Fly Fishing Club
The Mission Statement of the White Mountain Fly Fishing Club is: “To assist in the development and maintenance of fly fishing opportunities and to promote and participate in fly fishing in its many forms." We support the practice of “Catch and Release.” We support the use of barbless hooks and harmless netting-and-release practices. Fish should never be held out of water for longer than you can hold your breath.
Past Presidents include Mike Smith, Gene Marode, Richard Dreyer, Bob Bowers and Ken Wolf, Dennis Jones, Steve Hofmann
Our History: The Club started in the Fall of 1984 as the White Mountain Fly Casters Association. Meeting were held in Pinetop at the Squires Sports Den, which was the old Bud Wheetes General Store building (now a parking lot). The goal was to provide fellowship and education to anyone with an interest in the art of fly fishing. The Club had monthly evening meetings and scheduled as many outings to fish as possible at local lakes and streams. The Club had as many as 20-25 members by the summer of 1985. In 1996 the Club became a chapter of Trout Unlimited and met at Pats Place and the Black Bull. Now (2013) the Club is a non-profit corporation with over one hundred members and meets at the Lakeside Fire Station. The White Mountain Fly Fishing Club supports and practices Catch and Release making for a good clean pastime where no one gets hurt (not even the fish). We support the use of barbless hooks, harmless netting and release practices and advice, “A fish should never be held out of water for longer than you can hold your breath.”
When and Where: The club holds monthly meeting on the third Wednesday of the month at the Lakeside Fire House starting at 5:30 pm. On the following Saturday the club enjoys a fishing outing at an area lake, stream or private waters. Originally founded as a 501(c)(7) non-profit social club, in 2011 paperwork was filed to convert the club to a 501(c)(3) status which was granted in 2012 making all donations to the club tax deductible.
Community Service: In addition to having lots of fun, our club is dedicated to providing educational opportunities such as fly tying classes ((Please see our Events Calendar) at the Lakeside Fire Station, fly casting instruction, and numerous community service projects. We work with Arizona Game & Fish Department on conservation projects. We conduct Project Healing Waters training sessions annually where we teach Veterans fly tying, rod and line setup and safety, teach them casting, and take them fishing at a local stream to catch fish on flies. We sponsor awards luncheons and provide fishing instructors for 2 Casting for Recovery events a year. CFR sponsor retreats for women recovering from breast cancer. We have contributed funding toward the installation of facilities at Becker Lake for camp hosts to oversee the Catch and Release program implemented by AZG&FD in 2011. We have conducted Fly Fishing Merit Badge programs for the local Boy Scouts and contribute to and support Friends of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for special children.
Beginning in 2011 our club has sponsored fall fishing trips to the San Juan River in New Mexico for some premier fishing for wounded warriors in conjunction with Troops First and Wounded Warriors Foundations. Our first year we funded 3 former soldiers for 2 days of fully guided fly fishing trips, all meals, lodging, and equipment. In 2013 we plan to assist up to 6 soldiers for a fishing outing on the San Juan River.
One of our biggest Accomplishments in 2012 was the complete reconstruction of Silver Creek in Show Low. With the financial support of the various Arizona Fly Fishing Clubs and Organizations and the hard work of our members, dams were constructed to form pools and structure was added to the creek to provide holding places for fish. This was a combined effort of WMFFC, AZG&FD, Sports Fish Restoration, and the National Resource Conservation Service.