With a crappie-fishing seminar hosted by Curt Rambo and Art Chamberlin now in the rearview mirror, organizers of the Shoot for the Heart seminars are steering toward a round table on “Summer Fly Fishing.”
It begins at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 14 at Mountain Bible Church and will feature local angling experts Tim Dougherty and Dennis Lee.
As has been the case since Shoot for the Heart events were first held, the seminar will be free of charge, desserts will be served, door prizes given out, a slide show held and the public is invited.
Dennis Pirch, one of the organizers of Shoot for the Heart, says Dougherty and Lee will dole out some nifty and valuable advice on fly fishing including equipment needed, such as chest waders, fins, float tubes, sinking lines and wet flies.
The two will also provide tips on strategies, techniques and fly fishing hot spots in Arizona.
State streams popular among fly fishermen are Black River, Little Colorado, Canyon Creek and Lee’s Ferry.
In the Rim Country, Chevlon and Willow Springs Lake usually produce good numbers of rainbows and browns.
Other sites are Lake Pleasant, Salt/Verde Rivers and Horseshoe Cienega.
Fly-fishing is an angling method in which an artificial, hand-tied “fly” is used to catch fish. The fly is cast into the waters with a special rod, reel and plastic coached line heavier than most.
Casting requires a special technique because the fly is almost weightless.
For those unfamiliar with Shoot for the Heart, it was originally organized to provide “outdoor recreation time with an emphasis on hunting and fishing in God’s creation,” says Pirch.
Shoot for the Heart is also to help families who love the outdoors become better hunters and fishermen, and to build relationships with others who share the same interests.
Since the inception of the program in January 2010, hundreds have flocked to Mountain Bible Church each month to take in the outdoor seminars that began with local tournament fishing pro Clifford Pirch leading a presentation on bass fishing and continued with a variety of other round tables including camp cooking, mule deer hunting, tracking mountain lions, outdoor survival, Arizona Coues Whitetail deer, bear hunting and others.
One of the most riveting presentations took place Feb. 17 when 70-year-old Alaskan contractor Doug Moe made a guest appearance to relive a 2007 hunting incident. While cleaning a deer he had just shot on a wilderness island, he was attacked and mauled by a Grizzly bear.
The severely injured Moe fought off the bear with a knife, stabbing it several times in the neck. He then walked more than two miles to where his hunting companions were camped.
For more about Shoot for the Heart, call Mountain Bible Church at (928) 472-7800.