Protecting, Connecting and Restoring  Arizona's watersheds and fisheries
Message from the President 

Welcome to the November Newsletter. This month marks the beginning of the holiday season with Thanksgiving just four-weeks away. We look forward to this time to be with family and friends. Perhaps the best way to spend time with friends is on the water. Several of us just returned from the San Juan River in New Mexico, where the Autumn angling is spectacular both in the fishing itself as well as the visual delight of the brilliant cottonwood trees. We have a number of updates we wanted to share



The Arizona Republic published a great 3-part series on the Colorado River between Glen Canyon and Hoover Dams entitled An Unnatural Wonder They also did a video about the canyons, covering many of our interests and activities.


The newspaper articles may be found here. And here is the link for the video 

Public Policy Committee fka Legislative committee is monitoring several ongoing actions that have the potential to directly impact the state of our cold-water fisheries in Arizona. Read More 


Nate Reese, TU Staff, shares some pictures of some recent conservation activities: Conducting habitat surveys and placing temperature loggers with the AZGFD on Frye creek; and Stocking 125 Gila trout on Chase Creek. See photos here.


Youth Fly Fishing Workshop: The program is evolving and expanding its outreach to others in the community. Please look for more to come with this exciting project.


Volunteer Training: ZGTU members Doug Bobb, Bill Laudenschlager and I spent a weekend of training with the Boy Scouts at their Camp R_C, near Payson. This train-the-trainer program gave us the tools for working with and recruiting additional angler instructors, and deliver the requisite training and education to adult scouters. The weekend also gave us an opportunity to "scout" portions of Christopher Creek and the Camp R_C fishing pond. The pond looks like an excellent conservation project. Stay tuned for more information.


Trout In the Classroom: The best guestimate for Egg delivery is now the last week of November, see Jim Walker's article for more information.


Please join us for our November board meeting


Thursday, November 1, 20187:00 - 8:45 PM

Bass Pro Shop
1133 North Dobson Road

Mesa, AZ  85201 

 If you would prefer to attend via teleconference, please contact me at

And please stay tuned for exciting events coming up soon. Until then...


Tight Lines,

Alan Davis



 An Unnatural Wonder

Angler Nets a fish at Lee's Ferry
See the Arizona Republic's article and video.


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Conservation TU IN ACTION
Scenes from recent conservation activities
Surveying Fry Creek
Surveying Fry Creek
Fry Creek
Fry Creek
Loading the Gia fry
Loading the Gila fry
Near the Chase Ck distribution
Near the Chase Ck distribution

Trout-In-The-Classroom -- Egg Delivery Delayed
As reported last month, and much to the disappointment of the classrooms, the volunteers, and Arizona Game and Fish Department we learned Ennis (MT) National Fish Hatchery is delaying the trout egg shipment by about a month. The best "guestimate" from Arizona Game and Fish Department is late November, probably the week after Thanksgiving.
We'll be sure and let you know the new school "Delivery Day" for November  
During the delay, we encourage the schools ensure the equipment, water and students are ready for the eggs and fish food delivery.
It is not too late to sign up to be a volunteer and deliver eggs in November to a participating school.
More information on the TIC program, to sign-up as a volunteer or to sign-up for newsletters and notices can be found at and

Arizona State Capitol

LegislativeZane Grey TU Public Policy Committee   

The Public Policy Committee fka Legislative committee is monitoring several ongoing actions that have the potential to directly impact the state of our cold-water fisheries in Arizona.
Key issues we are following:
  1. Land-Water Conservation Fund: The LWCF is a valuable program that for over 50 years has provided federal funds generated from off-shore oil and gas royalties to support conservation of public land and water assets. Congress did not renew the authorization for the program this year, and the program officially expired on September 30. House Bill 502, with Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva as lead sponsor, would permanently reauthorize the LWCF and provide guaranteed annual funding. This bill passed from the House Natural Resources Committee in September 2018 and is awaiting action by the full House. A similar bill passed from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in early October 2018.
  2. Expanded Non-native Aquatic Species Management Plan in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Grand Canyon National Park: The 30-day comment period for public comments on the current draft of the plan closed on October 11. Thanks in large part to input from many TU members who attended public meetings, participated in a webinar, and submitted written comments, the latest version of the plan proposed a tiered response with a decreased emphasis on electroshocking, which reduces potential threats to the rainbow trout fishery. The National Park Service will now evaluate input and release a final plan and decision document to the public before the end of the year.
  3. Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan: Current projections show the water level at Lake Mead dropping to the first-tier shortage level as early as 2020. This will trigger reductions in the amount of Colorado River water allocated to Arizona and other Colorado Basin states. The State is now developing a Drought Contingency Plan to determine how to allocate reductions among different water users, and to avoid reaching the more critical shortage level at Lake Mead. The planning effort is led by a steering committee appointed by Governor Ducey and headed by the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the Central Arizona Project. Intent is to have a final DCP by the end of the year, and to then have the Legislature approve Arizona's participation in the broader Lower Colorado Basin Drought Contingency Plan in early 2019.
  4. Endangered Species Act: Both major parties have been calling for reform of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), although as might be expected, objectives for the reform differ. Most recently, in July the Western Legislative Caucus released a package of nine bills with a level of bipartisan support. Individual bills will streamline delisting, require a greater level of State participation in listing decisions, create stronger mechanisms for voluntary protections, and limit legal challenges to ESA decisions, among other things. The ESA in Arizona not only provides important protections for Apache and Gila trout and their habitat, but it also affects actions intended to protect cold-water fishes through regulation of other species within the same range (for example, humpback chub in the Colorado River, see item 2 above). We will be watching closely as these bills move through the legislative process.
We invite members of ZGTU, interested in addressing Public Policy as it relates to cold water fisheries and their watersheds in Arizona, to join us. Please contact Tom Osterday at for more information.

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.  

Upcoming Events!
Arizona Flycasters Club 
 Monthly Meeting 
Sunnyslope Community Center
802 E. Vogel, Phoenix

November 8
7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
"How I spent my Summer Vacation
by Barney Rouse

Join Steve Galletta co-owner/outfitter of Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Lodge in Fort Smith, Montana ( discuss everything you want to know about the Bighorn, including seasons, stretches, techniques, equipment, fly patterns, and hatches.

For the past 15 years, Steve has honed his skills on one of the world's best tailwaters-the Bighorn River in southeast Montana. His book-Fly Fishing the Bighorn River-was released in July 2015.

Looking for a Fishing Opportunity?
Arizona Fly Fishing Portal

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
802 E. Vogel Ave. 
Phoenix, AZ

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.  Check website for specific schedule.

Desert Fly Casters
Check website for details.

General meeting 2nd Wednesday of each month.  There may be some exceptions so check website for details.

Payson Fly Casters

White Mountains Lake Foundation

Northern Arizona Flycasters

General Meeting 1st Wednesday of each month.
Old Pueblo Chapter of TU

Gila Trout Chapter of TU Contact
Grand Canyon Chapter of TU
Arizona Women of Trout Unlimited Arizona Women of TroutUnlimited

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. 
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Combined Calendar
AZ Trout Unlimited & Chapters, Arizona Flycasters Club and several other area fishing and conservation calendars
You may access our calendar here. Calendar 

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