Events

Attention: there are new changes to how events are submitted to the GGACC events calendar. If you would like to host/schedule a lesson, dinner, fish out, Rondy or any other type of Club related event, you must fill out the Event Submission form. Emailing the Events Coordinator or any other Board Member directly will no longer receive a response. Out of respect to the Events Coordinator's time, there will be no exceptions. The form must be completed in full to be considered for the Events Calendar.

Once the Event Submission form is completely filled out and submitted, it will be reviewed by the Events Coordinator -- or applicable party -- on a first come, first served basis. Please note that the Events Coordinator and all other positions at the Club are of a volunteer nature, done in spare time. Please submit your event as early as possible.

Upcoming events

    • 09 Aug 2017
    • 24 Jan 2018
    • 13 sessions
    • GGACC West Pond + Angler's Lodge Board Room

    Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) program classes for disabled veterans are being held by GGACC volunteers, in cooperation with SF VA Medical Center, every other Wednesday from 10:00AM to 2:00PM at the Anglers' Lodge located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park

    Classes include fly casting, fly tying, and other fly fishing related activities, and will utilize the main meeting room in the lodge, the kitchen, and the West casting pond. 

    These classes are open to ONLY those disabled veterans and disabled active service personnel identified, selected, and determined to be qualified "participants" by the SF VA Medical Center, as well as to only those GGACC members who have volunteered their time and skills to assist with the club's PHWFF program. 

    The classes are free for all qualified vet participants, but are limited to 16 registrants.  Registration for this program is by appointment via the contact person:  Henry Little  hplittle@gmail.com

    Club members wishing to volunteer their services to help with, or to make a donation in support of, this PHWFF program should contact:  Henry Little  hplittle@gmail.com

    • 16 Dec 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Angler's Lodge

    Angler's Lodge is reserved for club use on Sat., Dec. 16 from 1-5pm.  Contact Willy George, GGACC President, with any questions. 

    • 20 Dec 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Anglers Lodge locker room

    The Anglers Lodge locker and meeting rooms are reserved for this event on this evening.  

    This is the 6th and final Wednesday night session for this workshop. (There was no class on Weds., Nov. 15, 2017.)

    For a description of this Rod Building class, what is planned for each session, and to register for this workshop, see the Nov. 8th class posting for Session 1. 

    This limited class is CLOSED to all who were not previously registered for it on the Nov. 8th posting.


    • 21 Dec 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Anglers Lodge

    The Anglers Lodge locker and meeting rooms are reserved for this event on this evening.  

    This is the 5th of (6) Thursday night sessions for this workshop. (There was no class on Thurs., Nov. 23, 2017.)

    For a description of this Rod Building class, what is planned for each session, and to register for this workshop, see the Nov. 16th class posting for Session 1. 

    This limited class is CLOSED to all who have not previously registered for it.  See the Nov. 16th posting about getting into another class.    


    • 28 Dec 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Anglers Lodge

    The Anglers Lodge locker and meeting rooms are reserved for this event on this evening.  

    This is the last of (6) Thursday night sessions for this workshop. (There was no class on Thurs., Nov. 23, 2017.)

    For a description of this Rod Building class, what is planned for each session, and to register for this workshop, see the Nov. 16th class posting for Session 1. 

    This limited class is CLOSED to all who have not previously registered for it.  See the Nov. 16th posting about getting into another class.  


    • 02 Jan 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • online registration only
    • 1

    This posted event is ONLY for signing up the 2018 year’s class of Intermediate students for the "Learn to Fly Fish" Program and only current  LTFF Novice students are eligible.  

    The “Learn to Fly Fish”  (Step 3) Intermediate Class offers more guided or mentored, but also slightly more challenging “fish-outs” to primarily those LTFF program students who participated in last year’s (Step 2) Novice Class. 

    These fish-outs are educational trips, not intended for more experienced club members (who can participate in the club’s Rendezvous program) or for beginners.  There are no required ‘class days’ (classroom instruction) for Intermediate Class, but there will be several special free clinics offered to help prepare for these fish-outs.

    If there are still spots in this Intermediate Class available after last year’s registered Novice students have been given a chance to sign up, then any remaining spots may be filled by previous year’s Intermediates wishing to repeat or possibly attend those fish-outs that they may have missed out on previously. However, we must limit the size of this class to only 15 persons (on a first-come, first-served basis) since the venues we book and the various fish-out destinations are necessarily restricted to somewhat fewer numbers than this.

    The Intermediate Class is the 3rd year of the typically 3-year long LTFF program in which we continue to expand the students’ fly fishing experiences to target more species in different waters.  Our goal is to give the LTFF program graduates the confidence and experience to go fly fishing wherever they may choose to follow their passion, and to help them to hopefully find long-time fishing buddies among their classmates to do this with.

    The Intermediate class fish-outs will be separately described and posted for registration on their respective dates on the club calendar as they are finalized.  The registered class members will get email alerts for signing up for all fish-outs so you won't need to keep checking the calendar for them.

    In addition to the fees charged for the cost of individual fish-outs (kept as low as possible through club or educational discounts, group camp site reservations, etc.), there is a class signup fee of $125 to cover the various administrative costs of this program.  

    You must register on this event site (Feb. 10) to be included in the 2016 Intermediate Class BEFORE signing up for any of the coming (Step 3) Intermediate fish-outs – so don’t dawdle or you may be left out.  A wait list will be generated for those unfortunate souls too late to be the first 15 people to sign-up.

    This year’s Intermediates will have chances to fish in five or more fish-outs within California and at least two out-of-state. Expect fish-outs for Lohantan cutthroats in Pyramid Lake, shad fishing on the Sac River, surf fishing in Pacifica, steelhead fishing on the Trinity (and possibly Feather), striper fishing at O'Neill Forebay, tight lining on the Truckee River, and hopefully more. 

    The highlight of the program, and everyone’s goal to try to get to (and back to!), is our trip to Montana on July 7-9 to fish the Missouri River, a blue-ribbon tailwater. That trip includes a four-night (Fri.-Mon.) stay in a large rented house right on the river, catered dinners, and best of all, three days of drift fishing with dries, nymphs, hoppers, etc. for feisty rainbows and big browns with really top-notch guides.

    Usual rules and disclaimers:  You must be a GGACC club member in good standing (i.e., annual dues paid for the current calendar year) to participate in this program.  Since there will likely be a few more class members than available spots for every fish-out, you are never guaranteed a spot on any particular fish-out; all registrations will be on a first-come basis only.  There will be no refunds of fees for your class or fish-out registrations unless your replacement can be found.  (We will assist with this as much as we can with emails and wait lists, but otherwise it is solely up to you to find your replacement and recoup whatever you are able to for your spot.)

    As noted above, class size is very limited so SIGN UP NOW to ensure yourself of another spot in this terrific program – only then can you join us for more great times together while learning ever more about fly fishing.

    For questions, contact John Murphy (jmurphy7599@gmail.com

    • 04 Jan 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Angler's Lodge
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    The Anglers Lodge locker room is reserved for this event on this evening.

    This is the 1st of (6) Thursday night sessions for this Rod Building Workshop #9, taught by Larry Kenney or one of more of his proteges and offered to currently active club members only.  

    There are currently three separate classes (Workshops #7, 8, & 9) posted on the club calendar, but each workshop is offered on a different set of nights or dates.  The registrants for this Workshop #9 may NOT attend any sessions of either of the other two workshops without prior written approval from that session's instructor.   Note: There will be NO class on Thurs., Jan. 11 (while components are sourced)

    Learn to build a fly rod by doing it

    Participants will be taken through everything from choosing and purchasing a blank and components to installing reel seats, making cork grips, wrapping guides and finishing guide wraps.  There is no fee for this class, but the participants are responsible for acquiring their own blanks, components, and a few simple tools -- which will be discussed in the first class.  

    This Jan. 4 through Feb. 15, 2018 Workshop #9 is limited to 6 club members via online registration only.  Register for this FIRST class session ONLY for enrollment in all 6 sessions of Workshop #9. 

