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

    • 22 May 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge, GG Park
    Register

    free Surf Clinic will be held at the Angler's Lodge at 7:00pm on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, for all those (GGACC members only) who think they might want to try fly fishing on our coastal beaches and those portions of the San Francisco Bay subject to surf conditions, or just want to learn more about this before ever hitting the beach or wading into the surf. 

    Attendance at this clinic will be considered mandatory for any LTFF Intermediate students hoping to later register for the LTFF intermediate Surf Fish-out on June 16, 2018 down at Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica since this clinic will serve as a pre-meeting for that fish-out.  It will also be very useful in preparing LTFF Intermediate students for each of the (2) new LTFF Intermediate SF Bay Striper Fish-outs scheduled for November 3 & 4, 2018.  

    All other 2018 LTFF Intermediate students and past LTFF students who want to learn about this subject, as well as those more experienced club members hoping or expecting to attend a Surf Rondy soon, are particularly encouraged to attend,

    Our presenter Bill Scharninghausen, a well-known Northern California guide, has conducted surf clinics in past years for the California Fly Shop, the GGACC, and many other fly fishing clubs. He has a great amount of surf fly fishing experience in our immediate coastal area especially.

    Before trying to fly fish in surf conditions, it is important that you attend this special clinic. Surf fly fishing is a definitely challenging and Bill’s presentation can make all the difference in preparing you to enjoy this experience rather than causing you to fear it.

    We will provide a few snacks and soft drinks. Other beverages are on you.

    Please REGISTER here on the club calendar for this May 22nd free Surf Clinic & LTFF Surf Fish-out Pre-Meeting so that we’ll know to expect you. Thank you. 

    Contact:  John Murphy ( jmurphy7599@gmail.com)

    Bill Scharninghausen (billsch8@gmail.com

    • 23 May 2018
    • 7:00 AM
    • 24 May 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Upper Sacramento River near Dunsmuir, CA
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    This Wednesday-Thursday, May 23-24 fish-out on the Upper Sacramento River is initially offered to only the 2018 Intermediate (3rd yr.) registered students in the club's "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) Program.  LTFF alums or other club members may be invited to sign up later if this fish-out is not entirely filled by the current LTFF Intermediate class.

    The Upper Sacramento River is one of Northern California's best known fly fishing rivers for rainbow and brown trout due to all the wadeable riffles and pocket water, especially in its upper stretches, which are relatively easy to access from both Interstate 5 and the railroad tracks that parallel much of the river from Lamoine at the south end up to the Cantara railroad bridge that's just north of the historic town of Dunsmuir.  Unlike the Lower Sacramento River, a big tailwater river, that flows out of Lake Shasta, this upper river follows a much more picturesque landscape of forested mountainsides and canyons, including the stunning mountain crags in Castle Crags State Park that borders this river. Most of the interstate exits along I-5 here lead to some sort of access to the river.  

    Join this fish-out to learn some of the very best places to fish this gorgeous river from our LTFF fish-out leader and club member, Greg Someson. 

    Unless told otherwise beforehand, the planned meet-up location for this fish-out's group each morning at 7:00am will be the iconic Ted Fay Fly Shop in downtown Dunsmuir (located at 5732 Dunsmuir Ave., across from the historic California Theater).  To get there, use the Central Dunsmuir exit from I-5 (Exit #730) and turn on to Dunsmuir Ave. You'll have a chance when the shop opens then to pick up whatever flies you need and to meet the current shop owner and master fly-tier Bob Grace, who is a gold mine of knowledge about the "Upper Sac" and willingly shares this info with his customers. 

    You are on your own to find lodging in Dunsmuir or (only a few miles north) in Mt. Shasta, or perhaps you may prefer to reserve yourself a campsite down in Castle Crags State Park or in the private campground at nearby Railroad Park Resort.  You will also need to take care of getting all your own meals, unless the group chooses to dine together (no-host) one night in one of several spots in Dunsmuir -- from the micro-pub "Dunsmuir Brewery Works" to the burger joint "Zak's on 5" to the upscale "Cafe Maddalena" (although reservations are usually needed well in advance for this best restaurant in the area).  Greg knows the area well and can probably direct you to several more options.

    This fish-out is limited to the first 8 Intermediate students to register.  The time and date that online registration opens will be announced to the class by email.

    Registration Fee for this fish-out is a non-refundable $25.  

