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

    • 29 Apr 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • West Pond, GG Casting Ponds
    • 1

    NOTE:  The West casting pond is reserved exclusively for the following event for the morning of 4/29/17:

    This Float Tube Clinic on Saturday morning, April 29, from 9:30am to 12:00pm is designed to prepare the Intermediate level "Learn to Fly Fish" students and any Rondy participants to fly fish on Stillwaters using a float tube. The primary objective is to teach basic float tube use and safety. The Clinic instructors will provide float tubes, fins, and PDF's for participants to try-out in the West pond.  

    Club members will need to bring their own waders and boots (or other booties) to this clinic if they wish to try-out one or more float tubes.  They may also want to bring a fly rod to try casting to some targets while sitting in a float tube.

    Due to the limited number of available float tubes and instructors, this free clinic will be limited to the first 25 club members to sign up, so register quickly if interested. 

    For more information contact:  Jeff Hogan 

    jbhogan@ucdavis.edu


    • 06 May 2017
    • 7:00 AM
    • 07 May 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Luk Lake, Corning, CA.
    • 2

    This fish-out is open to the 2017 "Learn to Fly Fish" registered NOVICE students ONLY, unless otherwise announced. An email will be sent to the Novice class notifying them when registration will be first opened. 

    This Luk Lake Fish-out on the weekend of May 6-7, 2017, should be a good opportunity to catch some of the big bass this lake is known for with "topwater" flies, especially with the warmer water and amount of weed growth expected then. Topwater bass fishing can be as much fun as dry fly fishing for trout.  

    Luk Lake (pronounced as Luck, possibly because it is near the Rolling Hills Casino) is a small private lake located off Interstate I-5 just south of the town of Corning.  Corning is about 45 minutes (50 miles) south of Redding.  This is a very good fishery for largemouth "black" bass, rainbow trout, and the occasional scrappy sunfish or bluegill. 

    Last year's Novices had a phenomenal fishing experience at Luk Lake on this same weekend -- catching lots of bass AND trout -- on what is the earliest date we can get the lake guest house for our fishing trip.  Admittedly, before last year's experience, I was about to scrap this date in favor of a mid-December date focused mostly on trout, but the bass fishing was just too good last year.  So, we'll try it again and hope for the same luck at Luk this year (sorry, I couldn't help myself). 

    We have exclusive use of the lake and the rowboats all day on Saturday, and on Sunday morning until noon, and we have rented the guest house for up to 10 students to sleep there on both Friday and Saturday nights.  Students can arrive anytime Friday evening after 4pm -- and fish that evening if they want to. 

    This lake can ONLY be fished from a small boat (rowboat, pontoon boat, canoe, or electric-powered skiff) or from a float tube since there is virtually no shoreline access due to the heavy tule growth around the lake. Unless you bring your own permissible watercraft, students will be expected to fish from the rented rowboats.  

    There will be two students per boat, who will be responsible for rowing and managing it while fishing through-out the day. Mentors will be on hand to provide instruction and help as needed.  There will be a brief safety and orientation talk first thing Saturday morning before launching the boats.  All fishing on this lake is catch-and-release only, with barbless hooks required. 

    Rowboats (~12' prams) will be provided with oars, anchors, and (hopefully) life preserver seat cushions.  However, it is strongly advised that you also bring your own personal flotation device to wear or else remind me to bring one of the club's PFDs for you to borrow.  Wearing a PFD is mandatory if you choose to try out your own float tube or other personal watercraft.  We will NOT be wearing waders when fishing from the prams, but you should bring water sandals, old tennis shoes, or similar footwear to allow you to step into the water when launching or beaching your boat.

    Briefly, the suggested gear includes a 5 or 6wt rod and reel, with floating line to use for dries, topwater bass flies, or for indicator nymphing for trout, bass, or sunfish.  If you like to retrieve Wooly Buggers or other streamers, an intermediate line (1-1.5 ips sink rate) may be helpful, but is not necessary. 

    Further discussion of what gear to bring, including some suggestions about what flies to use and the rigging needed, will be covered in a Pre-Fishout Meeting at the clubhouse on Saturday, April 29, at 12:30pm. (Right after the Float Tube Clinic that morning, but please register separately for that event.)  Come to this logistics meeting to also hear how to get there, what the lake house offers, possible carpooling, and what all to expect for the weekend, including the plan for the group to all cook their Saturday night's dinner at the house.  

    The registration fee for this fish-out is $240, which fee includes all costs for the lake access, boats, lunch and dinner (on Saturday only), and rental of the guest house for Friday and Saturday nights.  There will be coffee, cereals and other quick breakfast items supplied, but bring your own breakfast meals if you choose to cook for yourself. Friday dinner will be on you, whether you choose to cook in or join those heading to the nearby casino for buffet or into town for fast food/pizza.

    The guest house has beds for 10 people in 5 bedrooms (making it easy to segregate men and women) and two bathrooms. The first 9 students to sign up can stay in the house (leaving room for one recruited mentor). The balance can camp outside the house, stay in their vehicles, or get their own room at the nearby casino or in town.

    This fish-out is limited to the first 10 students to sign-up (due to expected maximum number of boats), after which an online waiting list will be created for possible replacements for any registrants who may later learn that they can't make it. 