    If there is no large Register button showing on the left side of this screen now, the class has filled.  However, you may wish to sign the online Wait List since any drop-outs before the first session will be replaced from this list in the order that they signed it.  The Wait List will only be generated when the registration closes because the class has filled. Those on the Wait List for this class may also be contacted about their interest in any future class when that has been scheduled. 

    Class dates and the expected subjects to be covered and the corresponding class activity in each session for this workshop are:

    Jan. 4 - Introduction -- Choosing the right blank and components

    Jan. 18 - Assembling components -- Reel seats/Cork

    Jan. 25 - Making the grip -- Cork/Turn

    Feb. 1 - Rod wrapping -- Wrap 

    Feb. 8 - Rod wrapping --Wrap/Coat

    Feb. 15 - Finishing -- Coat

    For those inclined to book learning, Larry recommends reading: Art Scheck's Fly Rod Building Made Easy,  published by Countryman Press (2002 and 2014)

    For any questions about this workshop, please contact:

    Larry Kenney at  lmkenney@earthlink.net 

    • 06 Jan 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge (boardroom) & center pond

    GGACC's Spey Angler Program is unique, in that its goal is to actually teach anglers how to fish with a double-handed rod. This one weekend-long class is more than a casting lesson.

    On Saturday we will cover the fundamentals of Spey in a classroom setting, then quickly move to the ponds to learn the fundamental Spey casts.

    Sunday we head to Sacramento's American River and learn to fish the casts learned on Saturday. We then add sink tips to replicate real world conditions. Also covered are rotation fishing, river courtesy, and fighting and landing steelhead and salmon.

    We meet Saturday at 9AM in the Anglers Lodge meeting room, dressed in waders (leave spiked boots outside), and after some classroom instruction, we'll get into the water from 10AM to 4PM with appropriate breaks. On Sunday we meet on the American River at 8:30 AM at a location in the Sacramento area to be provided to the group on Saturday (bring a camp chair for this). 

    Your instructors will be Bill Gallogly and other volunteers (possibly Bob Pauli and Steve Morikawa).

    Enrollment is by approved appointment only in response to your request to be admitted into a specific class as emailed to Bill Gallogly at slazanger2@icloud.com and the subsequent submission and potential approval of the provided questionnaire regarding your fishing experience and single-handed casting skill.  Please list the word "Spey" in the subject line of your emails.

    Each class will be limited to 5 students due to space issues in the ponds and on the river.

    There is a $100 fee for this program. If notified of your approval for registering for this class, you will be given a club website link to make an online payment of this fee via credit card or PayPal. (Personal checks are no longer accepted.) 

    Bring your own waders, eyewear, hat, and lunches each day, but students may use the club's Spey rods each class day, both in the ponds and on the river. 

    A full description of this Spey Angler Program (and the follow-up Spey Improver Program) is posted on the club's website under the Events tab. 

    For any further questions about this class, email Bill Gallogly  slazanger2@icloud.com

    • 07 Jan 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • American River, location TBD

    This 2nd session of the Spey Angler Program's class that began on Saturday, January 6, 2018, will be held on the American River on Sunday, January 7, beginning at 8:30AM at a place to be announced in the previous day's class.  

    Bring camp chair and lunch in addition to the gear required for the previous day's class. 

    This program is by appointment only.  See the previous day's event posting for details.  

    • 09 Jan 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Angler's Lodge locker room.

    THIS MEETING DATE WAS RESCHEDULED FROM AN EARLIER 11/9/17 DATE. 

    A meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 9, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm for all GGACC Club members who have already been, or may wish to become, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing-San Francisco Program volunteers. 

    In this meeting, we will review the PHWFF-SF Program's 2017 activities and discuss plans for the Program's 2018 activities. A draft 2018 plan/budget will be reviewed (and thus hopefully improved), and refreshments (beverages and appetizers) will be served. 

    The club's new Project Healing Waters Program got off to a terrific start earlier this year, and is poised to offer for an even more robust array of activities to assist disabled veterans in the year to come. 

    Please join us!

    For questions about this event, contact  Henry Little  hplittle@gmail.com


    • 13 Jan 2018
    • 08 Dec 2018
    • 12 sessions
    • Anglers Lodge board room, Golden Gate Park

    This is the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Directors for the Golden Gate Casting & Angling Club, for which the meeting room in the Anglers Lodge is reserved from 8-9am.  

    GGACC members are welcome to attend.  Please contact the club president (Willy George, busygeorges@aol.com) if you have any new business to present to the Board. 

    • 13 Jan 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GGACC Angler's Lodge and Casting Pools
    Register

    1. Casting classes are usually held on the Second Saturday of each month, and they are open to BOTH club members and to the general public. There is no charge for these lessons. Besides pre-registering online for each session that you plan to attend, please re-check the website for possible late changes in the dates. 

    2. Casting classes are a "go", whether rain, wind, snow or shine. 

    3. Please wear eye protection. 

    4. Classes will be divided into four groups (the classes will be held concurrently): 

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

    5. If you are interested in joining the casting instructor group or training for IFFF Casting Instructor (CI) certification, please contact Willy George.

    6. At the present, the classes are limited to instruction in the use of a single handed rod. 

    7. We have free single-handed fly casting equipment at the club to loan out for these lessons only (in exchange for holding your drivers license); however, if you intend to take advantage of this limited free equipment, please try to arrive by 8:45 AM. 

    8. You should always check the website beforehand to make certain that the monthly class has not been moved forward or backward a week or two due to conflicts with other events (i.e., the Outside Lands Concert in early August). 

    9. FINALLY, please pre-register [in order to help determine the number of needed instructors] via the "Register" link on this page. 

    For any questions, contact John C. Till at johnctill@comcast.net or by phone at 650-348-1216.

    Directions:  For directions to the ponds, go to the Location page 


    • 13 Jan 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Angler's Lodge and Middle Casting Pond
    Cost: free.  This event is open to the public. 
    Registration for this particular 2-hour special event this month is NOT being requested as typically required for most monthly Skills Building programs. Also note that the 1:00-3:00pm start & end times are also a little different than the usual times for other Skills Building classes.  

    The Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT) is an international conservation organization dedicated to protecting and restoring bonefish, tarpon, and permit fisheries and habitats.  BTT’s Director of Science and Conservation, TV personality and author, Dr. Aaron Adams will be joining GGACC’s Master Casting Instructor Willy George for this two-hour outdoor seminar featuring saltwater fly casting techniques and stealthy saltwater presentations targeting three species - bonefish, tarpon, and permit.

    Later in the afternoon, inside the Angler’s Lodge, BTT will be presenting additional information about their many research projects and initiatives.  They have generously offered to host dinner that evening.  See the separate Events Calendar posting for the 3 - 6 PM activity on the GGACC calendar and please register for that event to help us arrange the proper amount for food & beverages.

    For more information, contact GGACC President, Willy George at busygeorges@aol.com 



    • 13 Jan 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Angler's Lodge
    Register

    Cost:  free.  This event is open to the public for online registration. 

    Join Bonefish & Tarpon Trust for an afternoon and evening with the Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club.  The Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT) is an international conservation organization dedicated to protecting and restoring bonefish, tarpon, and permit fisheries and habitats.  BTT is heading our way for a day of saltwater fly casting, fly tying, and saltwater fishing presentations plus food and beverages.  BTT’s Director of Science and Conservation, TV personality and author, Dr. Aaron Adams has put together a full afternoon of insightful presentations to instruct GGACC members on the joys and intricacies of saltwater flats fishing with a fly rod.  In addition to BTT’s presence, Willy George and other FFI certified expert casters will be on hand to fine-tune your stealthy, saltwater presentations.  

    Please mark your calendars for Saturday, January 13, 2018.  Food, drinks, and flats fishing knowledge will be provided!  Festivities begin at 1:00 PM with a special-edition Skill Building Program on Saltwater Flats Fly Fishing (see that separate 1:00 - 3:00 PM calendar entry for details), followed by fly tying demonstrations, a flats fishing slideshow, and BTT presentations regarding their important conservation work. The day concludes with a relaxed, free dinner starting at 5 PM.  

    Please be sure to REGISTER for this presentations / free dinner event to help BTT arrange the proper amount of food & beverages.