    For any questions, contact: Greg Someson  (gregsomeson@hotmail.com) mobile phone 415-314-9434    

    • 02 Jun 2018
    • 7:00 AM
    • 03 Jun 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • REDDING, CA
    • 1
    Register

    These Lower Sacramento River Float Trips on Saturday, June 2 (Grp.1) and Sunday, June 3, (Grp.2) are two separate fish-outs offered initially to those students registered for the "Learn to Fly Fish" Step 2 Novice Class for 2018 as part of the club's LTFF educational fly fishing program for members only.  

    The date and time that online registration will open will be announced to the class via email.  Students may sign up for either Group 1 (Sat.) or Group 2 (Sun.), but not for both -- unless later advised by email that this is permitted to fill any remaining openings.   

    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 rather limited dry fly opportunities and little wading access most of the time.

    Guides:  We will be fishing from guided drift boats, with two novices and one guide per each boat. All of our guides (provided by outfitter/head guide 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, including all flies and rigging, water or sodas, and a nice lunch on the river.

    Arrival Time:  BE SURE THAT YOU ARRIVE ON TIME (by 7:00am! - UON) AT THE DESIGNATED BOAT RAMP (tbd) IN REDDING SINCE THE BOATS MAY NOT WAIT FOR YOU IF YOU'RE LATE.  Call the fish-out leader if you know you will be later than 5 mins.

    Driving:  For those in Group 1, 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 those in Group 2 should plan to arrive Saturday evening rather than try to drive up Sunday morning since Redding is about a 3-1/2 drive from SF without traffic. And we also want both groups to stay Saturday night in Redding to enjoy the included group restaurant dinner that night.  Driving home this far after fishing all day is strongly discouraged -- we don't need any more people falling asleep at the wheel.  

    What to Bring:  A 5 or 6 wt fly rod and floating fly line is recommended. The guides can provide a fly rod (if requested in advance) and will provide the leaders, tippet, indicators, split-shot, 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 your guide will need to see to log into his book.

    The registration fee is $285, which covers the boats, guides, a lunch on the river, and Saturday night's dinner at a nice Italian restaurant in Redding, but NOT the cost of your guide's gratuity or your own 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 intended for students who are previously registered for the 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 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 -- watch for email from fish-out leader to confirm
    Fee:  $285, exclusive of lodging and the guide's tip (sugg. $35-50)

    Contacts:  

    Fish-out Leader:  Steve Golebiewski (stephen.golebiewski@gmail.com) c.412-400-3748

    General Info Only:  John B. 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 (and their direct ph. lines) include:   Thunderbird Motel 530-243-5422, Holiday Inn 530-221-7500, The Red Lion  530-221-8700, Best Western at 530-221-6100,  Motel 6 at 530-221-1800, Oxford Suites 530-221-0100.  Some other well known possibilities include: Fairfield Inn & Suites (Marriott), Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Town Place Suites.

    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. Unfortunately, I have been warned off of camping out in the Sacramento River RV Park. 



    • 03 Jun 2018
    • 11:30 AM
    • 04 Jun 2018
    • 9:00 PM
    • Sacramento River near Hamilton City
    • 4
    Register

    This year's two Shad Fish-outs on the lower Sacramento River for the students in the 2018 Intermediate Class of the club's Learn to Fly Fish (LTFF) program are being held on two back-to-back days:  Sunday, June 3 (Group 1) and Monday, June 4 (Group 2).  

    This year's students may sign up for ONE date ONLY (one group) due to the larger class size.  Also, any spots not filled within 48 hours of the pre-announced registration opening (via email) will be offered to last year's Intermediate students who unfortunately had their Shad fish-outs cancelled due to unusually high water.  

    Registration:  We are initially limiting each day's student group to 10 registrants (but may expand that by one or two if there is a waitlist). The cost is $175 for the one chosen day, exclusive of all guide gratuities and any lodging should you wisely decide not to drive home late that night (the boats will bring you back to the parking lot after dark).   

    To quote our LTFF program founder, Jerry Saltzgaber, who famously always announced, "Shad fishing is a HOOT!"  Shad are often called the "poor man's tarpon", and for good reason since they can put up quite a battle for their small size.  We are fortunate to have them come up our rivers from the ocean to spawn during a few weeks of May and June. This is really a lot of fun and we often get into a lot of fish on this outing, so you'll want to be sure to try this.  

