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

    • 04 Aug 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • 06 Aug 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • Yosemite Park / Tioga Pass campground, location TBD
    • 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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    Yosemite High Alpine - LTFF Beginner Fish-out

    August 5-6, 2017

    Pre-Meeting:  Sat. morning, July 8, from 8:00 - 8:30AM

    Limited to 8 Students from the 2017 LTFF Beginner Class

    Cost: $60 / person

    Overview: This trip offers fly fishing to 4 trout species in two pristine high alpine settings. Each day includes approximately 5 miles of hiking at 9,000 - 10,000 feet.

    Day 1: Experience Tuolumne's Lyell Fork

    At 9,500 feet, this stream starts at Lyell Glacier and only drops 500 feet in 10 miles. This provides a gentle stream that meanders through meadows and granite pools for a truly unique experience. 

    We'll hike from Tuolumne Meadows along the Dana Fork for 1.5 miles until we arrive at the Lyell Fork. Here the meadow stream is waist deep and wide, offering dry fly fishing along the banks to Brown Trout. Traveling upstream we move into Brookie  and Rainbow territory, arriving at several large and shallow granite pools the size of small ponds. It's a great place to spot fish in clear water and practice gentle overhead casting. Traveling slightly further you pass through endless granite channels and pools mixed in with more meadows, each section memorable and unique.

    Most of these natural trout are in the 6-9 inch range, but I've seen a handful each year in the 18 inch range. Larger fish require stealth while the little trout will attack dry flies with acrobatic displays.

    Students will use overhead casts in meadow sections and practice roll casts in areas with trees. We'll use dry fly patterns such as Purple Haze and thin mono tippet (5x - 6x). 

    This river has become a special place to my wife Abby and I. We look forward to sharing it with you.

    Total hiking: 5 miles at high altitude (9,000 ft)

    Day 2: Explore "20 Lakes" Basin

    We'll start by taking a water taxi to the Northern end of Saddlebag Lake with views of Yosemite's high alpine peaks. Leaving the taxi we will hike a 5 mile loop, passing 10 lakes along the way. Each lake has different sizes and varieties of trout. A handful of lakes hold the elusive Golden Trout, truly a beautiful specimen. 

    Several lakes offer dry fly fishing to rising trout, while others require dropping nymphs off deeper shelves. There's very few fly fishermen in the area and plenty of room to spread out.

    Students will primarily use roll casts due to hillsides and trees in the backcast area. We'll use dry fly patterns such as Purple Haze and thin tippet (5x-6x). 

    Key Lakes:

    • Helen Lake holds mostly Brookies and Golden, averaging about 9 inches. Lots of dry fly action in the morning.
    • Odell Lake holds the largest Goldens, up to 16 inches. The larger Goldens will go for #10 Woolly Buggers and Matukus. I caught an 18 inch Golden here last summer on a tiny Prince Nymph.
    • Shamrock Lake is at 10,255' and contains Brookies, Rainbows, and Goldens.
    • Steelhead Lake has Rainbows and Brookies in the 8-10 inch class.
    • Cascade Lake is at 10,400' and contains Golden Trout and Brookies. 
    • Wasco Lake contains Brookies and is at 10,100 feet.

    Trip fee includes:

    • 2 nights Car Camping (Friday and Saturday)
    • Lunches (Saturday and Sunday)
    • ~ 1 dozen selected flies

    Other Student costs:

    • Water taxi for 20 Lakes Basin - $13 round trip
    • Yosemite National Park entrance fee of $30, good for 7 days. Annual pass is $80. Carpooling helps.
    • Possible extra campground fees, depending on where I am able to book sites for us the day before. (Campsites may not be reserved in advance.) Registrants to be notified that Friday via email on the actual campground location. 

