LEARN TO FLY FISH PROGRAM


The GGACC’s Learn to Fly Fish Program (the “LTFF program”) is offered primarily for new Club members who have already learned to make basic casts with a fly rod and want to put their new casting ability to good use on the water. The goal of the LTFF program is to teach fly fishing knowledge and skills to beginners so they can better enjoy our great sport.  

Through a combination of classroom teaching, in-the-pond casting instruction, and mentored or guided fishing outings (called “fish-outs”), the comprehensive 3 year LTFF program helps its students learn both how to fly fish and where to go in Northern California and beyond.  It is one of the most popular programs offered by the GGACC.

NOTE:  The LTFF program and its fish-outs are not intended for the club’s more experienced fly fishers.  The Club’s Rendezvous (Rondy) Program is designed for them.  “Rondies” are not mentored and are therefore offered exclusively to experienced fly fishers.  LTFF program graduates can participate in the Rondy Program, but it is off limits to all current LTFF students or any other beginners.

The LTFF’s mentored program is 3 years long for most of its students.  It starts with the Beginners Class (Step 1) for the first year; a Novice Class (Step 2) in the second year; and an Intermediate Class (Step 3) in the final year.  The LTFF students can expect to make many new friends and hopefully some life-long fishing buddies.  

The LTFF program is open only to GGACC members who have paid club dues for each year of their participation in the program.  You can join the club and pay annual dues online at the Club’s website: www.ggacc.org.  Dues paid in December cover the following calendar year for new or current members.

Prospective students for each year’s LTFF program must sign-up, beginning in December of the prior year, for the first posted February Class Day for the Beginner (Step 1) or Novice (Step 2) classes on the club Events calendar at ggacc.org.  Enrollment is on a “first to register” basis.  Students from the previous year’s Beginner or Novice classes will have registration priority, and will receive an advance email alert for signing up for the coming year’s Novice or Intermediate class.  

Entering participants in the LTFF program should be able to make both a roll cast and an overhead cast with a single-hand fly rod to a distance of 25-40 feet.  They should have (or will purchase after the classroom sessions) their own fly rod (preferably a 9’ long 5 weight) with fly reel and a matching floating fly line (i.e., a WF5F line); breathable chest waders; wading boots; and a wading staff.  Outfitted with this minimum equipment, they receive specialized casting instruction in the ponds during Step 1 & 2 classes (when club rods are also available) and can participate in the LTFF program’s fish-outs offered for their class.

Those coming into the program with previous fly fishing experience may petition the Program Director (see contact info below) for written approval to skip the Beginner class and register for the Novice class instead.   This approval will be based on a verbal or written explanation of the applicant’s prior experience, which at a minimum should include the ability to successfully fish small streams on their own, including the ability to select their own flies, tie up their own two-fly nymphing and dry-dropper rigs, and wade safely.  Having fly fished only with guides is not considered sufficient experience to qualify as a Novice.

LTFF students are strongly encouraged to attend the Club’s monthly Free Casting Lessons at the GGACC’s ponds, and the Skills Building Program lectures (also free) These lessons and lectures are usually offered on the 2nd Saturday of every month.  

Step 1 & 2 students must be enrolled in their respective “class day” events before signing up for any of that class’s scheduled fish-outs.  A release form must be signed to participate in fish-outs.  Not all students can be guaranteed a spot in each fish-out since the number of openings is limited.  An online wait list option is offered whenever the event limit is reached.  Any drop-outs will be replaced from the wait list until it is exhausted, after which it is the responsibility of the registrant to find his or her own replacement.  

The fees charged for the classes and fish-outs are the minimum necessary to cover the LTFF program’s costs.  Since this program is self-supporting and is not covered by membership dues, the fees are typically not refundable, but are negotiable between the respective parties for anyone taking over a fish-out spot from a paid registrant. 

Pending weather, water conditions, availability, and participation, the following fish-outs (for trout unless otherwise noted) are the likely minimum planned for each class:  

Step 1 Beginner Fish-outs:  North Yuba River, Main Yuba River

Step 2 Novice Fish-outs:  Luk Lake (primarily for bass), Lower Sacramento River, American River, NF Stanislaus River, Hat Creek

Step 3 Intermediate Fish-outs:  Pyramid Lake (NV), Lower Sac (for shad), Surf (for surf perch), Missouri River (MT), SF Bay (for striped bass), Upper Sac & McCloud Rivers, and Trinity River (for steelhead)  

For any questions about the LTFF program, please contact either the program director (John Murphy,  650-799-1695, jmurphy7599@gmail.com) or a listed class leader.

