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Outdoors: Learn about fly-fishing while enjoying the White Mountains

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Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2005 11:18 am | Updated: 9:40 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

April 6, 2005

If you’re looking for an excuse to head to the White Mountains, consider joining outdoor writer/broadcaster Bob Hirsch and his crew of experts for a morning of free fly-fishing instruction at the private pond in front of Greer Lodge from 9 a.m. to noon April 16.

Instructors are experts like Ron Thomas, the cartooning fisherman; Pinetop’s Lon Ellington, who gives fly fishing instruction, ties flies and makes custom rods; Greer "Land Man" Bob Pollack; local guide Chip Chipman; and Hirsch, who has been fly-fishing the area for more than 50 years.

Mike Lopez, the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s fisheries biologist for the White Mountains, will be available to talk about fishing opportunities, current conditions and the status of Apache trout recovery efforts.

It’s free, it’s fun and everybody is welcome even if you’ve never picked up a flyrod before. Bring your own flyrod, if you can, but a few extra rods will be available.

For additional information, contact Hirsch at (480) 488-3242 or at info@bobhirschoutdoors.com.

OUTDOORS WOMAN

The "Becoming an Outdoors Woman" camp, offered twice a year at Camp Friendly Pines in Prescott, is a great, supportive place for women 18 and older to learn about hunting- and fishing-related activities in a relaxed, informal and almost all-female atmosphere.

The next camp is scheduled for Friday through Sunday. The registration fee of $215 includes meals, lodging in a rustic cabin, and nearly all expenses of the weekend workshop. More information and registration forms are available on the Arizona Wildlife Federation Web site at www.azwildlife.org or by calling (480) 644-0077.

APRIL CLUB MEETINGS

The Scottsdale Sportsman’s Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Eldorado Community Center, 2311 N. Miller Road in Scottsdale. Patti Fenner, U.S. Forest Service noxious weed program manager, will explain the Canyon Creek Fish Hatchery bull thistle weed control project. The public is invited to attend at no charge. For information, contact Al Larson at (480 - 994-4750 or larsona1@cox.net.

The Arizona Flycasters Club will meet at 7 p.m. April 14 at the Sunnyslope Community Center, 802 E. Vogel, Phoenix. Mike O’Connor from Desert Sportsman in Scottsdale will present information about fly-fishing the Green River in Utah. The public is invited at no charge. For information, call (602) 992-1434.

The Arizona Predator Callers are hosting a reloading seminar at 7 p.m. April 14 at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 9, 1450 E. Main St. The public is invited for a $5 charge. For information, call Mike Burris at (480) 654-1411.

FISHING HOT SPOTS

Lower Lake Mary: The area near Flagstaff has received multiple trout stockings since it began filling in January. This fishery should have turned by the time you read this. The most recent trout stocking three weeks ago entailed fish weighing around a pound each. Upper Lake Mary is flowing into Lower Lake Mary, and Lower Lake Mary is also overflowing. This hasn’t happened since at least 1993.

Deadhorse Lake State Park: Since they redid the lagoons, this has been a consistent hot spot.

Prescott area: For trout, Lynx Lake should be very good, Fain Lake has been a hot spot, and Goldwater Lake is a fun place to fish, especially for kids.

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