Learn To Fly Fish Program

The GGACC's Learn to Fly Fish Program (LTFF) is offered to GGACC Club members who have already learned to make basic casts with a fly rod and want to put their new casting ability to good use on the water. The goal of the LTFF program is to teach fly fishing knowledge and skills to beginners so they can better enjoy our great sport.

Through a combination of classroom teaching, in-the-pond casting instruction, and mentored or guided fishing outings (called "fish-outs"), the comprehensive 3 year LTFF program helps its students learn both how to fly fish and where to go in Northern California and beyond. It is one of the most popular programs offered by the GGACC.

NOTE: The LTFF program and its fish-outs are not intended for the club's more experienced fly fishers, or other members in general. The Club's Rendezvous (Rondy) Program is designed for membership at large. "Rondies" are not mentored and are therefore generally designed for experienced fly fishers.

The LTFF's mentored program is three years long for most of its students. The first two years (Level 1 and Level 2) are focused on teaching fly fishing fundamentals and target trout as the primary species. The third year (Level 3) explores trout as well as other species, including shad, bass, stripers, surf perch, and steelhead.

LTFF students can expect to make many new friends and hopefully some life-long fishing buddies. A key element of the program is the opportunity to engage with other students and club members in all activities.

The LTFF program is open only to GGACC members who have paid club dues for each year of their participation in the program. You can join the club and pay annual club dues online at the Club's website: www.ggacc.org. Dues paid in December cover the following calendar year for new or current members.

The LTFF program runs on an annual basis. Prospective students for each year's classes must sign-up, beginning in December of the prior year, for the first posted February Class Day for the Level 1 or Level 2 classes on the club Events calendar at ggacc.org. Enrollment is on a "first to register" basis. Students from the previous year's Level 1 or Level 2 classes will have registration priority, and will receive an advance email alert for signing up for the coming year's Level 2 or Level 3 classes.

Entering participants in the LTFF program should be able to make both a roll cast and an overhead cast with a single-hand fly rod to a distance of 25-40 feet. All students should be able to demonstrate these minimum casting skills prior to formal entry into the program. We have learned through experience that it is important to require this level of casting proficiency for entry into the program. Fish-outs can cost the student several hundred dollars, and it's not only frustrating, but a poor return on investment to be struggling with casting fundamentals on the river or lake, when you can hone your casting skills for free at our fabulous GGACC casting ponds.

The casting qualifier skills can be found at the end of this program description. All new registrants will be asked to successfully demonstrate per this qualifier at one of two events scheduled in January.

Students should have (or will purchase after the classroom sessions) their own fly rod (preferably a 9' long 5 weight) with fly reel and a matching floating fly line (i.e., a WF5F line); breathable chest waders; wading boots; and a wading staff. Outfitted with this minimum equipment, they receive specialized casting instruction in the ponds during Level 1 and 2 classes (when club rods are also available) and can participate in the LTFF program's fish-outs offered for their class.

Those coming into the program with previous fly fishing experience may petition the Program Director (see contact info below) for written approval to skip the Level 1 class and register for the Level 2 class instead. This approval will be based on a verbal or written explanation of the applicant's prior experience, which at a minimum should include the ability to successfully fish small streams on their own, including the ability to select their own flies, tie up their own two-fly nymphing and dry-dropper rigs, and wade safely. Having fly fished only with guides is not considered sufficient experience to qualify for Level 2.

LTFF students are strongly encouraged to attend the Club's monthly Free Casting Lessons at the GGACC's ponds, and the Skills Building Program lectures (also free). These lessons and lectures are usually offered on the 2nd Saturday of every month.

Level 1 and 2 students must be enrolled in their respective "class day" events before signing up for any of that class's scheduled fish-outs. A release form must be signed to participate in fish-outs. Not all students can be guaranteed a spot in each fish-out since the number of openings is limited. An online wait list option is offered whenever the event limit is reached. The Program maintains a strict "no refund" policy, however if a registrant finds they need to cancel they can work with the Program Leader to find potential replacements from the waitlist on a best-effort basis.

The fees charged for the classes and fish-outs are the minimum necessary to cover the LTFF program's costs. The Program is managed with volunteers, including the Program Leader

The annual LTFF fee due at registration into the Program is as follows:

Level 1 $100/year

Level 2 $125/year

Level 3 $125/year

Pending weather, water conditions, availability, and participation, the generally planned fish-out destinations for each level in the Program are shown below. These may change year-to-year and Level 1 and some destinations will be open to two, or all three levels.