Upcoming events

    • 03 Jun 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Steady Eddy's Coffee House, 25 E. Main Street, Winters, CA
    • 4

    THIS LTFF NOVICE CLINIC / FISH-OUT REPLACES THE CANCELLED SHAD FISH-OUT ON THE AMERICAN RIVER ON THIS SAME DATE.  

    Those students previously registered for the Shad Fish-out NEED NOT REGISTER for this outing if they want to attend this clinic, but should immediately advise John Murphy if they DO NOT plan to go to this clinic so that the number of available openings for this can be adjusted accordingly.

    Since the American River is running too high to safely fish now with single-handed fly rods, our guide Lance Gray will be teaching a "Dead Drift & High Stick" class on Putah Creek on Saturday morning, June 3rd instead.  

    As well as possibly introducing you to what is undoubtedly the Bay Area's closest wild trout stream, this class will focus on techniques for better "dead drifting" indicators for more nymphing success, as well as teach you the particular style of deadly tight-line nymph fishing known as "high sticking".  Both of these are skills that you will want to try to master to catch more fish on nymphs.  

    In addition to supplying a few flies, Lance will also provide all the tippet material, indicators, weights, etc., needed for the "indicator rigs" and the "high stick rigs" to be taught in this class, as well as providing your lunch and beverage at noon.  

    As far as other fishing gear goes, bring your 9' - 5wt rod (or any rod longer or lighter) & a reel with floating line, and of course, your waders & belt(s), boots, wading staff, a vest or pack with the usual items such as nippers, forceps, and maybe a fly box with some small nymph patterns (preferably size 18 and smlr.) and a spool or two of tippet (say 4X & 5X fluoro) in case you need these last items to fish that afternoon on your own. You probably won't need to bring new leaders since there is rarely much dry fly action on Putah other than at sunrise or sunset.  You DO need a 2017 fishing license -- so don't forget this since Lance will need to record your GO ID. And don't forget polarized sunglasses, hat, sun protection, appropriate clothing for weather, and (optional) landing net. 

    We'll meet up with Lance at 8:00AM at the Steady Eddy's Coffee Shop in Winters and he will lead a caravan from there to the Fishing Access No. 3 parking lot on Putah Creek along Hwy 128.  Note:  Since available parking at this access parking lot in particular can be very limited, carpooling is highly encouraged whether from Winters or from home. Also, DO NOT leave anything of any value visible in your vehicle. 

    To get to the coffee shop, you can put 25 E. Main St., Winters, CA in your GPS and follow that, but I prefer to simply take the Hwy 128 West / Winters exit off I-505N (from Vacaville) and turn left at the stoplight on Railroad Ave. and left again onto Main St.  The coffee shop is in the middle of the first block across from the park.  (Be advised that the CA Hwy 128 exit [aka Grant Ave.] on I-505 is one exit past Putah Creek Road.) Driving time from San Francisco is less than 1-1/2 hours. 

    The class will end after lunch, but you are free to fish the afternoon on your own or paired up with others.  I will be available to help show you some of the other access points, and Lance will probably include a map in his hand-out. 

    The registration fee for this class is $75, which covers all cost except guide gratuity.  Registration is limited to 10 students, including those registered for the Novice Shad f/o - Amer. Riv.

    For further information, contact:

    John Murphy   (jmurphy7599@gmail.com)

    Lance Gray  (lancegrayandcompany@yahoo.com)

    • 03 Jun 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • American River, Sacramento - access location TBD
    • 5

    DUE TO THE HIGH RIVER FLOW, THIS SHAD FISH-OUT HAS BEEN CANCELLED AND REPLACED ON THE SAME DATE BY A GUIDED "DEAD DRIFT / HIGH STICK" CLINIC ON PUTAH CREEK. See the separate calendar event posting to learn more and to register for this new LTFF Novice Fish-out.  

    This is an evening introduction to Shad fishing for the LTFF Novice students only on the American River near Sacramento on Saturday, June 3, 2017

    I strongly encourage the Novices to give this new fish-out a try.  If we are lucky enough to get into shad, it can be a whole bunch of fun!  And it will also whet your appetite for next year's Intermediate Shad fish-out on the bigger Sacramento River -- where longer casts and heavier sinking lines are usually needed.

    If you already own a 6, 7 or 8wt rod with shooting head set-up (or integrated sink tip line) with perhaps a 30' lg. Type 3 or 4 sinking head (ie., a 3-4 or 4-5 ips sink rate) or 25-30' of T-11 and know how to cast this (as Willy taught those in our LTFF Shooting Head Casting Clinic back in March), that would be ideal. 

