2017 Western Regional Rendezvous

April 28-29, 2017
Scottsdale, AZ

Join fellow anglers and TU volunteer leaders from across the West on April 28-29, 2017 in Scottsdale, AZ, for enlightening presentations, inspiring dialogue and engaging camaraderie with those who share your dedication to TU and our mission. TU regional rendezvous are occasions to be inspired – by the work of TU staff, lessons from volunteer leaders, and conversations with newfound friends. They are also an excellent opportunity to discuss the unique issues facing the region as well as a chance to network and build relationships with fellow TU volunteer leaders.

Click here to view a draft agenda for the whole weekend of sessions, speakers, and events.

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Schedule

Thursday, April 27 – Southwest Native and Wild Trout Conference 
Join the Arizona Council of Trout Unlimited in Scottsdale the day before we kickoff this year's Western Regional Rendezvous for the 8th Annual Native and Wild Trout Conference! The conference is held for those interested in meeting, networking, and developing future plans to promote
restoration and management of native and wild coldwater fish species in Arizona and New Mexico. Over 100 individuals attend the conference and represent more than 35 agencies and organizations involved in water conservation and management, trout recovery and habitat enhancement.  

Registration for the Southwest Native and Wild Trout Conference is NOT INCLUDED in your Western Regional Rendezvous registration.  To register for the Southwest Native and Wild Trout Conference, or to learn more about the day's agenda including keynote from TU's Chris Wood, click here.

Friday, April 28 – Workshops and Seminars
Friday's full-day session will include group discussions, concentrated workshops and opportunities for council and chapter leaders to share successes and discuss common challenges. A full agenda will be posted online soon.

Friday Night, April 28 – Group Dinner, Networking, and AZ Council Fundraiser
Following the day's meetings, join your fellow TU volunteer leaders and TU staff from across the country for a great dinner and chance to network with one another. Spend time talking shop and trading stories with people who share your passion for conservation and enjoy a fun evening of camaraderie.

Saturday, April 29 – Workshops and Seminars
Saturday's half-day session will continue the work of the previous day's meetings and include group discussions, concentrated workshops and opportunities for council and chapter leaders to share successes and discuss common challenges. Saturday night dinner will be at a no-host location TBD soon. A full agenda will be posted online soon.

Sunday, April 30 – Optional day of fishing and no host dinner
After a full weekend of leadership development and networking with fellow TU volunteers, stick around for hosted fishing on Sunday and have the chance at hooking an infamous Arizona Bonefish!  Local TU volunteers will host anglers on local suburban lakes or canals, all within about 30-minutes from the Saguaro Hotel, for some of the most exciting freshwater sight-fishing action to be had in the US!  If you’ve never tried your hand at carp fishing, it’s an experience not to be missed, as grass carp can be spooky and selective when feeding, but explosive and powerful once hooked.

Recommended equipment includes a 6 weight fly rod and reel, floating line, 3X-4X leader and fluorocarbon tippet.  Bring your own carp flies or pick some up at Orvis Phoenix, a quick 7 mile drive from the hotel.  We will not be going into the water, so waders are not needed,  but be sure to bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and water, as late-April in Arizona can bring temperatures in the mid-70s and lots of sunshine!

If  you have a late afternoon or evening flight, we’ll get you back to the Saguaro hotel early enough to make your flight.

Friday & Saturday - Special Spouses Tour & Activities
For spouses coming to this year’s Western Regional Rendezvous, the Arizona Council has organized a relaxing weekend including a tour of the Music Instrument Museum, shopping at two of the Phoenix area’s finest retail centers, and a tour of the Desert Botanical Gardens. The cost per attendee is $80 and includes breakfast on Friday and Saturday, all venue tour fees, and transportation throughout the weekend. Full details and activity agenda. To register a spouse, please email Kyle Smith.

Lodging

Accommodations for the Western Regional Rendezvous are provided by Saguaro in Scottsdale, AZ. The discounted rate for our meeting is $139/night. Call (480) 308-1100 and ask for the Trout Unlimited group rate. Be sure to reserve your room before April 5, 2017 in order to receive the special group discount.

Registration

The total cost is $165 early bird rate until April 1. After April 1 the total cost is $175 and includes:

  • Participation in all seminars and workshops on Friday and Saturday
  • Breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday
  • Group dinner and networking event on Friday night

*You can register for the entire weekend, or register for one day only at a discounted rate
**Attendees may bring spouses/guests to the barbecue dinner on Friday night
***A "meeting only" option, which includes no meals, is available for $20. Email Kyle Smith to register.

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