Rendezvous (Rondy) Program

The GGACC's Rendezvous (or Rondy) Program offers group fishing trips (called "rondies") for those active club members who are already experienced fly fishers and wish to participate in these club-organized fishing trips for the companionship they offer and the opportunity to fish these venues.  Active club members are those who have already paid their club dues for the calendar year.  Experienced fly fishers are considered to be those who have done considerable fly fishing on their own without requiring guides or other necessary help.

Participants may include recent graduates of the "Learn to Fly Fish" Program, but not any current LTFF registered students or any other beginners. Unlike the LTFF Program's educational outings (called "fish-outs", to distinguish them from the rondies), the rondies are not mentored outings.  The rondy leaders have only organizational responsibilities for leading their groups, and not teaching duties.

To sign-up for a rondy that is currently open for registration (i.e., when the Register button shows on the Calendar Event description page), you must both register and pay online whatever fee is described for that particular rondy. You do not have to pay to sign up on a Wait List, which is automatically generated online whenever a rondy's maximum registration limit is reached (and the Register button disappears).  

Full or partial refunds are not guaranteed in the absence of someone, either on a Wait List or someone you have found yourself, who is willing to pay you something to take your spot.  All rondy participants will be required to sign a liability release form for each rondy.

See the links under this tab for the list of all Rondies currently shown on the club's calendar.

Upcoming events

    • 23 Sep 2017
    • 7:00 AM
    • 25 Sep 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Bend, Oregon
    • 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

    This Rondy, for 10 experienced anglers, is a 3-day guided float and wade fishing adventure on the lower Deschutes River in central Oregon, where we will fish for native summer Steelhead and "Red side" Rainbow Trout.

    Guides will take us through miles of both calm and white water and scenic canyons where we will periodically take out to wade-fish streamers, nymphs, or dry flies, depending on the conditions (no fishing from the drift boats). 

    Gear suggestions are 5-7 wt single-handed fly rods, studded boots, wading staff, and a PFD (personal floatation device)*. Anglers will supply their own sleeping bags, pillow, personal items, liquor, rods, flies, and their Oregon fishing license and boater's pass. Guides will supply both sleeping pads and cots. (*Note that wading on the Deschutes can be tricky due to the large angular basalt rocks.)

    There will be a gear boat that will proceed us each day and haul our gear, set up camp, and cook great meals. Personal items that are only needed in camp can be packed in a large dry bag to be supplied by the guides and transported in the gear boat.  Bring your own small dry bag (or waterproof pack) with a change of clothes, rain jacket, fleece, and any small personal items that you may want to keep handy in your boat.  

    The trip will both begin and end in Bend, Oregon, at the Confluence Fly Shop, where we can pick up some flies, get licenses and boat passes, meet our guides, and park our cars (guides will shuttle us from the shop and back). We will put in near Madras (about an hour north of Bend) and then take out 3 days later near Maupin.

    Bend, OR, is about an 8-1/2 hour drive from San Francisco. There is an airport in nearby Redmond for those who prefer to fly.  We should plan on arriving a day early and staying over the night after the Rondy.

    There will be a pre-meeting to discuss more logistics, gear, carpools, etc. (date tbd).

    The registration cost for this 3-day trip, which includes a $25 non-refundable Rondy fee, is $1,060. The cost of travel, license, boater's pass, lodging before and after, alcoholic beverages, and guide tips are separate expenses.

    This rondy is for experienced club members only and is not for current Learn to Fly Fish students or other beginners. 

    For any questions, contact the club leader below or the fly shop directly:

    Michael Souter  MKS@LSALLC.COM

    Confluence Fly Shop (Jeremiah)  541-323-3007

    • 01 Oct 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area
    • 1

    This Rondy is scheduled for 7:00-5:00PM on Sunday, October 1, 2017, on the O'Neill Forebay at the San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area off CA-152 east of Gilroy (before Los Banos). You also have the option of staying later that evening and fishing independently.  

    This is a wonderful Striped Bass fishery. It holds the record for the largest Striped Bass caught in California.

    Bill Scharninghausen will guide this Rondy.  As a well known Northern California guide, Bill already guides our LTFF and Rondy surf outings.  

    We will meet up with Bill at 7:00am at the park entrance where all watercraft, waders, boots, and fins will be inspected by a park ranger for invasive species (be sure that all gear is clean and totally DRY!)

    Personal watercraft will be required for this Rondy and wearing a PFD will be mandatory.  The Forebay can be very windy so a good anchor may be helpful if you need to stay put while changing flies or rigging. 