    However, if you are not ready to take that equipment plunge for this outing or didn't attend that casting clinic, we still want to encourage you to come on this fish-out. If all you have is a 5wt rod and matching reel with floating (or intermediate) fly line, bring that and I'll provide you up with a short sink tip to attach to it. This set-up is a little light for shad and not ideal for either casting or getting your fly down quickly, but it may serve to at least get you into some action on this river.  

    You'll also need 3X tippet, preferably fluorocarbon, (tapered leaders are not typically used for swinging or for indicator nymphing for shad), nippers, forceps, wading staff, waders & boots, and a headlamp to allow you to fish until it gets dark (shad usually hit best about then, especially if you are fishing a light set-up).  Since we are fishing late, don't leave anything exposed inside your car -- we had a break-in there last year to grab a bag left on a seat. 

    This will be only a late afternoon/ evening trip up to the Sacramento area so there is no plan for the group to spend the night.  We will meet our guide Lance Gray at the American River Park - Upper Sunrise Boat Launch parking lot, for which directions will be provided on the first page of Lance's Confirmation Package/ Liability Waiver that I will be distributing to all registrants. The late evening is usually the best action for shad so we will plan to fish right up until it gets dark.  Be "wader-ed up" and ready to go at 5:00pm sharp. Lance will give a short clinic on what shad are and how to fish for them, distribute some flies called "shad darts" to everyone, and pass out sandwiches and snacks to hold you until you head home.  

    Shad fishing is very social because you need to be fishing as close to one another as possible (but spaced apart enough to still swing your line through the current) in order to fit everyone into the run where we hope shad will be holding. We will be rotating spots through the run on either my or Lance's command to give everyone equal opportunity to hook fish. 

    As you may have heard, shad are often referred to as the "poor-man's tarpon" since they can put up quite a battle for their little size -- especially on a fly rod.  Lance and I will be walking up and down the line to provide coaching, but you'll likely need to land your own fish (typically without a net).  For that I suggest that you may want to have a pair of sungloves or similar half-fingered gloves -- something that you will want to be sure to wash when you get home.  Two-handed rods are good for shad fishing also, if you have one and can handle it. 

    This fish-out will be limited to 10 people.  The registration fee to cover the guide, flies, a sink tip, and sandwiches is $75 per person, exclusive of a guide gratuity and the $5 day fee for parking (bring cash for this!).  You don't want to miss this trip!

    Contacts for this fish-out:

    John Murphy ( jmurphy7599@gmail.com) 650-799-1695

    Lance Gray ( lancegrayandcompany@yahoo.com

    • 11 Jun 2017
    • 6:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Palm Beach State Park, new Watsonville, CA
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

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    This LTFF Step 3 Intermediate Surf Fish-out will be a joint event with the club's Surf Rondy on Sunday, June 11, 2017, starting at 6:00AM that day.  Our guide, Bill Sharninghausen, is a very experienced Northern CA surf fisherman.  He will be leading (4) LTFF Intermediate students and up to (4) more experienced anglers (8 total) to Palm Beach State Park, near Watsonville, CA.  Directions will be distributed to registrants.

    Everyone will meet at the entrance to Pajaro Dunes Resort, which is next to the entrance to the Palm Beach State Park, by 6:00AM and both wader up & gear upon arrival. There is very limited free parking at this entrance so carpooling is well advised. Bill will offer a brief talk between 6:15-6:30AM before leading the group down to the beach. You will only be fishing the incoming tide through the morning cycle before returning home in late morning or early afternoon at the latest.

    Gear:  Rod, can be EITHER one of the following:  1) a 7-8wt single hand rod with an integrated shooting head (250 to 300 gr.) or a shooting head set-up with Type 4 or Type 6 heads; OR  2) a 7-8wt switch rod with sink tips (for overhead casting only, not Spey casting). It is best NOT to use coated type floating running line in the surf -- an intermediate running line or a slow sinking mono line will not be as impacted by wave action.  

    Leaders should be 10-15# mono or preferably fluoro straight tippet. Go light when fishing in the surf and carry only the barest essentials such as hemostats, nippers, a spool of tippet, and your surf flies in a waterproof fly box, possibly carried inside jacket pockets or in a small chest pack, sling, or hip pack (no fishing vests).  