Level 1 Beginner Fish-outs: Upper McCloud, North Fork Yuba River, Yosemite

Level 2 Fish-outs: Luk Lake (primarily for bass), Lower Sacramento River, Truckee River, NF Stanislaus River, Hat Creek

Level 3 Intermediate Fish-outs: Pyramid Lake (Nevada), Lower Sac (for shad), Pacifica Surf (for surf perch), Missouri River (Montana), SF Bay or O'Neil Forebay (for striped bass), Upper Sac & McCloud Rivers, and Trinity River (for steelhead)

Students will pay a fee when registering for each fish-out to cover expenses. These fees will vary from $100 to several hundred dollars based on the particular destination. Fees generally cover guide costs (if applicable), supplied flies, and lodging and food expenses. In some cases the students will arrange their own lodging and food at their own expense. Fish-outs are primarily held on weekends, usually including at least either Friday or Monday or both.

The GGACC Learn To Fly Fish program is very popular, and is usually over-subscribed. We have expanded enrollment in recent years, but seek to balance the quality of instruction and the experience with availability to as many as possible. As such, expectations are that if you are one of the fortunate to gain entry into the program, you will readily engage in all classroom and on-the-ponds instruction, as well as as many of the fish-outs as available. If a student finds that they are unable to participate as expected, we will ask that they step aside and allow a wait-listed student to replace them.

For any questions about the LTFF program, please contact the Program Director

Bruce Greenwood 650-387-5302 brucegre@pacbell.net

 

LTFF Casting Pre-Requisite Qualifier

  • General standards for every task:
    • 5 attempts allowed
    • Loops can be any size
    • Leader must land relatively straight
    • No limit on the number of false casts
    • Only a few "tailing loops" are allowed (i.e., end of fly line crossing bottom leg of loop)
    • Only a few "ticks" are allowed (tick = fly touching water before hitting target)
  • Station #1 - Accuracy
    • Hit target rings at 20', 30', and 40'
    • 5 attempts per target allowed
    • No need to strip in the fly after an attempt
  • Station #2 - Roll Cast
    • Make a roll cast with fly landing near a 35' target (this is not an accuracy task)
  • Station #3 - Change of Direction
    • Make a 30 degree change of direction cast with at least 1 false cast
    • Change direction once to the left and once to the right
    • Fly must land near a 30' target (this is not an accuracy task)
  • Station #4 - Line Management & Slipping Line
    • Demonstrate use of the line hand when slipping line from 30' to 40' while false casting several times
    • Fly must begin near the 30' target and land near the 40' target (this is not an accuracy task)

All of these skills are taught in the GGACC second Saturday free casting lessons. If you are interested in private coaching, the following instructors are FFI certified casting instructors.

All of these suggested instructors are Fly Fishers International (FFI) Certified Instructors, or are currently in the process of attaining certification. Certified instructors have demonstrated a high level of both casting skills AND instructional skills (they know how to teach you the required skills).

These are in no particular order or preference....

Chris Korich ckorich@gmail.com (970) 376-3201

George Revel Lost Coast Outfitters george@lostcoastoutfitters.com (415) 483-2278

Gary Turri gjturri@comcast.net (925) 786-5184

Steve Morikawa stevenmorikawa@msn.com (707 315-2020

Russ Carpenter catfishdawg@gmail.com (605) 670-1602

Erik Duisenberg erik.duisenberg@gmail.com (415) 722-2910

Ken Gotelli kjgotelli@gmail.com (415) 286-1194

John Anderson jca35otl@gmail.com (415) 990-0936

You can contact them directly to discuss lessons, fees, etc.

Upcoming events

    • 08 Dec 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Zoom call



    THIS LEARN TO FLY FISH EVENT IS FREE TO ALL GGACC MEMBERS IN GOOD STANDING.  PLEASE REGISTER TO RECEIVE THE ZOOM CALL DETAILS.


    Living in Northern California, we are fortunate to have all that the Sierra’s have to offer at our doorstep. 

    That includes amazing backpacking and fly fishing venues.

    If you’ve ever thought of packing up your 2-3 wt fly rod and hitting the mountain trail, you will want to join us for Bill Scharninghausen’s Backpacking Fly Fishing Clinic-sponsored by the GGACC Learn To Fly Fish program.

    This will be a zoom call clinic offered to ALL GGACC current club members on Wednesday evening, December 8th at 7pm.

    Bill has hiked and fished the Sierra backcountry for many years from the Tahoe basin to Mt. Whitney.  He will share his knowledge of great backpacking destinations in the Sierras, as well as seasonal timing so you can plan your trip properly.

    The presentation will include a discussion on fly fishing gear as it applies to backpacking.   Bill will not cover backpacking gear in general; as that is a deep topic for another forum.


    Other topics to be covered:

    Lake Geology

    Stream Geology

    Target species and where you'll find them

    Flies and feeding behavior

    Techniques

    Other things to consider

    This clinic is open to all GGACC members in good standing.  With your registration, you will receive an email with the Zoom call specifics within 24 hours of the clinic start time on Wednesday evening.

    We hope you can join us!

    Bruce Greenwood

    Learn To Fly Fish Program Leader

    brucegre@pacbell.net


    • 10 Dec 2022
    • 7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
    • San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area off CA-152
    • 0
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    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10th.  Due to the rescheduling, we expect there will be cancellations for current registrants---please sign up on the waitlist to be available to replace a cancellation.

