OPTU NEWS Old Pueblo Chapter of Trout Unlimited
VOLUME 10 ISSUE 5 TO CONSERVE, PROTECT, AND RESTORE NORTH AMERICA'S COLDWATER MAY 2002
FISHERIES AND THEIR WATERSHEDS
did in getting us there and back. It was one of the best
trips I've been on.
The board confirmed rental of Winn campground
for our Memorial Day Family outing this year. YES,
MEMORIAL DAY! Why the date change you ask? It
Family Weekend – Special Notice appears that the White Mountains may be closed by
Labor Day due to low precipitation and high fire
danger. We were unsuccessful in our attempts to rent a
We have decided to try our family outing on Memorial Day
reservation lake for Memorial Day. Tribal officials moved the
instead of Labor Day. Due to the lack of rain and snow fall it
deadlines for reservations earlier than in prior years and we
is believed the fishing will be better in May. So we hope you
were not informed about this change until it was too late. We
will mark your calendars and come to the outing May 24 -
did try to honor the requests of some individuals for camping
May 27, Friday thru Monday. We will be staying at Winn
at a lake setting, but the change in deadline prevented this.
campground - South group area. It was the only group area
available at this time. See also “Upcoming Trips.” OPTU has been awarded another $10,000 grant from the
Embrace-A-Stream project. Thanks to Fred Fillmore for
OPTU Meetings Moving to New Site successfully applying for and obtaining the grant. This year,
everyone coming to WORK at our "work days," will get his or
The regular monthly meetings of OPTU are moving to the her name in the drawing for an Orvis Backpack capable of
El Charro Restaurant at El Mercado, 6310 E Broadway (SE carrying two rods and a lot of other items. You can see one in
corner Broadway/Wilmot). Beginning May 1st all meetings will the 2002 Orvis catalog. Don't have a catalog? Stop in either
be held there. Our thanks go out to El Parador for all the of our local fly shops - both carry them. I will have a sign up
years of meeting in their facility. sheet at the May meeting for those who will attend the
workday on May 18th. Sign up to help set up camp, cook, or
take supplies. There is plenty of work to be done.
I've had some reports from Whitey about big fish at Big
Greetings to All, Lake, but then again that's Whitey's story to tell. My wife and
Hope this finds everyone doing well. To start, we have a I are taking new OPTU members - Jay & Pam Elliott to the
MEETING CHANGE TO ANNOUNCE. The board had a big task White Mountains soon so we’ll be able to give our own report.
to undertake and we decided to take up the generous offer to
move to El Charro on Broadway and Wilmot. Ray Flores, the Tightlines to you,
owner, has offered OPTU a meeting room at no charge. Be Danny Hooper
sure to thank Ray and perhaps, enjoy dining or drinks at El
Charro before or during our meetings. El Parador wanted us 2002 Apache Trout Recovery Workday Saturdays
to sign a contract for a year where we would agree to a May 18 June 22 August 10 September 28
charge of $90 per room per general meeting for 30 people.
OPTU is a nonprofit organization and we simply do not have
the funds available to agree to these terms. Inside This Issue
The Lees Ferry trip was a great success! One thing to President’s Message 1
consider for first timers is to make sure you come prepared. Officers & Board Members 2
Packing the proper gear or even having extra gear on hand, Next Lie & Tie 2
will ensure a more "problem-free" first time! Be sure to ask Next Guest Speaker 2
local fly shop personnel for help when planning any fishing TU Bring Back the Natives Contacts 2
trip. It will prove to be invaluable. Knowledge is key – the
Grassroots Activism/Apache Trout Recovery 3
more information gathered about a new fishing locale –
Fishing Reports 3
successful flies, weather forecasts, clothing needs, etc., help
everyone, first-timers to old-timers, to have the same chance Upcoming Fishing Trip(s) 4
to succeed. Gilbert and Howard have a great story to share TrMiscellany 4-5
with the group. Be sure to attend our next meeting to hear it! Classified Ads 6-7
I would like to thank the "Big D," Dennis for the great job he OPTU Calendar 8
Old Pueblo Chapter of
Trout Unlimited (OPTU)
Danny Hooper (h) 520-321-4420 LIE & TIE
Lie and Tie will be held at 7 p.m. on May 15th at Dry
Creek Outfitters, 5420 E. Broadway, Suite 254. Call Eric or
George (326-7847) for more information.
Gilbert Castillo (h) 520-290-8205
Secretary GUEST SPEAKER
Dennis Barlett (h) 520-749-1398
(w) 663-6872 (p) 446-8649 TBA. Come to El Charro Restaurant at El Mercado,
e-mail: email@example.com 6310 E Broadway (SE corner Broadway/Wilmot) on May 1st
Treasurer and see what great person we have been able to find.