    Also bring your waders (booted-foot type is best if you have them since they keep sand out of your boots); if you do a lot of surf fishing using your stocking-foot waders, then either scuba booties, Teva sandals, or "flats" boots are better than your normal wading boots (since saltwater can corrode the metal eyelets in std. wading boots).  

    Other gear includes:  a wading belt (this is a "must have" -- and two belts are better); a good wading rain jacket (tied up tight at the bottom) or a kayak dry top; a hat with strap, or a baseball cap to wear under a buff or hood to hold it securely; sun gloves or a tennis/golf glove for your line hand to help land prickly fish; sunglasses with strap; stripping fingers or stretchy pet tape to wrap one or two fingers; and a stripping basket (optional, if you are comfortable using one).  

    A PFD is highly advisable -- the club has a few padded-vest type PFD's to loan out, but bring your own vest or inflatable PFD if you have one.  (A wading staff is NOT recommended in the surf.)  

    Remember to be sure to thoroughly rinse all your gear (flies, rods, and reels especially, but also forceps, nippers, boots, etc.) in freshwater as soon as you can after fishing saltwater!  

    Anglers should have river fly fishing experience, be able to cast a sinking shooting head or sink tip, and be comfortable wading in knee deep water.

    There'll be a Surf Fishing Clinic at the California Fly Shop in San Carlos, at 10:00AM on Saturday, May 20th that you SHOULD definitely attend if you have not seen Bill's excellent "Surf Presentation" slide show previously.  Besides giving a thorough introduction to fly fishing in the surf, Bill will discuss what to expect, fishing techniques, gear, and other logistics. Sign up for this free Surf Clinic on the club calendar now. 

    Surf perch, our primary target, eat a lot of mole crabs in the surf zone. But local surf flies (the best are usually tied in orange or root beer colors, or dark green with orange or root beer undersides, to imitate the mole crab's egg sac) can be rather hard to locate.  This is another good reason for attending Bill's clinic since CFS staffer Shawn Reese will have tied up some good surf flies for your purchase while there, since Bill will not be supplying any flies or other gear for this fish-out.  

    The fee for this Intermediate Surf Fish-out is $60, which covers the guide's fee, but not his gratuity.  You will need a valid California Fishing License if have not yet purchased one this year.

    Register quickly for this very limited, but unusual fishing opportunity. There is no closer fishery to you than the ocean, which is open for surf fishing most days of the year. Learning to fly fish in the surf is a challenge -- but once you gain more experience and confidence doing this, there is a whole LOT of good fishing to be had on a great many beaches in our area.  

    For further information, contact either--

    John Murphy  jmurphy7599@gmail.com

    Bill Scharninghausen  billsch8@gmail.com

      



    • 24 Jun 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • North Fork of Yuba River, on Hwy 49 near Sierra City, CA
    • 20

    This first fish-out on the North Fork of the Yuba River for the Beginners Class (Step 1) in the club's Learn to Fly Fish program can open up a world of opportunity for you as a Sierra fly-fisher.  There are hundreds of miles of cool, clear water in the Sierras very similar to this little river, and they are all holding trout just waiting for you to delicately present a tasty looking fly in their direction.  So, if you are a registered LTFF Beginning student, come join us to begin learning the on-stream knowledge you need to help you enjoy a lifetime of fly fishing.  

    This mentored fish-out will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017, and may extend into Sunday for those wanting to fish more after breaking camp that morning. Most of us will be camping at the NFS Loganville Campground and we will explore sections of the river from there. The campground is roughly 11 miles east of Downieville, CA, on State Hwy 49 (less than 2 miles from Sierra City).  This Nat'l. Forest Service campground is at about 4,100 ft elevation and has pit toilets (outhouses) and fresh (potable) water faucets strategically located throughout the camp.

    Lunch will be provided on both Saturday and Sunday, and we may choose to enjoy a good meal and good times at the only restaurant in Sierra City on Saturday night (Herrington's, which unfortunately will only take 5PM reservations any more for large groups), or do a big group cook-out in camp later that night if that is the group's preference. 

    The registration fee for this fish-out is $150, which covers the two camp lunches and a Saturday night dinner (including the mentors'), the campground fees for all Lower Loop campsites, and a starter kit of flies.  It does NOT include breakfasts, for which everyone is on their own, or dinners either on Friday and Sunday. 

    THIS FISH-OUT IS FOR THE BEGINNER CLASS ONLY! Watch for emails further describing this fish-out and what you need to bring, what to expect, etc. or an announcement of a possible pre-meeting to be scheduled later for this fish-out. 