    This 2022 LTFF Level 3/4 fishout for striped bass on the O'Neill Forebay is scheduled for 7:00AM- 5:00 PM on Saturday, DECEMBER 10th.  The O'Neill Forebay is in the San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area (SRA) on CA Hwy 152 just over Pacheco Pass.

    The limited spots in this fish-out date onDec 10th is reserved for 2022 registered "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) Level 3/4 Students ONLY -- unless specifically announced otherwise by the LTFF Program Leader, Bruce Greenwood.  

    Registration will be limited to 6 students.   Anyone registering for this O'Neill Striper fish-out should attend the Striper Clinic on Wednesday evening, September 21, 2022, Zoom call.

    Registered students should also attend the Float Tube Safety Clinic by Jeff Hogan on August 27th.  Please register for these LTFF-only events on the GGACC events calendar.   Ideally, you will have also attended the shooting head clinic led by Willy George earlier in 2022.

    LTFF Level 3/4 students should consider these three clinics as skills building classes for their class curriculum.

    Students must bring their own (or rented or borrowed) personal watercraft for this fish-out.  There are not any local rental shops that we know of out there.  

    Located in the Central Valley, this body of water can be exposed to strong winds, in which case it will be closed to all watercraft and this fish-out could be cut short or cancelled on short notice (there is little point in fly fishing from the shore in high winds).  If it has to be cancelled beforehand for weather reasons, all registrations fees will be refunded. 

    The entrance to this Forebay (which is just below the dam since it happens to also be an Afterbay) is on the north side of Hwy CA-152E when driving east from Gilroy over the Pacheco Pass (before you get to Los Banos). Although the one-day fish-out will officially end at 5:00pm, you also have the option of staying until almost sunset that evening (when the action can be very productive if the wind cooperates) and fishing with others in the group or independently. But all watercraft must be off the water at sunset or face a fine from the park rangers.

    This is a wonderful Striped Bass fishery, with a great many fish in the "schoolie" size of 13" to 16" making high numbers of landed fish possible.  Even though the fish in this O'Neill Forebay and the main reservoir are a land-locked sub-species of Striped Bass, this reservoir also holds the record for the largest Striped Bass caught in California.

    Bill Scharninghausen will mentor this LTFF fish-out.  As an extremely experienced Northern California angler, Bill also mentors our Surf outing each year.  

    Meet spot:  We will meet up with Bill at 7:00am just inside the Forebay park entrance (off to the right) where all watercraft, waders, boots, and fins will be inspected by a park ranger for invasive species (be sure that ALL gear is clean and totally DRY!  Any damp gear will be cause for rejecting your boating permit.)  Those expecting to fish for two days or leaving the SRA for any reasons will need to have their gear bundled and tagged by the ranger at the end of the first day or before driving out of the gate. 

    Safety:  Use of your own personal watercraft will be required for this fish-out, and wearing a PFD will be mandatory. Personal watercraft can be float tubes or Watermasters (either of these work best), pontoon boats, or kayaks. The Forebay can be quite windy so a good anchor may be helpful if you need to stay put while changing flies or rigging.  Under no circumstances however should you try to rely on your anchor to hold your position more than momentarily.  Seek refuge on the shore, not at anchor, in any marginal wind. 

    Gear required:  A float tube or pontoon boat; chest waders; at least one wading belt; a PFD (to be worn at all times on this water); a 7-9wt fly rod; fast sinking shooting heads such as Type 6 or T-14 (Bill prefers to use an integrated shooting head of 250-300 grains on a 7wt rod); 15-20# nylon tippet; clousers or other striper flies; stripping fingers, stripping glove, or stretchy tape for this purpose; forceps or pliers; nippers; your own lunch and drinks; sunglasses; and finally, rain and sun protection for on the water, including a hat with straps or a buff to secure a billed hat. You don't need a lot of gear or flies, so keep it simple.

    Camping / Lodging:  There are options for both camping in the rec area itself and staying in local motels.  For more info about the rec area, especially the two campgrounds on O'Neill Forebay (San Luis Creek Campground which is reservable, and Medeiros Primitive Campground which is on a first-come basis only and not as convenient) and also about the warning light system controlling watercraft access on the forebay, go to:  https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=558  

    Students shall make their own arrangements for staying overnight Friday, Saturday, and/or Sunday nights. To make a reservation for San Luis Creek Campground, go to:  https://www.reservecalifornia.com/CaliforniaWebHome/Facilities/AdvanceSearch.aspx 

    There are at least three motel options (including a couple Motel 6's) no more than 4 miles east of the SRA but before Los Banos (near the I-5/ CA-152 interchange), but many more options in Gustine and further east in Los Banos.  Google for "Hotels near San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area". 

    The registration fee for this fish-out is $100.00, which covers the guide fees, but does NOT include any gide gratuity, meals, the rec area access fee / daily boating permit, camping fee, flies or other lodging cost.  