    This particular Rondy is for experienced anglers only-- beginners and LTFF program participants are NOT invited.  (A separate fish-out for LTFF Intermediate students is scheduled for the preceding day.)

    Gear required:  A float tube or pontoon boat, waders, at least one wading belt, PFD, 7-9wt fly rod, fast sinking shooting heads (Bill likes an integrated shooting head of 250-300 grains for a 7wt rod), 15-20# tippet, clousers or other striper flies, your own lunch and drinks. You don't need a lot of gear, keep it simple.

    There are options for both camping and motels. The cost for this Rondy is $70.00, which includes a non-refundable $25 Rondy fee. 

    There will be two clinics associated with this rondy-- a float tube clinic and a "how to fish O'Neil Forebay" clinic. The former will be conducted at the club ponds on April 29; the latter will likely be held at the California Fly Shop in San Carlos on a date TBD. 

    For more information, contact:

    Jerry Saltzgaber 415-866-8214 2sfgabers.ggacc@gmail.com

    Bill Scharninghausen 415-203-5819 billsch8@gmail.com


    • 03 Oct 2017
    • 7:00 AM
    • 04 Oct 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • McCloud, 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

    For this McCloud River Walk & Wade Rondy, we will take 4 experienced anglers to the lower McCloud river at Ah-Di-Nah campground, to the Nature Conservancy, and to Ash Camp. 

    This is the second planned rondy to this destination in 2017, since we were lucky to be able to add it to the program this year after the !0/17-18 McCloud River W/W Rondy filled up. 

    This Rondy is for experienced anglers ONLY and is NOT for current participants in the Learn to Fly Fish Program or other beginners. 

    This outing is also not for anyone with serious medical conditions since the stream access and wading are difficult, and the location is far from medical services.  There is no cell phone reception in the McCloud River canyon. At this time of year the weather usually is very cool and could be wet. 

    Because of their incredible vigor and resilience, the McCloud River rainbow trout have been transplanted and established themselves in many of the greatest fly fishing locations in the world.

    The famed October Caddis emergence may be underway then, and those who have witnessed clouds of these 1.5-inch-long flies laying eggs on the water in late afternoon will never forget it.  For dry-fly aficionados, the McCloud can be surprisingly good. Both high-sticking and long line nymphing also work very well. Targeting big Brown trout migrating up from Lake Shasta with large streamers is a real treat.

    Gear required are 4-7 wt fly rods with the usual lines, leaders, etc., to fish dries, nymphs, and streamers.  You'll also need a wading staff, sturdy waders, studded boots, warm clothing, and a rain jacket.

    Everyone will be staying at the Ah-Di-Nah campground.There will be a pre-meeting (date TBD). 

    The cost for this Rondy is a non-refundable $25 fee. Other expenses, besides travel, will include a small campground fee and food.

    For additional information contact:  Robert  Sorenson                510-325-8402   r.sorenson@comcast.net



    • 08 Oct 2017
    • 7:00 AM
    • 09 Oct 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Pyramid Lake, NV
    • 6

    Rob Anderson will lead a two-day guided Float Tube Rondy at Pyramid Lake, Nevada. 

    This lake has long been known for huge Lahontan Cutthroat Trout and its peculiarity of anglers standing in a lake fishing from ladders.  Although "ladder fishing" is still the most popular way to fish Pyramid Lake, the introduction of the Pilot Peak strain of Cutthroat Trout in 2006 has helped put float tubing back on the map. The Pilot Peak fish tend to chase bait near shore in the fall. The last two years we have had some great fishing from float tubes and pontoon boats.

    We will be staying at a Reno, NV hotel (special rates) and carpooling from there to the lake. Breakfast and lunch are provided by Rob.

    Personal watercraft and a PFD shall be provided by each angler.  All participants must have basic watercraft skills. 

    This Rondy is for experienced anglers ONLY and is NOT for current participants in the Learn to Fly Fish Program or other beginners.

    The cost for this Rondy is $215, which includes a $25 non-refundable Rondy fee. Besides travel costs, other expenses NOT INCLUDED are a small tribal fishing permit (an NV fishing license is not required to fish this lake), guide gratuity, the cost of the hotel, and the cost of your dinners at the hotel or elsewhere. 

    A float tube clinic will be held at the club's ponds on April 29. Everyone attending this Rondy should plan to attend.

    Rob Anderson's website is:                                                        pyramidlakeflyfishing.com/group-and-club-outing 

    There is a lot of information on his website with links to many other sites, including one to buy your tribal fishing permit online.  Be sure to do this before leaving from home.