    Here is the schedule for the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Presentations and Dinner:

    • 1 - 3 PM Fly Fishing Skill Building Program - Saltwater Flats Fly Fishing - Dr. Aaron Adams & Willy George
    • 3 - 4 PM Fly Tying Demonstration & Flats Fishing Slideshow - Dr. Aaron Adams
    • 4 - 5 PM Bonefish & Tarpon Trust presents information about their many research projects and initiatives protecting and restoring bonefish, tarpon, and permit fisheries and habitats - Dr. Aaron Adams (BTT Director of Science and Conservation) & Mark Rehbein (BTT Director of Development)
    • 5 - 6 PM Dinner hosted by the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust

    For more information, contact GGACC President, Willy George at busygeorges@aol.com

    • 17 Jan 2018
    • 21 Jan 2018
    • Center pond

    Program to be confirmed by Libby Wolfensperger.

    • 18 Jan 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Anglers Lodge

    The Anglers Lodge locker room is reserved for this event on this evening.  

    This is the 2nd of (6) Thursday night sessions for this workshop. (There was no class on Thurs., Jan. 11, 2018.)

    For a description of this Rod Building class, what is planned for each session, and to register for this workshop, see the Jan. 4th class posting for Session 1. 

    This limited class is CLOSED to all who have not previously registered for it.  See the Jan. 4th posting about getting into another class.  


    • 25 Jan 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Anglers Lodge

    The Anglers Lodge locker room is reserved for this event on this evening.  

    This is the 3rd of (6) Thursday night sessions for this workshop. (There was no class on Thurs., Jan. 11, 2018.)

    For a description of this Rod Building class, what is planned for each session and to register for this workshop, see the Jan. 4th class posting for Session 1. 

    This limited class is CLOSED to all who have not previously registered for it.  See the Jan. 4th posting about getting into another class.    


    • 27 Jan 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge (boardroom) & center pond

    GGACC's Spey Angler Program is unique, in that its goal is to actually teach anglers how to fish with a double-handed rod. This one weekend-long class is more than a casting lesson.

    On Saturday we will cover the fundamentals of Spey in a classroom setting, then quickly move to the ponds to learn the fundamental Spey casts.

    Sunday we head to Sacramento's American River and learn to fish the casts learned on Saturday. We then add sink tips to replicate real world conditions. Also covered are rotation fishing, river courtesy, and fighting and landing steelhead and salmon.

    We meet Saturday at 9AM in the Anglers Lodge meeting room, dressed in waders (leave spiked boots outside), and after some classroom instruction, we'll get into the water from 10AM to 4PM with appropriate breaks. On Sunday we meet on the American River at 8:30 AM at a location in the Sacramento area to be provided to the group on Saturday (bring a camp chair for this). 

    Your instructors will be Bill Gallogly and other volunteers (possibly Bob Pauli and Steve Morikawa).

    Enrollment is by approved appointment only in response to your request to be admitted into a specific class as emailed to Bill Gallogly at slazanger2@icloud.com and the subsequent submission and potential approval of the provided questionnaire regarding your fishing experience and single-handed casting skill.  Please list the word "Spey" in the subject line of your emails.

    Each class will be limited to 5 students due to space issues in the ponds and on the river.

    There is a $100 fee for this program. If notified of your approval for registering for this class, you will be given a club website link to make an online payment of this fee via credit card or PayPal. (Personal checks are no longer accepted.) 

    Bring your own waders, eyewear, hat, and lunches each day, but students may use the club's Spey rods each class day, both in the ponds and on the river. 

    A full description of this Spey Angler Program (and the follow-up Spey Improver Program) is posted on the club's website under the Events tab. 

    For any further questions about this class, email Bill Gallogly  slazanger2@icloud.com

    • 28 Jan 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • American River, location TBD

    This 2nd session of the Spey Angler Program's class that began on Saturday, January 6, 2018, will be held on the American River on Sunday, January 7, beginning at 8:30AM at a place to be announced in the previous day's class.  

    Bring camp chair and lunch in addition to the gear required for the previous day's class. 

    This program is by appointment only.  See the previous day's event posting for details.  

    • 01 Feb 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Anglers Lodge

    The Anglers Lodge locker and meeting rooms are reserved for this event on this evening. 

    This is the 4th of (6) Thursday night sessions for this workshop. (There was no class on Thurs., Jan. 11, 2018.)

    For a description of this Rod Building class, what is planned for each session, and to register for this workshop, see the Jan. 4th class posting for Session 1. 

    This limited class is CLOSED to all who have not previously registered for it.  See the Jan. 4th posting about getting into another class.  

      


    • 04 Feb 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • GGACC casting ponds and lodge locker room

    Fun and friendly casting competition held in conjunction with the Oakland Casting Club, but open to any registered person who would like to participate and test their skill against others -- all are welcome, including beginning casters!

    The casting games at the GGACC casting ponds are typically held on the first Sunday of each month (except 2nd. Sunday in Sept.) from 9am-2pm.  This event will have priority use of the Lodge locker room and all casting ponds during these hours.

    There is a $1 entry fee required for each casting event that you choose to compete in -- to be paid to the event host. Registration is by appointment via the contact person below. 

    All GGACC Casting Games will be conducted under ACA rules and will be ACA "registered" events (UON).

    To REGISTER, or for further information or rules explanation, please contact:  Alice Gillibert  alicegillibert@comcast.net

    • 07 Feb 2018
    • 19 Sep 2018
    • 17 sessions
    • GGACC West Pond + Angler's Lodge Board Room

    Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) program classes for disabled veterans are being held by GGACC volunteers, in cooperation with SF VA Medical Center, every other Wednesday from 10:00AM to 2:00PM at the Anglers' Lodge located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park

    Classes include fly casting, fly tying, and other fly fishing related activities, and will utilize the main meeting room in the lodge, the kitchen, and the West casting pond. 

    These classes are open to ONLY those disabled veterans and disabled active service personnel identified, selected, and determined to be qualified "participants" by the SF VA Medical Center, as well as to only those GGACC members who have volunteered their time and skills to assist with the club's PHWFF program. 

    The classes are free for all qualified vet participants, but are limited to 16 registrants.  Registration for this program is by appointment via the contact person:  Henry Little  hplittle@gmail.com

    Club members wishing to volunteer their services to help with, or to make a donation in support of, this PHWFF program should contact:  Henry Little  hplittle@gmail.com

    • 08 Feb 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Anglers Lodge

    The Anglers Lodge locker and meeting rooms are reserved for this event on this evening.  

    This is the 5th of (6) Thursday night sessions for this workshop. (There was no class on Thurs., Jan. 11, 2018.)

    For a description of this Rod Building class, what is planned for each session, and to register for this workshop, see the Jan. 4th class posting for Session 1. 

    This limited class is CLOSED to all who have not previously registered for it.  See the Jan. 4th posting about getting into another class.    


    • 10 Feb 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GGACC Angler's Lodge and Casting Pools
    Register

    1. Casting classes are usually held on the Second Saturday of each month, and they are open to BOTH club members and to the general public. There is no charge for these lessons. Besides pre-registering online for each session that you plan to attend, please re-check the website for possible late changes in the dates. 

    2. Casting classes are a "go", whether rain, wind, snow or shine. 

    3. Please wear eye protection. 

    4. Classes will be divided into four groups (the classes will be held concurrently): 

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

    5. If you are interested in joining the casting instructor group or training for IFFF Casting Instructor (CI) certification, please contact Willy George.

    6. At the present, the classes are limited to instruction in the use of a single handed rod. 

    7. We have free single-handed fly casting equipment at the club to loan out for these lessons only (in exchange for holding your drivers license); however, if you intend to take advantage of this limited free equipment, please try to arrive by 8:45 AM. 

    8. You should always check the website beforehand to make certain that the monthly class has not been moved forward or backward a week or two due to conflicts with other events (i.e., the Outside Lands Concert in early August). 

    9. FINALLY, please pre-register [in order to help determine the number of needed instructors] via the "Register" link on this page. 

    For any questions, contact John C. Till at johnctill@comcast.net or by phone at 650-348-1216.

    Directions:  For directions to the ponds, go to the Location page 


    • 10 Feb 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Angler's Lodge
    Register
    Cost: free.  This event is open to the public to register. 

