Sun Lakes Fly Fishing Club

George Abernathy

October is always a busy month for the Sun Lakes Fly Fishing Club, and this year is no exception. On Tuesday, October 2 and 16, we’re meeting for breakfast at 8:00 a.m. at the Stone & Barrel. Our club will have a table at the Cottonwood Palo Verde Open House on Saturday, October 13, and at the IronOaks’ Open House on Saturday, October 27. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow fly fishers and learn about the great fisheries in Arizona.

On Tuesday, October 23, 10 members from the Sun Lakes Fly Fishing Club are headed to the San Juan River in New Mexico for four days and three nights of spectacular fly fishing. This trip is also our annual competition to see who will be the top fly-fisher. The winner will receive a trophy, 50% of the cash pot and bragging rights for a year.

Twice per year, we replace a breakfast meeting with a cocktail hour, and on Tuesday, October 30, members and spouses are getting together for some libations and appetizers at the Stone & Barrel restaurant from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The cost to attend is $10 per person which includes appetizers. We always have a good turnout and especially enjoy the mingling in a relaxed atmosphere. As with all of our gatherings, anyone is welcome to join us.

On Tuesday, November 6, club members will head to the White Mountains for a two-night fishing trip. We will be fly fishing on private fishing waters in two different locations. With multiple lakes nearby, some members might also bring their one-man pontoon boats. The dry fly action was outstanding last year at one of the private waters I fished. When the action stopped, the submerged wet fly action brought the same results until we left.

Between now and the end of the year, numerous single one-day and two-day fishing trips will take place. The club’s philosophy is to bring people together who want to fly fish; no red tape, no politics, “catch and release,” just wet your lines and go hunting. Approximately 70% of our members originally thought Arizona was nothing but kitty litter until we met. If your thoughts are the same about Arizona, come to one of our meetings or cocktail hours. You’ll be amazed to hear about the variety of fisheries we fish and the types of fish we catch.

If you have questions or would like more information, I can be contacted at 480-521-1060 or email me at [email protected] You can also visit our website at

“There he stands, draped in more equipment than a telephone lineman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain no bigger than a breadcrumb, and getting licked in the process.” ~Paul O’Neil, 1965

Fish On! Fish On!