Learn To Fly Fish Program

The GGACC's Learn to Fly Fish Program (the "LTFF program") is offered primarily for new 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.  The Club's Rendezvous (Rondy) Program is designed for them.  "Rondies" are not mentored and are therefore offered exclusively to experienced fly fishers.  LTFF program graduates can participate in the Rondy Program, but it is off limits to all current LTFF students or any other beginners.

The LTFF's mentored program is 3 years long for most of its students.  It starts with the Beginners Class (Step 1) for the first year; a Novice Class (Step 2) in the second year; and an Intermediate Class (Step 3) in the final year.  The LTFF students can expect to make many new friends and hopefully some life-long fishing buddies.

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 dues online at the Club's website: www.ggacc.org.  Dues paid in December cover the following calendar year for new or current members.

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

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.  They 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 Step 1 & 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 Beginner class and register for the Novice 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 as a Novice.

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.

Step 1 & 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.  Any drop-outs will be replaced from the wait list until it is exhausted, after which it is the responsibility of the registrant to find his or her own replacement.

The fees charged for the classes and fish-outs are the minimum necessary to cover the LTFF program's costs.  Since this program is self-supporting and is not covered by membership dues, the fees are typically not refundable, but are negotiable between the respective parties for anyone taking over a fish-out spot from a paid registrant.

Pending weather, water conditions, availability, and participation, the following fish-outs (for trout unless otherwise noted) are the likely minimum planned for each class:

Step 1 Beginner Fish-outs:  North Yuba River, Main Yuba River

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

Step 3 Intermediate Fish-outs:  Pyramid Lake (NV), Lower Sac (for shad), Surf (for surf perch), Missouri River (MT), SF Bay (for striped bass), Upper Sac & McCloud Rivers, and Trinity River (for steelhead)

For any questions about the LTFF program, please contact either the program director (John Murphy,  650-799-1695, jmurphy7599@gmail.com) or a listed class leader.

Upcoming events

    • 15 May 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 16 May 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Upper McCloud River, Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort
    • 12

             LTFF Upper McCloud River Fish-outs -- Level 1 Students

    These two Upper McCloud River Fish-outs on May 14-16 (Group 1, guided fishing on May 15th) and May 15-17 (Group 2, fishing on May 16th) are exclusively intended for currently registered Level 1 (former Beginner) students in the GGACC's "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) program. Online registration will be opened at a date and time to be announced to the entire LTFF Level 1 Class via email. Registration for these fish-outs is limited and based on a first-to-register basis only.  There will be 16 openings for each group.  Registration is limited to only one group initially, with 2 day options open as availability allows (per LTFF Program Leader discretion).

    No doubt you have heard of the McCloud River if you have talked with many fly anglers in Northern California, since it is truly one of our state's most treasured fisheries for rainbow and brown trout.  However, most of that reputation comes from the larger Lower McCloud River that comes out of the McCloud Reservoir and runs down to Lake Shasta through some picturesque but rugged canyons that cross both public and private lands, including limited access into the Nature Conservancy waters and members-only access to some very exclusive club water.  The Lower McCloud is particularly well-known for big browns that come out of Lake Shasta in the fall to spawn.  But the Lower McCloud is not a good river for teaching Beginners how to fly fish, especially in the spring, so we are headed to the smaller Upper McCloud River instead, in the section of the river best known to campers, sightseers, and hikers for its scenic Lower Falls and Middle Falls.  

    Since much of the water for the Upper McCloud River comes from springs, we're hoping to find a little less run-off and high water than currently expected on Sierra streams, giving us a chance to teach you dry fly, dry-dropper, and indicator nymphing techniques as well as how to read water and wade safely.  We have hired professional guides from Confluence Outfitters. These guides will be primarily teaching and not acting as normal guides would -- meaning that they are not going to be doing everything that they would normally do for you (except casting or catching and landing fish), especially since they will have four of you to be working with and not the usual limit of just one or two anglers per guide.  We have selected Confluence Outfitters and these guides specifically for their teaching expertise.  We plan to have 4 guides with a guide to student ratio of 1:4.

    Under the watchful eyes of these guides, the students will be deciding how and where to start fishing, rigging up their own rods, selecting and tying on their own flies, untangling their own casting messes, and landing their own fish (hopefully). The guides will be helping to instruct you wherever you need it and offering suggestions about the required casting techniques, how to approach the water and what to look for there, while helping you select a target for your cast and suggesting how to move safely into position for that cast.  You learn best by listening carefully and then attempting it on your own with subsequent critique from your guide about your mistakes. Wading safety will be emphasized, as well as other safety precautions. We will hold several preparation sessions (likely Zoom meetings) prior to this event to prepare you as well for the outing.

    Meeting Location EACH morning at 8:30AM:  You will meet and check in with your fish-out leader on your guided fishing day in Fowlers Campground at a specific location there still to be confirmed with the guides. The leader will be sure you receive your flies and then assign you to a guide for the day. Following COVID safety guidelines, each student will bring their own lunch/snacks and water for the day.  You are expected to arrive, wader up, and be ready to listen/learn at 9AM and, after some instruction in rigging from your guide, head to the water soon afterward to start fishing. 

