Experience a weekend of faith renewal, fellowship and fishing! Hearty meals, worship, and camaraderie around the campfire will be woven into the weekend so all can come away renewed spiritually, mentally and physically.

The Arkansas River is only minutes from Rainbow Trail and offers world class fly fishing. Ark Anglers, a local guiding company, will give a presentation on current river conditions at the beginning of the weekend.

Fishermen from novice to expert are encouraged to come for this fabulous weekend. Rental equipment and professional guide services are available.

Check out the photos from past Fly Fishing Retreats


September 21-24, 2017


4:30  –  Check-In Begins
6:30  –  Dinner
7:00  –  Introduction To The Arkansas, Ark Anglers
8:30  –  Evening Eucharist
9:15  –  Fellowship and Setting Up Fishing Gear

Friday and Saturday
7:15  –  Cereal Bar
8:00  –  Morning Prayer
9:00  –  Morning Sessions – Casting Lessons or Reading The River
10:15 – Brunch and Pack Lunches
11:00 – Head To The River to Fish
7:30  –  Return to RTLC
8:00  –  Late Dinner
9:00  –  Evening Worship
9:45 – Fly Tying and Fellowship

8:00  –  Morning Prayer
8:45  –  Casting Competition (for great prizes)
9:45  –  Brunch
10:30 – Fishing on the Arkansas and Head For Home

Register - Summer

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Program (includes activities, onsite classes, food, lodging) – $195

Guided 1/2 Day Fly Fishing, Wade Trip (optional) – $145

Guided 1/2 Day Fly Fishing, Float Trip (optional) – $165

Equipment Rentals
Boots & Waiders – $50*
Rod & Reel – $20 first day + $10 per day after
Starter tool kit – $10**
* additional sizing information will be requested prior to the retreat
**basic tools & supplies, flies not included

Meet the Pastoral Team

This year’s fishing retreat will be led by three pastors; veterans of many years in the parish, and many hours on the stream. In the 1980s and 1990s it wasn’t uncommon to see these three together, attending Grand Canyon Synod Assemblies or fishing Arizona (or Colorado or New Mexico) waters.  They have spent the last decade living in different states, but have maintained their friendships, and their loves for Christ and for fly fishing. They are excited to have Rainbow Trail make this gathering possible. They are all looking forward to this weekend of spiritual renewal and back country recreation.

FF RogerRoger Thompson

Ordained in 1981, Roger RE-retired from Ordained Ministry on April 30, 2016, after 35 years of service in the ALC and ELCA. He and his wife, Cheryl, are living the snowbird life between homes in Mesa and Pinetop, Arizona. They have two grown children, Alissa and Trajan, and two granddaughters, Marlee and Rylind, both 7. Cheryl is a retired Senior Claims Analyst with 38 years for Allstate Insurance, who dabbles in real estate.

Roger has been fly fishing for over 25 years, learning to tie his own flies, and even building a rod. He is a recovering alcoholic, with 24 years of sobriety, and available to share an AA meeting with interested participants.



John FF

John Schaumburg

John is currently working one day a week at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the retired Director for Evangelical Mission of the Grand Canyon Synod. He recently completed 40 years of parish ministry. John is married to Chris, and they are closing in on their 40th wedding anniversary. They have one daughter, Amy, who is a 4th grade teacher. She has an 15-year-old son, Ethan, who loves to camp and fish with his mom and grandpa.

John learned to flyfish and tie flies in California during the 60s. He enjoys fishing in Colorado, in particular the Blue and the Animas. In Arizona, his favorite place to fish is Lee’s Ferry on the Colorado River. He also likes to float tube on Arizona lakes. During their time in Arizona Pastors Dave, Roger and John fished together often. John grabbed his share of fame, at least among northern-Arizona fly fishermen, as the creator of the “Ugly Monster” — a large wet fly that has hauled in many a rainbow trout in and around Lee’s Ferry.

John will be helping to lead worship, and offering fly tying workshops throughout the weekend. Beginning and advanced fly tiers will want to spend some time with John this weekend!


FF RizDave Risendal

Dave has served as Pastor of Saint Peter Lutheran Church in Greenwood Village, Colorado since 1998. He has also served as a developer and leader of this Men’s Retreat since its inception in 2006. It continues to be one of the highlights of his year. Dave is married to Betsy, a research professor at the University of Colorado Medical School. They have two sons: Brady will graduate from the University of Colorado (Boulder) this Spring with a degree in Technology, Arts and Media, from the Honors Engineering School. Landon will graduate from Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, and is interested in a music career. Dave showed up in Arizona with his grandfather’s 20-year-old fiberglass fly rod in 1984. Assuming he had all the equipment he needed, he figured he should learn to fly fish. John took him under his wing, introduced him to the fine art, and a few decades (and a few thousand dollars) later, fly fishing is one of his favorite pastimes. Dave will be helping to lead worship and Bible study, and offering workshops on setting up equipment, reading trout streams, and fly casting.

Guided Fly Fishing Trips & Equipment Rental

1/2 Day Float and Wade trips are available through ArkAnglers Fly Fishing Shop in Salida, Colorado.  ArkAnglers’ Guides are incredible teachers and guided trips are a great way to improve your skills and see lots of new water.  You can reserve your trip when you register online, or add it to the weekend with a convenient online registration form right up to the day of the retreat.  All trips are based upon availability.

Equipment rental is also available through ArkAnglers.  You can select this option during registration, or with the online reservation.  Height, weight, and shoe size are required to ensure that equipment will fit properly.


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