    For further info, contact John Murphy (jmurphy7599@gmail.com

    Cost: $240.00 


    • 20 May 2017
    • 7:00 AM
    • 21 May 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Cassel Campground, Burney, 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.

    Join waitlist

    Cost $75.00 

    Unless announced otherwise, this Hat Creek fish-out is again only being offered to a limited number of the 2017 year's enrolled students in the Novice class of the club's "Learn to Fly Fish" 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 (Sat. May 20 & Sun. May 21) of mentored fishing, but a few more experienced students may be allowed to tag along with the mentors on Friday evening or choose to fish on their own on Monday -- should they wisely choose to drive home that evening to beat weekend traffic. 

    We have one of the club’s best casting instructors and a very experienced fly fisher, Brian Endlich, offering to again lead this fish-out since he is extremely familiar with Hat Creek — having fished it for probably 40 years!  Many of you will know Brian already from the club's 2nd Sat. casting classes. Brian and I will be looking for other mentors to help us with this outing since we hope to be providing no more than 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.  

    This fish-out will be limited to 12 students in order not to over-crowd the river. 

    Campground: I have been able to book four campsites (#22, 23, 24, 25) for 2 nights (Fri. & Sat. nights, 6/19 & 6/20) and a fifth campsite (#26) for 3 nights (Fri.-Sun. nights, 6/19-20) on the back loop at PG&E’s Cassel Campground (off Hwy 299 east of Burney) with the past understanding that we can pitch 3-4 tents per site there.  There are no group camp sites in either this or any other nearby campgrounds, but this arrangement should work to allow most of us to camp closer together than being spread out throughout a campground. I have paid for up to 3 vehicles per site.  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, but the area mgr. will 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, go to pge.com and under the "Find A Park" tab, search for Cassel Campground and book your own site soon.  (Another smaller PG&E campground in that area is North Shore Campground if you can’t find a spot in Cassel.)

    Motels:  For those who prefer not to camp, 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 #26 in Cassel Campground on Saturday and Sunday morning at 7:00AM 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 onto Cassel Road, drive 3.6 miles and turn left at paved access road into the campground (before the bridge).

    Our campsites are in the back right corner of the campground --veer off slightly to the right of the main campground road. 

    Meals There will be NO hosted group dinners for everyone 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 Saturday and Sunday only.  It is also possible that we may change the lunch on one of these two days to be a group lunch somewhere.  

    NOTE:  Other than the two Sat. & Sun. lunches, you are on your own to bring (and prepare) your own food, or buy dinners or other meals out.

    Gear:  Recommend bringing a 3-5wt fly rod with floating line (6wt 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 dry fly floatant and a dry shake floatant 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 an indicator, or simply tight-line nymph instead (although, Hat Creek has little pocket water where tight-lining works best).  "Swinging" of soft-hackled flies is another very good choice.

    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 those barbs!  We will not be doing this for you.  If you need more flies, or forgot some other gear after you leave town, there is The Fly Shop on your way there (just south of Redding on I-5, take Churn Creek Road exit and head north on the frontage road) and the Shasta Angler out in Fall River Mills (for good local knowledge from owner Matt). 

    In addition to forceps, nippers, sunhat, sunscreen, bug repellent, waders, boots, belts, canteens (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 esp good for tying on flies in late evening. 

    As a spring creek, the water can be pretty cold, but you may decide when you get there and test the water that you’d 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 gaiters or neoprene socks and 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.

    Cost:  We are trying to hold the registration fee to $75 per student (mentors are volunteering their time, and not charged this fee).  This fee is needed to hopefully cover the cost of all the campground fees, the purchase of flies, groceries for lunches, etc.  If it falls too short, we may have to take up a collection up there of another $10-20 from each camper. 

    Contacts: John Murphy, email jmurphy7599@gmail.com, cellphone 650-799-1695; 

    Brian Endlich, brian_endlich@hotmail.com

     

    • 20 May 2017
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Calif. Fly Shop, 1125 Induatrial Road, Suite H, San Carlos, ca 94070

    This Surf Clinic will be conducted by Bill Scharninghausen, a well known local surf guide, who has been guiding both the GGACC's Surf and O'Neill Forebay fishing outings for several years.

    This particular clinic has been re-scheduled as an intended pre-meeting for all those LTFF and Rondy anglers registered for the Surf Fishing outing on Sunday, June 11.  However, all club members and others are invited to attend as well. 

    Bill really provides a lot of great input regarding surf fishing in the Bay Area. All GGACC members should try to attend one of Bill's surf clinics at some point, to learn what all our coastal water, our nearest fishery, has to offer fly anglers.

    This clinic will again be hosted by the California Fly Shop and held in their San Carlos shop, in order combine the expertise of Bill (who is on the shop's pro staff) and the gear and fly selections they have to offer.

    This clinic is free. However, we need you to register so we have an idea of how many to plan for.

    Any questions, please contact:

    John Murphy (jmurphy7599@gmail.com) or                             Jerry Saltzgaber (2sfgabers.ggacc@gmail.com)

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

    Cost = $75

    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

    • 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.




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    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.




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    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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