    This Skills Building program is designed to enhance one's practical knowledge of the sport and to assist all fly fishers wishing to become more successful when out on the lakes and streams. Varying topics are presented by an experienced fly fisher with extensive knowledge about the specific topic.  

    Unless there will be no program offered in a particular month, this event is typically held on the 2nd Saturday of each month following the free public casting lessons.  

    The program description will be posted here as soon as it has been set. All participants are requested to register for this event beforehand (whether or not there is any limit shown on the registration for this event) in order to gauge the expected size of the audience.

    For further info about this event, contact:
    Garth Thompson mailto:recondite@gmail.com

    Mark Donahue  mwdonahue@yahoo.com


    • 15 Feb 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Anglers Lodge

    The Anglers Lodge locker and meeting rooms are reserved for this event on this evening.  

    This is the last of (6) Thursday night sessions for this workshop. (There was no class on Thurs., Jan. 11, 2018.)

    For a description of this Rod Building class, what is planned for each session, and to register for this workshop, see the Jan. 4th class posting for Session 1. 

    This limited class is CLOSED to all who have not previously registered for it.  See the Jan. 4th posting about getting into another class.  


    • 17 Feb 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 18 Feb 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Long Beach, CA

    Beginners welcome!  Contact Alice Gillibert for info:  510-452-5181

    • 03 Mar 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge and the Center & East Ponds
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    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.

    Notes:  

    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., (jmurphy7599@gmail.com)


    • 03 Mar 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge (Board Room) & Ponds (center & east only)
    • 3

    THE NOVICE CLASS REGISTRATION WILL NOT BE OPENING UP ON DEC. 4, 2017.  All remaining openings in next year's 2018 LTFF Novice are reserved for those who have petitioned for and are pre-approved by the program director to initially join the program in the 2nd year based on their prior experience.  

    Novices' Class Day 1 will be Saturday, March 3, 2018 and Novice Class Day 2 will be held on Sat., March 17, as also shown on the calendar now. 

    This Step 2 - Novice Class is primarily for the 2nd year student in the GGACC's typically 3-year long fly fishing instructional program. This event is the 1st of two "class days" for the 2nd year (Novice) students in the "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) program.  The two-day Novice Class cost is $125.

    This Step 2 Novice class and all scheduled Novice fish-outs are open to club members only, and primarily only to those students who were in last year's Step 1 Beginners' Class or someone from last year's Novice Class who wishes to repeat this class to polish their skills before moving up to the Step 3 Intermediate Class next year.  

    This class will be limited to 20 students.  Priority goes to last year's Beginners but, if there are still class openings after January 1st, other club members who possess basic fly fishing knowledge and casting skill (i.e., they know how to rig up and fish nymph and dry-dropper set-ups and wade fish small rivers on their own) may be allowed to join this class upon approval of the LTFF program director  (Email the contact below to initiate such request.)

    The Novice Class Days are designed to advance the beginner in the art of fly fishing and these two scheduled class days (Saturday, March 3, and Saturday, March 17) will provide both classroom instruction and specialized casting instruction as preparation for each scheduled Novice Class Fish-out. As such, participation in these class days is a prerequisite to attending the Novice fish-outs. Signing up for the March 3 class automatically registers you for the second class day. 

    This class and most fish-outs in the LTFF program do require the payment of fees to cover only the club's costs for hosting or reserving each event. The $125 fee for this two-day class covers all the classroom instructional materials and lunches, and can be paid online via PayPal when registering for this Novice class on the March 4th date.

    The Novice Class Days will take a more advanced look at gear, entomology, reading water, knots, and similar topics. Club mentors will work with the students "in" the ponds to learn to cast tighter loops, make mends and specialized casts, and haul and shoot line. 

    The first class day (Mar. 3) will begin with "in-pond" casting instruction from 8:30AM to NOON for the Novice class, so bring waders and boots, in addition to your fly rod (4-7wt, with floating line), eyewear, hat, and appropriate clothingThe second class day (March 17) will start with Novices in the classroom.

    We will be teaching both the Beginner and Novice Classes on the same (2) dates this year again, with each class rotating between the clubhouse and ponds on a half-day basis. A good lunch will be provided for everyone before switching.

    At least (3) mentored or guided Novice fish-outs are being planned for this year, with the possible addition of one or more others. They will be posted to the club calendar and notice provided to registered class members when they can sign up for each fish-out. 

    The opening of registration for next year's LTFF Novice Class (for the current year's registered Beginners Class) and enrollment in this March 3rd Novice Class Day 1 will be announced via personal email to the Beginners in the late fall of 2017.  After this preliminary registration targeted at the current Beginners, any remaining spots in the next year's Novice class are reserved for those who have been pre-approved and invited to first join the program at the Novice class level based on an evaluation by the program director of their prior fly fishing experience and casting skills that may warrant skipping the 1st year. 

    Remember that you must be a current club member for all of 2018 to be eligible to continue to register for and participate in this program (click on the "JOIN" tab on the website home page to find the membership renewal option in the dropdown menu). Annual dues paid in the last 2 months of the current year typically give you active member status for the following calendar year. 

    This 3-year Learn to Fly Fish Program is intended to build on the club's monthly casting instruction offered free to the public and to help club members in those casting classes to better transition from the casting ponds to fishable waters and learn how to fly fish in a wide variety of fisheries in California and other states.  It is also a wonderful way to gain new friends and life-long fishing buddies. 

    The cost of the individual fish-outs will be listed on their separate event pages.  The cost for the Novice fish-outs will range from $100-250, excluding any guide gratuities, driving expense, and campground or motel costs. Only students who have signed up for the class days will receive an email notice of when a fish-out is opened for their online sign-up and payment. 

    Note: There may not be quite enough spots available for all 20 students to attend each fish-out. These spots can only be offered on a first come basis, so you are encouraged to sign up quickly. Students who register and pay for a fish-out and later learn that they can't make it for any reason will be solely responsible for finding their own replacement --including collecting whatever they can get for their spot. Club refunds for classes or fish-outs are NOT generally possible.

    Program Director:
    John Murphy (jmurphy7599@gmail.com)



    • 04 Mar 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • GGACC casting ponds and lodge locker room

    Fun and friendly casting competition held in conjunction with the Oakland Casting Club, but open to any registered person who would like to participate and test their skill against others -- all are welcome, including beginning casters!

    The casting games at the GGACC casting ponds are typically held on the first Sunday of each month (except for Sept. 10) from 9am-2pm.  This event will have priority use of the Lodge locker room and all casting ponds during these hours.

    There is a $1 entry fee required for each casting event that you choose to compete in -- to be paid to the event host. Registration is by appointment via the contact person below. 

    All GGACC Casting Games will be conducted under ACA rules and will be ACA "registered" events (UON).

    To REGISTER, or for further information or rules explanation, please contact:  Alice Gillibert  alicegillibert@comcast.net

    • 10 Mar 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GGACC Angler's Lodge and Casting Pools
    Register

    1. Casting classes are usually held on the Second Saturday of each month, and they are open to BOTH club members and to the general public. There is no charge for these lessons. Besides pre-registering online for each session that you plan to attend, please re-check the website for possible late changes in the dates. 

    2. Casting classes are a "go", whether rain, wind, snow or shine. 

    3. Please wear eye protection. 

    4. Classes will be divided into four groups (the classes will be held concurrently): 

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

    5. If you are interested in joining the casting instructor group or training for IFFF Casting Instructor (CI) certification, please contact Willy George.

    6. At the present, the classes are limited to instruction in the use of a single handed rod. 

    7. We have free single-handed fly casting equipment at the club to loan out for these lessons only (in exchange for holding your drivers license); however, if you intend to take advantage of this limited free equipment, please try to arrive by 8:45 AM. 

    8. You should always check the website beforehand to make certain that the monthly class has not been moved forward or backward a week or two due to conflicts with other events (i.e., the Outside Lands Concert in early August). 

    9. FINALLY, please pre-register [in order to help determine the number of needed instructors] via the "Register" link on this page. 

    For any questions, contact John C. Till at johnctill@comcast.net or by phone at 650-348-1216.

    Directions:  For directions to the ponds, go to the Location page 


    • 10 Mar 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Angler's Lodge
    Register
    Cost: free.  This event is open to the public to register. 