    Fowlers Campground is 5 miles east of the town of McCloud on CA Hwy 89 and about 1 mi. south of the highway on Fowler Public Camp Rd.  Look for a sign "Fowlers / Lower Falls" and turn right just after the sign to go another mile south.  Once you cross River Loop Rd., the left fork goes to the campground and the right fork goes to the day use area for the Lower Falls.  Watch for further info about where to park.  GPS Coord. for the campground:  Lat. 41.2448556, Long. -122.0232556

    Camping or Lodging Options:   We have reserved group campsites at Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort, which is off I-5, a short distance first west and then south of the town of Mt. Shasta, about 4-1/2 hours north of SF (without traffic) and about a 30 minute drive west of your fishing day's meet-up location at Fowlers Campground. (Use Google or other online map app for the I-5 exit and street directions to the lake resort.) 

    Group 1 and Group 2 each have separate, 2-night overlapping reservations at the campground (overlap is Saturday night).   Fees for these campsites are included in the registration fees.  Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort will have restroom facilities available for campers.   You must bring your own camping and cooking gear and food/drink for your stay at Lake Siskiyou.  Students are strongly encouraged to stay at the group camp and enjoy the opportunity to get to know your fellow anglers.  But, if you are absolutely opposed to the idea of camping, motel accommodations can be found in the nearby towns of Dunsmuir, Mt. Shasta, Weed, or possibly McCloud.

    Gear Needed:  Other than any camping gear that you may decide to bring, your fishing and other gear should include:  a 4 or 5 wt fly rod with floating line, at least 2-3 9ft. 4X tapered leaders, mono tippet spools in 3X-5X, fluoro tippet in 4X-5X, a few medium sized indicators of your choice, split-shot in at least AB & BB sizes, forceps, nippers, gel (or liquid) silicon fly floatant, dry-shake dessicant floatant, and a small or medium sized fly box (preferably watertight).   Your registration fee includes a selection of both dry flies and nymphs for the Upper McCloud.  We will be discussing entomology and fly imitations during our preparations meetings to help you purchase flies or tie your own to bring with you besides the limited number of flies being provided.

    Bring a pack of some sort, or a fishing vest with large back pocket, suitable to carry your fishing gear, lunch, and at least one liter of drinking water, plus a packable rain jacket or water resistant shell if there is any chance of rain or cool weather.  Other items that you MUST have include a wading staff with a lanyard, a hat with brim or bill, polarized sunglasses, and at least one wading belt for your waders.  

    Bring waders and wading boots (either felt-soled or studded rubber-soled, or even studded felt soles) and, if you really think that you might prefer to wet-wade (if it's very hot), a pair of neoprene guard socks (to wear over cotton wading socks to both fill your wading boots and help keep sand out of your socks).  Be forewarned though, a spring-time alpine stream -- whether spring-fed or snow-melt -- can be quite cold when you need to stand in it for more than a few minutes to make casting easier. 

    Don't forget your 2021 fishing license (guides are required to record your license into their guide log, it's a steep fine if caught fishing without one on your person, and it's a long drive back to get a duplicate copy), sunscreen, and bug repellent.   Optional gear includes sungloves, a buff, a landing net on a stretchy lanyard, a marine safety whistle, tiny first aid kit, small toilet paper or kleenex pack, and a little note book & pencil -- and maybe a stream thermometer and small fishnet or sieve if you are really getting into it.  

    We will follow Covid safety guidelines as well.  If you have not already received a vaccination, plan to have at least your first vaccine completed before this outing.  Bring your masks and hand sanitizer lotion.

    Registration fee of $190.00 is non-refundable and covers the guides' fees, flies, and campground fees. It does not cover travel costs, lodging (if you decide not to camp), food, or the guide's gratuity / tip.  (Suggested gratuity is $25-$35 cash per day per student for this particular trip)

    Students should remember to personally thank and tip their guide at the end of each day (based on how much you learned from him, not how many fish you caught). 

    Registrations must be completed by paying the fee online within 15 minutes of beginning the registration process to entitle you to a spot.  There are no refunds possible if you are unable to go after having completed your registration unless there is someone on a waitlist willing to pay that fee to replace you. 

    As soon as the registrations are mostly filled, you will be getting rosters of the registrants in each group and their contact info so that you may choose to reach out to your group about further plans, etc.

    For questions, contact:  Bruce Greenwood (brucegre@pacbell.net)


    • 29 May 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 30 May 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Upper McCloud River, Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort
    • 15

              LTFF Upper McCloud River Fish-outs -- Level 2 Students

    These two Upper McCloud River Fish-outs on May 28-30 (Group 1, fishing with guides on May 29th) and May 29-31 (Group 2, fishing on May 30th) are exclusively intended for currently registered Level 2 (formerly Novice) students in the GGACC's "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) program. Registration for these fish-outs is limited and based on a first-to-register basis only.  There will be 16 openings for each group.  Registration is limited to only one group initially, with 2 day options open as availability allows (per LTFF Program Leader discretion).

    No doubt you have heard of the McCloud River if you have talked with many fly anglers in Northern California, since it is truly one of our state's most treasured fisheries for rainbow and brown trout.  However, most of that reputation comes from the larger Lower McCloud River that comes out of the McCloud Reservoir and runs down to Lake Shasta through some picturesque but rugged canyons that cross both public and private lands, including limited access into the Nature Conservancy waters and members-only access to some very exclusive club water.  The Lower McCloud is particularly well-known for big browns that come out of Lake Shasta in the fall to spawn.  But the Lower McCloud is not a good river for teaching Beginners how to fly fish, especially in the spring, so we are headed to the smaller Upper McCloud River instead, in the section of the river best known to campers, sightseers, and hikers for its scenic Lower Falls and Middle Falls.  