    Dinner Provided: We will be wading off of a large gravel bar along the Sac river that Wayne Syn (Orland Outfitters) and his guides will take us to in their jet boats. Eat a sack lunch before you get in the boat at noon or bring something along to tide you over to dinner. For each day that we get 8 or more to sign up, we get the added bonus of a hearty BBQ'd chicken dinner that's slow-cooked in a barrel right on the sandbar, with a salad, dinner rolls, fresh fruit, chips & salsa, and cookies (but if not 8 or more, there will still be a provided dinner, perhaps burgers). Cold sodas and water will also be provided. There's often an hors d'oeuvre offered before dinner and dinner should be ready to eat around 5:30-6:00PM, after which we will return to fishing until dusk before finally getting back in the boats. The shad bite is generally better in very low light, so you don't want to leave early. 

    Location and Time:  Everyone will meet at 11:30 AM at the Irvine Finch boat ramp in Hamilton City, which is just east of Orland off of Interstate 5. From the Bay Area, take I-80 East to I-505 North (exit for Winters) to reach I-5. Follow I-5N to the second Orland Exit (HWY 32 to Chico). Go east on Hwy 32 ten miles to the town of Hamilton City. Go through town and just before you get to the bridge over the Sac River, the turnoff for Irvine Finch boat ramp is on the right.  

    The Irvine Finch Boat Ramp is a state park, and there is a daily use fee (probably $5-6) required to be paid for each parked vehicle.  Carry cash for this purpose (and a pen to fill out the envelope) since it is usually self-pay upon entry.  DO NOT LEAVE BAGS OR ANYTHING OF VALUE VISIBLE IN YOUR VEHICLE -- or risk a break-in, despite there being a camp host on site.

    Be ready to leave the ramp promptly at Noon or shortly before.  Be in your waders with rod strung up. The boat ride is fast, so be sure that hats and sunglasses are secured before the boat even leaves the ramp. DON'T BE LATE since the boats won't wait for you.  

    We will fish until 8pm or so, and it may be very dark before you are back to your car, so a headlamp or small flashlight may be helpful to bring in addition to good sun protection (we'll be facing into the sun all day!), a fleece for the evening, and a rain jacket in case a good shower comes along. You'll want to wade as deep as you can, so a 2nd belt on your waders is a good idea. Wading is easy though in most places, so wading staffs are still suggested, but not required. Sun or other gloves are a good idea though, since these bony fish can be very slippery to handle and you'll be landing and releasing your own fish -- generally without using a net (they are also stinky, so be sure to throw your gloves in the washer afterward before storing).  

    GEAR:

    Two-handed (Spey or switch) rods are nice to use for those who can cast them well enough since they often make longer casts. The Spey folks should bring 10 ft of T8, T11, and T-14 for use on their Skagit lines, along with whatever running lines they may have. The shad can come closer and higher in the water column in the evening, so bring your slower sink tips too.

    Single-handed anglers, using a 5-8wt rod (the heavier the better), should ideally fish a shooting head system for the flexibility of changing sink rates.  This system should include a 30 ft. long Type 6 shooting head (or a custom-made T-14 sink tip cut in a length to match the grain wt. that your rod wt. will handle) with a good quality running line (either a thin 20-30Lb coated fly line type, or a 30-50Lb. mono type). Since the shad often rise higher in the water column as the sunlight dims, it will help to have either a Type 3 (or Type 4) shooting head or a T-11 sink tip along also.  Remember that Rio has already upsized their shooting heads (so, if you hs=ave a 7wt rod, buy a Rio shooting taper "ST" 7 Type 6), but shooting heads from other mfrs. (such as Airflow) should, as a rule of thumb, be two (2) line weights heavier than your rod weight.  

    Leaders:   Tapered nylon leaders can be 7-1/2' or 9' long in 3X -0X with 3X-0X fluoro tippet; or you can use straight mono (or fluoro) tippet, about 5-8 ft. long in 8 to 15 lb. test, rigged for one or two flies depending on your casting skill. 

    Flies:  The flies that we use for shad are called "shad darts". They are strictly very bright attractor flies that don't mimic anything in the water. They are usually tied simply on #6-8 hooks with various combinations of fluorescent orange, chartreuse, fuchsia, red, yellow, or pearl yarns, often with bead head or lead eyes and perhaps a short flashy tail. You can get them at local fly shops, tie some of your own to try out, or ask one of the guides for flies (in the latter case, please be sure to return any that you use and don't lose).  Remember to pinch your barbs since we will be releasing all fish caught (they're not very good eating).