    For more information contact Jerry Saltzgaber at:                                    2sfgabers.ggacc@gmail.com   


    • 13 Oct 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 15 Oct 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Plumas County, Northeastern 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

    Lake Almanor is a large reservoir in northwestern Plumas County (northeastern CA). The reservoir has a capacity of 1,308,000 acre-feet and a maximum depth of 90 feet. Our leader John Anderson has been fishing at Lake Almanor for one week each year for the past 25 years and has caught more large trout fly fishing there than any other place west of Montana. 

    There is room for 8 fly fishers on this Rondy.

    This Rondy is for experienced anglers ONLY and is NOT for current participants in the Learn to Fly Fish Program or other beginners.

    The fishing can be done either wading from shore or with your private watercraft (from float tube to motor boat). PFD's are required!

    We will be stripping streamers & soft hackles, fishing dry flies, and drifting nymphs at the mouths of the Hamilton Branch and Feather Rivers. Bring 6-8 wt fly rods, with both floating and sinking fly lines.

    Lodging options are camping, motels, or renting a house. This will be determined by the group going on the Rondy. There will be a pre-meeting a month or two before the Rondy (tbd).   Carpooling options will be discussed at the pre-meeting.

    The cost for the Rondy is a non-refundable $25 fee, plus the cost of travel, lodging, and meals.

    For more information contact:  John Anderson  415-990-0936 john_anderson@lanset.com



    • 14 Oct 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Putah Creek between Monticello Dam and Solano Lake
    • 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

    The plan for this Putah Creek Rondy on Saturday, October 14, 2017, is to show 6 club members how, where, and when to fish this technical nymphing wild Rainbow Trout fishery, which has large trout that like to eat mostly very small nymphs on light tippets. This is not usually a dry fly venue.

    After meeting at Putah Creek Park Site 4 (see directions inserted in your registration confirmation email), there will be a short stream-side talk by the guide regarding hand-tying your own tapered leader to fish Putah Creek. You will then be split into three groups and will rotate through three different sections of the stream. Each of the three sections will have a mentor or guide to show you how to fish that area.

    This Rondy is for experienced anglers ONLY and is NOT for current participants in the Learn to Fly Fish Program or other beginners.  Some of the stream access and wading is difficult.

    Gear suggestions are: 5 or 6 wt, 9' or 9-1/2' fly rods with floating fly lines, 3, 4 & 5x tippet (2x will be supplied), split shot, indicators, wading staff (mandatory), sturdy waders, wading boots (felt soles with studs are recommended), rain jacket, plenty of water, and your lunch.

    We recommend purchasing at least two each of the following fly selection: Two-Bit Hooker size 16-18, Bead head Pheasant Tail Nymph 16-18, Zebra Midge 20-22, and any Soft Hackles 16-18.  

    Putah Creek is a "catch and release" tailwater fishery located about 1-1/2 hours from San Francisco.  It is the closest wild trout fishery to the Bay Area and has some of the largest trout in California, where 30+ inch fish are caught every year. 

    The fastest way to drive there from SF is to take I-80N to the I-505N from Vacaville (toward Winters) and from I-505 take CA-128W (this is one exit after the Putah Creek Road exit). Stay on CA-128 past the town of Winters to the above meeting place on the river.

    The cost for this rondy is $75, which includes a non-refundable $25 rondy fee.

    For more information contact:  Patrick McDermott                       415-793-0074  patmacster.fishing@gmail.com  

    The following are helpful links:

    https://putahcreektrout.org/fishing/

    http://www.yolocounty.org/general-government/general-government-departments/parks/parks-information/putah-creek-fishing-access

    https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv/?site_no=11454000&agency_cd=USGS

    http://www.napavalleyflyguides.com/


    • 17 Oct 2017
    • 7:00 AM
    • 18 Oct 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • McCloud, 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

    For this McCloud River Walk & Wade Rondy, we will take 6 experienced anglers to the lower McCloud river at Ah-Di-Nah campground, to the Nature Conservancy, and to Ash Camp. 

    This Rondy is for experienced anglers ONLY and is NOT for current participants in the Learn to Fly Fish Program or other beginners. 

    This outing is also not for anyone with serious medical conditions since the stream access and wading are difficult, and the location is far from medical services.  There is no cell phone reception in the McCloud River canyon. At this time of year the weather usually is very cool and could be wet. 

