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 May 2022
    • 23 May 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Upper Sacramento River, Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort
    • 3


    LTFF Upper Sacramento River Fish-outs -- Level 2 Students only 

    These two Upper Sac River Fish-outs on May 20-May 23 (Group 1, fishing with guides on May 21)  and May 21-23 (Group 2, fishing on May 22) 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 6 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 mountain sides 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 2 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. 

    Registration fees include ingredients for you to make your own lunch at the campground prior to morning departure.  You are expected to arrive at the meeting spot, 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) silicone fly floatant, dry-shake desiccant 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 may 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 CA 2022 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 notebook & pencil and maybe a stream thermometer if you are really getting into it.  

    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 McCloud. 

    This fish-out is limited to the first 12 of the Level 2 students to register (two groups of 6 students).  The time and date that online registration opens will be announced to the class by email.  

    Registration fee of $275.00 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 (except lunch), 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:  Charles Marsh (senor.charles@gmail.com)

    • 21 May 2022
    • 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Lower Yuba River, Marysville
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    LTFF Level 3&4 Shad Fishout on the Lower Yuba River

    This is a one day only introduction to Shad fishing for LTFF Level 3/4 students on the Yuba River on Saturday, May 21st.  We have reserved two guided jet boats (5 students total plus the fishout leader) for this one day outing on the Lower Yuba River.  We will meet at the boat launch site at Marysville and travel by jet boat up the Yuba to fish.

    If you are lucky enough to get into shad, it can be a whole bunch of fun!   If you already own a 6-8wt single-hand rod and a shooting head set-up with a Type 3 or Type 4 sinking shooting head (ie., 3-4 or 4-5 ips sink rate) on a floating mono (or floating, coated-fly line-type) running line OR an integrated sinking line with a roughly 180-275 gr. sinking head and know how to cast this set-up that would be ideal.  Depending on how fast the river is flowing, a Type 6 shooting head (or maybe a 10' sink-tip of T8 or T11) may work also.   Having a selection of sink rate heads/lines will aid you as the fish move up and down the water column based on temperature.  You may be fishing relatively shallow in the cool morning and fairly deep by mid-day. 

    You will definitely be using the skills you learned in Willy’s Shooting Head and Sinking Line clinic in early February.

    Shad are present in our Northern California rivers for a brief period during the spring, which also coincides with water flows for rice farming.  As a result, river flows can be shallow, so jet boats are used to navigate the potentially low water levels at this time.

    We will meet our guides early in the morning (likely 7AM, but this will be determined closer to the event).   We will be off the water by mid to late afternoon.  Marysville is a 2 ½ hour drive from GGACC, so you may prefer to make your own motel reservation for Friday evening in the Marysville/Yuba City area.

    Our guides will prepare and serve a BBQ lunch on the river, which is included in your registration fees.  The guides will also provide necessary flies.

    As you may have heard, shad are often referred to as the "poor-man's tarpon" since they can put up quite a battle for their small size -- esp. on a light fly rod.   For handling shad I suggest that you may want to have a pair of sungloves or similar half-fingered gloves -- which is something that you will want to be sure to wash when you get home.  

    Bring a windbreaker or fleece (just in case it cools off), polarized glasses, and hat.  The guides will provide the rest.

    This fish-out will be limited to 5 students and a fishout leader.  The registration fee to cover the guides is $300 per person.  As always, guide gratuities are not included—and $35-$50 per person tip is recommended. 

    As with all GGACC LTFF events, your registration is non-cancellable and non-refundable.  If you find that you must cancel, it is your responsibility to find a replacement.

    Contact info:

    Bruce Greenwood    brucegre@pacbell.net

    • 03 Jun 2022
    • 7:00 AM
    • 05 Jun 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • Cassel Campground, Burney, CA
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    Hat Creek!   In the shadow of Mt. Lassen, this is both a beautiful and challenging fly fishing venue for LTFF Level 2 anglers.   You will learn techniques to be on your game to catch trout in this great location!

