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 30' 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)

Upcoming events

    • 20 Aug 2022
    • 7:00 AM
    • 21 Aug 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • REDDING, CA
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    This Lower Sacramento River Float Trip on Saturday and Sunday, August 20/21, 2022) is offered initially to those students registered for the "Learn to Fly Fish" Level 2 Class for 2022 as part of the club's LTFF educational fly fishing program offered to club members only.  

    REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT WILL OPEN AT 12 NOON ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22nd.

    This fishout will be available to 5 students on Saturday, and 5 students on Sunday.  There will be two anglers in each drift boat (5 students, plus a flishout leader for 3 drift boats total each day).

    The Lower "Sac" is a famous wild rainbow trout fishery, probably the best in the state for numbers and size of fish. Due to the relatively deep and swift flow of this big river, it is primarily fly-fished by nymphing from drift boats since there are rather limited dry fly opportunities and little wading access most of the time.

    Guides:  We will be fishing from guided drift  boats, with two anglers and one guide per each boat. All of our guides (provided by Confluence Outfitters) are very experienced on the "Sac" and, in addition to guiding trout anglers, they may also guide steelhead, salmon, or shad trips on this river. The guides will provide excellent instruction -- in addition to any gear that you don't have, including all flies and rigging, water or sodas, and a nice lunch on the river.

    Arrival Time:  A specific gathering time and location will be provided at the pre-fishout zoom call for this event.   Generally, you should plan to meet at a location in the Redding area at around 7AM.

    Driving:  It is suggested that you arrive Friday night (Saturday fishing) or Saturday night (Sunday fishing) to get a good night's sleep as this will be a long day on the water.  We encourage you to stay the evening of your fishing as well.  Driving home this far after fishing all day is strongly discouraged.  

    Suggested area motels:

    Sheraton @ Sundial Bridge: 820 Sundial Bridge Dr, Redding, CA 96001. (530) 364-2800. Website.  "Confluence Outfitters" corporate rate: King or Queen Guest Room $169+tax from January through May, $204+tax from Memorial Day through Labor Day, $174+tax from Labor Day through December 31st.  Includes Club Level Access (Complimentary Breakfast and nightly Beer/Wine Reception) plus complimentary Wifi and parking.

    Gaia Hotel and Spa: 4125 Riverside Place, Anderson, CA 96007. 530-247-7712. www.GaiaHotelSpa.com.  "Confluence Outfitters" corporate rate: $104+tax for a King or Queen Guest Room including full made-to-order breakfast. Click Here to book online and receive our corporate rate.

    Oxford Suites: 1967 Hilltop Dr, Redding, CA 96002. (530) 221-0100. www.OxfordSuitesRedding.com.  "Confluence Outfitters" corporate rate: Executive Queen Suite: $107+tax, Studio King Suite $110+tax, Executive King Suite $125+tax. Executive Two Queen Suite $135+tax. Use Promo Code "CONFLUENCE" when booking online.

    You may want to email or talk to others who sign up about carpooling, sharing a room, or even a group of you booking into the same motel to get to know one another better.

    What to Bring

    6 or 7 weight rods from 9 to 11 ft long are ideal.  A powerful  5 wt rod can work, but you might struggle at times.  The good news is that our guides will provide rods,  leaders, tippet, indicators, split-shot, and all flies. If you have a rod you would like to use, your are welcome to, or use gear provided by the guides.  Waders are not required and generally not recommended as you may overheat in the August weather.  Wear wading sandals, boots, or other footwear that allows you to step into the water while getting in and out of the boat. Bring hat, polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, rain jacket, and of course, your fishing license and steelhead card which your guide will need to record before starting your day on the water.

    NOTE:  Both a valid California fishing license AND a steelhead card are required for this outing.  It is highly recommended that you purchase these in advance of the outing.  You should have hard copy of both on your person the day of fishing.

    The registration fee is $360, which covers the boats, guides, and your lunch on the river,  but NOT the cost of your guide's gratuity or your own lodging.

    Suggested guide gratuity $45-$70

    This fish-out is intended for students who are previously registered for the LTFF Level 2 Class ONLY. 