Scott Styrmoe (h) 520-573-0857
Linda Wintin (h) 520-795-7746
Rob Gillette (h) 520-323-0396
Youth Education Coordinator OPTU’s Save the Natives – Apache Trout
Steve Reiter (h) 520-795-2388
Public Relations Officer
Mike Leed (h) 520-885-3561
TU Bring Back the Natives Contacts
Amy Harrig, TU-BLM BBN Coordinator
(303) 440-2937 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fred Rasmussen Regional Vice President for the Southern
Rob Gillette (h) 520-323-0396
Rockies (Region 8) email@example.com
Debbie Lynch (h) 520-742-7708
Don Duff, TU-Forest Service Partnership Coordinator
Carolynn Barlett (h) 520-749-1398
(801) 524-3945 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Leed (h) 520-321-4420
Dave Nickum, Southern Rockies Conservation Director
Gilbert Castillo (h) 520-290-8205
Greenback and Colorado River Cutthroat Trout (CO)
(303) 837-9383 e-mail: email@example.com
John Murphy (h) 520-299-3278
Paul Dremann, Utah Council V.P. for Conservation
Bonneville Cutthroat Trout (Utah/Nevada)
(801) 467-3862 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie Hunter, So. California TU Council Representative
60 N. Cheesebrush Ave.
Little Kern River & Volcanic Golden/Paiute Cutthroat (CA)
Tucson, AZ 85748
Mike Norte, Rio Grande Chapter – Rio Grande Cutthroat/
The Old Pueblo Chapter of Trout Unlimited publishes Gila Trout (NM/CO)
OPTU News monthly. (505)844-0935 e-mail: email@example.com
Jim Lynch, Old Pueblo Chapter - Apache Trout (Arizona)
Grassroots Activist Network
At the center of TU's efforts to raise the profile of
coldwater conservation is the Grassroots Activist Network
-- TU members who have volunteered to contact their
members of Congress, Governors, members of state
legislatures and natural resource agencies on issues of
importance to trout and salmon. Grassroots Activists receive
brief summaries or Action Alerts of issues pending before
government decision-makers that could harm or help McDuff at Duck Island – April OPTU Ferry trip
coldwater fisheries, and guidance on how to be an effective
voice for trout and salmon.
As we work to protect fish and their waters, we need
your support and involvement to carry the conservationist
message. To join the Grassroots Activist Network, please OPTU Apache Trout Recovery Workdays - 2002
send an email containing your mailing address to
firstname.lastname@example.org. 2002 Apache Trout Recovery Workday Saturdays are:
May 18 June 22 August 10 September 28
Please mark your calendars and visit our new OPTU website
www.optu.org for updates regarding the workdays for 2002.
Thanks to all those who helped with the Apache Trout
Recovery efforts in 2001. We are looking forward to your
participation in 2002.
To the Editor
I was a little disappointed to see the picture, top right
col. on page 4 of the April newsletter. The absolute wrong
way to hold a trout that you intend to release -- and I do
hope we support catch and release. I realize that the
photographer is likely right handed and is holding the camera
in his right hand and the trout in his left, trying to get as
Dennis at the Dam – April OPTU Ferry trip much distance as possible to get the fish in focus. But I think
we do a disservice by showing such obviously incorrect and
damaging pictures. By the way, the correct way (meaning
less potential damage to the fish) is to slide your hand down
the tippet and leave the fish in the water (or on a bar, bank,
in a net) and take the picture that way. Take the picture
quickly, and monitor the fish until it regains its strength to
survive for another day.
How about a short piece on how to properly catch, take a
picture, and release these valuable critters. Thanks, I feel
better already. Anyway... Neill W. Freeman
Your editor listened and is properly chastised. Many pictures
are taken using poor technique and all such methods should
be avoided. I am personally disappointed almost every
Saturday and Sunday morning watching several of the fly
fishing shows where fish are held above water for over a
minute of talking and showing before the fish is released.
Member’s thoughts on these & other issues are appreciated.
A pleased “Hoop” – April OPTU Ferry trip
drainage, Opihi River (South Island) drainage, and Eglinton
River (South Island) for two weeks at the end of March.
Large rainbows and browns were the norm. While very
rewarding when successful, sight casting with drys and
nymphs to these elusive trout was challenging. Dry's used
were #12-14 parachute adams with very heavily weighted
nymphs in #14-16. Gilbert's Peaking Caddis pattern was a hit
with one guide, and surprised many a fish. I'll present a slide
show in the near future. Rob Gillette
Volunteering - AZ Game & Fish Sport Fishing Program
Email Ed Davenport email@example.com with
your name, address and zip code to receive a volunteer
packet from Game and Fish. If members do not have email
Doing it “correctly” they may call 884-9394. After completing the packet, go to
Game and Fish to get fingerprinted and then send the packet
Humor to Phoenix. After a background check the volunteer will be
sent a calendar of events.