    Technique suggestions:  Shad can bite very softly (just a very light "tap, tap") so always try to keep a tight line to your fly. After making your cast and just before you start your swing, slowly strip in a few feet of line so you come tighter to your fly. You will feel more grabs if you do that. You might also choose to slowly jig your fly line in and out a few inches with your line hand but, if you do this, be sure to let it back out slow enough each time so that the fly always stays tight to the line (don't "bounce" it).

    Camping / Lodging:  This can be a day trip since you are only maybe 2-1/2 hours or less from home, but you may be very tired by the time you get back to your vehicles late in the evening, so you may want to consider tent or vehicle camping at the Parkway RV Resort in Orland (800-468-9452) or taking a motel room in Orland or Willows. You can also park a camper overnight at the boat ramp for a small fee, but the restrooms may not be open all night. 


    Beware:  Once you try shad fishing, you'll be forever hooked. 


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

    Cost: $175.00

    • 08 Jun 2018
    • 7:00 AM
    • 11 Jun 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Yuba River on Hwy. 20 near Sycamore Ranch CG
    • 24

    LTFF Beginners' Main Yuba River Fish-out Description:

    This fish-out is offered only to those GGACC members who are currently enrolled in this year's Beginners Class in the club's "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) Program.  Not all current Beginners will be able to register for this fish-out since only 12 students will be accepted in each of the two groups (Group 1:  mentored fishing on Friday-Sat., 6/8-9; and Group 2:  fish on Sunday-Monday, 6/10-11)

    This fish-out will be held on the Lower (main) Yuba River.  This river, from Englebright Lake down to the confluence with the Feather River near Marysville, is a 15-mile stretch of tailwater that hosts rainbows averaging about 12 to 14 inches.  Some steelhead enter this river by way of the Feather River, but many of the good-sized rainbows are actually resident fish.  American Shad also make a run upriver around late May, so if our mentors on this trip detect the presence of this largest member of the Herring family we might make an effort to catch a few.  These fish can easily bend over a 5-weight fly rod so if you have a 6 or 7 wt. bring it along.  Your fish-out leader (me -- Rich Stevens), will take care of your terminal rigging if we get into some shad, so don’t worry now about how to rig your rod for shad. Teaching you what you need to know is what the Learn to Fly Fish program is all about.

    The Campground

    Most of us will be camping in a pre-paid group camp site "D" at Sycamore Ranch Campground in Browns Valley.  Go to publicworks@co.yuba.ca.us then click on the "county parks" for more information.  This campground is about 15 miles east of Marysville on Hwy 20.  The GPS address is 5390 Highway 20, Browns Valley and it will be on your right if you are traveling east. It is easy to miss so keep an eye on the odometer out of Marysville. 

    The campground has paved roads, is lit at night, and has indoor plumbing and hot showers … how good is that?  There is also water and electric hook-up if you have a camper, and there is a dump station also.

    The Schedule

    All students and mentors shall gather at the fish-out leader's campsite at 7:00AM each morning (UON) for mentor assignments, safety talk, etc. The plan is to for Group 1 to have mentored fishing on Friday and Saturday (after breaking camp before breakfast on that 2nd morning) and for Group 2 to have mentored fishing on Sunday and Monday (again, after breaking camp early on the 2nd morning).   

    Because our group camp area is reserved starting at 3pm on Thursday, those in Group 1 can get set up then if they choose to arrive that early  and may be able to do some fishing, practice casting of poly leaders (sink tips necessary for fishing for shad) or practice casting in general, practice wading in moving water, or any other skill you need to develop or improve upon that evening.  Same will be true for the Group 2 students arriving after 3pm on Saturday.  We have to check out of the campground by noon on Monday, but those in Group 2 who arrive on Saturday will be able to get two days of fishing in as well.  

    We’ll have dinner for Group 1 on Friday evening in Yuba City and Group 2 on Sunday evening - also, in Yuba City.  You are on your own for evening dinners on Thursday (Grp.1) and on Saturday (Grp.2) -- and for ALL breakfasts.

    We’ll provide fixings for sandwiches (and salads) for lunch for you to make up each morning and take to eat at the river with your mentor so we have more time to fish.