    Since much of the water for the Upper McCloud River comes from springs, we're hoping to find a little less run-off and high water than currently expected on Sierra streams, giving us a chance to teach you dry fly, dry-dropper, and indicator nymphing techniques as well as how to read water and wade safely.  We have hired professional guides from Confluence Outfitters. These guides will be primarily teaching and not acting as normal guides would -- meaning that they are not going to be doing everything that they would normally do for you (except casting and catching the fish), especially since they will have four of you to be working with and not the usual limit of just one or two anglers per guide.  We have selected Confluence Outfitters and these guides specifically for their teaching skills. We plan to have 4 guides with a guide to student ratio of 1:4.

    Under the watchful eyes of these guides, the students will be deciding how and where to start fishing, rigging up their own rods, selecting and tying on their own flies, untangling their own casting messes, and landing their own fish (hopefully). The guides will be helping to instruct you wherever you need it and offering suggestions about the required casting techniques, how to approach the water and what to look for there, while helping you select a target for your cast and suggesting how to move safely into position for that cast.  You learn best by listening carefully and then attempting it on your own with subsequent critique from your guide about your mistakes.  Wading safety will be emphasized along with other safety precautions.  We will hold several preparation sessions (likely Zoom meetings) prior to this event to prepare you as well for the outing.

    These Level 2 fish-outs will be distinguished from similar Level 1 fish-outs held 2 weeks prior with the guides covering more advanced topics including presentation techniques.   Don’t overlook this chance to fish these beautiful waters with great guides and the opportunity to catch trout on dry flies.  We will look to challenge you on these waters.

    Meeting Location EACH morning at 8:30AM:  You will meet up and check in with your fish-out leader on your fishing day morning in Fowlers Campground at a specific location there still to be confirmed with the guides.  The leader will be sure you receive your flies and then assign you to a guide for the day.  Following COVID safety guidelines, each student will bring their own lunch/snacks and at least a liter of drinking water for that day.  You are expected to arrive, wader up, and be ready to listen/learn starting at 9AM, before rigging up as instructed by your guide. 

    Fowlers Campground is 5 miles east of the town of McCloud on CA Hwy 89 and about 1 mi. south of the highway on Fowler Public Camp Rd.  Look for a sign "Fowlers / Lower Falls" and turn right just after the sign to go another mile south.  Once you cross River Loop Rd., the left fork goes to the campground and the right fork goes to the day use area for the Lower Falls.  Watch for further info about where to park.  GPS Coord. for the campground:  Lat. 41.2448556, Long. -122.0232556

    Camping or Lodging Options:   For Group 1 only, we have reserved a group campsite for both Friday and Saturday nights at Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort, which is off I-5, a short distance first west and then south of the town of Mt. Shasta, about 4-1/2 hours north of SF (without traffic) and about a 30 minute drive west of your fishing day's meet-up location at Fowlers Campground. (Use Google or other online map app for the I-5 exit and street directions to the lake resort.)  Fees for the Group 1 campsite is included in the registration fee.  Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort will have restroom facilities available for campers.   You must bring your own camping and cooking gear and food/drink for your stay at Lake Siskiyou.  Students are strongly encouraged to stay at the group camp and enjoy the opportunity to get to know your fellow anglers.

    Unfortunately, any group camping accommodations were no longer available for Group 2.  Therefore, if you wish to take advantage of this fish-out event on Sunday, May 30th (Group 2), you will need to arrange for your own camping site among the various NFS, State Park, and private campground options along I-5 or for motel accommodations in the nearby towns of Mt. Shasta, Dunsmuir, Weed, or McCloud.  Correspondingly, Group 2 registration fees are lower for not including camping fees. (Note:  Fowlers Campground and others along the Upper McCloud River do not allow reservations and will likely already be full for the full week before this Memorial Day weekend.)  

    Gear Needed:  Other than any camping gear that you may decide to bring, your fishing and other gear should include:  a 4 or 5 wt fly rod with floating line, at least 2-3 9ft. 4X leaders, mono tippet spools in 3X-5X, fluoro tippet in 4X-5X, a few medium sized indicators of your choice, split-shot in at least AB & BB sizes, forceps, nippers, gel (or liquid) silicon fly floatant, dry-shake desiccant floatant, and a small or medium sized fly box (preferably watertight).   Your registration fee includes a selection of both dry flies and nymphs for the Upper McCloud.  We will be discussing entomology and fly imitations during our preparations meetings to help you purchase or tie other flies to bring with you. 

    Bring a pack of some sort or a fishing vest suitable to carry your fishing gear, lunch, and at least a liter of drinking water, plus a packable rain jacket or water resistant shell if there is any chance of rain or cool weather.  You must have a wading staff with a lanyard, a hat with brim or bill, polarized sunglasses, and at least one wading belt for your waders.  

    Bring waders and wading boots (felt-soled or studded rubber-soled) and, if you think that you might prefer to wet-wade if its hot, a pair of neoprene guard socks (to wear over cotton wading socks to both fill your wading boots and help keep sand out of your socks).