    This Skills Building program is designed to enhance one's practical knowledge of the sport and to assist all fly fishers wishing to become more successful when out on the lakes and streams. Varying topics are presented by an experienced fly fisher with extensive knowledge about the specific topic.  

    Unless there will be no program offered in a particular month, this event is typically held on the 2nd Saturday of each month following the free public casting lessons.  

    The program description will be posted here as soon as it has been set. All participants are requested to register for this event beforehand (whether or not there is any limit shown on the registration for this event) in order to gauge the expected size of the audience.

    For further info about this event, contact:
    Garth Thompson mailto:recondite@gmail.com

    Mark Donahue  mwdonahue@yahoo.com


    • 11 Mar 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM (PDT)
    • Angler's Lodge

    The club's Annual Membership Meeting will be on Sunday, March 11, 2018.  This meeting is being held on the 2nd Sunday in March in accordance with the club's bylaws. 

    NOTE: This is also the first day of Daylight Savings Time so be sure to account for the time change (Spring forward) to not be late for the meeting.  

    The annual membership meeting is a chance for the Board to share with you the highlights of the previous year, introduce anything that needs Membership approval, submit the slate of nominated Board Members for the 2018 (& partial 2019) year for Members' approval and to get input and feedback from Members.


    It's one of the best ways to know more about what's happening at the Club and what you can do to help make it more successful. The event is FREE and no reservation is required. Every attendee will receive a free GGACC patch.

    Agenda
    9:30am-11am   Annual Membership Meeting

    11am-12pm   Free Patches and Social Hour

    12 Noon        Free BBQ (pending cooperative weather)

     

    • 17 Mar 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • American River near Sacramento, CA

    GGACC Spey Improver Program's class #83, on the American River, is scheduled for Saturday, March 17, 2018, starting at 8:30 AM.  

    This free one-day session is directed at those GGACC members who have either taken past GGACC Spey Angler Programs, or who have already had some experience fishing with a two-handed fly rod.

    Items covered will include:  Single Spey and Snake Roll casts with Skagit, Scandi, and Long Belly floating lines. There will also be a focus on casting with the non-dominate hand.

    Interested students should schedule with Bill Gallogly  slazanger2@icloud.com.  Be sure to ask Bill for directions to the specific American River access site for this class.

    If there is a large demand, multiple shifts may be accommodated.

    In addition to your Spey rod, reel, lines, leaders, waders, boots, eyewear, hat, and other sun protection, be sure to bring a lunch and a camp chair.  


    • 17 Mar 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge and the Center & East Ponds

    The 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 event is the 2nd Day of the Step 1 "Beginners" Class instruction for registered students in the "Learn to Fly Fish" Program, taking place all day both in the clubhouse and "in" the casting ponds. It is open to only those eligible club members who signed up and paid for this class on the 1st Class Day event posting for March 3, 2018. 

    The Beginners class will begin their instruction on this Mar. 17 date at 8:30AM on the ponds and then move into the classroom in the afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00PM, while alternating these locations with the Step 2 Novice Class who start their day in the classroom on this date. Lunch will be provided at noon.  Remember to bring your rods and waders, if you have them.

    For further information regarding this event, see the calendar event on March 3rd, 2018, for Step 1 "Beginners" Class Day 1.

    Contacts:  John Murphy, Prog.Dir. (jmurphy7599@gmail.com)


    • 17 Mar 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge (Board Room) & Ponds (center & east only)

    This event is the 2nd Day of the 2-day Step 2 "Novice" Class instruction for registered students in the "Learn to Fly Fish" Program, taking place all day both in the clubhouse and "in" the casting ponds. It is open to only those eligible club members who signed up and paid for this class on the 1st Novice Class Day event posting for March 3, 2018. 

    The Novice class will begin their instruction on this March 17 date at 8:30AM in the clubhouse and then move into the ponds in the afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00PM, while alternating these locations with the Step 1 Beginners Class who start their day "in the ponds" on this date. Lunch will be provided at noon.  Remember to bring your rods and waders!

    For further information regarding this event, see the calendar event on March 3rd, 2018 for the Step 2 "Novice" Class Day 2.

    Contacts:  John Murphy, Prog.Dir. (jmurphy7599@gmail.com)




    • 18 Mar 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GG Casting ponds --all 3 ponds are reserved for this clinic
    Register

    REGISTRATION FOR THIS CLINIC WILL NOT OPEN UNTIL THE 2018 LTFF INTERMEDIATE CLASS REGISTRATION AND THE NOVICE "CLASS DAY 1" REGISTRATION HAVE BEEN OPENED. 

    This Shooting Head and Sinking Line Casting Clinic to be held at 10:00 AM on Sunday, March 18, 2018, is primarily for those registered Novice and Intermediate students in the club's "Learn to Fly Fish" Program who have already acquired the necessary gear for this and are planning to attend the LTFF's Pyramid Lake, Shad, Surf, Delta, or Steelhead fish-outs this year where these casting skills are needed.  

    Rendezvous program participants who plan to attend similar "Rondies" are also welcome to register for this clinic since it will be the only one offered this year.  

    Clinic attendees are reminded to bring your own gear, including waders if you wish to get in the ponds, but also whatever appropriate shooting head or sinking line gear you own now or intend to fish with. This includes rods, reels, lines, leaders, and in particular, shooting heads, running lines, sinking lines, and sink tips.  Don't forget your hats and eyewear for safety reasons.

    There is no fee for this clinic to be hosted by Willy George, but all participants are requested to register for this event in order to plan for the required number of instructors. 

    For more info, contact John Murphy ph. 650-799-1695 jmurphy7599@gmail.com 

    or Willy George, busygeorges@aol.com



    • 27 Mar 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • GGACC casting ponds

    This year's Pond Cleaning will be TUESDAY, March 27, 2018, starting at 7:30 AM. 

    Along with the SF Rec & Parks Dept., we again need lots of good help from the club's membership to get the ponds in shape for Mel's Day on April 14 and the Spey-O-Rama on April 20-22, as well as for all of us and the members of the public who use the ponds.

    Please consider giving the GGACC a few hours of your time.  In return, we will start you out with coffee and breakfast, give you a broom or a shovel to use, or a wheelbarrow to push, or maybe you'd like to be part of the hose crew.  We will break from our work for a delicious lunch and, if need be, finish the job up afterward. 

    If we get enough helpers, we should be able to wrap up our work by 12:30 PM or so, and then take a few "Team" photos and enjoy a nice meal.  SF Rec & Parks Dept. will provide the tools and a handful of employees to help out.  After the ponds are thoroughly cleaned, they will also coordinate or perform:  removal of any aquatic growth in the ponds and repair of cracks in the concrete.  

    All you need to bring is your waders or a pair of rubber boots, maybe a pair of work gloves, and the willingness to get the job done.  That being said, this is necessarily on a weekday and most members who are available on a weekday are retired and perhaps a little less able-bodied. So we really hope that some of our younger members will take the day, or just that morning, off from work to join us.

    We need at least 30 solid commitments to help.  To volunteer for this activity on Tuesday, March 21st from 7:30 AM until early afternoon, please send an email to this year's Pond Cleaning Coordinator:  Pete Howes  petehowes@comcast.net

    Feel free to contact Pete with any questions -- he'll be very glad to hear from you. 


    • 08 Apr 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • GGACC casting ponds and lodge locker room

    Fun and friendly casting competition held in conjunction with the Oakland Casting Club, but open to any registered person who would like to participate and test their skill against others -- all are welcome, including beginning casters!

    The casting games at the GGACC casting ponds are typically held on the first Sunday of each month (except 2nd. Sunday in Sept.) from 9am-2pm.  This event will have priority use of the Lodge locker room and all casting ponds during these hours.

    There is a $1 entry fee required for each casting event that you choose to compete in -- to be paid to the event host. Registration is by appointment via the contact person below. 

    All GGACC Casting Games will be conducted under ACA rules and will be ACA "registered" events (UON).

