One of the best facilities of its kind is the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club, located in the heart of beautiful Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The Club has members from across the country and around the globe, including many of the top ranked casters in the world. The Club hosts national and international casting tournaments as well as sponsors regularly scheduled local and regional tournaments. Members are offered classes and seminars in fly and plug casting from beginner through expert levels. The annual two-day fly casting seminar, created by master instructor and club member Mel Krieger, is an enormously popular event, and free to the public.
Upcoming club events are published in The Bulletin, a newsletter sent to members. Events include fishing trips and classes in fly tying, fly casting, plug casting, rod building and fishing. Lunches and dinners featuring guest speakers are offered to broaden knowledge and sharpen skills for upcoming fresh water and salt water fishing opportunities. Fishing experts present slide show talks, fly tying and casting demonstrations for specific productive fresh and salt water locations in Alaska, Mexico, the Sierras, the Rockies, the Florida Keys, the Caribbean and drive-to local waters. The Bulletin reports on the results of members' fishing trips and has features on special patterns and forecast stream conditions.
The Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club's facilities include the Angler's Lodge and the Casting Pools which were built in 1938 as part of the great public building effort of the era. Its style is similar to traditional mountain lodges, with rustic woodwork and stone. The facilities were designed for fly and plug casting and also provides a congenial atmosphere for related social events.
The Angler's Lodge has a library of excellent books and videotapes on all aspects of fishing and casting. Fly tying and rod building equipment is also available for use. The Club provides free use of loaner fly rods for beginners for casting practice and has a full complement of tournament rods for use by qualified casters.