Bringing back Lee’s Ferry

LF fishing TGBy Randy Scholfield

Back in the 1970s, the 15-mile stretch below Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River known as Lees Ferry was renowned as one of the finest tailwater fisheries in the world. Anglers flocked there to catch monster rainbows in the 10- to 20-pound range amid cold, clear river flows and spectacular desert canyon scenery.===>Read More

7th Annual Native and Wild Trout Conference

April 21, 2016
9:00a.m. – 4:30p.m.

 Arizona Game and Fish Department Headquarters
5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ

 Sponsored by AZGFD and AZ TU State Council

  • 9:00a.m.       Welcome from the Arizona Game and Fish Department
    Jim deVos: Assistant Director Wildlife Management Division; AGFD 
  • 9:15a.m.       AGFD Legislative Update
    Jorge Canaca: Legislative Liaison; AGFD
  • 9:30a.m.       AGFD Coldwater Fisheries Vision and Management PlanChris Cantrell & Andy Clark – AGFD
  • 10:00a.m.     Trout Unlimited Southwest Native Trout Strategy
    Jack Williams & Brad Powell – Trout Unlimited
  • 10:30a.m.     Glen Canyon Dam: Long Term Experimental Management Plan
  • Chris Budwig, PhD & John Jordan – Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and Trout Unlimited
  • 10:45a.m.     Break
  • 11:00a.m.     Temperature Monitoring Network
    Dan Isaak – US Forest Service (webinar)
  • 11:30a.m.     Distinguished Service for Conservation Awards
    John Jordan & Gary Stinson – Trout Unlimited
  • 11:45a.m.     Group Photo
  • 12:00p.m.     Lunch  
  • 1:15p.m.       Elements of Good Stream Monitoring Programs
    Dan Dauwalter – Trout Unlimited
  • 1:45p.m.       Western Native Trout Initiative (WNTI) Programs
    Therese Thompson – WNTI Coordinator of Strategic Partnerships
  • 2:15p.m.       US Forest Service-Wildfire Risk Assessment
    Tessa Nicolet – US Forest Service
  • 2:45p.m.       BREAK
  • 3:00p.m.       Making Hatcheries Work for Native Trout
    Nate Wiese: USFWS – Mora National Fish Hatchery
  • 3:20p.m.       Trout-In-the-Classroom Program  
  • 4:30p.m.       Adjourn  


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Arizona Council of Trout Unlimited Expands Trout in the Classroom (TIC) Program

The Arizona Council and Chapters of Trout Unlimited have just expanded the Trout in the Classroom (TIC) program throughout the state.  The expansion program success is reported in the Winter 2015 edition of the Arizona Wildlife Federation Magazine “Arizona Wildlife News”.  The TIC expansion was the result of a collaboration between the Council and Chapters, the Arizona Game and Fish Department, and the Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation, utilizing funds from the Arizona Conservation License Plate Fund.

The Arizona Wildlife News article is here:

AWF Article on AZ TIC Program Dec 2015

And the Arizona Council Trout Unlimited TIC website is here:


Full Report — Lees Ferry Recreational Fishery Management Recommendations: The Voice of Lees Ferry Recreational Anglers, Guides and Businesses

The Arizona Council of Trout Unlimited, Inc is proud to be a lead sponsor of the broad group of anglers, guides, businesses, organizations and agencies that have developed a comprehensive set of recommendations and rationale for a balanced management of the wild, self-sustaining Rainbow trout fishery at Lees Ferry on the Colorado River.   Individuals from AZ-TU’s member chapters have guided this effort, served on the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group (AMG) and the Technical Work Group (TWG) for the Department of the Interior, and continue to represent recreational angling as the Long Term Experimental and Management EIS for Glen Canyon Dam is developed by the Bureau of Reclamation and the National Park Service.

So TU is happy to welcome the release of the full recommendations report.  The complete report can be read and printed here:

Lees Ferry Recommendations -final- 8-2015

And a 2 page summary with links and contacts suitable for printing as a handout is here:

LF Recommendations summary Combo handout 8-25-15-1

Arizona Council TU Headline News — August, 2015

AZ-TU Website Headlines August 2015

AZ-TU,  with the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, the International Federation of Fly Fishers, and other conservation organizations, will introduce the Lees Ferry Recreational Fishery Management Recommendations on August 26 at the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Plan Meeting in Tempe, AZ.

AZ-TU will launch an expanded State-wide Trout in the Classroom (TIC) initiative in September.  Watch for more news coming soon.

The Arizona Council of Trout Unlimited has named Steve LaFalce of The Grand Canyon Chapter, Flagstaff as its new Council Chairman, and thanks Bob Youtz of The Gila Trout Chapter for his 5 years of Leadership as the previous Council Chair

Sixth Annual Native and Wild Trout Conference hosted by AZGFD and AZ-TU, April, 2015 (See “Conferences” on Home Page)

Arizona State Council Presents Certificate of Achievement to John Jordan, American Fisheries Societies AZ / NM Conservationist of the Year

AZ-TU Releases 2014 Annual Activities and Accomplishments Report

Arizona State Council Presents Certificate of Achievement to Tom Mackin, Arizona’s “Conservationist of the Year”

Arizona State Council Joins Arizona Sportsmen For Wildlife Conservation (AZSFWC)

Desert Fly Casters Provides Grant to AZ-TU for Support on White Mountain Lakes Foundation’s Project Planning for Little Colorado River

Arizona State Council Holds Planning Meeting and Releases Directions for 2015 (November 2014 Meeting, Directions for 2015)

AZ-TU supports ” Co2ld Water – A Wake Up Call ” – A Fly Fishing Film on Climate Change

This recent fly fishing themed film focuses on the impacts of climate change on trout, watersheds, our children, and our ways of life. Developed by Conservation Hawks, it offers comments from many leading members of the fly fishing community, and was supported by TU and a number of well known angling oriented enterprises.

To see the video, and an excellent commentary about it, and with supporting information on a TU webpage, go here: 

On the TU web page, scroll down to the “Co2ld” window to start the video.

2015 Apache Trout Award and Gila Trout Award

The Arizona Trout Unlimited Council would also like to announce the 2015 recipients of the Apache Trout Award, which is awarded to an agency/organization for it’s work on conservation of native and wild trout, and the Gila Trout Award, which is awarded to an individual for their work on conservation of native and wild trout. In 2014 the Apache Trout Award recipient was the White Mountain Apache Game and Fish Department, and the Gila Trout Award was given to Dr. Bob Behnke.

  • The 2015 recipient of the Apache Trout Award is the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish for their work restoring Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout to the Costilla Creek watershed.
  • The 2015 recipient of the Gila Trout Award is presented jointly this year to Jeremy Voeltz and Jennifer Johnson from USFWS, for their continued work conserving Apache Trout in Arizona.

AZ Council Directions for 2015

Arizona Council of Trout Unlimited, Inc,
Directions for 2015
From November 22, 2014 Planning Meeting


The Arizona Council of Trout Unlimited, Inc. exists to support and coordinate the efforts, projects and communications of the Trout Unlimited Chapters within the state. These directions have been established as the result of a full day planning session with many of the cooperating and collaborating organizations those chapters and the full council have worked with over the last several years. The direction statements here are deliberately simple, and do not address the plans and actions that will be necessary to fully achieve success.

Continue reading AZ Council Directions for 2015