REGISTRATION FOR THIS 2018 CLASS IS ON A FIRST-COME BASIS ONLY. THE DATE AND TIME THAT ONLINE REGISTRATION WILL OPEN WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE OCT. & NOV. FREE CASTING LESSONS.
Note: GG Angler's Lodge (Board Room) and two ponds (center & east) are reserved exclusively for this scheduled event for those registered club members participating in this year's Learn to Fly Fish program.
This Class Day 1 will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018, and Class Day 2 will be held on Sat., March 17, 2018.
This Step 1 "Beginner Class" is intended for the first-year fly fisher in the GGACC's 3-yr. long "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) Program. This program offers classroom instruction in each of the first two years, as well as a number of mentored or guided fish-outs. This educational program is designed to help the Beginner (1st yr.) or Novice (2nd yr.) fly fisher to transition from the free casting lessons on the club ponds to fly fishing in a wide variety of fisheries available in Northern California especially. It is also a wonderful way to gain new friends and life-long fishing buddies.
This LTFF Program is offered to new or current club members only and, in addition to the membership dues, does require the payment of fees as needed to cover the club's costs for hosting or reserving different events, both for class instruction and fish-outs. The Beginner Class Day cost is $100 total for the two days of classroom and specialized casting instruction.
Participation in this Learn to Fly Fish program generally requires the ability to make basic casts to at least 35-40', including both roll casts and overhead casts as taught by the club in the Beginner and Novice sections of the monthly free public casting lessons (typ. on every 2nd Saturday of each month, see club calendar to register for these casting classes).
The Beginners Class this year will have two class days of instruction, held both in the clubhouse and on the ponds, on Saturday, March 3, 2018, and on Saturday, March 17, 2018. These classes will cover basic gear, knots, entomology, reading the water, and wading safety, as well as specialized casting techniques. Club mentors will work with you to help prepare you for the planned "mentored" fish-outs to be offered later in the year.
The total fee for both Beginner Class Days is $100, which covers the cost of instructional materials and a good lunch each day. Registering and paying for the 1st Class Day on March 3rd also covers registration for the 2nd Class Day on March 17th.
The cost of the separately posted fish-outs will be listed on their event pages, but typically run from $100-200 depending on the destination. These fees do not cover any equipment costs, guide gratuities, driving expenses, certain meals, and any campground or motel costs. Only students who have registered for the class days will receive emailed notices of when the Beginner fish-outs are first opened for sign-up and payment.
We will be teaching classes for both the Beginners (1st yr students) and Novices (2nd yr, or by approval) on the same (2) dates again this year, with each class rotating between the clubhouse and ponds on a half-day basis.
Beginners will start their first class day in the classroom from 8:30AM to Noon. So please arrive promptly to get a name badge and seat.
For the afternoon session (1:00-4:00PM) of Class Day 1, you will be getting casting instruction in the ponds that's tailored to what you need to know for your fish-outs this year. Bring your fly rod (we recommend a 9' long 5wt -- but a 4 or 6wt will suffice -- with reel, floating line, and a 0X-3X tapered practice leader that's at least 6' lg), or you may borrow a club rod for this casting session, and also waders and boots if you have them. Owning your own "breathable-fabric, stocking-foot chest waders" and a pair of good wading boots (felt-soled or rubber-soled with cleats) will allow you to get the most benefit out of this specialized casting instruction.
REGISTER QUICKLY on the announced opening date & time of online registration for the March 3rd Beginner Class Day 1 to be sure of a spot in this limited class. Class size will be generally limited to the first 20 people to sign up.
You must be a club member in good standing to BOTH register for and to participate in this program. You can join or renew club membership anytime after Nov.1 for the entire 2018 calendar year by clicking on the "Join us" tab on the Home Page.
Students who have registered for a 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 collect. Since fish-outs are planned and paid for in advance, club refunds are NOT generally possible.
For further information, contact:
John Murphy, LLTF Program Dir., (firstname.lastname@example.org)