    SIGN-UP QUICKLY FOR THIS FISH-OUT SINCE WE HAVE A LIMITED NUMBER OF BOATS AVAILABLE.  If you do miss out, be sure to sign up for the wait list in case a spot opens up later. 

    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.

    Contact:  

    Bruce Greenwood   brucegre@pacbell.net




    • 27 Aug 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Park casting ponds (1232 JFK Dr., across from the Buffalo Paddock), San Francisco
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    NOTE:  The West casting pond is reserved exclusively for the following event for the morning of 8/27/2022:

    This Float Tube Clinic on Saturday morning, August 27, from 9:30am to 12:00pm is designed to prepare the Level 3/4 "Learn to Fly Fish" students to fly fish on stillwaters using a float tube. The primary objective is to teach basic float tube use and safety. The Clinic instructors will provide float tubes, fins, and PFD's for participants to try-out in the West pond.  

    AT THIS TIME, THIS CLINIC IS OPEN TO CURRENTLY REGISTERED LEVEL 3 AND 4 2022 LEARN TO FLY FISH STUDENTS ONLY.

    LTFF students will need to bring their own waders and boots (or other booties) to this clinic if they wish to try-out one or more float tubes.  They should also bring their 9 ft 5 wt fly rod and reel to try casting to some targets while sitting in a float tube.

    Students will navigate a course in the far west pond that includes how to safely get in the tube, experience moving backwards, line management and casting.

    1.    learn different kinds of tubes

    2.    how to safely use a float tube

    3.    how to navigate a float tube

    4.    how to cast from a float tube

    This clinic is limited to current LTFF Level 3/4 students only, and is intended for both skills instruction and preparation for the LTFF Level 3/4 Striper fish-out on the O’Neill Forebay, October 22nd.

    For more information contact:  Bruce Greenwood   brucegre@pacbell.net


    • 09 Sep 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • 12 Sep 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • Sourgrass Rec Area / Day Use, near Dorrington, CA
    • 2
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    One Group of 10 Anglers.

    Fishing Saturday September 10 and Sunday September 11.


    This outing is exclusively intended for currently registered Level 2 students in the GGACC's "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) program.  Online registration for these fish-outs will be opened on FRIDAY August 5 AT NOON to the entire LTFF Level 2 Class. Registration for these fish-outs is limited and based on a first-to-register basis only.  There will be 10 openings. 

    If you are interested, we strongly recommend that you set a calendar reminder for a few minutes before the sign-up time.

    Cost: $225/ person

    Overview

    The "Stan" River is an excellent rainbow and brown trout fishery.  We will be fishing the North Fork of the Stanislaus River in the NF Sourgrass Rec Area just above the Big Tree State Park.  This Rec Area is located off State Hwy. 4 way down below the little town of Dorrington (north of Arnold, CA) in a very picturesque canyon.

    This will be two days of fishing for one group of 10 students.We will have Lost Coast Outfitter pro-staffer and independent guide Steve Slater leading the instruction on this fishout, along with several other experienced club member mentors.   Registrants on this fishout will get two solid days of guided/mentored fishing on the North Fork Stanislaus. 

    We also have the option available to some participants to go on a side outing further up the Stand on one of the two days of the trip. This is about a 30 minute drive from camp plus a 1-2 hour rugged hike into a canyon led by John Anderson. The hiker is rewarded with some larger and wilder trout and a bit more seclusion. This side outing is optional and will be discussed and planned further during the pre-fishout zoom meeting. It is based on a regularly run Rondy from John Anderson.

    Other logistics and recommended gear will be covered in a pre-fishout meeting to be held roughly the week before the fishout.  Registrants will be notified of this Zoom call meeting.  This will be an opportunity to ask questions, meet others in your group, arrange carpooling, decide on whether to tackle group dinners, etc. 

    As always, your registration fees are non-refundable.  If you realize you have to cancel, finding a replacement is not guaranteed, and will be done on a best-effort basis.