    Items not to forget (not a complete packing list):

    • Bring your own breakfast, dinner, coffee, and snacks
    • Camping equipment (e.g., tent, sleeping bag and pad, cooking equipment, etc) for use in the campground
    • Headlamp and extra batteries
    • Small backpack to carry lunch, water, etc.
    • Water bottle or water bladder large enough to carry a full day of water (1.5 - 3 liters)
    • Fly fishing gear (4-6 wt rod, 5x mono leaders, 5x - 6x tippet, nippers, forceps, additional flies, net optional)
    • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen, neck buff)
    • Wet wading shoes like Chacos or Tevas. No need for waders or boots on this trip.

    Other notes:

    • Dinner options are available at Woah Nellie Deli (Mobil Mart), 3 miles from the campground if you'd rather not cook dinners on Friday / Saturday. It's open 7am - 9pm.
    • Other lodging options are available in the Mono Lake area; however they're expensive, not a great value, and typically book up months in advance. 

    There will be a Pre-meeting on Saturday, July 8, at 8AM. For further information, contact:  Steve Golebiewski  stephen.golebiewski@gmail.com

    or John Murphy   jmurphy7599@gmail.com 

    • 19 Aug 2017
    • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge

    Learn to Fly Fish Program's Annual Dinner 
    Saturday, August 19, 2017
    4:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    This is the Annual Dinner held for all 2017 and past years' participants in the club's Learn to Fly Fish Program, plus invited guests such as your Board members, mentors, and casting instructors.  It will be held at our lodge from 4:30-8pm on Saturday, August 19, 2017.

    This is a splendid evening for getting better acquainted with current and former students and instructors and sharing some good stories with all your new fishing buddies and many of your mentors. 

    The dinner is free, but we ask you to bring a small appetizer to help start the fun, and a special beverage or two of your choice to perhaps share with others.

    There will be more planning details to work out as we get closer to the date, including recruitment of help to possibly cook, but for sure to set-up, serve, and clean-up. 

     Put this date on your own calendar and RSVP NOW so that we get the early head count that we need (spouses /partners are welcome).

    YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS GREAT DINNER -- we do have a lot of fun with it each year!

    Location: THE CLUBHOUSE (Angler's Lodge)

    RSVP Info:  Please REGISTER for this free event to RSVP as soon as possible!

    Cost: This event is free.

    For further info:  John Murphy
    Email: jmurphy7599@gmail.com
    Phone: 650-799-1695



    • 26 Aug 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • near Dorrington, CA off Hwy 4.
    • 12
    This Stanislaus River Fish-out is the next scheduled fish-out for those students in the 2017 Novice Class (Step 2) of the GGACC's 3-yr. long "Learn to Fly Fish" educational fly-fishing program.  As explained below, this Saturday, August 26th event is one of two dates for this mentored fish-out.
     
    This is intended as a one-day mentored fish-out, rather than a two-day event, for the fact that we can't feasibly put all of the Novice class students and their mentors on this small river for both days. As such, it is listed on the calendar as Day 1 and Day 2 with separate registrations for each date since it is necessary to split up the class to fish with mentors on either Saturday or Sunday, but not necessarily both if there is a lot of interest.

    Students are initially permitted to sign up for just ONE of these two days. Later, if there are still available spots on either date after everyone who is interested has had a chance to sign up, an announcement will be made that as of a certain day and time, some of you may be able to register for a second day to fill up any open spots for the mentored fishing. 

    However, students are welcome to stay and fish a second day on their own, or possibly be allowed to tag along with a mentored group on the chance that one of the mentors may approve having one extra person that day.

    In any case, all students whether fishing Saturday or Sunday are encouraged to attend a group dinner on Saturday night, which we hope to hold again on the patio at the restaurant in the nearby Bear Valley Lodge & Ski Resort.  Recognizing that some people may sign up for more than one day, the cost for this dinner is NOT INCLUDED in this fish-out's registration fee. As in the past, to better control the cost and to make for quicker service, I will negotiate group pricing for a fixed menu of 2-3 entree options for all who want to attend this dinner. Registrants can expect an email in early August to further address the dinner issues. 