    For more information, contact:

    Bruce Greenwood   650-387-5302   brucegre@pacbell.net



    • 07 Jan 2023
    • 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • 9
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    This calendar event serves as the registration vehicle for Level 3 of the 2023 Learn To Fly Fish Program.

    Please click on the registration button, and complete your registration with your PayPal payment of $125 for fees for the year.

    You must have a valid registration code in order to successfully register.

    Please complete your registration by December 8th, 2022.

    Contact Bruce Greenwood with any questions.


    brucegre@pacbell.net


    • 14 Jan 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • GGACC Casting Ponds
    • 22
    Register

    THE LTFF PROGRAM WILL RESERVE THE CENTER AND EAST POND FOR THIS CASTING QUALIFIER SESSION

    You will be notified by email if you are eligible to register for this event.

    This is the first of two LTFF Casting Qualifier events is being held on the GGACC East pond on Saturday afternoon, January  14th, 2022, from 1-3pm.   This session will be held following the Second Saturday Free Casting Lessons at the GGACC Ponds.

    This casting qualifier is open specifically to newly registered LTFF Level 1 students for the 2023 program.   Registration for 2023 Level 1 opens at noon on December 7th 2022.   You should have successfully registered for the program (not on the waitlist) and have received a specific email confirmation from Bruce Greenwood.

    Your next step to finalizing your spot in the Level 1 class for 2023 is to successfully demonstrate your casting skills as detailed at the end of the LTFF program description found here: https://www.ggacc.org/Learn-to-Fly-Fish

    This is the first of two opportunities to demonstrate your casting skills.  If you are unable to qualify on January 8th, a second opportunity is available to you from 1-3pm on Saturday, February 11th. 

    In addition, should you need a bit more coaching between these two qualifiers, we will have a coaching session for any student looking for some help on Saturday, January 28th from 1pm-4pm at the GGACC casting ponds.

    The January 14th session will begin promptly at 1PM  with an overview of the qualifier skills and the criteria for success, led by Steve Morikawa and Jeff Hogan- two of our FFI certified GGACC casting instructors.   Following that, we will have each of you demonstrate your skills for evaluation.

    While this may feel a bit like college entrance exams, our goal is your success in our Learn To Fly Fish program.  The LTFF curriculum will emphasize continued casting skill development, but we will also spend time on the many other skills required to be a self-sufficient fly angler.  It is in your best interest, as well as your fellow students, for everyone in the class to possess a base level of casting skills so you can get the most out of your fishing experiences in LTFF.   If you are not quite there yet with your casting skills, the best thing you can do is to focus on instruction and practice (and practice) so you can fully benefit from the LTFF program.

    To that end, should you realize you need more work on your casting before entering LTFF, we want to help you with our free “second Saturday of the month” casting program throughout the year.  GGACC also has a number of certified casting instructors who offer private lessons if you are interested. 

    Finally, if you find that you need to invest more time on casting and go for LTFF for 2024, we are happy to help you get out and fish (as well as practice casting) with great guides on our Northern California fisheries.   Feel free to ask for help and recommendations!

    While we know this necessary step can be a bit trying, we are there to help you and want you to enjoy your fly fishing experiences!

    Contacts for this event:   Bruce Greenwood, LTFF Program Lead   brucegre@pacbell.net


    • 28 Jan 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • GGACC Ponds
    • 6

    THIS SINGLE HANDED SPEY CLINIC IS AVAILABLE TO CURRENT (2022) LEARN TO FLY FISH STUDENTS ONLY. 

    ONE REGISTRATION COVERS TWO CLASS SESSIONS; THE FIRST ON DECEMBER 3RD AND THE SECOND ON JANUARY 28TH.  PLEASE BE SURE YOU ARE AVAILABLE FOR BOTH SESSIONS

    This is a placeholder on the calendar for the second of two teaching sessions.  To register for this event, please visit the event listing for December 3rd.

    Spey casting has been around since the mid-1800’s, developed as a technique to fish the River Spey in Scotland.   The broad water with heavy brush along the banks challenged anglers to get their flies out to the fish in the middle of the river.

    The Spey cast is defined as “a roll cast with a change of direction”.   The traditional roll cast you’ve learned to this point is great to straighten your line on the water and maybe you’ve even used it in a situation with limited back cast room.   But probably not so much to reposition your line on the water---for example at the end of swing and recast….

    This free clinic will be split into two, 3 ½ hour sessions teaching both water borne and “splash and go”  Spey casting techniques, using a single handed rod you already own.    Add these to your casting repertoire, and you will be able fish more water, more effectively, and have a lot of fun in the process.

    With practice from what you learn in these two class sessions, you will:       

    • increase the distance of your roll cast
    • be able to easily and efficiently change cast direction
    • eliminate false casts
    • be the coolest angler on the water with beautiful and satisfying casts
    • cover waters others pass up (and catch those fish)

    Steve Morikawa and Jeff Hogan will lead this clinic over two sessions.