    Campground

    Most of us will be trying to camp at the Stanislaus National Forest Service's Wakalu Hep Yo (Wild River) Campground.  This campground is super convenient, but not reservable in advance (available on a first-come basis only). As we have done successfully in the past, we hope that by scheduling this fish-out after Labor Day again that this allows us to find enough campsites there upon our arrival. There is no known group camp site in this campground, but the hope is that by possibly doubling up in campsites as needed, this arrangement should work to allow most of the students to camp together in adjacent campsites as much as possible rather than being spread out throughout the campground. This campground does have some showers and flush toilets!

    There may still be a camp host on site then to collect the campground fee of $20.00 per night. If not, there will be a drop box for this daily camp fee.   Camp fees are included in the registration fee.

    Motels/Hotels

    There is the old Dorrington Hotel in Dorrington, CA about 4 miles above the campground, and a few motel or hotel options farther back down Highway 4 in Arnold and Murphys for those not into either tent camping or possibly sleeping in their vehicle. There is also the Bear Valley Lodge and the even more rustic Tamarack Lodge about 20 miles farther up Highway 4.  Finding alternate lodging is your responsibility, but be sure to book it early!  

    Meeting Place

    Everyone will need to meet at the campground at 7:00AM each fishing morning to figure out who is going with which mentor, to make up your lunches, to get your flies, instructions, etc. This early start is intended to get everyone on the water as soon as possible each morning — so please don’t be late. 

    Note: There is only very spotty to non-existent cell phone service anywhere in this area -- try texting up there instead, but this is also extremely hit-or-miss.

    Driving Directions

    Use Google Maps for "Wakaluu Hepyoo Campground Amphitheater",  or enter GPS coordinates Lat. 38.322063, Long. -120.218558  (Elev. 3900').  The shortest route from the Bay Area is to follow I-580 E to I-205 E, to I-5 N to connect to CA-99 S at Stockton, and exit onto CA-4 E.  Follow CA-4 (about 75 miles of winding 2-lane hwy.) to Boards Crossing Road in Dorrington, CA.  (This road, marked with a street sign, is on your right directly across from the Dorrington Hotel.)  Follow Boards Crossing Road taking only left forks to reach NF Road 05N02 (Beardsley Rd.) and follow that road down the canyon to the campground on the river (it's just before you cross the new concrete bridge on NF-05N02, and not the old Boards Crossing steel trestle bridge). The drive to this campground is at least a 3 hour total drive time without counting stops or traffic getting out of the Bay Area (plan for perhaps 4 hours).   

    Camping Equipment

    Unless you have a vehicle that you plan to sleep in, it is suggested that you have your own tent (with tent stakes, footprint/plastic tarp, and rainfly) or have an agreement to share a tent with someone.  Also be sure to bring:  sleeping bag; sleeping pad (or air mattress and/or cot); a headlamp or flashlight with good batteries (wise to bring spares too); cooking stove; water container; cooking pots / cooking utensils; camp dishes / eating utensils; wash basin; biodegradable soap; butane lighter or matches; paper or cloth towels; garbage bags; and a cooler with ice for perishables.  All food and dry goods should be stored in the campground-supplied camp boxes to keep away from rodents and jays, and the potential bear.  Optional equipment might also include:  lantern; camp chair; firewood; hand axe; coffee pot; small folding table; table cloth for picnic table; etc.

    Meals

    There will be NO "hosted" group dinners for anyone on this fish-out.  You can cook dinners in camp (either together as a group if those in the group choose to organize this themselves, or individually), or there are other possible options such as a small burger joint in Dorrington (next to the hotel) or a few casual restaurants back in Arnold that smaller groups may decide to try.  

    It is recommended that students work together on a simple meal for Saturday evening—taco salad is an easy idea—enjoy being together and sharing your experiences of the day.

    We will be providing groceries for making your own sandwiches for sack lunches on Saturday and Sunday.

    NOTE:  Other than the two sack lunches provided by your fish-out leader on your Group's fishing days, you are on your own to bring (and prepare) your own food for all breakfasts. other lunches, and all dinners (or for group dinners), or buy your own meals out.

    Fishing Gear

    Fishing License. Don’t leave home without this.