    Don't forget your fishing license (it's a long drive back to get a duplicate copy), sunscreen, and bug repellent.   Optional gear includes sungloves, a buff, a landing net on a stretchy lanyard, a marine safety whistle, tiny first aid kit, small toilet paper or kleenex pack, and a little note book & pencil and maybe a stream thermometer if you are really getting into it.  

    We will follow Covid safety guidelines as well.  If you have not already received a vaccination, plan to have at least your first vaccine completed before this outing.  Bring your masks and hand sanitizer lotion.

    Group 1 Registration fee of $190.00 is non-refundable and covers the guide's fee, a selection of flies, and group campground fees. It does not cover travel costs, lodging (if you decide not to camp), food, or the guide's gratuity.  

    Group 2 Registration fee of $175.00 is non-refundable and covers the guide's fee and a selection of flies.  It does not cover travel costs, lodging, campground fees, food, or the guide's gratuity.  

    Students should remember to personally thank and tip their guide at the end of each day (suggested gratuity for these particular fish-outs is $25-$35 cash per day per studenbased on how much you learned from your guide, not how many fish you caught).  

    Registrations must be completed by paying the fee online within 15 minutes of beginning the registration process to entitle you to a spot. There are no refunds possible if you are unable to go after having completed your registration unless there is someone on a waitlist willing to pay that fee to replace you. 

    As soon as the registrations are mostly filled, you will be getting rosters of the registrants in each group and their contact info so that you may choose to reach out to your group about further plans, etc.

    For questions, contact:  Bruce Greenwood (brucegre@pacbell.net)

    • 19 Jun 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Golden Gate Park casting ponds (1232 JFK Dr., across from the Buffalo Paddock), San Francisco
    Register

    This "Shooting Head and Sinking Line Casting Clinic" to be held on Saturday, June 19th 2021, is only for those current LTFF Level 3/4  students in the club's "Learn to Fly Fish" Program who have already acquired the necessary gear for this and are planning to attend the LTFF Level 3/4 s Surf, Striper, Pyramid Lake, or Steelhead fish-outs this year where these casting skills are likely or often needed.   (Pyramid Lake and Steelhead events are yet to be announced)

    Clinic attendees are reminded to bring your own fly rod and other gear, including waders if you wish to get in the ponds, but also whatever appropriate shooting head or sinking line gear you own now or intend to fish with. This gear includes rods, reels, lines, leaders, and in particular, shooting heads, running lines, sinking lines, and sink tips.  Don't forget your hats and eyewear for safety reasons.  Even though only yarn flies are allowed for this practice, some of those heavy sink heads and tips can cause harm. 

    If you also have a line management device, such as a stripping basket worn around the waist, you should bring that as well.  Use of a stripping basket will be demonstrated, and this is a chance for you to practice and receive coaching as well.

    Please note:  this class is for single handed rods only due to available space and safety concerns.  Please do not bring two-handed rods and attempt shooting head casts during this class event.

    Q&A on shooting heads and sinking lines/tips starting at 8:00AM:    Come to the ponds early on this morning for both a discussion and Q&A on what some of the various options are for shooting heads, sinking tips, and sinking lines these days with all the available lines and casting styles in use today.  

    Steve Morikawa and his team of instructors will offer thoughts about what works well for various fisheries and lead a Q&A session to answer some of your questions and hopefully clear up some of the confusion you may have now about sinking set-ups for strictly single-handed rods, which will be the focus of this clinic.  

    You are encouraged to break out your own sinking shooting head, commando head, sink tip, integrated sink-tip line, or full sinking line set-up (that you plan to cast with later in the casting portion of this clinic starting around 9:00AM) to be inspected and discussed with you about the suitability of this rig for your intended fishing destinations this coming year.  Who knows, you might learn about other options here that may work even better for you.

    Finally, we are asking all attendees to plan to stay after the class for a GGACC loaner rod refurbishment party.  This is an annual project done by the current LTFF class and is a fun way to get to know the GGACC casting instructors as well as your LTFF cohorts.  You have a great opportunity to give back to the club (especially after a fantastic FREE shooting head clinic).   As an added bonus, you will get a hands on opportunity to learn how to completely set up a single handed rod, including practice tying nail nots, and properly maintain your rod setup.

    This event is open to current LTFF Level 3/4 students only.

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



    • 19 Jun 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 20 Jun 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Upper Sacramento River, Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort
    • 13
    Register

       LTFF Upper Sacramento River Fish-outs -- Level 1 Students only 

    These two Upper Sac River Fish-outs on June 18-20 (Group 1, fishing with guides on June 19th)  and June 19-21 (Group 2, fishing on June 20th) are exclusively intended for currently registered Level 1 students in the GGACC's "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) program.  Online registration for these fish-outs will be opened at a date and time to be announced to the entire LTFF Level 1 Class via email. Registration for these fish-outs is limited and based on a first-to-register basis only.  There will be 12 openings for each group.  Registration is limited to only one group initially, with possible 2 fish day options opened afterward as availability allows (per LTFF Program Leader discretion).