    Because of their incredible vigor and resilience, the McCloud River rainbow trout have been transplanted and established themselves in many of the greatest fly fishing locations in the world.

    The famed October Caddis emergence will undoubtedly be in full swing, and those who have witnessed clouds of these 1.5-inch-long flies laying eggs on the water in late afternoon, will never forget it. For dry-fly aficionados, the McCloud can be surprisingly good. Both high-sticking and long line nymphing work very well. Targeting big Brown trout migrating up from Lake Shasta with large streamers is a real treat.

    Gear required are 4-7 wt fly rods with the usual lines, leaders, etc., to fish dries, nymphs, and streamers.  You'll also need a wading staff, sturdy waders, studded boots, warm clothing, and a rain jacket.

    Everyone will be staying at the Ah-Di-Nah campground.There will be a pre-meeting (date TBD). 

    The cost for this Rondy is a non-refundable $25 fee. Other expenses, besides travel, will include a small campground fee and food.

    For additional information contact:  Robert  Sorenson                510-325-8402   r.sorenson@comcast.net



    • 19 Oct 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • 21 Oct 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Klamath River near the confluence of the Klamath & Trinity Rivers
    • 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

    The Klamath River Rondy is on! 

    Last year's first outing was basically a "bust" as 7 fishermen caught only a "handful" of fish. Five years of drought has hit this fishery pretty hard, and a forest fire nearby prevented us from covering portions of the river. That's fishing!  But having an outing with 7 club members and staying at Spey Gee was great.

    We are not expecting this coming season to be great, but the conditions should certainly be better! Who knows? All it would take is for a nice "pulse" of fish to move through when we are there!  In any event, the Klamath is a beautiful river in a really wild section of California.

    For this Klamath Steelhead Rondy, we will be staying in cabins at the Spey Gee resort, which is located about 1/4 mile below the Weitchpec Bridge. These cabins overlook what could be the best water in the entire system. 

    From the resort there are a lot of options:  we can fish the water below the resort, drive a short distance to the lower Trinity, head upstream towards Orleans, or drive 10 miles downriver to Young's Bar. This is some of the best fly fishing water anywhere and we usually have the river to ourselves. 

    This can be a walk & wade trip, or a float trip, or both. We will have kayaks for four anglers, or anyone can bring their own kayak or pontoon boat. There will be a pre-meeting (TBD) to discuss these options, as well as logistics, lodging, gear, etc.

    This is a cast, swing, mend, and hang-on rondy.  Long casts are a plus. Either 6-8 wt single hand rods, or 6-7wt spey rods, with floating lines are recommended. Waders, boots with felt or studded soles, and wading staffs are required.

    This Rondy is for experienced anglers ONLY and is NOT for current participants in the Learn to Fly Fish Program or other beginners.  

    The fee for this Rondy is a non-refundable $25. Other expenses are your travel costs, lodging, and food -- plus perhaps a water shuttle during a float trip.  Don't forget to bring a 2017 Steelhead card in addition to your California fishing license.

    For additional information, contact: Don Forbes                 415-717-2312  don.forbes@yahoo.com




    • 04 Nov 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Weaverville, 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

    There are two (2) one-day Steelhead guided "float trip" rondies planned for the Trinity River.  This one will be on Saturday, November 4, 2017. The second rondy will be on Sunday, November 5  (sign up for the second on a separate event page). 

    The plan is to have participants for both Trinity Rondies 1&2 attend a no-host dinner Saturday night at the new restaurant in Indian Creek Lodge since many of each group are likely to try to stay at this lodge (on CA-299 east of Douglas City, CA) and it is really too far to drive up there on the morning of the rondy to be able to arrive timely or to drive home that night after a long day on the water.  We also caution you to make your own lodging reservations early. 

    We held similar back-to-back float trips the past two years. They were generally a success -- good guides, a few fish caught (more the previous year than last), and we had a great get-together at dinner.

    There are several options for fishing for Steelhead in the fall: 1) Indicator nymph fishing using a 5-7 wt. single hand fly rod with floating line and Fluorocarbon tippet (from 1X-4X) below an indicator of your choice and split-shot as needed;  2) Swinging steelhead flies with a 6-8 wt single hand rod with a floating or intermediate head or sink tip and short 9-12# mono tippet;  and 3) Swinging steelhead flies with a 5-7 wt Spey rod with a floating or intermediate fly line or sink tip, and again using a short 9-12# mono tippet.

    This Rondy is for experienced anglers ONLY and is NOT for current participants in the Learn to Fly Fish Program or other beginners.