    We recommend bringing a 3-5wt fly rod with floating line. For dry flies, bring 9’ tapered leaders to 4X or 5X, with mono tippet spools in 4X-6X.  Also be sure that you bring both a liquid (or gel) dry fly floatant and a dry shake floatant (dessicant-type) for treating your dry flies. For indicator nymphing, bring indicators, split shot, one spool of say 0X to 3X mono tippet material (to use 5'-8’ of this for the indicator's depth adjustment), and spools of both 4X & 5X  fluoro tippet for connections to nymphs.  Bring foam hoppers or Chubby Chernobyl pattern flies for hopper (dry) / dropper rigging if you prefer this rather than indicator nymphing), or you might try tight-line nymphing instead (although the Stan has more pools than actual pocket water where tight-lining works best).  

    Flies

    We will be providing a dozen flies to each student  -- 2 each of some dry fly and nymph patterns, as recommended by Steve Slater.  These flies will be supplied and packaged by LCO and distributed to you at the meeting place, so you will need to put them in your own fly box along with your other flies -- and be sure to pinch the barbs!  We will not be doing this for you. Also, bring your own flies, especially any that you have picked up for (or tied for) this particular trip on a fly shop's or someone else's recommendation.  

    If you still need more of your own flies, or forgot some other gear after you leave town, there is a small fly shop (if open) as well as the Ebbet's Pass Sporting Goods in Arnold as you pass through that town (both are on the south side of the hwy.), or you can divert your trip up on I-205 for a few miles to reach the Bass Pro store in Manteca. 

    Other Stuff

    In addition to forceps, nippers, vest or pack for fly boxes and other gear, sunhat, sunscreen, bug repellent, waders, boots, belts, water bottle (or other means to carry, or filter, drinking water), don’t forget your wading staff!  A small net is always optional for trout, but it really helps in landing them with minimal stress and keeping them in the water while unhooking—both of which are extremely important for the fish’s survival. Camping gear should include headlamps or flashlights —the former is especially good for tying on flies during late evening fishing or cooking / setting up camp in the dark.  Bring spare batteries too. 

    Wading

    As a tailwater, the Stan can still be pretty cold this high up, but you may decide when you get there and test the water that you might prefer to wet-wade (not me!) instead of wearing waders.  If so, just be sure that you have sturdy closed-toe wading sandals or, better yet, use neoprene guard socks (or other neoprene socks) plus wool or polypo liner socks to fill-out your wading boots.  Lightweight (i.e., nylon) long pants are recommended for wet-wading over wearing shorts to better protect your shins from scrapes on rocks, scratchy brush, poison oak, etc.

    Registration Fee

    The registration fee is $225 per student (which includes paying Steve's super discounted fee  flies, camp fees,  and groceries for lunches.  Not included in the registration fee is guide tips, the cost of travel, lodging other than the camp site, and meals other than the provided lunches.

    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 further information, contact:  Fish-out Leader, Charles Marsh (senor.charles@gmail.com), 415-902-0489.



    • 11 Sep 2022
    • 6:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Linda Mar Beach, Pacifica (off Hwy 1 near Linda Mar Blvd)
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    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH


    This LTFF Level 3/4 Surf Fish-out will be Saturday, July 30 2022, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 starting at 6:00AM that day (unless advised otherwise).  Our guide, Bill Sharninghausen, is a very experienced Northern CA surf fisherman.  He will be leading up to (6) LTFF Intermediate students to Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica, CA.  

    We will meet in the parking lot in front of NorCal Surf Shop, 5440 Pacific Coast Hwy,  which is just off San Pedro Ave, -- an extension of Linda Mar Blvd after crossing Hwy 1.   Both wader up & gear up upon arrival.  Bill will offer a brief talk between 6:15-6:30AM before leading the group down to the beach. You will only be fishing the incoming tide through the morning cycle before returning home in late morning or early afternoon at the latest.

    Fishing Gear:  Rod, can be EITHER one of the following:  1) a 7-8wt single hand rod with an integrated shooting head (250 to 300 gr.) or a shooting head set-up with Type 4 or Type 6 heads; OR  2) a 7-8wt switch rod with sink tips (for overhead casting only, not Spey casting). It is best NOT to use coated type floating running line in the surf -- an intermediate running line or a slow sinking mono line will not be as impacted by wave action.  