    Camping Gear or Lodging Options

    If you are going to stay in camp, you will need a tent unless you are sleeping in your vehicle or camper. I don’t recommend trying to "Daniel Boone" it by sleeping out under the stars.  There are critters out at night.  A sleeping bag or other warm cover is necessary since it gets cool, and sometimes downright cold at night.  It might also rain this time of year so be prepared.  And don’t forget your favorite pillow.  Bring a good air mattress (or pad or cot); a headlamp (or flashlight); maybe a lantern, camp chair, cookstove and cookware (if you are cooking for yourself); definitely a plate, bowl, and cup; eating utensils; and personal items such as some bug repellent, sun block, chap stick, a hat that provides some protection from the sun and a pair of polarized sunglasses with strap.  I suggest that you look into buying a pair of sun gloves.  They are available at any fly shop or online. You might also wish to bring firewood and a fire-starter, and maybe an evening libation to share. 

    If you don’t want to camp, there are several decent motels in Marysville and Yuba City.  You can find these online easily enough and it’s not much of a drive to the campground where we will operate out of.  

    There will most likely be cell service at the campground so if you need to call or text me, my mobile number is 831-338-4843.

    Fishing Gear

    Your fishing gear for normal stream trout fishing should consist of either a 4, 5 or 6 weight fly rod with the appropriate reel and preferably a weight forward floating (or maybe a double taper floating) fly line.  You should have at least one (preferably waterproof) flybox with some of your own flies now -- including dry fly patterns, nymphs, and Wooly Buggers.  You may have flies from your earlier North Yuba fish-out that should work here and I will bring some additional flies, leaders and other necessary pieces to help you rig your fly rod.  

    Other necessary equipment includes waders, wading boots, a wading staff, a wading belt (one that you can cinch tight), a second "stretchy" belt (to wear in addition to the belt that came with your waders), a vest or a pack large enough to carry one or more flyboxes, a few leaders, tippet spools, tools (nippers & forceps), silicone floatant, "dry-shake" (desiccant floatant), split-shot, indicators, your lunch, and at least one bottle of water for each 4 hours on the water (and a rain jacket if needed).  And don't forget your fishing license -- which, in California, must be carried on your person but need not be visible. 

    Goals

    This is going to be a fun and informative fishing trip for us all.  I’m looking forward to seeing old fishing friends and meeting new fishing friends.  I have a standard speech that I always give to those who are new to actually casting a fly, with at least a modicum of skill, onto water that might have a fish lurking someplace.

    It goes like this:  Our main purpose here is to learn how to fly fish so there will be a lot of time spent on things like crimping barbs on hooks, tying a loop on your new leader (yes, I will give you a leader without a loop) to attach to your fly line, practicing our casting in terrain that looks nothing like the casting ponds, and maybe less time actually standing in the water.

    If the only reason you sign up is to catch as many fish as fast as you can, I suggest that you forget about fly fishing, get some number 4 bait-holder hooks and some night crawlers and go fishing with the crowd. 

    I hope to see you at the GG casting ponds soon and look forward to meeting you all there or out on this fish-out. In the meantime, keep working on your casting and be sure to practice your knots. You must be able to tie at least these 4 knots using mono or fluoro tippet:  the dbl. surgeon's loop knot, a (dbl. or triple) surgeon's knot, a good clinch knot (or the improved clinch), and also the non-slip mono loop knot -- all of which were taught to you in your March class days. Refer to your class hand-outs if you need a refresher.

    Fish-out Leader:  Rich Stevens  email: bldrcretin@gmail.com  cell ph.  831-338-4843

    Cost:  $190 registration fee covers campground charge (2 nights), bag lunches, restaurant dinner (one night, including mentors' meals), and fly fishing supplies -- but NOT the cost of lodging offsite.  

    • 16 Jun 2018
    • 6:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Linda Mar Beach, Pacifica (off Hwy 1 near Linda Mar Blvd)
    • 6

    This LTFF Step 3 Intermediate Surf Fish-out will be Saturday, June 16, 2018, starting at 6:00AM that day (unless advised otherwise).  Our guide, Bill Sharninghausen, is a very experienced Northern CA surf fisherman.  He and club member/ LTFF grad Pete Howes will be leading up to (6) LTFF Intermediate students to Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica, CA.  

    We will meet in the parking lot in front of NorCal Surf Shop, 5440 Pacific Coast Hwy,  which is just off San Pedro Ave, -- an extension of Linda Mar Blvd after crossing Hwy 1.   Both wader up & gear up upon arrival.  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.