    There will be a Steelhead Clinic presented by George Revel at the clubhouse (date tbd). Gear and trip logistics will be covered in detail there.

    The weather can be very cold. Bring multi-layers and good rain gear. 

    The cost is $262.50, which includes a non-refundable $25 fee for this one day Rondy, which covers the guide cost (& lunch), but not the guide's gratuity. To sign up for the Saturday, November 4th Rondy 1, simply register & pay on this webpage. (To sign up for the Sunday, November 5th Rondy 2, click on that event on the club events calendar.) 

    For additional information, contact either:                         George Revel (415-483-2278 George@lostcoastoutfitters.com) or                                   Jerry Saltzgaber (415-866-8214 2sfgabers.ggacc@gmail.com).



    • 05 Nov 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Weaverville, 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

    There are two (2) one-day Steelhead guided "float trip" rondies planned for the Trinity River. This one will be on Sunday, November 5, 2016. The first rondy will be on Saturday November 4 (sign up for that one on a separate event page). 

    The plan is to have participants for both Rondies 1&2 attend a no-host dinner Saturday night at the new restaurant in Indian Creek Lodge, since many of the group are likely to try to stay at this lodge (on CA-299 east of Douglas City, CA) and it is really too far to drive up there on the morning of the rondy to be able to arrive timely or to drive home that night after a long day on the water.  We also caution you to make your own lodging reservations early. 

    We held a similar back-to-back float trips the past two years. It was generally a success -- good guides, some fish caught (more the previous year than last year), and we had a great get-together at dinner.

    There are several options for fishing for Steelhead in the fall: 1) Indicator nymph fishing using a 5-7 wt. single hand fly rod with floating line and Fluorocarbon tippet (from 1X-4X) below an indicator of your choice and split-shot as needed;  2) Swinging steelhead flies with a 6-8 wt single hand rod with a floating or intermediate head or sink tip and short 9-12# mono tippet;  and 3) Swinging steelhead flies with a 5-7 wt Spey rod with a floating or intermediate fly line or sink tip, and again using a short 9-12# mono tippet.

    This Rondy is for experienced anglers ONLY and is NOT for current participants in the Learn to Fly Fish Program or other beginners.

    There will be a Steelhead Clinic presented by George Revel at the clubhouse (date tbd). Gear and trip logistics will be covered in detail there.

    The weather can be very cold. Bring multi-layers and good rain gear. 

    The cost is $262.50, which includes a non-refundable $25 fee for this one day Rondy, which covers the guide cost (& lunch), but not the guide's gratuity. To sign up for the Sunday, November 5 Rondy 2, simply register & pay on this webpage. (To sign up for the Saturday, November 4th Rondy 1, click on that event on the club events calendar.) 

    For additional information, contact either:                         George Revel (415-483-2278 George@lostcoastoutfitters.com) or                                   Jerry Saltzgaber (415-866-8214 2sfgabers.ggacc@gmail.com).



    • 08 Nov 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • 09 Nov 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Trinity River near Junction City
    • 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

    This rondy is an excellent opportunity for Walk-and Wade fly fishing for Steelhead on the Trinity River near Junction City, CA.  Bill Corkery, a GGACC Member, knows the area well and can take up to 4 anglers on this two-day fishing trip. The opportunity exists to catch both adult and smaller (i.e. "1/2 pound") steelhead.

    There are several options for how to fly fishing for steelhead on this wading trip: 1) Indicator nymph fishing with a  5-7wt single hand rod with floating line and Fluoro tippet (1X-4X) and split-shot below an indicator; 2) Swinging steelhead flies with a 6-8wt single hand rod and floating or intermediate head line and sink tips with short 8-12# mono tippet; or 3) Swinging flies with a 5-7wt Spey rod with floating or intermediate fly line & sink tips with short 8-12# mono tippet. 

    This Rondy is for experienced anglers ONLY and is NOT for current participants in the Learn to Fly Fish Program or other beginners. 

    We will be staying at a motel in Weaverville, CA. There will be a rondy pre-meeting at the clubhouse to discuss gear and the trip logistics -- date tbd.

    The weather can be very cold. Bring multi-layers and good rain gear.

    The fee for this Rondy is a non-refundable $25. In addition to providing all your own gear, flies, and waders, there will be additional expenses for getting your own motel room and all food, and of course, travel expenses.

    For additional information contact: Bill Corkery                    cel-650-245-6980  home-650-344-9633  billcorkery@att.net

Questions? Please direct your inquiries to the appropriate mail box:

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software