    You will want to review and practice what you learned at Willy George's Shooting Head Clinic in February.

    Leaders should be 10-15# mono, or preferably fluoro, straight tippet. Go light when fishing in the surf and carry only the barest essentials such as hemostats, nippers, a spool of tippet, and your surf flies in a waterproof fly box, possibly carried inside jacket pockets or in a small chest pack, sling, or hip pack (no fishing vests).  

    Also bring your waders (booted-foot type is best if you have them since they keep sand out of your boots); if you do a lot of surf fishing using your stocking-foot waders, then either scuba booties, Teva sandals, or "flats" boots are better than your normal wading boots (since saltwater can corrode the metal eyelets in std. wading boots).  

    Other gear includes:  A wading belt (this is a "must have" -- and two belts are better); a good wading rain jacket (tied up tight at the bottom) or a kayak dry top; a hat with strap, or a baseball cap to wear under a buff or hood to hold it securely; sun gloves or a tennis/golf glove for your line hand to help land prickly fish; sunglasses with strap; stripping fingers or tape (stretchy pet tape or waterproof surgical tape) to wrap one or two fingers; and a stripping basket (optional, if you are comfortable using one). with plenty of drain holes in it.

    A PFD is highly advisable --  (A wading staff is NOT recommended in the surf.)  

    Remember to be sure to thoroughly rinse all your gear (flies, rods, and reels especially, but also forceps, nippers, boots, etc.) in fresh water as soon as you can after fishing saltwater!  

    Anglers should have river fly fishing experience, be able to cast a sinking shooting head or sink tip, and be comfortable wading in turbulent knee-deep water.

    There will also be a Surf Clinic (Zoom call), at 7:00PM on Wednesday, June 8th  that you SHOULD definitely attend if you have not seen Bill's excellent "Surf Presentation" slide show previously.  That clinic will serve as a pre-meeting for this fish-out, and therefore a prerequisite for attending this fish-out.  Besides giving a thorough introduction to fly fishing in the surf, Bill will discuss what to expect, wading safety, reading the surf, surf fishing techniques, gear, and other logistics. Sign up for this free Surf Clinic on the club calendar now. 

    Surf perch, our primary target, eat a lot of mole crabs in the surf zone. But local surf flies (the best are usually tied in orange or root beer colors, or dark green with orange or root beer undersides, to imitate the mole crab's egg sac) can be rather hard to locate.  This is another good reason for attending Bill's clinic since you'll be able to inspect all his flies and he may be able to tell you where you can get some good surf perch flies, in addition to a clouser or two. Note that Bill will not be supplying any flies or other gear for this fish-out.  

    The fee for this Level 3/4 Surf Fish-out is $120, which covers the guide's fee, but not his gratuity.  You will need a valid California Fishing License if you have not yet purchased one this year.

    Contact: Bruce Greenwood  brucegre@pacbell.net

    • 16 Sep 2022
    • 7:30 AM
    • 19 Sep 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • Hamilton Branch/Almanor Campground
    • 10

    REGISTRATION FOR THIS FISHOUT WILL OPEN TO CURRENT LTFF LEVEL 1 STUDENTS ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 13  AT 12 Noon.


    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

    Our Deer Creek fishing destination  is located south of Mt. Lassen in northeastern California, approximately a four hour drive from San Francisco.   You will be fishing on Deer Creek, a small to medium size Sierra stream that provides an excellent venue to hone your new fly fishing and wading skills.   

    Two groups of 6 currently registered, Learn To Fly Fish Level 1 student anglers (one on Saturday, and one on Sunday) will enjoy a day long fly fishing clinic with Lance Gray.   Lance will share his exceptional expertise on fly fishing this stream during a day- long clinic. The groups will camp at one of several USDA campgrounds nearby.  These campgrounds do not take reservations, so we will scout out a first-come, first serve location and communicate that to the group shortly before the weekend.   You can Google Campgrounds including Potato Patch Campground, Alder Creek Campground, and  Elam Camground all located on Highway 32 to get a sense of the location.

    There are limited hotel/motel lodging options in the area as well, including Fire Mountain Lodge, Schmeeckle’s Black Forest Lodge, and St. Bernard Lodge.