    To REGISTER, or for further information or rules explanation, please contact:  Alice Gillibert  alicegillibert@comcast.net

    • 14 Apr 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GGACC Angler's Lodge and Casting Pools
    Register

    1. Casting classes are usually held on the Second Saturday of each month, and they are open to BOTH club members and to the general public. There is no charge for these lessons. Besides pre-registering online for each session that you plan to attend, please re-check the website for possible late changes in the dates. 

    2. Casting classes are a "go", whether rain, wind, snow or shine. 

    3. Please wear eye protection. 

    4. Classes will be divided into four groups (the classes will be held concurrently): 

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

    5. If you are interested in joining the casting instructor group or training for IFFF Casting Instructor (CI) certification, please contact Willy George.

    6. At the present, the classes are limited to instruction in the use of a single handed rod. 

    7. We have free single-handed fly casting equipment at the club to loan out for these lessons only (in exchange for holding your drivers license); however, if you intend to take advantage of this limited free equipment, please try to arrive by 8:45 AM. 

    8. You should always check the website beforehand to make certain that the monthly class has not been moved forward or backward a week or two due to conflicts with other events (i.e., the Outside Lands Concert in early August). 

    9. FINALLY, please pre-register [in order to help determine the number of needed instructors] via the "Register" link on this page. 

    For any questions, contact John C. Till at johnctill@comcast.net or by phone at 650-348-1216.

    Directions:  For directions to the ponds, go to the Location page 


    • 14 Apr 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Angler's Lodge
    Register
    Cost: free.  This event is open to the public to register. 

    This Skills Building program is designed to enhance one's practical knowledge of the sport and to assist all fly fishers wishing to become more successful when out on the lakes and streams. Varying topics are presented by an experienced fly fisher with extensive knowledge about the specific topic.  

    Unless there will be no program offered in a particular month, this event is typically held on the 2nd Saturday of each month following the free public casting lessons.  

    The program description will be posted here as soon as it has been set. All participants are requested to register for this event beforehand (whether or not there is any limit shown on the registration for this event) in order to gauge the expected size of the audience.

    For further info about this event, contact:
    Garth Thompson mailto:recondite@gmail.com

    Mark Donahue  mwdonahue@yahoo.com


    • 21 Apr 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • 22 Apr 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Park's Casting Ponds

    The GGACC will again be hosting their annual World Championship of Spey Casting. This international distance casting competition using two-handed Spey rods will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, 2018.  Practice sessions for the competitors will be held on Friday, April 20, with possibly a public presentation that evening.  

    Both members and the public are all invited to attend this event for free to watch the world's best Spey Casters compete.  Exhibitors will be set up around the ponds and there will be a lunch and a breakfast served for a nominal fee (free to competitors) on all three days.  As in past years, there will be Men's, Women's, and Senior Divisions of competition. Registrants will have exclusive use of the ponds on Friday as a practice day and for the duration of the competition. 

    For more information about this big event, please go to the Spey-O-Rama pull-down tab on the club's home page. 

    The casting ponds are located in Golden Gate Park (across from the buffalo paddock) just off John F. Kennedy Drive. 

    If you wish to compete, the registration form is here, you may also reserve a spot by emailing Libby Wolfensperger at elwolfensperger@me.com.

    • 06 May 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • GGACC casting ponds and lodge locker room

    Fun and friendly casting competition held in conjunction with the Oakland Casting Club, but open to any registered person who would like to participate and test their skill against others -- all are welcome, including beginning casters!

    The casting games at the GGACC casting ponds are typically held on the first Sunday of each month (except 2nd. Sunday in Sept.) from 9am-2pm.  This event will have priority use of the Lodge locker room and all casting ponds during these hours.

    There is a $1 entry fee required for each casting event that you choose to compete in -- to be paid to the event host. Registration is by appointment via the contact person below. 

    All GGACC Casting Games will be conducted under ACA rules and will be ACA "registered" events (UON).

    To REGISTER, or for further information or rules explanation, please contact:  Alice Gillibert  alicegillibert@comcast.net

    • 12 May 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GGACC Angler's Lodge and Casting Pools
    Register

    1. Casting classes are usually held on the Second Saturday of each month, and they are open to BOTH club members and to the general public. There is no charge for these lessons. Besides pre-registering online for each session that you plan to attend, please re-check the website for possible late changes in the dates. 

    2. Casting classes are a "go", whether rain, wind, snow or shine. 

    3. Please wear eye protection. 

    4. Classes will be divided into four groups (the classes will be held concurrently): 

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

    5. If you are interested in joining the casting instructor group or training for IFFF Casting Instructor (CI) certification, please contact Willy George.

    6. At the present, the classes are limited to instruction in the use of a single handed rod. 

    7. We have free single-handed fly casting equipment at the club to loan out for these lessons only (in exchange for holding your drivers license); however, if you intend to take advantage of this limited free equipment, please try to arrive by 8:45 AM. 

    8. You should always check the website beforehand to make certain that the monthly class has not been moved forward or backward a week or two due to conflicts with other events (i.e., the Outside Lands Concert in early August). 

    9. FINALLY, please pre-register [in order to help determine the number of needed instructors] via the "Register" link on this page. 

    For any questions, contact John C. Till at johnctill@comcast.net or by phone at 650-348-1216.

    Directions:  For directions to the ponds, go to the Location page 


    • 12 May 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Angler's Lodge
    Register
    Cost: free.  This event is open to the public to register. 

    This Skills Building program is designed to enhance one's practical knowledge of the sport and to assist all fly fishers wishing to become more successful when out on the lakes and streams. Varying topics are presented by an experienced fly fisher with extensive knowledge about the specific topic.  

    Unless there will be no program offered in a particular month, this event is typically held on the 2nd Saturday of each month following the free public casting lessons.  

    The program description will be posted here as soon as it has been set. All participants are requested to register for this event beforehand (whether or not there is any limit shown on the registration for this event) in order to gauge the expected size of the audience.

    For further info about this event, contact:
    Garth Thompson mailto:recondite@gmail.com

    Mark Donahue  mwdonahue@yahoo.com


    • 03 Jun 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • GGACC casting ponds and lodge locker room

    Fun and friendly casting competition held in conjunction with the Oakland Casting Club, but open to any registered person who would like to participate and test their skill against others -- all are welcome, including beginning casters!

    The casting games at the GGACC casting ponds are typically held on the first Sunday of each month (except 2nd. Sunday in Sept.) from 9am-2pm.  This event will have priority use of the Lodge locker room and all casting ponds during these hours.

    There is a $1 entry fee required for each casting event that you choose to compete in -- to be paid to the event host. Registration is by appointment via the contact person below. 

    All GGACC Casting Games will be conducted under ACA rules and will be ACA "registered" events (UON).

    To REGISTER, or for further information or rules explanation, please contact:  Alice Gillibert  alicegillibert@comcast.net

    • 09 Jun 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GGACC Angler's Lodge and Casting Pools
    Register

    1. Casting classes are usually held on the Second Saturday of each month, and they are open to BOTH club members and to the general public. There is no charge for these lessons. Besides pre-registering online for each session that you plan to attend, please re-check the website for possible late changes in the dates. 

    2. Casting classes are a "go", whether rain, wind, snow or shine. 

    3. Please wear eye protection. 

    4. Classes will be divided into four groups (the classes will be held concurrently): 

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

    5. If you are interested in joining the casting instructor group or training for IFFF Casting Instructor (CI) certification, please contact Willy George.

    6. At the present, the classes are limited to instruction in the use of a single handed rod. 

    7. We have free single-handed fly casting equipment at the club to loan out for these lessons only (in exchange for holding your drivers license); however, if you intend to take advantage of this limited free equipment, please try to arrive by 8:45 AM. 

    8. You should always check the website beforehand to make certain that the monthly class has not been moved forward or backward a week or two due to conflicts with other events (i.e., the Outside Lands Concert in early August). 

    9. FINALLY, please pre-register [in order to help determine the number of needed instructors] via the "Register" link on this page. 

    For any questions, contact John C. Till at johnctill@comcast.net or by phone at 650-348-1216.

    Directions:  For directions to the ponds, go to the Location page 


    • 09 Jun 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Angler's Lodge
    Register
    Cost: free.  This event is open to the public to register. 

