Our History: The Club started in the fall of 1984 as the White Mountain Fly Casters Association. Meetings 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. The Club is now a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and meets at the Nature Center on Woodland Road in Lakeside. 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 from April thru October on the third Wednesday of the month at, The Nature Center starting at 5:30 pm. On the following Saturday the club usually 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, fly rod building classes ((Please see our Events Calendar) at, The Nature Center, fly casting instruction, and numerous community service projects. We work with Arizona Game & Fish Department on conservation projects. We hope to restart our Project Healing Waters training sessions in the near future where we teach Veterans fly tying, rod building, rod and line setup and safety, also casting instructions, and take them fishing at a local stream to catch fish on flies. We have sponsored awards luncheons and provided fishing instructors for Casting for Recovery events. 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 have contributed 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 Veterans 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.