    Day 1 :  December 3rd, 2022   9AM to 12:30PM   Water-borne anchor casts

    Day 2: January 28, 2022  9AM to 12:30PM  Splash and go casts

    Gear to bring:

    • waders and wading boots (studs not recommended)
    • eye protection, hat, water
    • notebook and pen/pencil for notes
    • 4-7 weight single-handed trout rod with floating line (your  9-9 ½ ft 5 wt rod is perfect).  Euro-nymphing rods are not recommended.    Also, this is NOT a two-handed rod clinic.
    • 0x,  7.5 ft leaders and yarn fly.   Clean your fly line and treat your yarn fly with floatant

    This class is open only to current (2022) Level 2, 3, and 4 registered Learn To Fly Fish students.   Your registration is free and covers both sessions.   Class size is limited to 6 students total.

    For questions, contact Bruce Greenwood       brucegre@pacbell.net



    • 28 Jan 2023
    • 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • GGACC Casting Ponds (center and east ponds)
    • 28
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    THE LTFF PROGRAM WILL RESERVE THE CENTER AND EAST POND FOR THIS CASTING QUALIFIER COACHING SESSION


    This is a coaching session for those new Level 1 LTFF students who are working to complete the casting skills qualifier on Saturday, February 11th.

    This is specifically for students who have successfully registered on December 7th, 2022 for the LTFF Level 1 program and were notified as such.   

    You may have found on January 14th  that you need a bit more coaching and practice to complete all 4 tasks in the qualifier.   We will have GGACC casting instructors to help you with these tasks in preparation for the second (and final) opportunity on Saturday, February 11th.

    If you are able to successfully demonstrate the required tasks, we will qualify  you at this event as well.

    Please register so we can properly plan for the sessions.  If you are eligible for this event, you will be notified by email.


    Questions:   Bruce Greenwood  LTFF program lead   brucegre@pacbell.net


    • 04 Feb 2023
    • 6:00 AM
    • 05 Feb 2023
    • 7:00 PM
    • Smartsville, CA
    • 0
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    REGISTRATION FOR THIS FISHOUT WILL OPEN AT 12 NOON ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6th 2022

    This Learn To Fly Fish Lower Yuba River Fishout on Saturday and Sunday, February 4th and 5th 2023 is offered initially to REGISTERED 2023 Level 2 and Level 3 LTFF students only.    

    The Lower Yuba flows out of Englebright Reservoir in the Sierra foothills near the gold mining town of Grass Valley.    This is one of the closest wild trout fishing venues to the Bay Area; a roughly 3 hour drive from San Francisco.  These waters are known for athletic, hard fighting wild rainbow trout and steelhead.  The University of California-Davis-owns and manages private access to the river located above the Parks Bar Bridge/Highway 20 near Smartsville, California.   We will have excellent walk and wade access to the river—hopefully at the beginning of the fabled skawla stonefly hatch on this river.

    The typical rainbow trout in this section of the river is around 12-18”…smaller than what you may encounter say on the Lower Sac, but you won’t forget the fight!  These fish jump and run---you will be in a fight all the way to the net.

    Ten lucky 2023 LTFF students will be accompanied by GGACC mentors to enjoy this fantastic location.   UC Davis now allows primitive camping at the property (vault toilets, bring your own water), so we will plan to camp as a group for the weekend.  We will use dry fly setups for the skwala hatch, along with nymph rigs giving you lots of opportunity to develop your fly angling skills.

    Cost:  Registration is $170 per person which includes access to the property for the weekend (Friday evening to Sunday evening) and an assortment of flies selected for the Lower Yuba at this time of year.  Plan to bring your own fishing and camping gear, along with food and water for your stay

    Required Gear: 9 ½ ft, 5 weight floating line setup, along with 9 foot leaders and tippet (4x/5x), indicators, etc are perfect for this water.  Bring your waders and wading staff, along with a fly box to carry the assortment of flies you will receive at the river. 

    Be sure to have both your 2023 California fishing license and the required steelhead card to fish.

    Lodging:   We will plan to have a group camp on the property, and enjoy the fun of bring-you-own food for group meals.  You may also choose to stay off-property in either Yuba-City/Marysville, or Grass Valley/Nevada City.  Our location is mid-way between; a 30 minute drive in either direction on highway 20.

    Meeting Time and Place: The UC Davis property will become available to us at 4pm on Friday afternoon, February 4th.   Start times on Saturday and Sunday mornings will be announced in our pre-fishout zoom meeting.

    Cancellation Policy:  There are no refunds.  In the event that a student is, for any reason, unable to attend, he/she may resell his slot (rod) to another LTFF member (by first pulling from the waitlist if one exists).  It is the sole responsibility of the student to manage this transaction. 