    NOTE:  Those who have registered for a LTFF fish-out and later learn that they can't attend will be solely responsible for finding their own replacement to pay them directly for whatever they can get for their spot.  These fish-outs are necessarily planned and paid for in advance so club refunds are not generally possible.   

    Contact: John Murphy

    Email:  jmurphy7599@gmail.com

    Phone: 650-799-1695

    Cost: $150.00


    STEP 1 BEGINNERS - NORTH YUBA RIVER FOR TROUT

    Saturday June 6 & Sunday June 7, 2015

    All Day

    This fish-out can open up a world of opportunity for you as a Sierra Fly-Fisher.  There are hundreds of miles of cool, clear water in the Sierras similar to the North Fork of the Yuba River and, they are holding trout just waiting for you to delicately present a tasty looking fly in their direction.  So, come and join us to gain the knowledge necessary to help enjoy a lifetime of fly fishing.  

    This fish-out will be held on June 6th and 7th 2015.  We will camp at Loganville Campground and explore sections of the river from there.  The campground is roughly thirty five miles east of Downieville CA. and is at about 4,100 ft elevation.  The campground has pit toilets (out house) and fresh (potable) water faucets strategically located throughout the camp.

    Lunch will be provided on both Saturday and Sunday and we will enjoy a good meal and good times at the restaurant in Sierra City.

    THIS FISH-OUT IS FOR BEGINNER CLASS ONLY! 

    NOTICE:  BECAUSE THE CLUB WEB SITE IS EXPERIENCING PROBLEMS PLEASE E-MAIL ME AT bldrcretin@gmail.com TO INFORM ME THAT YOU HAVE SIGNED UP FOR THE BEGINNERS PROGRAM.  I WILL KEEP SEPARATE RECORDS SO EVERYONE IS COUNTED AND HAS A CHANCE FOR  THIS GREAT PROGRAM.


    NOTE:  THOSE  WHO HAVE REGISTERED FOR A FISH-OUT AND LATER LEARN THAT THEY CAN'T ATTEND WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR FINDING THEIR OWN REPLACEMENT WHO  PAY THEM DIRECTLY  FOR THEIR SPOT -- SINCE FISH-OUTS ARE PLANNED AND PAID FOR IN ADVANCE CLUB REFUNDS ARE NOT GENERALLY POSSIBLE.




    RSVP Info:

    Members, please log in to RSVP


    Non-members:
        click here to pay online


    RICH STEVENS
    Email: bldrcretin@gmail.com
    Phone: 831-338-4843 

    Cost: $100.00


    STEP 1 BEGINNERS - NORTH YUBA RIVER FOR TROUT

    Saturday June 6 & Sunday June 7, 2015

    All Day

    This fish-out can open up a world of opportunity for you as a Sierra Fly-Fisher.  There are hundreds of miles of cool, clear water in the Sierras similar to the North Fork of the Yuba River and, they are holding trout just waiting for you to delicately present a tasty looking fly in their direction.  So, come and join us to gain the knowledge necessary to help enjoy a lifetime of fly fishing.  

    This fish-out will be held on June 6th and 7th 2015.  We will camp at Loganville Campground and explore sections of the river from there.  The campground is roughly thirty five miles east of Downieville CA. and is at about 4,100 ft elevation.  The campground has pit toilets (out house) and fresh (potable) water faucets strategically located throughout the camp.

    Lunch will be provided on both Saturday and Sunday and we will enjoy a good meal and good times at the restaurant in Sierra City.

    THIS FISH-OUT IS FOR BEGINNER CLASS ONLY! 

    NOTICE:  BECAUSE THE CLUB WEB SITE IS EXPERIENCING PROBLEMS PLEASE E-MAIL ME AT bldrcretin@gmail.com TO INFORM ME THAT YOU HAVE SIGNED UP FOR THE BEGINNERS PROGRAM.  I WILL KEEP SEPARATE RECORDS SO EVERYONE IS COUNTED AND HAS A CHANCE FOR  THIS GREAT PROGRAM.


    NOTE:  THOSE  WHO HAVE REGISTERED FOR A FISH-OUT AND LATER LEARN THAT THEY CAN'T ATTEND WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR FINDING THEIR OWN REPLACEMENT WHO  PAY THEM DIRECTLY  FOR THEIR SPOT -- SINCE FISH-OUTS ARE PLANNED AND PAID FOR IN ADVANCE CLUB REFUNDS ARE NOT GENERALLY POSSIBLE.