    The "Stan" River is an excellent rainbow and brown trout fishery.  We will be fishing the North Fork of the Stanislaus River in the NF Sourgrass Rec Area above the Big Tree State Park.  This Rec Area is located off State Hwy. 4 way down below the little town of Dorrington (north of Arnold, CA) in a very picturesque canyon.

    Most of us will be camping farther up on Hwy 4 at the Picnic Area/ Group Camp Site for the "Big Meadows Stanislaus" Nat'l. Forest Campgrounds (this group site has its own small turn-out parking lot before you get to the main campground entrance). We have reserved this camp site for the 3 nights (Fri.-Sun.) to allow for Saturday's anglers to arrive the night before and leave on Sunday and for Sunday's anglers (who should arrive on Saturday) to fish all day Sunday and drive home Monday morning (thereby avoiding all the weekend traffic back to the Bay Area).

    There is also the Bear Valley Lodge and the even more rustic Tamarack Lodge just a few miles up the road, old Dorrington Hotel about 10 miles below the campground, and a few motels farther back in Arnold and Murphys for those not into tent camping, or possibly sleeping in their vehicle in the group camp site parking lot. 

    Other logistics and recommended gear will be covered at a Pre-fishout Meeting to be held in the clubhouse at 3:00pm on Saturday, August 19th (the same day that we expect to hold the LTFF Program's Annual Dinner that you won't want to miss!). 

    The registration fee for each day of this fish-out is $40, which covers that day's lunch (including the mentors') and some recommended flies. There will be an extra fee of $10 per night for staying in the campground. This camp fee shall be paid to the LTFF Program Director at either the pre-mtg. or up at the campground. Finding any other lodging is your responsibility, but be sure to book it early!  

    Sign up quickly to get one of these two dates for this great fish-out!  Register for either August 26 or 27 on that date's calendar event.

    Note: This fish-out is intended for this year's LTFF Novice Class only.  However, should there be any remaining openings after August 15, other club members from previous LTFF classes are welcome to sign-up upon approval of the Program Director listed below.

    Cost:  $40 /mentored day, plus $10 /night camp fee

    Contact for questions:  
    John Murphy (jmurphy7599@gmail.com) 650-799-1695


    • 26 Aug 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • near Dorrington, CA off Hwy 4.
    • 12
    This Stanislaus River Fish-out is the next scheduled fish-out for those students in the 2017 Novice Class (Step 2) of the GGACC's 3-yr. long "Learn to Fly Fish" educational fly-fishing program.  As explained below, this Sunday, August 27th event is one of two dates for this mentored fish-out.
     
    This is intended as a one-day mentored fish-out, rather than a two-day event, for the fact that we can't feasibly put all of the Novice class students and their mentors on this small river for both days. As such, it is listed on the calendar as Day 1 and Day 2 with separate registrations for each date since it is necessary to split up the class to fish with mentors on either Saturday or Sunday, but not necessarily both if there is a lot of interest.

    Students are initially permitted to sign up for just ONE of these two days. Later, if there are still available spots on either date after everyone who is interested has had a chance to sign up, an announcement will be made that as of a certain day and time, some of you may be able to register for a second day to fill up any open spots for the mentored fishing. 

    However, students are welcome to stay and fish a second day on their own, or possibly be allowed to tag along with a mentored group on the chance that one of the mentors may approve having one extra person that day.

    In any case, all students whether fishing Saturday or Sunday are encouraged to attend a group dinner on Saturday night, which we hope to hold again on the patio at the restaurant in the nearby Bear Valley Lodge & Ski Resort.  Recognizing that some people may sign up for more than one day, the cost for this dinner is NOT INCLUDED in this fish-out's registration fee. As in the past, to better control the cost and to make for quicker service, I will negotiate group pricing for a fixed menu of 2-3 entree options for all who want to attend this dinner. Registrants can expect an email in early August to further address the dinner issues. 