    For more info: Bruce Greenwood        brucegre@pacbell.net


    • 11 Feb 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • GGACC Casting Ponds
    • 28
    Register

    THE LTFF PROGRAM WILL RESERVE THE CENTER AND EAST POND FOR THIS CASTING QUALIFIER SESSION

    You will be notified by email if you are eligible to register for this event.

    This is the SECOND of two LTFF Casting Qualifier events is being held on the GGACC East pond on Saturday afternoon, February 11, 2023, from 1-3pm.  This session will follow the Second Saturday Free Casting Lessons in the morning.

    This casting qualifier is open specifically to newly registered LTFF Level 1 students for the 2023 program.   Registration for 2023 Level 1 opens at noon on December 7th 2022.   You should have successfully registered for the program (not on the waitlist) and have received a specific email confirmation from Bruce Greenwood.   

    Your next step to finalizing your spot in the Level 1 class for 2023 is to successfully demonstrate your casting skills as detailed at the end of the LTFF program description found here: https://www.ggacc.org/Learn-to-Fly-Fish

    This is the second of two opportunities to demonstrate your casting skills.  If you are unable to qualify on January 14th, this is a second opportunity available to you to complete the casting qualification necessary for entrance to Level 1 of the LTFF program.

    It is strongly recommended that you DO NOT skip the January session and take advantage of having two opportunities to qualify.

    This session will begin promptly at 1pm  led by Steve Morikawa and Jeff Hogan- two of our FFI certified GGACC casting instructors.    

    While this may feel a bit like college entrance exams, our goal is your success in our Learn To Fly Fish program.  The LTFF curriculum will emphasize continued casting skill development, but we will also spend time on the many other skills required to be a self-sufficient fly angler.  It is in your best interest, as well as your fellow students, for everyone in the class to possess a base level of casting skills so you can get the most out of your fishing experiences in LTFF.   If you are not quite there yet with your casting skills, the best thing you can do is to focus on instruction and practice (and practice) so you can fully benefit from the LTFF program.

    To that end, should you realize you need more work on your casting before entering LTFF, we want to help you with our free “second Saturday of the month” casting program throughout the year.  GGACC also has a number of certified casting instructors who offer private lessons if you are interested. 

    Finally, if you find that you need to invest more time on casting and go for LTFF for 2024, we are happy to help you get out and fish (as well as practice casting) with great guides on our Northern California fisheries.   Feel free to ask for help and recommendations!

    While we know this necessary step can be a bit trying, we are there to help you and want you to enjoy your fly fishing experiences!

    Contacts for this event:   Bruce Greenwood, LTFF Program Lead   brucegre@pacbell.net


    • 18 Feb 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • GG Casting ponds --Docks 3 and 4 (West End)
    • 30

    THIS SEMINAR WILL USE THE WEST CASTING POND FROM 9AM TO 12 NOON ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH.


    This "Shooting Head and Sinking Line Casting Seminar" to be held on Saturday, February 18, 2023, from 9AM-12pm.    This seminar is primarily for those registered 2023 Level 3  students in the club's "Learn to Fly Fish" Program (LTFF) who are planning to attend the LTFF Level 3 Pyramid Lake, Shad, Surf, or Striper fish-outs in 2023 where these casting skills are often required.   

    LTFF registration for this seminar will open at 12 Noon on Monday, January 9th.

    Following LTFF registration, we will open this event to interested club members in the general membership to fill 30 student spots.  This will open roughly a week following the initial registration opening.

    Please read below as all registrants need to bring their own gear.

    You may be interested to learn that many important elements of shooting head systems were developed on our casting ponds by our own GGACC members. 

    Willy George will lead this seminar with support from our GGACC casting instructor crew.   Topics will include:

    -       A review of where and why these rigs are used

    -       A discussion of the various types of shooting head, sinking line, and sink tips etc. available, including the pro’s/con’s of each and their fishing application

    -       Demonstration, instruction, and on-the water practice of techniques necessary to effectively cast and manage these rigs, including retrieval techniques for various fishing and target species

    Note:  this clinic is for SINGLE HANDED RODS ONLY (safety issues prohibit casting two handed rods with these rigs on the GGACC ponds)

    All registered attendees must bring a single handed fly rod/reel (6-8 wt recommended)

    as well as at least one of the following shooting head or sinking line systems:

    • A shooting head and a running line

      Shooting heads come in various weights, often one or two weights heavier than your rod weight and also various sink rates according to the type of fishing you are doing

    • A fully integrated sinking line

      Full sinking lines should match your rod weight and the sink rate of the line should be determined by the type of fishing you are doing

    • A floating line with a sink tip

      Sink tip lines are a compromise and are not as effective as the above two systems

    • Each of the above systems needs a simple, level (not tapered) leader, for example 6 to 8 feet of 12 - 15 pound nylon leader material and a yarn fly

    Don't forget your hats and eyewear for safety reasons.  Even though only yarn flies are allowed for this practice, some of those heavy sink heads and tips can cause harm.   You will not fully benefit from the seminar without having at least one of these line types and the appropriate matching rod/reel.

