Western Native Trout Initiative (WNTI)

The Western Native Trout Initiative (WNTI) was formed in 2006 to incorporate the best conservation strategies of existing ventures to save trout that many regard as icons of the American West.

The 21 native trout and char addressed by WNTI have long been considered as biologically, recreationally and culturally important. While local conservation actions have occurred, overall range-wide recovery and coordinated management of western native trout and char generally has been addressed in a fragmented approach.  By working together, the partners in WNTIstrive to implement the most strategic actions needed to benefit these trout and char.  And by working together to establish secure populations, WNTI will also benefit anglers by enhancing recreational fishing opportunities for unique trout species across the West.

The Arizona Council of TU has been fortunate to be a recipient of several grants to advance the commitments of WNTI (www.westernnativetrout.org).

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Fishing the Verde Valley – Dead Horse State Park

Presented by Trout Unlimited Zane Grey Chapter Women’s Initiative

Day 1: Informative Meet & Greet
January 28, 2017
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Bass Pro Shop, 2nd floor conference room (near camping)
1133 N Dobson Rd, Mesa, AZ 85201

Women of all skill levels are invited to participate. Meet other women anglers, and representatives from Trout Unlimited. Jaquelyn Hartwig, the Bass Pro Shop Fly Fishing Instructor, will share her knowledge of equipment and techniques for fly fishing the ponds at Dead Horse State Park; and fly tying instructor Connie Richards from the Arizona Flycasters Club will be on hand to demonstrate tying her favorite fly for pond fishing.

The first 20 women who attend this event will be offered a free one-year membership in Trout Unlimited (plus a hat), and a free one-year membership to the Arizona Flycasters Club. Maps and information about Dead Horse State Park and Cottonwood will be available.

Day 2: Fly Fishing Clinic
February 11, 2017
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Dead Horse State Park
675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd.
Cottonwood, AZ 86326

 Meet near the ponds Saturday at 10:00 AM for a fly fishing clinic. There will be demonstrations of techniques for fishing the ponds given by volunteers from local fishing clubs. If you have never fly fished before, rods, reels, and flies will be available for your use on Saturday. Lunch on your own in Cottonwood, or bring a picnic lunch. If you are making it a weekend of fishing, overnight accommodations are available at the park and at the motels in Cottonwood. The park offers camping spaces and sleeping cabins that can be reserved online at:


Women fly fishers of all levels are invited and welcome to this inaugural event of the Trout Unlimited Zane Grey Chapter Women’s Initiative.

Day 3: Fishing or Sightseeing – On Your Own
February 12, 2017

This is a whole family event, as there are lots of activities around the area such as antiquing, shopping, and wine tasting in historic downtown Cottonwood and Jerome; and there’s bird watching, hiking, or just relaxing at the park itself.

Contact: Linda McAteer, AZTU Diversity Initiative Chair lmcateer60@gmail.com



Arizona Council of Trout Unlimited, Inc,
Directions for 2015
From November 22, 2014 Planning Meeting


The Arizona Council of Trout Unlimited, Inc. exists to support and coordinate the efforts, projects and communications of the Trout Unlimited Chapters within the state. These directions have been established as the result of a full day planning session with many of the cooperating and collaborating organizations those chapters and the full council have worked with over the last several years. The direction statements here are deliberately simple, and do not address the plans and actions that will be necessary to fully achieve success.


Arizona Game and Fish Department

The AZGFD has long been Arizona Trout Unlimited’s lead Partner, at both the Chapter and State level, in efforts to Protect, Restore, Reconnect and Sustain Arizona’s coldwater fisheries for native and wild non-native trout. Many projects and activities have been completed, and others are on-going. This partnership will continue, with new efforts, projects and programs, such as in the areas below:

  • Annual Native and Wild Trout Conference
  • Education: Youth and Certified Angler
  • Use of Angler Preference Survey information
  • Catch and Release and Scented Bait Regulations
  • Streams Restoration Plans & Natives Stocking Plans
  • Trout Heritage Challenge Program(s)
  • Partnership Waters Program
  • Other initiatives as they develop

Western Rivers Action Network

Western Rivers Action Network (WRAN): AZTU is actively involved and will continue in the network of stakeholders to create healthier rivers such as the Colorado River and the Colorado River basin tributaries, including the Gila, Verde and San Pedro Rivers.

Wildlife Resource Partners

Wildlife Resource Partners: AZTU will continue to be actively involved with a varied group of Arizona conservation organizations to meet with bipartisan candidates and elected officials throughout Arizona on water issues. The message on water: we are informed stakeholders who can provide on-the-ground experience and science-based expertise. We prioritize conservation, re-use and water for natural areas/wildlife habitats. We are engaged and willing to participate with new ideas and with developing consensus on manageable strategies for our water future.