    The Upper Sacramento River is one of Northern California's best known fly fishing rivers for rainbow and brown trout due to all the wadeable riffles and pocket water, especially in its upper stretches, which are relatively easy to access from both Interstate 5 and the railroad tracks that parallel much of the river from Lamoine at the south end up to the Cantara railroad bridge that's just north of the historic town of Dunsmuir.  Unlike the Lower Sacramento River, a big tailwater river, that flows out of Lake Shasta, this upper river follows a much more picturesque landscape of forested mountainsides and canyons, including the stunning mountain crags in Castle Crags State Park that borders this river. Most of the I-5 exits along the interstate here lead to some sort of access to the river.  

    Join this fish-out to learn some of the very best places to fish this gorgeous river from our Confluence Outfitter guides.  We plan to have 4 guides, with a guide to student ratio of 1:3.

    Pending further announcement, we will meet up with the guides at 8:30 AM at a location to be communicated later to all registrants. 

    Following COVID safety guidelines, each student will bring their own lunch/snacks and water for the day.  You are expected to arrive, wader up and be ready to listen/learn. The fish-out leader will distribute flies to you and assign you to your guide for the day,  The guide will instruct you how to rig up and go over other subjects starting at 9AM before getting you on the water. 

    Gear Needed:  Other than any camping gear that you may decide to bring, your fishing and other gear should include:  a 4 or 5 wt fly rod with floating line, at least 2-3 9ft. 4X leaders, mono tippet spools in 3X-5X, fluoro tippet in 4X-5X, a few medium sized indicators of your choice, split-shot in at least AB & BB sizes, forceps, nippers, gel (or liquid) silicon fly floatant, dry-shake dessicant floatant, and a small or medium sized fly box (preferably watertight).   Flies will be provided as part of the registration fees.  Entomology and fly imitations will be discussed in prep meetings prior to the fish-out to help you purchase some extra flies to bring along or tie your own before the trip. 

    Bring a pack of some sort, or a fishing vest with a large back pocket, suitable to carry your fishing gear, lunch, and at least one liter of drinking water, plus a packable rain jacket or water resistant shell if there is any chance of rain or cool weather.  You must have a wading staff with a lanyard, a hat with brim or bill, polarized sunglasses, and at least one wading belt for your waders.  

    Bring waders and wading boots (felt-soled or studded rubber-soled) and, if you think that you might prefer to wet-wade if it's really hot, a pair of neoprene guard socks (to wear over cotton wading socks to both fill your wading boots and help keep sand out of your socks). This river will likely be running pretty high still due to snow-melt and running pretty cold, so be sure you bring waders along in your vehicle no matter what you decide to do there.

    Don't forget your fishing license (it's a long drive back to get a duplicate copy), also sunscreen, and bug repellent.   Optional gear includes sungloves, a buff, a landing net on a stretchy lanyard, a marine safety whistle, tiny first aid kit, small toilet paper or kleenex pack, and a little note book & pencil and maybe a stream thermometer if you are really getting into it.  

    We will follow Covid safety guidelines as well.  If you have not already received a vaccination, plan to have at least your first vaccine completed before this outing.  Bring your masks and sanitizer lotion as well.

    Camping or Lodging Options:   We have reserved group campsites at Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort, which is a short distance first to the west and then south of the I-5 exit near the town of Mt. Shasta.  (Use Google or other map apps to get interstate exit and street directions to the resort.)  Travel time from the City is about 4-1/2 hours -- without accounting for traffic, so be sure to leave early enough to not be making others unhappy by setting up your camp after most others have gone to sleep.  

    Group 1 and Group 2 each have separate, overlapping two-night reservations at the campground (overlap is Saturday night).   Fees for these campsites are included in the registration fees.  Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort will have restroom facilities available for campers.   You must bring your own camping and cooking gear and food/drink for your stay at Lake Siskiyou.

    Camping is strongly encouraged to get better acquainted with your fellow students. However, if you need a motel instead, there are motel accommodations possible in the nearby towns of Mt. Shasta, Dunsmuir, and Weed. 

    This fish-out is limited to the first 24 of the Level 1 students to register (two groups of 12 students).  The time and date that online registration opens will be announced to the class by email.  It is highly recommended that you try to attend the first fish-out in mid-May at the Upper McCloud so you are better prepared for this more challenging venue.

    Registration fee of $240.00 is non-refundable and covers the guide's fee (but not guide gratuities of $25-50 per day per person), flies, and campground fees. It does not cover your travel costs, motels (if you decide not to camp), food, or guide gratuities. Online payment of registration fee must be made within 15 minutes of starting the registration steps and your registration is not completed until notice shows of email confirmation sent. 

    For questions, contact:  Bruce Greenwood (brucegre@pacbell.net)


    • 26 Jun 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 27 Jun 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Upper Sacramento River, Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort
    • 4
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          LTFF Upper Sacramento River Fish-outs -- Level 2 Students only 

    These two Upper Sac River Fish-outs on June 25-27 (Group 1, fishing with guides on June 26th)  and June 26-28 (Group 2, fishing on June 27th) are 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 at a date and time to be announced to the entire LTFF Level 2 Class via email. Registration for these fish-outs is limited and based on a first-to-register basis only.  There will be 12 openings for each group.  Registration is limited to only one group initially, with 2 fish day options opened afterward as availability allows (per LTFF Program Leader discretion).