    Fishing 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 tape (stretchy pet tape or waterproof surgical tape) to wrap one or two fingers; and a stripping basket (optional, if you are comfortable using one). with plenty of drain holes in it.

    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 fresh water 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 turbulent knee-deep water.

    There'll be a Surf Clinic at the Anglers Lodge, at 7:00PM on Tuesday, May 20th that you SHOULD definitely attend if you have not seen Bill's excellent "Surf Presentation" slide show previously.  That clinic will serve as a pre-meeting for this fish-out, and therefore a prerequisite for attending this fish-out.  Besides giving a thorough introduction to fly fishing in the surf, Bill will discuss what to expect, wading safety, reading the surf, surf 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 you'll be able to inspect all his flies and he may be able to tell you where you can get some good surf perch flies, in addition to a clouser or two. Note that 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 you 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

      

    • 22 Jun 2018
    • 7:00 AM
    • 25 Jun 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Cassel Campground, Burney, CA
    • 24

    Due to the larger class this year, there are two separate 2-day LTFF Novice - Hat Creek fish-outs being held back-to-back.  Group 1 will fish Friday-Saturday, June 22-23; and Group 2 will fish Sunday-Monday, June 24-25.  Students may sign up for either one, but not for both, unless advised later that this is permissible if there are still spots unfilled. 

    Unless announced otherwise, this mentored Hat Creek fish-out is again only being offered to a limited number of this year's enrolled Novice students in the club's "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) Program on a first-to-register basis. Do not register for this event if you are NOT in this class, or risk losing your registration fee. 

    There will be only two days of mentored fishing for each Group, but a few of the more experienced students may be allowed to tag along with the mentors on Thursday evening or choose to fish on their own on Monday evening -- should they wisely choose to drive home the following morning after a long day of fishing. 

    We have one of the club's excellent casting instructors and most experienced fly anglers, Brian Endlich, offering to lead this fish-out since he's extremely familiar with Hat Creek — having fished it for probably 40 years!  Brian has recruited other mentors to help with this outing since we hope to be providing about a 3:1 student-to-mentor ratio in order to be able to give you better instruction.

    Hat Creek is one of California’s most renowned trout streams and a favorite dry fly water for many of the state’s best fly fishers — especially on the Wild River section and other famous stretches of this special river that we expect to fish. And since this is a spring-fed stream, it should have a good water level regardless of run-off.  

    Limited Registration:  This fish-out will be limited to 12 students in each Group in order not to over-crowd the river.  The class will be notified by email exactly when the online registration will open.  You may register for either Group, but not for both --unless otherwise notified.

    Campground: Although our campsites are not all together this year, we were still able to reserve a total of five campsites (#13, 14, 15, 20, & 21) for 4 nights (Thurs, & Fri. nights, 6/21 & 6/22 for Group 1;  Sat. & Sun. nights, 6/23 & 6/24 for Group 2) at PG&E's public Cassel Campground (off Hwy 299 east of Burney). In past years, we've been able to pitch 2-3 tents per campsite without objection. There are no group camp sites in either this or any other nearby campgrounds, but this arrangement should work to allow most of the students (for each Group in turn) to camp together in adjacent campsites in the two groupings rather than being spread out throughout the campground. We have paid extra for up to 2 vehicles per campsite.  Any more than that and we may have to park some vehicles at the gate to the campground (after unloading) -- or pay an extra $5/night for additional vehicles if there is space to park them off the loop road -- but the area mgr. may decide that when he sees how many vehicles we have (another good reason to carpool, if possible).  

    Should you prefer a campsite of your own though or want one to stay over Monday night, then go to pge.com and under the "Find A Park" tab, search for Cassel Campground and book your own site very soon.  (Another, but much smaller, PG&E campground in that area is North Shore Campground, if you can’t find any more open spots in Cassel.)

    Motels:  For those who prefer not to camp, the motels in nearby Burney include:

    Charm Motel (ph 530-335-3300,  www.charm.burneylodging.com)

    Green Gables (ph. 530-335-3300,  www.greengables.burneylodging.com)

    Shasta Pines Motel & Suites (ph. 530-335-2201,  www.shastapinesmotel.com)

    Meeting Place:  Everyone will need to meet at Site #14 (UON) in Cassel Campground at 7:00AM each fishing morning to figure out who is going with which mentor, to make up your lunches, to get your flies, instructions, etc.  This early start is intended to get everyone on the water as soon as possible each morning — so please don’t be late. 