    This Skills Building program is designed to enhance one's practical knowledge of the sport and to assist all fly fishers wishing to become more successful when out on the lakes and streams. Varying topics are presented by an experienced fly fisher with extensive knowledge about the specific topic.  

    Unless there will be no program offered in a particular month, this event is typically held on the 2nd Saturday of each month following the free public casting lessons.  

    The program description will be posted here as soon as it has been set. All participants are requested to register for this event beforehand (whether or not there is any limit shown on the registration for this event) in order to gauge the expected size of the audience.

    For further info about this event, contact:
    Garth Thompson mailto:recondite@gmail.com

    Mark Donahue  mwdonahue@yahoo.com


    • 16 Jun 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • American River near Sacramento, CA

    GGACC Spey Improver Program's class #84, on the American River, is scheduled for Saturday, June 16, 2018, starting at 8:30 AM.  

    This free one-day session is directed at those GGACC members who have either taken past GGACC Spey Angler Programs, or who have already had some experience fishing with a two-handed fly rod.

    Items covered will include:  Single Spey and Snake Roll casts with Skagit, Scandi, and Long Belly floating lines. There will also be a focus on casting with the non-dominate hand.

    Interested students should schedule with Bill Gallogly  slazanger2@icloud.com.  Be sure to ask Bill for directions to the specific American River access site for this class.

    If there is a large demand, multiple shifts may be accommodated.

    In addition to your Spey rod, reel, lines, leaders, waders, boots, eyewear, hat, and other sun protection, be sure to bring a lunch and a camp chair.  


    • 01 Jul 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • GGACC casting ponds and lodge locker room

    Fun and friendly casting competition held in conjunction with the Oakland Casting Club, but open to any registered person who would like to participate and test their skill against others -- all are welcome, including beginning casters!

    The casting games at the GGACC casting ponds are typically held on the first Sunday of each month (except 2nd. Sunday in Sept.) from 9am-2pm.  This event will have priority use of the Lodge locker room and all casting ponds during these hours.

    There is a $1 entry fee required for each casting event that you choose to compete in -- to be paid to the event host. Registration is by appointment via the contact person below. 

    All GGACC Casting Games will be conducted under ACA rules and will be ACA "registered" events (UON).

    To REGISTER, or for further information or rules explanation, please contact:  Alice Gillibert  alicegillibert@comcast.net

    • 14 Jul 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GGACC Angler's Lodge and Casting Pools
    Register

    1. Casting classes are usually held on the Second Saturday of each month, and they are open to BOTH club members and to the general public. There is no charge for these lessons. Besides pre-registering online for each session that you plan to attend, please re-check the website for possible late changes in the dates. 

    2. Casting classes are a "go", whether rain, wind, snow or shine. 

    3. Please wear eye protection. 

    4. Classes will be divided into four groups (the classes will be held concurrently): 

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

    5. If you are interested in joining the casting instructor group or training for IFFF Casting Instructor (CI) certification, please contact Willy George.

    6. At the present, the classes are limited to instruction in the use of a single handed rod. 

    7. We have free single-handed fly casting equipment at the club to loan out for these lessons only (in exchange for holding your drivers license); however, if you intend to take advantage of this limited free equipment, please try to arrive by 8:45 AM. 

    8. You should always check the website beforehand to make certain that the monthly class has not been moved forward or backward a week or two due to conflicts with other events (i.e., the Outside Lands Concert in early August). 

    9. FINALLY, please pre-register [in order to help determine the number of needed instructors] via the "Register" link on this page. 

    For any questions, contact John C. Till at johnctill@comcast.net or by phone at 650-348-1216.

    Directions:  For directions to the ponds, go to the Location page 


    • 14 Jul 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Angler's Lodge
    Register
    Cost: free.  This event is open to the public to register. 

    This Skills Building program is designed to enhance one's practical knowledge of the sport and to assist all fly fishers wishing to become more successful when out on the lakes and streams. Varying topics are presented by an experienced fly fisher with extensive knowledge about the specific topic.  

    Unless there will be no program offered in a particular month, this event is typically held on the 2nd Saturday of each month following the free public casting lessons.  

    The program description will be posted here as soon as it has been set. All participants are requested to register for this event beforehand (whether or not there is any limit shown on the registration for this event) in order to gauge the expected size of the audience.

    For further info about this event, contact:
    Garth Thompson mailto:recondite@gmail.com

    Mark Donahue  mwdonahue@yahoo.com


    • 05 Aug 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • GGACC casting ponds and lodge locker room

    Fun and friendly casting competition held in conjunction with the Oakland Casting Club, but open to any registered person who would like to participate and test their skill against others -- all are welcome, including beginning casters!

    The casting games at the GGACC casting ponds are typically held on the first Sunday of each month (except 2nd. Sunday in Sept.) from 9am-2pm.  This event will have priority use of the Lodge locker room and all casting ponds during these hours.

    There is a $1 entry fee required for each casting event that you choose to compete in -- to be paid to the event host. Registration is by appointment via the contact person below. 

    All GGACC Casting Games will be conducted under ACA rules and will be ACA "registered" events (UON).

    To REGISTER, or for further information or rules explanation, please contact:  Alice Gillibert  alicegillibert@comcast.net

    • 18 Aug 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GGACC Angler's Lodge and Casting Pools
    Register

    THIS AUGUST CASTING LESSONS ARE TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR THE 3RD SATURDAY OF THIS MONTH (AUGUST 18) ON THE EXPECTATION THAT THE PONDS WILL BE CLOSED ON THE 2ND SAT. (8/11) DUE TO CONFLICT WITH THE OUTSIDE LANDS MUSIC FESTIVAL.

    1. Casting classes are usually held on the Second Saturday of each month, and they are open to BOTH club members and to the general public. There is no charge for these lessons. Besides pre-registering online for each session that you plan to attend, please re-check the website for possible late changes in the dates. 

    2. Casting classes are a "go", whether rain, wind, snow or shine. 

    3. Please wear eye protection. 

    4. Classes will be divided into four groups (the classes will be held concurrently): 

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

    5. If you are interested in joining the casting instructor group or training for IFFF Casting Instructor (CI) certification, please contact Willy George.

    6. At the present, the classes are limited to instruction in the use of a single handed rod. 

    7. We have free single-handed fly casting equipment at the club to loan out for these lessons only (in exchange for holding your drivers license); however, if you intend to take advantage of this limited free equipment, please try to arrive by 8:45 AM. 

    8. You should always check the website beforehand to make certain that the monthly class has not been moved forward or backward a week or two due to conflicts with other events (i.e., the Outside Lands Concert in early August). 

    9. FINALLY, please pre-register [in order to help determine the number of needed instructors] via the "Register" link on this page. 

    For any questions, contact John C. Till at johnctill@comcast.net or by phone at 650-348-1216.

    Directions:  For directions to the ponds, go to the Location page 


    • 18 Aug 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Angler's Lodge
    Register
    Cost: free.  This event is open to the public to register. 

    This Skills Building program is designed to enhance one's practical knowledge of the sport and to assist all fly fishers wishing to become more successful when out on the lakes and streams. Varying topics are presented by an experienced fly fisher with extensive knowledge about the specific topic.  

    Unless there will be no program offered in a particular month, this event is typically held on the 2nd Saturday of each month following the free public casting lessons.  

    The program description will be posted here as soon as it has been set. All participants are requested to register for this event beforehand (whether or not there is any limit shown on the registration for this event) in order to gauge the expected size of the audience.

    For further info about this event, contact:
    Garth Thompson mailto:recondite@gmail.com

    Mark Donahue  mwdonahue@yahoo.com


    • 08 Sep 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GGACC Angler's Lodge and Casting Pools
    Register

    1. Casting classes are usually held on the Second Saturday of each month, and they are open to BOTH club members and to the general public. There is no charge for these lessons. Besides pre-registering online for each session that you plan to attend, please re-check the website for possible late changes in the dates. 

    2. Casting classes are a "go", whether rain, wind, snow or shine. 

    3. Please wear eye protection. 

    4. Classes will be divided into four groups (the classes will be held concurrently): 

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

    5. If you are interested in joining the casting instructor group or training for IFFF Casting Instructor (CI) certification, please contact Willy George.