    This is a great outing to gain more experience and confidence in your fly fishing game. Bring your waders and wading staff, along with your 5 wt rod and floating line.   Lance will provide the rest including terminal tackle and flies.   Of course, you always need to bring along your 2022 California fishing license.

    Your registration fee of $125 covers guide fees, campground fees, and a DIY lunch for the day.   You will be responsible for guide tip and your transportation.

    We will have two sessions or groups of 6 anglers each.  The first group will fish arrive on Friday evening and fish on Saturday. The second group of 6 will arrive on Saturday evening and fish on Sunday.

    Camping Equipment:  You will need  your own tent (with tent stakes, footprint/plastic tarp, and rainfly)  Also be sure to bring:  sleeping bag; sleeping pad (or air mattress, or cot); headlight or flashlight; cooking stove; water container; cooking pots / cooking utensils; camp dishes / eating utensils; wash basin; biodegradable soap; butane lighter or matches; paper or cloth towels; garbage bags; and a cooler with ice for perishables.  All dry goods should be stored in the supplied camp boxes to keep away from rodents and jays.  Optional equipment might include:  lantern; camp chair; firewood; hand axe; coffee pot; small folding table; table cloth for picnic table; etc.

    Meals There will be NO hosted group dinners for anyone on this fish-out.  You are encouraged to organize your plans with your fellow students and share a meal at our camp site.  This is a great way to enjoy the event with a simple meal you prepare together after a great day of fishing.

    We will be providing groceries for making your own sandwiches for sack lunches on each fishing day only.

    NOTE:  Other than the sack lunch on your Group's fishing days, you are on your own to bring (and prepare) your own food, or buy dinners or other meals out.

    Fishing Gear:  We recommend bringing a 5wt fly rod with floating line (6wt rod max!). For dry flies, bring 9’ tapered leaders to 4X or 5X, with mono (nylon) tippet spools in 4X-6X.   Also be sure that you bring both a liquid (or gel) dry fly floatant and a dry shake floatant (dessicant-type) for treating your dry flies. For indicator nymphing, bring indicatorssplit shotone spool of say 0X to 3X mono tippet material (to use 5-7' of this for indicator/ depth adjustment), and spools of both 4X & 5X  fluoro  tippet for connections to nymphs.  

     Flies:  Lance will provide the appropriate flies for this location and timing.  It is recommended that you bring a small fly box to organize and have these flies handy and ready to use with barbs crushed.

    Other Stuff:  In addition to forceps, nippers, vest or pack for fly boxes and other gear, sunhat, sunscreen, bug repellent, waders, boots, belts, water bottle (or other means to carry, or filter, drinking water), don’t forget your wading staff!   A small net is always optional for trout, but it really helps in landing them with minimal stress and keeping them in the water while unhooking—both of which are extremely important for the fish’s survival.  Camping gear should include headlamps or flashlights —the former is especially good for tying on flies during late evening fishing. 

    Registration Fee:  The registration fee is $125 per student.  This fee will cover the cost of all the campground fees, guide/clinic fees, groceries for lunches, etc.  It does not include the cost of transportation, lodging, meals (other than lunch), guide tip, or any other expenses. 

    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 questions, contact Bruce Greenwood  brucegre@pacbell.net

    • 24 Sep 2022
    • 7:30 AM
    • 25 Sep 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • Truckee, CA
    • 6
    Register

    REGISTRATION FOR THIS FISHOUT WILL OPEN AT 12 NOON on FRIDAY AUGUST 5th.

    This LTFF Level 3/4 Truckee River Fish-out on Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25 2022 is offered initially to ONLY those registered 3rd and 4th year 2022 Learn to Fly Fish (LTFF) students. This fish-out will be limited to a total of 12 students—two groups of 6 students each.  

    Description:  This fish-out will be led by Matt Heron who has a very successful Fly Fishing School in the Truckee area.  Each group will have a day-long guided session with Matt’s team, with a small guide to student ratio.   You will fish either the Little Truckee or the Truckee depending on the best fishing conditions that day.   Your guide will help you understand this popular fly fishing destination,  including access points along the river, as well as various fishing techniques most effective for these waters.  The instruction will include an emphasis on nymphing and streamer techniques.