    Driving Directions:  Google "Cassel Campground”:  the shortest route is to follow I-5N to Redding, from there take CA-299E to Cassel Road — about 5 hours total drive time without traffic (from Redding it is about 1 hr. 15 min. without traffic) 

    If you need them, follow these directions:  Take Exit #680 off of I-5 for CA-299/Lake Blvd., keep right at the fork and follow signs for Burney/Alturas/CA-299E, follow CA-299E for 50 miles to Burney, continue east of Burney on CA Hwy 299E for 7 more miles (to 2 miles past the junction with Hwy. 89), turn south (right) onto Cassel Road, drive 3.6 miles and turn left at paved access road into the campground (just before the bridge and across from Cassel Post Office).

    Three of our campsites (#13-15) are in the back left corner of the campground -- follow the main campground road straight back and stay to the left at the first fork.  The other two campsites (#20 & 21) are near the front of the back loop to the right -- just after you veer off slightly to the right of the main campground road at the first fork.  Choose one of these shared camp sites as you arrive, but leave tent space for at least one more tent in that site.

    Camping Equipment:  It is suggested that you have your own tent (with tent stakes, footprint/plastic tarp, and rainfly) or an agreement to share a tent with someone.  Also sure to bring:  sleeping bag; sleeping pad (or air mattress,or cot); headlight or flashlight; cooking stove; water container; cooking pots / cooking utensils; camp dishes / eating utensils; wash basin; biodegradable soap; butane lighter or matches; paper or cloth towels; garbage bags; and a cooler with ice for perishables.  All dry goods should be stored in the supplied camp boxes to keep away from rodents and jays.  Optional equipment might include:  lantern; camp chair; firewood; hand axe; coffee pot; small folding table; table cloth for picnic table; etc.

    Meals There will be NO hosted group dinners for anyone on this fish-out.  You can cook dinners in camp, or there are at least two possible restaurants on Main St. in Burney that smaller groups may decide to use:  Rex Club (ph. 530-335-4184, they also have cabins)  Art’s Outpost (Steak House & Italian, ph. 530-335-2835)

    There are also other diners, a Subway for sandwiches, pizza joints, and fast food options in Burney: (www.reddingcentral.com/Dine/dine-Burney.htm)

    We will be providing groceries for making your own sandwiches for sack lunches on each Group's two fishing days only.  It is also possible that we may change the lunch on one of these two days to be a longer lunch somewhere away from the river (tbd).  

    NOTE:  Other than the two sack lunches on your Group's fishing days, you are on your own to bring (and prepare) your own food, or buy dinners or other meals out.

    Fishing Gear:  We recommend bringing a 3-5wt fly rod with floating line (6wt rod max!). For dry flies, bring 9’ tapered leaders to 4X or 5X, with mono tippet spools in 4X-6X  (these fish can be picky!)  Also be sure that you bring both a liquid (or gel) dry fly floatant and a dry shake floatant (dessicant-type) for treating your dry flies. For indicator nymphing, bring indicatorssplit shotone spool of say 0X to 3X mono tippet material (to use 5'-6’ of this for indicator/ depth adjustment), and spools of both 4X & 5X  fluoro  tippet for connections to nymphs.  Bring foam hoppers or Chubby Chernobyl pattern flies for hopper (dry) / dropper rigging if you prefer this rather than indicator nymphing, or simply tight-line nymph instead (although Hat Creek has very little pocket water where tight-lining works best).  "Swinging" of soft-hackled flies is another very good choice.

    Flies:  We will be providing at least a dozen flies to each student -- some dries, a couple buggers, and a few nymph patterns, as suggested by Brian for this water.  These flies will only be packaged in sandwich bags for distributing to you, so you will need to put them in your own fly box along with your other flies -- and be sure to pinch the barbs!  We will not be doing this for you. Also, bring your own flies, especially any that you picked up for (or tied for) this particular trip on a fly shop's or someone else's recommendation.

    If you still need more of your own flies, or forgot some other gear after you leave town, there is "The Fly Shop" on your way up there (located just south of Redding on east side of I-5 backed up to the frwy.:  take the Churn Creek Road exit, then head north about a 1/2 mile or so on the frontage road to see the shop on your left). There's also the "Shasta Angler" in Fall River Mills, which is 5-10 miles past the Hat Creek area on CA-299 (for good local knowledge from owner Matt). 