Nothing is funny this month.
White Mountains I just returned from the White Mountains.
The fishing was great. My cousin, his second time fly fishing,
and I were fishing Tuesday and caught 5 cutthroat over 4
pounds. The biggest was 6 lbs 4 oz. We probably totaled at
least 70 fish. Probably 90% of the fish were caught in 4 foot
of water or less on a size 16 bead head prince nymph fished
3 foot below a strike indicator, usually a size 12 parachute
adams, A couple even took the adams. If the prince started
to sink the adams I would slowly strip in about a foot of line
and would often get a strike on the rising prince. I also
caught an 18 1/2" brook trout. Most of the brookies we
caught were not in very good shape. I talked to Jim Novy
about their condition and he said that brookies are prone to
looking puny early in the year. On another note, I was talking Murph and “Hoop” heading upstream – full speed ahead
to some forest service employees and they were saying that
forest may be close to camping by the middle of this month
Upcoming Fishing Trips
due to fire hazard! Whitey Kuebler
Lees Ferry: OPTU members had a great trip to Lees
New Zealand Both the North Island and South Island of
Ferry over April 4th through the 8th. A number of new
New Zealand had excellent fishing at the end of March. I had
members attended. Our next trip to Lees Ferry will be in the
the opportunity to fish the Rangeitikei River (North Island)
fall. Dates will be announced in June/July.
Memorial Day Family Outing: With the pending fire
restrictions in our forests and poor fishing the past few Labor Photos
Days, OPTU has reserved a Winn Group Campground in the
White Mountains over Memorial Day. The campground is Send in your fishing photos to the editor if you would like
reserved from May 24th (Friday) though May 27th (Monday). them in the newsletter - preferably by e-mail. This is
This annual event is designed for OPTU and their families. particularly important if you tire of seeing the editor’s family,
Winn Campground is centrally located with access to all of the friends and pets regularly featured.
major lakes (both state and reservation) and numerous
streams. Tents/trailers/motor homes can be accommodated.
There are no hookups for motor homes. Again this year we'll
have the annual Pot Luck Dinner with OPTU providing the
entree on Saturday night. Please contact Rob (323-0396
hm/323-1005 firstname.lastname@example.org)if you plan to
attend. I'll need the number of people in your party and
choice of entrée (steak or chicken). A fishing contest will be
held Saturday afternoon for both adults and children.
Alaska: Want to catch BIG RAINBOWS? Join OPTU and
fish Alaska's famed Bristol Bay area (Naknek River, King
Salmon, Alaska) in early October.
Contact Rob Gillette [323-0396 (H), 323-1005 (W),
email@example.com] for more information or sign up.
Have ideas for OPTU's future outings? If so, contact Rob with
thoughts on where, when, and what the expense and time
limits should be.
Eating health food at Lees Ferry Lodge – OPTU April trip
Rebates for Chapter Renewals
T.U. National provides an opportunity for chapters to
earn rebates. Each renewal sent by the chapter directly to Caddis U-Boat float tube with two sets of flippers (over boot –
National will earn a $5 rebate. Members can bring their Caddis, and over stocking – Browning). Used twice. $150
renewal notices to chapter meetings or special events or the value – sell for $75. Call 694-7730.
chapter can use the roster to identify your expiration date.
Bring your next renewal to a meeting or event. This will
give our region more dollars to invest in the preservation of
our coldwater fisheries. Help stretch your dollars for the
benefit of Arizona fisheries. Thanks.
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progress, so keep coming back to see how it is developing.
This will also be a regular site for lengthier reports.
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OPTU MAY CALENDAR
May 1: Regular meeting – at El Charro Restaurant at El Mercado, 6310 E. Broadway, at 7 p.m.
May 15: Lie & Tie – 7:00 p.m. at Dry Creek Outfitters, 5420 E. Broadway, Suite 254, Call Eric or
George at 326-7847 for more information.
May 22: Board Meeting at El Charro Restaurant at El Mercado, 6310 E. Broadway, at 6:30 p.m.
Everyone is invited.
June 5: Regular meeting – at El Charro Restaurant at El Mercado, 6310 E. Broadway, at 7 p.m.
June 19: Lie & Tie – 7:00 p.m. at Dry Creek Outfitters, 5420 E. Broadway, Suite 254, Call Eric or
George at 326-7847 for more information.
June 26: Board Meeting at El Charro Restaurant at El Mercado, 6310 E. Broadway, at 6:30 p.m.
Everyone is invited.