    6. At the present, the classes are limited to instruction in the use of a single handed rod. 

    7. We have free single-handed fly casting equipment at the club to loan out for these lessons only (in exchange for holding your drivers license); however, if you intend to take advantage of this limited free equipment, please try to arrive by 8:45 AM. 

    8. You should always check the website beforehand to make certain that the monthly class has not been moved forward or backward a week or two due to conflicts with other events (i.e., the Outside Lands Concert in early August). 

    9. FINALLY, please pre-register [in order to help determine the number of needed instructors] via the "Register" link on this page. 

    For any questions, contact John C. Till at johnctill@comcast.net or by phone at 650-348-1216.

    Directions:  For directions to the ponds, go to the Location page 


    • 08 Sep 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Angler's Lodge
    Register
    Cost: free.  This event is open to the public to register. 

    This Skills Building program is designed to enhance one's practical knowledge of the sport and to assist all fly fishers wishing to become more successful when out on the lakes and streams. Varying topics are presented by an experienced fly fisher with extensive knowledge about the specific topic.  

    Unless there will be no program offered in a particular month, this event is typically held on the 2nd Saturday of each month following the free public casting lessons.  

    The program description will be posted here as soon as it has been set. All participants are requested to register for this event beforehand (whether or not there is any limit shown on the registration for this event) in order to gauge the expected size of the audience.

    For further info about this event, contact:
    Garth Thompson mailto:recondite@gmail.com

    Mark Donahue  mwdonahue@yahoo.com


    • 09 Sep 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • GGACC casting ponds and lodge locker room

    Fun and friendly casting competition held in conjunction with the Oakland Casting Club, but open to any registered person who would like to participate and test their skill against others -- all are welcome, including beginning casters!

    The casting games at the GGACC casting ponds are typically held on the first Sunday of each month (except 2nd. Sunday in Sept.) from 9am-2pm.  This event will have priority use of the Lodge locker room and all casting ponds during these hours.

    There is a $1 entry fee required for each casting event that you choose to compete in -- to be paid to the event host. Registration is by appointment via the contact person below. 

    All GGACC Casting Games will be conducted under ACA rules and will be ACA "registered" events (UON).

    To REGISTER, or for further information or rules explanation, please contact:  Alice Gillibert  alicegillibert@comcast.net

    • 07 Oct 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • GGACC casting ponds and lodge locker room

    Fun and friendly casting competition held in conjunction with the Oakland Casting Club, but open to any registered person who would like to participate and test their skill against others -- all are welcome, including beginning casters!

    The casting games at the GGACC casting ponds are typically held on the first Sunday of each month (except 2nd. Sunday in Sept.) from 9am-2pm.  This event will have priority use of the Lodge locker room and all casting ponds during these hours.

    There is a $1 entry fee required for each casting event that you choose to compete in -- to be paid to the event host. Registration is by appointment via the contact person below. 

    All GGACC Casting Games will be conducted under ACA rules and will be ACA "registered" events (UON).

    To REGISTER, or for further information or rules explanation, please contact:  Alice Gillibert  alicegillibert@comcast.net

    • 13 Oct 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GGACC Angler's Lodge and Casting Pools
    Register

    1. Casting classes are usually held on the Second Saturday of each month, and they are open to BOTH club members and to the general public. There is no charge for these lessons. Besides pre-registering online for each session that you plan to attend, please re-check the website for possible late changes in the dates. 

    2. Casting classes are a "go", whether rain, wind, snow or shine. 

    3. Please wear eye protection. 

    4. Classes will be divided into four groups (the classes will be held concurrently): 

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

    5. If you are interested in joining the casting instructor group or training for IFFF Casting Instructor (CI) certification, please contact Willy George.

    6. At the present, the classes are limited to instruction in the use of a single handed rod. 

    7. We have free single-handed fly casting equipment at the club to loan out for these lessons only (in exchange for holding your drivers license); however, if you intend to take advantage of this limited free equipment, please try to arrive by 8:45 AM. 

    8. You should always check the website beforehand to make certain that the monthly class has not been moved forward or backward a week or two due to conflicts with other events (i.e., the Outside Lands Concert in early August). 

    9. FINALLY, please pre-register [in order to help determine the number of needed instructors] via the "Register" link on this page. 

    For any questions, contact John C. Till at johnctill@comcast.net or by phone at 650-348-1216.

    Directions:  For directions to the ponds, go to the Location page 


    • 13 Oct 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Angler's Lodge
    Register
    Cost: free.  This event is open to the public to register. 

    This Skills Building program is designed to enhance one's practical knowledge of the sport and to assist all fly fishers wishing to become more successful when out on the lakes and streams. Varying topics are presented by an experienced fly fisher with extensive knowledge about the specific topic.  

    Unless there will be no program offered in a particular month, this event is typically held on the 2nd Saturday of each month following the free public casting lessons.  

    The program description will be posted here as soon as it has been set. All participants are requested to register for this event beforehand (whether or not there is any limit shown on the registration for this event) in order to gauge the expected size of the audience.

    For further info about this event, contact:
    Garth Thompson mailto:recondite@gmail.com

    Mark Donahue  mwdonahue@yahoo.com


    • 20 Oct 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
    • GG Anglers Lodge and all casting ponds

    GGACC Northwestern Tournament (Sat. & Sun., Oct 20 & 21, 2018) 

    The regional casting tournament sponsored in conjunction with the Oakland Casting Club.  Open for free public viewing. 

    The event on this Saturday date will be held at the GGACC casting ponds. (This is the first day of a two-day event.)  Note change of date again to the third weekend of October.

    Saturday's events are:  Trout Fly, Bass Bug, 1/4oz Plug, Open Plug, Steelhead Distance, 1/4oz Plug Distance 

    8:30am -- Registration and payment of event fees.  

    A lunch and dinner are planned for Saturday in the lodge (pay fee at the door), so the entire lodge will be needed for this event for most of the day and evening. 

    Fly/spin/bait accuracy casting and fly and spin distance casting tournament. This tournament is divided into three divisions "C" (Beginning), "B" (Intermediate), "A" (Advanced). Participation is open to the public (but please register beforehand) and visitors are welcome to attend.

    Western Tournament Association rules will apply to this tournament. 

    Registration for competing is via appointment.  Please contact Alice Gillibert by phone at 510-452-5181 or by  email alicegillibert@comcast.net. There is no registration fee. 

    • 20 Oct 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge (boardroom) & center pond

    GGACC's Spey Angler Program is unique, in that its goal is to actually teach anglers how to fish with a double-handed rod. This one weekend-long class is more than a casting lesson.

    On Saturday we will cover the fundamentals of Spey in a classroom setting, then quickly move to the ponds to learn the fundamental Spey casts.

    Sunday we head to Sacramento's American River and learn to fish the casts learned on Saturday. We then add sink tips to replicate real world conditions. Also covered are rotation fishing, river courtesy, and fighting and landing steelhead and salmon.

    We meet Saturday at 9AM in the Anglers Lodge meeting room, dressed in waders (leave spiked boots outside), and after some classroom instruction, we'll get into the water from 10AM to 4PM with appropriate breaks. On Sunday we meet on the American River at 8:30 AM at a location in the Sacramento area to be provided to the group on Saturday (bring a camp chair for this). 

    Your instructors will be Bill Gallogly and other volunteers (possibly Bob Pauli and Steve Morikawa).

    Enrollment is by approved appointment only in response to your request to be admitted into a specific class as emailed to Bill Gallogly at slazanger2@icloud.com and the subsequent submission and potential approval of the provided questionnaire regarding your fishing experience and single-handed casting skill.  Please list the word "Spey" in the subject line of your emails.

    Each class will be limited to 5 students due to space issues in the ponds and on the river.

    There is a $100 fee for this program. If notified of your approval for registering for this class, you will be given a club website link to make an online payment of this fee via credit card or PayPal. (Personal checks are no longer accepted.) 

    Bring your own waders, eyewear, hat, and lunches each day, but students may use the club's Spey rods each class day, both in the ponds and on the river. 

    A full description of this Spey Angler Program (and the follow-up Spey Improver Program) is posted on the club's website under the Events tab. 

    For any further questions about this class, email Bill Gallogly  slazanger2@icloud.com