    RSVP Info:

    Members, please log in to RSVP


    Non-members:
        click here to pay online


    RICH STEVENS
    Email: bldrcretin@gmail.com
    Phone: 831-338-4843 

    Cost: $100.00


    • 07 Jul 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • 11 Jul 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • Missouri River, Montana
    • 7

    This extremely popular fish-out is what most of you have waited your 3 years in the LTFF program for:  The Intermediate Class's trip to Montana always seems to be the highlight for most students in the program and is the one trip that just about everyone who goes each year ends up pleading to get the chance to go again. But we can never promise that and I can't even take more than 11 from the class each year.  So, if you can be one of those 11 this year that gets to go this year on July 7-11, you'll want to do it.

    We will be float fishing a famed tailwater stretch of the upper Missouri River for 3 days (Sat. - Mon.) out of Craig, Montana each day.  The dry fly and nymph fishing for the big strong rainbow and brown trout in this incredibly abundant fishery is world renowned. (Our club president Willy George loves this place and often stays in his camper there for at least 2 weeks to fish the "Mo" at this time of year, as he has done for years.)

    We will be fishing with the HeadHunters Fly Shop's guides, some of the very best you'll ever experience. They will supply all the gear required including fly rods, leaders, flies, etc. However, you are welcome to bring your own gear if you desire, especially if you can stick around to fish this river and one or more of the other famous rivers in the area on your own, or with a guide that maybe a couple of you will line up afterword to float or wade/walk with.  

    Sandals or water shoes, rather than waders, are advised on these Missouri River drift boats for most of the warm sunny days at this time of year which may offer only a brief afternoon rain shower. However, if you don't bring waders (only bring them because you need them for something else), DO remember to pack a pair of rain pants along with a good-quality rain jacket. A cold, all-day-long rainstorm on our first day on the river a couple years ago taught us this lesson. 

    There will be a Pre-fishout Meeting on Wednesday evening, Feb. 22, at 6:30PM at the clubhouse, with plenty of snacks and beverages, for all those Intermediate students interested in this trip.  (Come early and try out some of the award-winning Douglas fly rods that afternoon and enter free rod raffle before 5:30 --see calendar event.)  Transportation options, logistics, gear, licensing, the fish-out rules, etc. will be covered at this meeting, so do try hard to be there if you can.  I will send out some notes to those who can't make it, but you should look at this pre-meeting as a good opportunity to coordinate your travel plans or to team up for traveling and fishing in the area, or for sharing car rentals. 

    We have rented the Jumping Rainbow Lodge, a large house that is situated right on the river about 8 miles from Craig. We have rented this house for several years because it makes a great home base for us and there is nothing in town as big. 

    The tiny town of Craig, MT is located on Interstate I-15 about halfway between the cities of Helena and Great Falls (it's about a 50 mile drive northeast from Helena and a little shorter drive southwest from Great Falls).  If you are planning to fly there, the airports in those two cities are the closest possibilities, but there is also Bozeman, MT which is about a 2-1/2 hour drive away and Missoula, MT, which is probably at least as far. Flights fill up quickly, so start looking at your options and checking available flights and prices before the pre-meeting to be able to discuss your preference for driving there or flying to one of these airports. 

    If possible, you want to arrive at the lodge sometime Friday afternoon July 8 (I should be able to get us into the house around 3PM) and you won't need to leave there until Tuesday, July 12, before 10AM since we've also rented the house for Monday night again to allow a full day's fishing on Monday. 

    We will cook our own group dinner on Friday night, but dinner on Saturday and Sunday will be catered (to provide left-overs for Monday night). Lunches will be provided by the guides Sat.-Mon. and we will have food in the house for a quick breakfast each morning. Volunteering for helping to cook and clean-up will be covered in the pre-meeting. 

    The fee for this event again this year is $1400, which covers the 3 full days of top-notch guided fishing and gear, 4 nights in the lodge, and all meals and beverages (including wine and beer) for most of those 4 days. It does NOT cover your transportation expenses, a Montana fishing license (with a req'd. small conservation fee), or the guide gratuities. 

    Those who have gone on this fish-out before have had some of their best fishing days ever, and had such a great time together, that they would go again in a heartbeat if we'd only let them.  If you can't make it, you will definitely make someone else happy. 

    This trip is limited to 11 Intermediates, so sign up as soon as you can so that you don't miss out!  Registration will start at 12:00 NOON on Monday, FEBRUARY 13

    Cost:  $1400

    Contact for info: 
    JOHN MURPHY (jmurphy7599@gmail.com) 650-799-1695




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