    The "Stan" River is an excellent rainbow and brown trout fishery.  We will be fishing the North Fork of the Stanislaus River in the NF Sourgrass Rec Area above the Big Tree State Park.  This Rec Area is located off State Hwy. 4 way down below the little town of Dorrington (north of Arnold, CA) in a very picturesque canyon.

    Most of us will be camping farther up on Hwy 4 at the Picnic Area/ Group Camp Site for the "Big Meadows Stanislaus" Nat'l. Forest Campgrounds (this group site has its own small turn-out parking lot before you get to the main campground entrance). We have reserved this camp site for the 3 nights (Fri.-Sun.) to allow for Saturday's anglers to arrive the night before and leave on Sunday and for Sunday's anglers (who should arrive on Saturday) to fish all day Sunday and drive home Monday morning (thereby avoiding all the weekend traffic back to the Bay Area).

    There is also the Bear Valley Lodge and the even more rustic Tamarack Lodge just a few miles up the road, the Dorrington Hotel about 10 miles below the campground, and a few motels farther back in Arnold and Murphys for those not into tent camping, or possibly sleeping in their vehicle in the group camp site parking lot. 

    Other logistics and recommended gear will be covered at a Pre-fishout Meeting to be held in the clubhouse at 3:00pm on Saturday, August 19th (the same day that we expect to hold the LTFF Program's Annual Dinner that you won't want to miss!). 

    The registration fee for each day of this fish-out is $40, which covers that day's lunch (including the mentors') and some recommended flies. There will be an extra fee of $10 per night for staying in the campground. This camp fee shall be paid to the LTFF Program Director at either the pre-mtg. or up at the campground. Finding any other lodging is your responsibility, but be sure to book it early!  

    Sign up quickly to get one of these two dates for this great fish-out!  Register for either August 26 or 27 on that date's calendar event.

    Note: This fish-out is intended for this year's LTFF Novice Class only.  However, should there be any remaining openings after August 15, other club members from previous LTFF classes are welcome to sign-up upon approval of the Program Director listed below.

    Cost:  $40 /mentored day, plus $10 /night camp fee

    Contact for questions:  
    John Murphy (jmurphy7599@gmail.com) 650-799-1695


    • 07 Oct 2017
    • 7:00 AM
    • 08 Oct 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • Boyington Mills Campground, Little Truckee R. off I-80 east of Truckee, CA
    • 6

    LTFF Step 3 Intermediate Fish-out - Truckee Rivers

    October 7-8, 2017

    Cost: $100 / person

    Registration limit:  6 Intermediate students from 2017 class

    Overview: This trip offers fly fishing on two famous wild trout rivers near Lake Tahoe - the Big and Little Truckee Rivers. Both tailwater rivers hold big rainbow and brown trout up to 20" and more. The education fish-out includes a 1 to 2 hour long "on the water" nymphing demo and clinic from a local guide that has 25+ years of experience on the Truckee.

    Day 1: (Big) Truckee River

    The 'Big T' is a Sierra tailwater river that flows 121 miles from the weir at Lake Tahoe before emptying into Pyramid Lake north of Reno, NV.  Pyramid Lake has no outlet so the Truckee is one of the only major rivers in the West that doesn't eventually flow into the Pacific Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico. 

    The Truckee does have a reputation for skunking even the most seasoned fly anglers who haven't learned the secrets to how to fish it. With only about 400 fish per mile, you'd wonder why anyone would even bother with this river. But all it takes is one grab from these powerful beasts and you'll understand why this river has a cult following among both locals and visitors alike. As Ralph Cutter tells many disheartened souls, if you don't believe they're in there, just swim the river. Ralph's famous "Bugs of the Underworld" DVD was filmed in the Truckee River.

    Proper technique and choosing the right flies is a must for being successful on this river.  Most fish are caught in the Truckee by indicator nymphing, stripping streamers, or "Czech nymphing", one of the various forms of tight-line nymphing. For this fish-out we'll be focusing primarily on indicator nymphing, but don't be afraid to try a streamer or a Czech nymph (a heavily weighted nymph pattern that gets down quickly without the use of split shot, usually tungsten beaded and often lead-wire wrapped under the body).  