    To that end, a zoom call will be held with Willy George February 1st form 7-8:30pm where registered participants can obtain a “gear pre-briefing” and ask questions so you can purchase the appropriate items for this February 18th casting seminar.   Details for this call will be provided to registered participants, along with a short pre-study document.

    There is no fee for this clinic to be hosted by Willy George and his volunteer casting instructors, but all participants must be registered to participate in this event .

    For more info, contact Bruce Greenwood  brucegre@pacbell.net 

    or Willy George, busygeorges@aol.com


    • 18 Mar 2023
    • 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    REGISTERING FOR THIS EVENT ON OR AFTER DECEMBER 7TH 2022 IS THE WAY TO REGISTER FOR THE 2023 LEVEL 1 LEARN TO FLY FISH PROGRAM


    Note: Anglers Lodge Reserved from 7AM to 6PM for this training session!


    Level 1 Learn To Fly Fish Classroom Session #1

    This is the first of two days of classroom training for the 2023 Level 1 Learn To Fly Fish Group.    We will divide the Level 1 class of 40 students who have successfully completed the casting qualifier into two groups of 20 students each in order to accommodate the limited capacity of the lodge. 

    A second day of training will be held on Saturday April 1st, building on the topics discussed in this first session.

    You must be a member of the 2023 Level 1 Learn To Fly Fish class and be current with both your 2023 annual club membership dues, as well as the registration fees for the LTFF program.  You must also have successfully completed the Level 1 Casting Qualifier in order to participate in these classroom sessions.

    George Revel, owner of Lost Coast Outfitters and past president of GGACC, along with John Murphy, will lead these sessions covering an introduction to gear, fishing locations, entomology, fly patterns, reading the water, wading safety, knots, rigging, and other important information for beginning fly anglers.

    Group 1 will meet from 8AM to Noon.

    Group 2 will meet from 1pm to 5pm.

    Level 1 students should register for one (and only one) of these two sessions on March 18th.  Registration for the second classroom session will be communicated and posted at a later date.

    For this session you should:

    -bring a pen and notepad for your own notes

    - bring your mask.   While Covid restrictions are easing, including required masks, let's respect each other as we will be inside the lodge in tight quarters and wear our masks properly for the classroom sessions.

    -bring water, snacks---whatever you will need for yourself.   A coffee service and light snack will be provided.  Lunch will not be provided.

    At this time we cannot promise that the sessions will be videotaped or recorded.  If you are unable to attend, it is recommended that you contact a fellow Level 1 student to leverage their notes from the class.  Whatever handouts are provided in the class will also be available if you are unable to attend.


    • 19 Mar 2023
    • 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge
    • 8
    Register

    Note: Anglers Lodge Reserved from 7AM to 6PM for these training sessions   

    REGISTERING FOR THIS CLASSROOM SESSION ALSO SERVES AS REGISTRATION FOR THE LEVEL 2 2023 PROGRAM.   YOU WILL NEED A REGISTRATION CODE TO COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION AND PAY THE  $125 REGISTRATION FEE.

    Level 2 Learn To Fly Fish Classroom Session

    This is the first of two classroom training sessions for the 2023 Level 2 Learn To Fly Fish Group.    

    You must be a member of the 2023 Level 2 Learn To Fly Fish class and be current with both your 2023 annual club membership dues, as well as the registration fees for the LTFF program.

    George Revel, owner of Lost Coast Outfitters and past president of GGACC, along with John Murphy, will lead these sessions building on topics including gear, fishing locations, entomology, fly patterns, reading the water, wading safety, knots, rigging, and other important information building on what you learned in the past year.

    We will begin promptly at 8AM and break for lunch at noon. 

    For this session you should:

    - bring a pen and notepad for your own notes

    -- bring your mask.   While Covid restrictions are easing, including required masks, let's respect each other as we will be inside the lodge in tight quarters and wear our masks properly for the classroom sessions.

    -bring water, snacks---whatever you will need for yourself.   A coffee service and light snacks will be provided.  Lunch will not be provided.

    Finally...I recommend you dig out your notes and review them to get the most out of this classroom event.  Review your knots and rigging setups...take a look at mayfly, caddis and stonefly lifecycles and matching flies...etc.  Come with your questions and renew all of that good stuff you need to be a successful angler!

    At this time we cannot promise that the sessions will be videotaped or recorded.  If you are unable to attend, it is recommended that you contact a fellow Level 2 student to leverage their notes from the class.  Whatever handouts are provided in the class will also be available if you are unable to attend.



    • 25 Mar 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GGACC Anglers Lodge
    Register

    THE LTFF PROGRAM WILL RESERVE THE LODGE MEETING ROOM FOR THIS EVENT FROM 8AM to NOON ON SATURDAY, MARCH 25th.

    You will be invited by email  to register for this event.

