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President's Message

Craig Mernitz, AFC President

An Arizona Flycaster's Equation

Engagement + Involvement = Increased Enjoyment


AFC's primary goal is to add value to people's lives. We love to share what we love and want to help you expand your knowledge and enjoyment of the sport of fly fishing. A great way to elevate your knowledge, skills, and more importantly your enjoyment is through involvement. Your return on investment will be worth the effort.

However, times are changing. Our society is currently going through a culture shift. And this is affecting small clubs as well. AFC needs to expand and diversify its committee membership in order to effectively respond to the changing world. With this in mind, we are asking our members to reflect on how they have benefited from AFC and act on how they can give back. This is how most of us made the choice to become more involved in the club.

We are encouraging all our members to please help by joining a committee. By spreading the tasks to include more members, the experience becomes more enjoyable for all of us. As the old adage goes: “Many hands lighten the load.” Get involved in your particular comfort zone or skill set. A few examples are:

social technical outings marketing

advocacy environment organization conservation

education charity  events membership

Attend a board meeting, and test the water. Committee membership is not a job, there are no performance appraisals or criticism. It's very low-key, enjoyable and most of all, rewarding.


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The next four months have great outings scheduled. March 1st, 2nd, and 3rd is our annual Dead Horse Ranch outing. Please register so that we can plan the "Happy Hour". Marti Cahoon traditionally arranges a happy hour at their campsite from about 4:30 to 6:00 or so. Please bring your own beverage and some snacks to share. You can make this a "day trip", you can stay in a motel in Cottonwood, or camp at Dead Horse in an RV or tent.

April 6th is a “Dutch-Oven-Cookout”. In the past this was an annual event, and very popular. If you enjoy swapping fish stories and great food bring the entire family and have a great time. Please register on the AFC website so that we will know how much food to prepare. The event begins around 10:00 am. But, if you want to learn something about Dutch-Oven cooking and help prepare, arrive around 9:00 am. Our host is a long time AFC member and an Arizona Dutch-Oven Champion.

The San Juan River outing is scheduled May 4th thru the 8th. Twelve spots have been reserved. Please register early so that we can arrange car pools and sleeping arrangements.

Additional information and location for all of these outings can be found on our AFC website. Click on the link for each particular event in the right hand column. If you have questions email me “”.


Education Opportunities

Fly casting and fly tying classes are provided to all, whether beginning or experienced. FFI certified instructors and experienced coaches are available to work with your casting or fly tying. AFC can provide all equipment and materials. Please bring a 5 or 6 weight 9 foot fly rod with floating line and a 7 1/2 foot tapered leader to the casting class if you have one. For your safety bring a hat, sunglasses and water.

Casting classes are usually held at Roadrunner Park, Northeast corner, and start at 9 AM. Check the UPCOMMING EVENTS sidebar to the right for any changes.

Fly-tying classes are held at the Arizona American Italian Club in the game room behind the bar. Classes start at 7 PM.

Additional classes are offered on knots, rigging, entomology, still water, moving water, how to play the fish, equipment, etc. Everything that you need to improve your fishing enjoyment.

Monthly Meetings


Arizona Flycasters Club holds monthly meetings the second Tuesday of the month. The meetings are held at the American-Italian Club located at 7509 N 12th St, Phoenix, AZ. We start at 6:00 PM with a social hour and raffle offerings. This is followed by a club update and then a speaker. Meetings usually end at 8:30 or 9:00.

About once a quarter AFC will hold a new member orientation which starts at 6:00 and coincides with the monthly meeting. Occasionally we will just have a Happy Hour at a different location. These events are announced in advance in the Newsletter and on our web site.

Meeting Map



Arizona Flycasters Club is proud to present to AVFF (Arizona Veterans Fly Fishing) a check for $1000 to further benefit the veterans on their fly fishing program. Pictured representing AVFF is Fleger Robinson. Receiving the appreciation plaque is Bill Larson from AFC. Arizona Flycasters Club is celebrating its 60th year as a non-profit organization. Giving back to the community by promoting fly fishing, offering programs, education, outings, conservation and community service. 

Business Partners

Fisheads San Juan River Lodge
Az Fly Shop
Fly Fish Arizona and Beyond

Community Affiliations

Az Game and Fish Department
AZ Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation
Fly Fishers International
Trout Unlimited
Arizona Veterans Fly Fishing
Northern Arizona University
Official Address
PO Box 47357
Phoenix, AZ 85068
United States of America

AFC is a Federal 501(c)3 non-profit, educational entity
incorporated under the laws of Arizona.