    The Upper Sacramento River is one of Northern California's best known fly fishing rivers for rainbow and brown trout due to all the wadeable riffles and pocket water, especially in its upper stretches, which are relatively easy to access from both Interstate 5 and the railroad tracks that parallel much of the river from Lamoine at the south end up to the Cantara railroad bridge that's just north of the historic town of Dunsmuir.  Unlike the Lower Sacramento River, a big tailwater river, that flows out of Lake Shasta, this upper river follows a much more picturesque landscape of forested mountainsides and canyons, including the stunning mountain crags in Castle Crags State Park that borders this river. Most of the I-5 exits along the interstate here lead to some sort of access to the river.  

    Join this fish-out to learn some of the very best places to fish this gorgeous river from our Confluence Outfitter guides.  We plan to have 4 guides, with a guide to student ratio of 1:3.

    Pending further announcement, we will meet up with the guides at 8:30 AM at a location to be communicated later to all registrants. 

    Following COVID safety guidelines, each student will bring their own lunch/snacks and water for the day.  You are expected to arrive, wader up and be ready to listen/learn. The fish-out leader will distribute flies to you and assign you to your guide for the day,  The guide will instruct you how to rig up and go over other subjects starting at 9AM before getting you on the water. 

    Gear Needed:  Other than any camping gear that you may decide to bring, your fishing and other gear should include:  a 4 or 5 wt fly rod with floating line, at least 2-3 9ft. 4X leaders, mono tippet spools in 3X-5X, fluoro tippet in 4X-5X, a few medium sized indicators of your choice, split-shot in at least AB & BB sizes, forceps, nippers, gel (or liquid) silicon fly floatant, dry-shake dessicant floatant, and a small or medium sized fly box (preferably watertight).   Flies will be provided as part of the registration fees.  Entomology and fly imitations will be discussed in prep meetings prior to the fish-out to help you purchase some extra flies to bring along or tie your own before the trip. 

    Bring a pack of some sort, or a fishing vest with a large back pocket, suitable to carry your fishing gear, lunch, and at least one liter of drinking water, plus a packable rain jacket or water resistant shell if there is any chance of rain or cool weather.  You must have a wading staff with a lanyard, a hat with brim or bill, polarized sunglasses, and at least one wading belt for your waders.  

    Bring waders and wading boots (felt-soled or studded rubber-soled) and, if you think that you might prefer to wet-wade if it's really hot, a pair of neoprene guard socks (to wear over cotton wading socks to both fill your wading boots and help keep sand out of your socks). This river will likely be running pretty high still due to snow-melt and running pretty cold, so be sure you bring waders along in your vehicle no matter what you decide to do there.

    Don't forget your fishing license (it's a long drive back to get a duplicate copy), also sunscreen, and bug repellent.   Optional gear includes sungloves, a buff, a landing net on a stretchy lanyard, a marine safety whistle, tiny first aid kit, small toilet paper or kleenex pack, and a little note book & pencil and maybe a stream thermometer if you are really getting into it.  

    We will follow Covid safety guidelines as well.  If you have not already received a vaccination, plan to have at least your first vaccine completed before this outing.  Bring your masks and sanitizer lotion as well.

    Camping or Lodging Options:   We have reserved group campsites at Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort, which is a short distance first to the west and then south of the I-5 exit near the town of Mt. Shasta.  (Use Google or other map apps to get interstate exit and street directions to the resort.)  Travel time from the City is about 4-1/2 hours -- without accounting for traffic, so be sure to leave early enough to not be making others unhappy by setting up your camp after most others have gone to sleep.  

    Group 1 and Group 2 each have separate, overlapping two-night reservations at the campground (overlap is Saturday night).   Fees for these campsites are included in the registration fees.  Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort will have restroom facilities available for campers.   You must bring your own camping and cooking gear and food/drink for your stay at Lake Siskiyou.

    Camping is strongly encouraged to get better acquainted with your fellow students. However, if you need a motel instead, there are motel accommodations possible in the nearby towns of Mt. Shasta, Dunsmuir, and Weed. 

    This fish-out is limited to the first 24 of the Level 2 students to register (two groups of 12 students).  The time and date that online registration opens will be announced to the class by email.  It is highly recommended that you try to attend the first fish-out in mid-May at the Upper McCloud so you are better prepared for this more challenging venue.

    Registration fee of $240.00 is non-refundable and covers the guide's fee (but not guide gratuities of $25-50 per day per person), flies, and campground fees. It does not cover your travel costs, motels (if you decide not to camp), food, or guide gratuities. Online payment of registration fee must be made within 15 minutes of starting the registration steps and your registration is not completed until notice shows of email confirmation sent. 

    For questions, contact:  Bruce Greenwood (brucegre@pacbell.net)

    • 07 Jul 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • Anglers Lodge, GG Park
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    This LTFF Surf Clinic will be held at the Angler's Lodge at 7:00pm on Wednesday, July 7 2021, for LTFF Level 3/4 students who think they might want to try fly fishing on our coastal beaches and those portions of the San Francisco Bay subject to surf conditions, or just want to learn more about this before ever hitting the beach or wading into the surf -- our truly closest fishery! 

    Attendance at this clinic will be considered mandatory for any LTFF Level 3/4 students registered for the LTFF Level 3/4 Surf Fish-out on July 17,2021 down at Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica since this clinic will serve as a pre-meeting for that fish-out.  It will also be very useful in preparing LTFF Level 3/4 students hoping to participate in the LTFF Level 3/4 O'Neill ForeBay Striper Fish-out this fall.  