    Other Stuff:  In addition to forceps, nippers, vest or pack for fly boxes and other gear, sunhat, sunscreen, bug repellent, waders, boots, belts, water bottle (or other means to carry, or filter, drinking water), don’t forget your wading staff!   A small net is always optional for trout, but it really helps in landing them with minimal stress and keeping them in the water while unhooking—both of which are extremely important for the fish’s survival.  Camping gear should include headlamps or flashlights —the former is especially good for tying on flies during late evening fishing. 

    Wading:  As a spring creek, Hat Creek can be pretty cold, but you may decide when you get there and test the water that you might prefer to wet-wade (not me!) instead of wearing waders.  If so, just be sure that you have sturdy closed-toe wading sandals or, better yet, use neoprene guard socks (or other neoprene socks) plus polypo liner socks to fill-out your wading boots.  Lightweight (i.e., nylon) long pants are recommended for wet-wading over shorts to better protect your shins from scrapes on rocks, scratchy brush, poison oak, etc.

    Registration Fee:  We are trying to initially hold the registration fee to $80 per student (the mentors are volunteering their time, and not paid or charged).  This fee is needed to hopefully cover the cost of all the campground fees, the purchase of flies, groceries for dinners and lunches, etc.  If it falls too short, we may have to take up a collection up there of another $10-20 from each camper. 

    For info before June 16 only:  John Murphy,  jmurphy7599@gmail.com, cp 650-799-1695; 

    Fish-out leader:  Brian Endlich, brian_endlich@hotmail.com  cp 415-601-0070 

    Note: There is only spotty to very poor cell phone service in the Hat Creek area -- try texting up there instead, which is also hit-or-miss.  Brian may provide a landline that he and some of his mentors can be reached at in the evening where they will likely be staying. 

     

    • 05 Jul 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • 09 Jul 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • Missouri River at Craig, Montana
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    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 never take more than at most 11 from the class each year.  

    This year we have guided spots for only 7 students currently, after having to sadly give up a couple of my chosen guides this year in response to last year's surprisingly poor class registration.  So, if you can possibly be one of the lucky 7 that definitely gets to go this year on July 5-9, you'll want to do it.  If it fills quickly enough, I'll do what I can to try to book another guide or two, but there is a good reason that I have to both make our reservations and prepay for guides a year in advance for this amazing destination.  If I don't, I lose our allotted slot to a waiting list. 

    We will be float fishing on a famed tailwater stretch of the upper Missouri River for 3 days (on Friday- Sunday this year) 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 up to 2 weeks to fish the "Mo" at this time of year, as he has done for many years. Willy promises to join us again this year for lively catered dinners in our rental house.)

    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, like most areas flanking the Rockies, may offer also 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. One cold, all-day-long rainstorm on our first day on the river a couple years ago taught us this lesson, and there's always the possibility of a cold hailstorm blowing through. 

    There will be an initial Pre-fishout Meeting on Sunday, March 11, at 1:30PM following the Annual Meeting BBQ (or at 12noon if the BBQ is cancelled due to inclement weather) for all those Intermediate students who may be interested in this trip.  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 arranging to share a car rental from one of the local airports. 

    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 many years now because it makes a great home base for us and there is nothing in town or in the area nearly 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 just about as far. Flights fill up quickly, so start looking at your options and checking available flights and prices now before the first 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 rental house sometime on Thursday afternoon, July 5 (I should be able to get us into the house around 3PM) and you won't need to leave there until Monday, July 9, before 10AM since we've also rented the house for Sunday night to allow for a full day's fishing on Sunday. 

    We will cook our own group dinner on Thursday night, but dinner on Friday and Saturday nights will be catered (to provide left-overs for Sunday night). Lunches will be provided by the guides on Fri.-Sun., and we will have enough food in the house for a quick breakfast each morning and for hors d'oevres and adult beverages for happy hour each afternoon. Volunteering for helping to cook breakfasts and some kitchen clean-up will be covered in the pre-meeting. 

    The total fee for this event this year is $1450, 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 guides' gratuities. 

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

    This trip is limited to 7 Intermediate students now, so sign up as quickly as you can so that you don't miss out!  Registration will start at 12:00 NOON on Monday, MARCH 12

    Cost:  $1450.00 payable online as a non-refundable registration fee (unless there is someone on the waitlist to replace you).

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




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