    We'll start the day off with a demo of the perfect indicator dead drift. The goal is to 'tick the bottom' of the river, adjusting your depth and weights until you are in the zone. If you're not ticking the bottom on the Truckee, you're not fishing. After practicing this, we'll then break up into small groups and drive to separate locations with your mentors, switching up locations after a brief lunch. 

    It's fun to carry two rods rigged with different flies, leader lengths, or even for different techniques (eg. streamer or Czech nymph) so that you can cover the same hole twice without re-rigging. (Just be sure that you pay careful attention to where you set down that 2nd rod!  They have a way of disappearing in the brush.) Although it's rare to see hatches that warrant casting dry flies on the Truckee, the occasional riser will surface, sending anglers scrambling for the right fly to catch a trophy on a dry. We'll keep our eyes open for BWO hatches in the afternoon.

    Day 2: Little Truckee River

    The 'LT' is a picturesque tailwater that stretches roughly 3-5 miles from Stampede Reservoir to Boca Reservoir which is north of the town of Hirschdale and east of Truckee. At first glance, this smaller river gives off the appearance of easy fishing after a day on the Big Truckee, but don't let this river fool you. The large brown trout that inhabit this river are some of the most selective trout in the state and, no wonder, since they receive lots of pressure from skilled anglers. 

    At this time of year we'll be on the tail end of the BWO hatch with some potential for caddis and stone flies. The trick to catching large trout on this river is the proper use of emergers and even drowned BWO dries. Sculpin streamers are also extremely effective under deep-cut banks.

    Camping: We'll car camp along the Little Truckee river at Boyington Mills Campground. Our group has 3 sites (#7-9) reserved for Friday and Saturday nights right on this river, offering sunrise and sunset fishing opportunities.

    Equipment: We'll provide a dozen for more flies but feel free to supplement yourself with extras (doubles) or different patterns that fly shops recommend. Don't be surprised if you lose 6-12 flies a day on the Truckee. 

    Sample flies and rod setups by river:

    • Truckee River:
      • Rod(s): It helps to carry two pre-rigged indicator rods, a 6 wt and maybe a 7wt, with one rigged for greater depth. This way if you lose your rig you're still in the game, or if you are maxed out on depth with one rod, you can quickly change rods vs. re-rigging. Switch rods (2-handed rods under 12' lg.) are also fun and great for distance casting and swinging or stripping streamers. Czech nymphing rods (typically sgl.-hand rods 9-1/2' or longer) are also a perfect secondary rod for pocket water.
      • Flies: Pat's Rubber Legs (black, coffee), tiny egg patterns (yellow, the smaller the better), dead-drift crayfish (red, orange, blue), San Juan worms (red/pink), squiggly worms (red), Zebra midges (green, black). jigged Prince Nymph (size 12-14), various streamers.
      • Leaders: 9 foot 4X tapered mono leader; flour tippet in sizes 4X & 5X
      • Indicators: small and medium sized Airlocks may be best.
      • Weights: AAA  & BB split shot
    • Little Truckee River
      • Rod(s): A 9 foot 5 wt is perfect and all you should need. However, I prefer to carry two rods to try different techniques (dry fly / indicator nymphing / streamers / Czech nymphing). If you are walking with a buddy you could each bring two rods to cover four techniques.
      • Flies: BWO emerger, BWO dries (size 18), caddis dries, caddis puppa, pheasant tails, stone patterns (yellow, black), and sculpin streamers
      • Leaders: 9 foot 5X tapered mono leaders, fluoro tippet size 6X

    You'll also want to bring standard wading equipment (waders, boots, wading staff, etc.) and gear for camping / cooking at the campsite.  For the Big Truckee, you might be more comfortable wading with an inflatable PFD if you have one.