    DUE TO CURRENT COVID REQUREMENTS, THIS CLINIC IS OPEN TO LTFF LEVEL 3/4 STUDENTS ONLY.

    Our presenter Bill Scharninghausen, a well-known Northern California guide, has conducted surf clinics in past years for the former California Fly Shop (where he was on the pro-staff), the GGACC, and many other fly fishing clubs. He has a great amount of surf fly fishing experience in our immediate coastal area especially.

    Before trying to fly fish in surf conditions, it is important that you attend this special clinic. Surf fly fishing is a definitely challenging and Bill’s presentation can make all the difference in preparing you to enjoy this experience rather than causing you to possibly fear it instead.

    Please REGISTER here on the club calendar for this July 7th Surf Clinic & LTFF Surf Fish-out Pre-Meeting so that we’ll know to expect you. Thank you. 

    Contact:  Bruce Greenwood (brucegre@pacbell.net)


    • 09 Jul 2021
    • 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • 13 Jul 2021
    • 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • Missouri River near Craig, MT
    • 0
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                       Montana Fish-Out (LTFF Level 3&4 - Intermediates)

    This extremely popular fish-out is what most of you have waited your 3 years in the LTFF program for:  The Learn to Fly Fish trip to Montana always seems to be the highlight for most students in the program and is the one trip that just about everyone who goes each year ends up pleading to get the chance to go again.

    But we can never promise that and we can never take more than at most 10 from the class each year.  So, if you can possibly be one of the lucky 10 students that gets to go this year for 3 days of fabulous guided drift fishing (after arriving Friday, July 9 and not leaving before Tuesday, July 13), you'll want to do it.  These dates are the weekend following the July 4th weekend (which is never a good time to fish this river due to the crowds).   

    We will be float (or drift) fishing on a famed tailwater stretch of the upper Missouri River for 3 days (on Saturday -- Monday this year) out of Craig, Montana each day.  The dry fly and nymph fishing for the big strong rainbow and brown trout in this incredibly abundant fishery is world renowned. (Our club casting instructor lead, and former president Willy George loves this place and often stays in his camper there for up to 2 weeks at a time to fish the "Mo" at this time of year, as he has done for probably 20 plus years.)

    We will be fishing with the HeadHunters Fly Shop's guides, some of the very best you'll ever experience. They will supply all the gear required including fly rods, leaders, flies, etc. However, you are welcome to bring your own gear if you desire, especially if you can stick around to walk/wade fish this river with some of us for a few days more and fish one or more of the other famous rivers in the area on your own, or with a guide that maybe a couple of you will line up afterword to float or wade/walk with.

    Sandals or water shoes, rather than waders, are advised on these Missouri River drift boats for most of the warm sunny days at this time of year which, like most areas flanking the Rockies, may offer also a brief afternoon rain shower. However, if you don't bring waders (only bring them because you need them for something else), DO remember to pack a pair of rain pants along with a good-quality rain jacket. One cold, all-day-long rainstorm on our first day on the river a couple years ago taught us this lesson, and there's always the possibility of a cold rain or hail storm blowing through. 

    The transportation options, logistics, gear, licensing, the fish-out rules, etc. will be covered in a pre-fishout meeting, so do try hard to be there if you can.  I will send out some notes to those who can't make it, but you should look at the pre-meeting as a good opportunity to coordinate your travel plans or to discuss teaming up for traveling and fishing in the area, or for arranging to share a car rental from one of the local airports. 

    We have rented the Jumping Rainbow Lodge, a large house that is situated right on the river about 8 miles from Craig. We have rented this house for many years now because it makes a great home base for us and there is nothing in town or in the area nearly as big.

    The tiny town of Craig, MT is located on Interstate I-15 about halfway between the cities of Helena and Great Falls (it's about a 50 mile drive northeast from Helena and a little shorter drive southwest from Great Falls).  

    If you are planning to fly there, the airports in those two cities are the closest possibilities, but there is also Bozeman, MT which is about a 2-1/2 hour drive away and Missoula, MT, which is probably just about as far. Flights fill up quickly, so start looking at your options and checking available flights and prices now before the first pre-meeting to be able to discuss your preference for driving there or flying to one of these airports. 

    If possible, you want to arrive at the rental house sometime on Friday afternoon, July 9, (since I should be able to get us into the house around 3PM).  And you won't need to leave the house until 10AM, Tuesday morning, July 14, since we've also rented the house for that Monday night to allow for a full day's fishing on Monday.  

    Some of you may wish to stay on for a few days of wade fishing the Missouri River or local creeks and other rivers, in which case, we'll try to extend our reservation in Jumping Rainbow Lodge, if possible and if there's enough interest, or locate other nearby lodging that's smaller.  Additional nights will be charged accordingly.  

    We will cook our own group dinner on Friday night, but our dinner on Saturday and Sunday nights will be catered (which will provide left-overs for Monday night).  Lunches will be provided by the guides on Sat.-Mon., and we will have enough food in the house for a quick breakfast each morning and for hors d'oevres and adult beverages for happy hour each afternoon. Volunteering for helping to cook breakfasts and some kitchen clean-up will be covered in the pre-meeting. 