    Clearly there are certain risks involved with fly fishing, and our LTFF program runs between 20 and 30 fly fishing events each year.   We take safety seriously, and want to insure that we all follow proper safety practices on our LTFF outings.

    For GGACC members who have generously volunteered to help with this fishouts, we also want to make sure that each of you are prepared to both proactively support safe practices, as well as know what to do should something happen on the trip.

    Steve Morikawa from our club will be leading a 4 hour session (voluntary) to help you prepare for an upcoming fishout, understand how to recognize possible concerns, and be able to effectively react and respond if help is needed.

    This session will cover some first aid topics, but will also help you prepare for proper and effective emergency personnel response.


    Contacts for this event:   Bruce Greenwood, LTFF Program Lead   brucegre@pacbell.net

     

    • 01 Apr 2023
    • 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge
    • 40

    Note: Anglers Lodge Reserved from 7AM to 6PM for this training session!   The EAST pond will also be reserved for casting instruction from 7AM to 6PM.


    Level 1 Learn To Fly Fish Classroom Session #2

    This is the second of two days of classroom training for the 2022 Level 1 Learn To Fly Fish Group.    We will divide the Level 1 class of 40 students into two groups of 20 students each in order to accommodate the limited capacity of the lodge.   While one group is in the lodge with classroom instruction, the other group will be on the ponds for casting instruction.

    You must be a member of the 2022 Level 1 Learn To Fly Fish class and be current with both your 2022 annual club membership dues, as well as the registration fees for the LTFF program.  You must also have successfully completed the Level 1 Casting Qualifier in order to participate in these classroom sessions.

    George Revel, owner of Lost Coast Outfitters and past president of GGACC, along with John Murphy, will lead these sessions covering an introduction to gear, fishing locations, entomology, fly patterns, reading the water, wading safety, knots, rigging, and other important information for beginning fly anglers.

    Group 1 will meet from 8AM to Noon for classroom instruction in Angler's Lodge.  Following lunch, Group 1 will attend a casting lesson led by Chris Korich from 1pm to 5pm. 

    Group 2 will attend a casting lesson led by Chris Korich from 8AM to Noon.  Following lunch, Group 2 will meet in Angler's Lodge for classroom instruction from 1pm to 5pm.

    Level 1 students should register for one (and only one) of these two sessions on April 30th.  

    For this session you should:

    - bring a pen and notepad for your own notes

    -- bring your mask.   While Covid restrictions are easing, including required masks, let's respect each other as we will be inside the lodge in tight quarters and wear our masks properly for the classroom sessions.

    -bring water, snacks---whatever you will need for yourself.   A coffee service and light snack will be provided.  Lunch will not be provided.

    -bring your rod/reel setup of fly casting practice (with a yarn fly and leader), as well as eye protection.

    -review your notes from the April 2nd classroom instruction.

    At this time we cannot promise that the sessions will be videotaped or recorded.  If you are unable to attend, it is recommended that you contact a fellow Level 1 student to leverage their notes from the class.  Whatever handouts are provided in the class will also be available if you are unable to attend.


    • 02 Apr 2023
    • 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge
    • 40
    Register

    Note: Anglers Lodge Reserved from 7AM to 6PM for these training sessions   

    Level 2 Learn To Fly Fish Classroom Session

    This is the second of two classroom training sessions for the 2023 Level 2 Learn To Fly Fish Group.    

    You must be a member of the 2023 Level 2 Learn To Fly Fish class and be current with both your 2023 annual club membership dues, as well as the registration fees for the LTFF program.

    George Revel, owner of Lost Coast Outfitters and past president of GGACC, along with John Murphy, will lead these sessions building on topics including gear, fishing locations, entomology, fly patterns, reading the water, wading safety, knots, rigging, and other important information building on what you learned in the past year.

    We will begin promptly at 8AM and break for lunch at noon. 

    For this session you should:

    - bring a pen and notepad for your own notes

    -- bring your mask.   While Covid restrictions are easing, including required masks, let's respect each other as we will be inside the lodge in tight quarters and wear our masks properly for the classroom sessions.

    -bring water, snacks---whatever you will need for yourself.   A coffee service and light snacks will be provided.  Lunch will not be provided.

    Finally...I recommend you dig out your notes and review them to get the most out of this classroom event.  Review your knots and rigging setups...take a look at mayfly, caddis and stonefly lifecycles and matching flies...etc.  Come with your questions and renew all of that good stuff you need to be a successful angler!

    At this time we cannot promise that the sessions will be videotaped or recorded.  If you are unable to attend, it is recommended that you contact a fellow Level 2 student to leverage their notes from the class.  Whatever handouts are provided in the class will also be available if you are unable to attend.




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

General Information:

club.ggacc@gmail.com

Rondy Program:

rondy.ggacc@gmail.com

Our Mailing Address:  Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club  ·  P.O. Box 591476  ·  San Francisco, CA 94159

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