    Cost:  The registration fee will be $350 per person for the full day to cover guide fees and costs for supplied flies, lunch, and campground fees.

    Required Gear:  Your standard 5 wt, floating line setup , along with boots/waders, wading staff, sunscreen, hat, water, and sunglasses will work fine.  Studded boots help if you prefer.

    Specifically:

    4-6 wt rod/reel, and floating line.   9 ft rods are fine, 9 ½ ft and longer help on these waters

    Bring a selection of 9 ft leaders across 3x , 4x and 5x

    Tippet:  3x-6x….flouro helps

    A RIO 12ft streamer line setup on a second rod is ideal, but not required.  Versileaders or sink tips on your floating line will help with streamers as well.  Never hurts to bring your split shot as well.

    Flies will be supplied and selected based on recent success on the river by your guides.

    Meeting Time & Place: We will meet each morning at 7:30 AM (time subject to change earlier, or later based on conditions) at the Truckee River RV Park.  The day will end in mid-afternoon…around 3:30pm.

    Accommodations: We will reserve tent camping sites nearby for group camping.  You are encouraged to join the group for an evening dinner at the campsite if you choose to find your own lodging in the Truckee area.

    Registration Fee:  The registration fee is $350 per student.  This fee will cover the cost of all the campground fees, guide/clinic fees, groceries for lunches, flies, etc.  It does not include the cost of transportation, lodging, meals (other than lunch), guide tip, or any other expenses. 

    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


    • 08 Oct 2022
    • 7:00 AM
    • 09 Oct 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • REDDING, CA
    • 14


    This Lower Sacramento River Float Trip on Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9, 2022) is offered initially to those students registered for the "Learn to Fly Fish" Level 1 Class for 2022 as part of the club's LTFF educational fly fishing program offered to club members only.  

    REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT WILL OPEN AT 12 NOON ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 16th.

    This fishout will be available to 7 students on Saturday, and 7 students on Sunday.  There will be two anglers in each drift boat (7 students, plus a flishout leader for 4 drift boats total each day).

    The Lower "Sac" is a famous wild rainbow trout fishery, probably the best in the state for numbers and size of fish. Due to the relatively deep and swift flow of this big river, it is primarily fly-fished by nymphing from drift boats since there are rather limited dry fly opportunities and little wading access most of the time.

    Guides:  We will be fishing from guided drift  boats, with two anglers and one guide per each boat. All of our guides (provided by Confluence Outfitters) are very experienced on the "Sac" and, in addition to guiding trout anglers, they may also guide steelhead, salmon, or shad trips on this river. The guides will provide excellent instruction -- in addition to any gear that you don't have, including all flies and rigging, water or sodas, and a nice lunch on the river.

    Arrival Time:  A specific gathering time and location will be provided at the pre-fishout zoom call for this event.   Generally, you should plan to meet at a location in the Redding area at around 7AM.

    Driving:  It is suggested that you arrive Friday night (Saturday fishing) or Saturday night (Sunday fishing) to get a good night's sleep as this will be a long day on the water.  We encourage you to stay the evening of your fishing as well.  Driving home this far after fishing all day is strongly discouraged.  

    Suggested area motels:

    Sheraton @ Sundial Bridge: 820 Sundial Bridge Dr, Redding, CA 96001. (530) 364-2800. Website.  "Confluence Outfitters" corporate rate: King or Queen Guest Room $169+tax from January through May, $204+tax from Memorial Day through Labor Day, $174+tax from Labor Day through December 31st.  Includes Club Level Access (Complimentary Breakfast and nightly Beer/Wine Reception) plus complimentary Wifi and parking.

    Gaia Hotel and Spa: 4125 Riverside Place, Anderson, CA 96007. 530-247-7712. www.GaiaHotelSpa.com.  "Confluence Outfitters" corporate rate: $104+tax for a King or Queen Guest Room including full made-to-order breakfast. Click Here to book online and receive our corporate rate.