Trout Unlimited National

As a state council and as individual chapters, we are a part of the Trout Unlimited Inc. and rely on that national membership, structure and staff for organizational support and science guidance. We will continue to make specific contributions to and shape TU initiatives, including:

  • Trout Unlimited 2015 -2020 Draft Strategic Plan,
  • TU’s National Conservation Agenda
  • TU’s new Southwest Trout Initiative,
  • Active participation in TU’s Council Chair Forum, TU’s National Leadership Council and its workgroups, and with TU’s Board of Trustees,
  • Active attendance and participation at Regional and National Annual Meetings,
  • Frequent dialog with TU’s Organizational, Member Support, and Science Staff,
  • Development of a TU Staff position for Arizona,
  • Other interfaces as appropriate.

AZ-TU Council Organization and Structure for Future Efforts and Project Capabilities

We will enhance the Council capacities and capabilities through an expanded committee structure. Committees may be made up of Council members, chapter members, and members of cooperating and collaborating organizations. The Council Chair will designate committees as circumstances require. Initial committees will be:

  • Education, Conservation, Policy, Membership, Communications, Fund Raising and Specific Project Committees

Communications Issues

  • Websites – AZ Council and TU National
    • Continue upgrade and transition of AZ Council Website as an independent standalone web site focused on making Information on state level organizations, events and activities readily available, together with a strong presentation of goals and overall purpose.
    • Continue participation in and utilization of the TU National Website as it is improved and optimized.
  • Annual AZ-TU Council Report
    Develop and Publish to Members, cooperating and collaborating organizations an Annual Report of Council and major Chapter Activities and Accomplishments for 2014. Publish in Q1, 2015.
  • AZ-TU Quarterly Newsletter
    Develop and Publish to Members, cooperating and collaborating organizations a Quarterly Report of Council and major Chapter Activities and Accomplishments for Q1, 2015 early in Q2, 2015. Quarterly Report Newsletters will be published in the first month of each quarter.

Membership (Women, Youth, Non-fly fishers) and Education

The Council activities and committee on membership will focus on supporting Chapter activities and programs in the following initiatives, with particular emphasis on women’s and youth programs:

  • One For TU Proposal (Each member seeks to gain a member)
  • Involvement
  • Retention

Policies and Collaborations

We will continue our major strategy of forging strong relationships with well directed organizations that have demonstrated their ability to accomplish valuable goals:

  • Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD)
  • Western Rivers Action Network (WRAN)
  • Arizona Sportsmen For Wildlife Conservation (AZSFWC)
  • Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI)
  • National Forest Service (NFS)
  • US Fish and Wildlife (USFWS)
  • Lees Ferry Long Term Management Plan (LTEMP) / Lees Ferry Trout Fishery Plan
  • Fly Fishing Clubs (Arizona Fly Casters, Desert Fly Casters, Northern Arizona Fly Casters, White Mountains Fly Fishers, Payson Fly Casters, Sun City Grand Flycasters, Verde Fly Fishing Club)
  • White Mountain Lakes Foundation (WMLF)
  • Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP)
  • Arizona Wildlife Federation (AWF)
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Audubon Arizona
  • Hunting and Angling Heritage Workgroup (HAHWG)
  • Tonto National Forest – Payson/Young/Mesa Ranger Districts
  • Coconino National Forest
  • Wildlife Resource Partners
  • Project Healing Waters
  • Salt River Project (SRP)
  • Arizona State University (ASU)
  • University of Arizona (UA)
  • Northern Arizona University (NAU)
  • National Forest Foundation
  • Arizona Elk Society
  • Upslope Brewing

Fund Raising

  • Grants
    The Council and its committees will work to be aware of grant opportunities available for Chapters, the Council, and cooperating collaborating organizations, and to assist Chapters and organizations in planning for, obtaining and applying those grants in an effective manner.
  • Donor Development
    The Council will work to identify Donors and the opportunities that are appropriate for major donor support, and will work cooperatively with Chapters, and with cooperating and collaborating organizations and individuals to bring donors and opportunities together. Clear definition of opportunities and capabilities will be key to these efforts.
  • Projects
    The Council will work to Communicate Needs, Plans and Results of Projects and Programs to support efforts to obtain Grants and Donations.

Next Steps

Many of the actions and programs above have already been started. Others will be planned and launched during the 1st quarter of 2015. Activities, plan updates, and accomplishments and outcomes will be reported on the AZ-TU website, and in the Quarterly Newsletters.