    Covid:  Covid vaccinations will be required.  It is understood that there may be differing points of view on this, but please consider:

    • -        Many guides are now requiring vaccinations.   Maintaining proper social distance in drift boats is nearly impossible.
    • -        As we will be eating and rooming together at the lodge, it makes sense out of mutual respect for each other, as well as our hosts and guides.

    Your compliance and cooperation is appreciated by all.

    The total fee for this event this year is $1,450 which covers all 3 days of top-notch guided fishing and gear, 4 nights in the lodge, and all meals and beverages (including wine and beer) for most of those 4 days. It DOES NOT cover your transportation expenses, a Montana fishing license (with a req'd. small conservation fee and separate aquatic nuisance fee), or the guides' gratuities. 

    Those who have gone on this fish-out before have had some of their best fishing days ever, and had such a grand time together, that they would go again in a heartbeat if we'd only let them.  So, if you regrettably can't make it, you may be making someone else very happy. 

    For lodging reasons, this trip is limited to only 10 Intermediate students, so sign up as quickly as you can so that you don't miss out!  

    Cost:  $1,450 payable online as a non-refundable registration fee (unless there is someone on the waitlist to replace you).  

    Contact for more info:

    Bruce Greenwood (brucegre@pacbell.net)

    • 17 Jul 2021
    • 6:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Linda Mar Beach, Pacifica (off Hwy 1 near Linda Mar Blvd)
    • 0
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    This LTFF Level 3/4 Surf Fish-out will be Saturday, July 17 2021, 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.  

    This event is open to current Learn To Fly Fish students, Level 3/4 only.

    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.  

    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 -- the club has a few padded-vest type PFD's to loan out, but bring your own vest or inflatable PFD if you have one.  (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 be a Shooting Head Clinic, led by Steve Morikawa, offered prior to this fish-out. As a registrant, you should plan to attend this clinic.  This is scheduled for Saturday, June 19th.  Check out the GGACC events calendar to register for this LTFF-only event.

    There will also be a Surf Clinic at the Anglers Lodge, at 7:00PM on Wednesday, July 7th  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. 

    As a Level 3/4 Learn To Fly Fish student, you should consider both of these clinics as key skills building sessions in your curriculum.

    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

    • 07 Aug 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • 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 8/7/2021:

    This Float Tube Clinic on Saturday morning, August 7, 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 PDF's for participants to try-out in the West pond.  

    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 students only, and is intended for both skills instruction and preparation for the LTFF Level 3 Striper fish-out on the O’Neill Forebay, October 2, 2021. 

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


    • 08 Sep 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • Anglers Lodge, GG Park
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    This LTFF Striper Clinic will be held at the Angler's Lodge at 7:00pm on Thurs., Sept. 8, 2021 is for LTFF Level 3/4 who want to pursue Striped Bass with a fly rod around the San Francisco Bay, in the O'Neill Forebay at San Luis Reservoir, or elsewhere. 

    Due to current Covid restrictions, this event is open ONLY to current LTFF Level 3/4 students.

    Attendance at this clinic is required for all 2021 LTFF Level 3/4 students hoping to register for the LTFF Level 3/4 O'Neill Forebay Striper Fish-out on Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 (for which you must supply your own personal watercraft such as a float tube, pontoon boat, kayak, pram, etc. & PFD's are mandatory)), since this clinic is being offered in lieu of any fish-out pre-meeting.  

    Our presenter Bill Scharninghausen, a long-time Northern California angler and guide, has conducted striped bass clinics in past years for the California Fly Shop, the GGACC, and many other fly fishing clubs. He has a wealth of striper fly fishing experience gained at O'Neill, San Luis, and the Delta as well as around our immediate coastal and bay areas.

    Whether out on open-bodies of water or casting from the shore of our tidal waters, striper fly fishing can be challenging, and at times a little risky, so Bill’s presentation can make all the difference in preparing you to enjoy this experience safely and still catch more fish.

    Contact:  Bruce Greenwood (brucegre@pacbell.net)


    • 02 Oct 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 6:30 PM (PDT)
    • San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area off CA-152
    • 0
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    This 2021 LTFF Level 3/4 fish-out for Striped Bass on O'Neill Forebay is scheduled for 7:00AM -- 5:00PM on Saturday, October  2. 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 on Oct. 2 is reserved for 2021 registered "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) Level 3/4 Students ONLY -- unless specifically announced otherwise by the LTFF Program Director Bruce Greenwood.  

    Registration will be limited to 5 students.   Anyone registering for this O'Neill Striper fish-out should attend the Striper Clinic on Wednesday evening, September 8, 2021, in the Anglers Lodge that will serve as the pre-meeting for these fish-outs

    Registered students should also attend (1) Shooting Head Clinic by Steve Morikawa on June 19th, and (2) Float Tube Safety Clinic by Jeff Hogan on August 7th.  Please register for these LTFF-only events on the GGACC events calendar.

    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 

    Note:  We discovered that you can no longer choose your camp site online. If that is the case again this year, the camp host at the San Luis Creek Campground (or at the SRA gate) may be assigning camp sites upon your arrival. 

    There is 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 $175.00, which includes a few sample flies, but does NOT include any gratuity, meals, the rec area access fee / daily boating permit, camping fee, or other lodging cost.  

    For more information, contact:

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




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