    Oxford Suites: 1967 Hilltop Dr, Redding, CA 96002. (530) 221-0100. www.OxfordSuitesRedding.com.  "Confluence Outfitters" corporate rate: Executive Queen Suite: $107+tax, Studio King Suite $110+tax, Executive King Suite $125+tax. Executive Two Queen Suite $135+tax. Use Promo Code "CONFLUENCE" when booking online.

    You may want to email or talk to others who sign up about carpooling, sharing a room, or even a group of you booking into the same motel to get to know one another better.

    What to Bring

    6 or 7 weight rods from 9 to 11 ft long are ideal.  A powerful  5 wt rod can work, but you might struggle at times.  The good news is that our guides will provide rods,  leaders, tippet, indicators, split-shot, and all flies. If you have a rod you would like to use, your are welcome to, or use gear provided by the guides.  Waders are not required and generally not recommended as you may overheat in the October weather.  Wear wading sandals, boots, or other footwear that allows you to step into the water while getting in and out of the boat. Bring hat, polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, rain jacket, and of course, your fishing license and steelhead card which your guide will need to record before starting your day on the water.

    NOTE:  Both a valid California fishing license AND a steelhead card are required for this outing.  It is highly recommended that you purchase these in advance of the outing.  You should have hard copy of both on your person the day of fishing.

    The registration fee is $340, which covers the boats, guides, and your lunch on the river,  but NOT the cost of your guide's gratuity or your own lodging.

    Suggested guide gratuity $45-$70

    This fish-out is intended for students who are previously registered for the LTFF Level 1 Class ONLY. 

    SIGN-UP QUICKLY FOR THIS FISH-OUT SINCE WE HAVE A LIMITED NUMBER OF BOATS AVAILABLE.  If you do miss out, be sure to sign up for the wait list in case a spot opens up later. 

    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.

    Contact:  

    Bruce Greenwood   brucegre@pacbell.net




    • 27 Oct 2022
    • 7:30 AM
    • 28 Oct 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • Truckee, CA
    • 16

    REGISTRATION FOR THIS FISHOUT WILL OPEN AT 12 NOON on WEDNESDAY AUGUST 17th.

    This LTFF Level 1 Truckee River Fish-out on THURSDAY and FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27 and 28 2022 is offered initially to ONLY those registered 1st year 2022 Learn to Fly Fish (LTFF) students. This fish-out will be limited to a total of 16 students—two groups of 8 students each.  

    Description:  This fish-out will be led by Matt Heron who has a very successful Fly Fishing School in the Truckee area.  Each group will have a day-long guided session with Matt’s team, with a 2:1 student to guide ratio.   You will fish either the Little Truckee or the Truckee depending on the best fishing conditions that day.   Your guide will help you understand this popular fly fishing destination,  including access points along the river, as well as various fishing techniques most effective for these waters.  

    Cost:  The registration fee will be $350 per person for the full day to cover guide fees and costs for supplied flies, and lunch.  See below for the plan for accomodations.

    Required Gear:  Your standard 5 wt, floating line setup , along with boots/waders, wading staff, sunscreen, hat, water, and sunglasses will work fine.  Studded boots help if you prefer.

    Specifically:

    4-6 wt rod/reel, and floating line.   9 ft rods are fine, 9 ½ ft and longer help on these waters

    Bring a selection of 9 ft leaders across 3x , 4x and 5x

    Tippet:  3x-6x….flouro helps

    Flies will be supplied and selected based on recent success on the river by your guides.

    Meeting Time & Place: We will meet each morning at 7:30 AM (time subject to change earlier, or later based on conditions) at the Truckee River RV Park.  The day will end in mid-afternoon…around 3:30pm.

    Accommodations: Camping in the area is closed for the season at this point on the calendar.  Once we have finalize the list of registered students, we will take a count of those who need lodging and we will reserve an appropriate Air BnB rental for those who want to join group accommodations.   A separate fee will be collected for those who stay with the group.

    Registration Fee:  The registration fee is $350 per student.  This fee will cover the cost of the guide/clinic fees, groceries for lunches, and supplied flies.

    It does not include the cost of transportation, lodging, meals (other than lunch), guide tip, or any other expenses. 

    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



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