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Monthly Meeting – Fishing the Upper East Verde River

June 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Jim Strogen: Stream Improvements and Fishing the Upper East Verde River…

Jim Strogen will be sharing many of his favorite locations along the Upper East Verde River (UEVR), and some go-to flies.

If you haven’t fished the Upper East Verde River in the Washington Park area, you are in for a treat!

This small stream is home to a wild rainbow trout population which can reach lengths of nine or ten inches. However, it is much more common to catch these beautiful fish in the four to seven inch range.

The stream is fun to fish throughout the year, but it’s appearance and fishing conditions can vary depending on winter snowmelt. Jim will talk about fishing under different conditions for these wary, wild fish.

The UEVR is less than 40 minutes from Payson. It is a great stream to have in mind to extend your fun if you are already coming up to fish the East Verde River or Tonto Creek.

Jim will also be showing photos of the the stream improvement work completed recently by AZGFD, USFS, Natural Channel Design and volunteers. The stream improvement work enhanced a section of about 200 feet of the creek that spills over a sold rock shelf and provided no useful substrate for bug life or holding cover for trout. This work will make a favorite pull-out along the UEVR even better.

Learn where it is on June 10th.

Jim Strogen bio…

Jim Strogen is a regular contributor to the Payson Roundup daily newspaper.

His column, called “Life on the Fly”, provides fishing advice for lakes and streams throughout the Rim Country.

He is also a contributing author to the Fishing Arizona’s High Country book published by the Payson Roundup and has written articles for American Fly Fishing magazine, TROUT magazine, and the tu.org blog.

Since retiring, Jim has put to use the knowledge gained from over fifty years of fly fishing, his MS degree in Fisheries Biology, and his experience as a former elementary and middle school teacher and elementary school principal to teach fly fishing classes for adults, and students, in an after school fly fishing instruction at Julia Randall Elementary School and Rim Country Middle School.

He received the AZGFD Commission Educator of the Year Award in 2019 and the 2020 Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Award for Outstanding Citizen Wildlife Contributor of the Year.

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June 10
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Craig Mernitz
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