    Lunch will be provided each day, however students will need to bring their own breakfast and dinner items to prepare in camp.

    Additional reading and research for the overly ambitious (not required):

    • Watch Ralph Cutter's "Bugs of the Underworld" DVD - provides great footage of the Truckee river, the resident trout there, and of course the bugs. Contact stephen.golebiewski@gmail.com if you need to borrow a copy.
    • Watch Youtube videos by Kelly Galloup on indicator nymphing techniques and rigging set-ups
    Contact person for any questions:  Steve Golebiewski 
    • 04 Nov 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    • REDDING, CA
    • 7

    This Lower Sacramento River Float Trip on Sat., Nov. 4, is a fish-out offered to those students registered for the "Learn to Fly Fish" Step 2 Novice Class for 2017 as part of this educational fly fishing program for club members only.  This will be the second offering of this trip in 2017. 

    The Lower "Sac" is a famous wild rainbow trout fishery, probably the best in the state for numbers and size of fish. Due to the relatively deep and swift flow of this big river, it is primarily fly-fished by nymphing from drift boats since there are only limited dry fly opportunities and little wading access most of the time.

    We will be fishing from guided drift boats, with two novices and one guide per each boat.  Our guides (provided by Kirk Portocarrero, www.SacRiverGuide.com, 800-670-4448) are very experienced on the "Sac" and, in addition to guiding trout anglers, they may also guide steelhead, salmon, or shad trips on this river. The guides will provide excellent instruction -- in addition to any gear that you don't have, all flies and tippet materials, water or sodas, and a nice lunch on the river.

    BE SURE THAT YOU ARRIVE ON TIME (by 7:00am!) AT THE DESIGNATED BOAT RAMP (tbd) IN REDDING SINCE THE BOATS MAY NOT WAIT FOR YOU. 

    It is suggested that you arrive Friday night to get a good night's sleep as this will be a long day on the water.  And we also want you to stay a second night in Redding to enjoy the included group restaurant dinner.  Driving home this far after fishing all day is strongly discouraged -- we don't need any more people falling asleep at the wheel.  

    A 5 or 6 wt fly rod and floating fly line is recommended. The guides can provide a rod (if requested in advance) and will provide leaders, tippet, and all flies.  Waders are not required and NOT suggested since you'll overheat in them in the boat. Wear wading sandals, boots, or other footwear that allows you to step into the water while getting in and out of the boat. Bring hat, polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, rain jacket, and of course, your fishing license, which the guide needs to see.

    The registration fee is $300, which covers the boats, guides, lunch on the river, and Saturday night's dinner and wine at an Italian restaurant in Redding, but NOT the cost of guide gratuity or lodging. 

    Additional details, including how to find the designated boat launching ramp and how to get to the restaurant that night, will be provided via email to those who register for this trip.

    This fish-out is for students who are previously registered for the 2017 LTFF STEP 2 Novice Class ONLY and have attended this year's class days back in March. 

    SIGN-UP QUICKLY FOR THIS FISH-OUT SINCE WE HAVE A VERY LIMITED NUMBER OF BOATS AVAILABLE.  If you do miss out, be sure to sign up for the wait list in case a spot opens up later or we are able to get more boats. 

    Location:  Boat Ramp TBD near Redding
    Fee:  $300, exclusive of the guide gratuity (sugg. $35-45)

    Contacts:  John Murphy (jmurphy7599@gmail.com)  cell ph. 650-799-1695

    Lodging in Redding:  There are roughly 30 listed motels in and around Redding. The major ones include: Holiday Inn 530-221-7500, Red Lion  530-221-8700, Best Western 530-221-6100, Motel 6 530-221-1800, Oxford Suites 530-221-0100.  Some other well known possibilities include:  Fairfield Inn & Suites (Marriott), Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, and Town Place Suites.

    A list of all registrants and their contact info will be distributed before this fish-out since you may want to email or talk to others who sign up about carpooling, sharing a room, or even a group of you booking into the same motel to get to know one another better.



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