    Unlike the LTFF fishouts you've been on recently, this event also re-introduces club mentors rather than professional guides.  We have a great group of LTFF alumni with experience on this river to guide you and teach you strategies and skills for this water.

    Unless announced otherwise, this mentored Hat Creek fish-out is only being offered to a limited number of this year's enrolled Level 2 students in the club's "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) Program on a first-to-register basis. Do not register for this event if you are NOT in this class, or risk losing your registration fee. 

    There will be only two days of mentored fishing for ONE group of 8 anglers .

    We have structured this outing for one group of 8 students, with two days of mentored fishing (Friday and Saturday).  After a morning fishing session, we will take afternoon breaks while the fishing slows down.  You may choose to rest or explore during the afternoon, and then return in the evening hopefully for a nice hatch and more great fishing!   The schedule then allows for a Sunday departure for the roughly 5 hour return drive to the Bay Area.

    Jessica Grey and John Chung will be your fishout leaders, taking charge of the logistics. Jessica is a LTFF alum who loves to fish the Burney area rivers, especially Hat Creek and the (much more difficult) Pit River.  They will be assisted by one of the club's excellent casting instructors and most experienced fly anglers, Brian Endlich, who has led this fish-out in past years since he's extremely familiar with Hat Creek — having fished it for probably some 40 years!  We will have at least two other club mentors providing a 2:1 student to mentor ratio for great expert coaching!

    Hat Creek is one of California’s most renowned trout streams and a favorite dry fly water for many of the state’s best fly fishers — especially on the Wild River section and other famous stretches of this special river that we expect to fish. And since this is a spring-fed stream, it should have a good water level regardless of run-off.  

    Limited Registration:  This fish-out will be limited to 8 students only in order not to over-crowd the river.   

    Campground:We will be camping at PG&E's public  Cassel Campground (off Hwy 299 east of Burney).   Campsite reservations won't open until later in April.  We will detail the specific campsites in our pre-fishout zoom call.   Camping with the group is highly encouraged for both proximity to fishing, as well as getting the most out of this great fishing venue.

    In past years, we've been able to pitch 2-3 tents per campsite at Cassel without objection (the area mgr. actually suggested these particular "back loop" sites for us to do so). There are no group camp sites in either this or any other nearby campgrounds, but this arrangement should work to allow most of the students  to camp together in adjacent campsites  rather than being spread out throughout the campground. We have paid extra for up to 2 vehicles per campsite.  Any more than that and we may have to park some vehicles at the gate to the campground (after unloading) -- or pay an extra $5/night for additional vehicles if there is space to park them off the loop road -- but the area mgr. may decide that when he sees how many vehicles we have (another good reason to carpool, if possible). 

    Should you prefer to reserve a campsite of your own though to perhaps stay longer, then go to pge.com and under the "Find A Park" tab, search for Cassel Campground and book your own site very soon.  (Another, but much smaller, PG&E campground in that area is North Shore Campground, if you can’t find any more open spots in Cassel.)

    Motels:  For those who prefer not to camp, the motels in nearby Burney include:

    Charm Motel (ph 530-335-3300,  www.charm.burneylodging.com)

    Green Gables (ph. 530-335-3300,  www.greengables.burneylodging.com)

    Shasta Pines Motel & Suites (ph. 530-335-2201,  www.shastapinesmotel.com)

    Meeting Place:  Everyone will need to meet at Jessica's campsite (UON) in Cassel 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. 

    Driving Directions:  Google "Cassel Campground”:  the shortest route is to follow I-5N to Redding, from there take CA-299E to Cassel Road — about 5 hours total drive time without traffic (from Redding it is about 1 hr. 15 min. without traffic) 

    If you need them, follow these directions:  Take Exit #680 off of I-5 for CA-299/Lake Blvd., keep right at the fork and follow signs for Burney/Alturas/CA-299E, follow CA-299E for 50 miles to Burney, continue east of Burney on CA Hwy 299E for 7 more miles (to 2 miles past the junction with Hwy. 89), turn south (right) onto Cassel Road, drive 3.6 miles and turn left at paved access road into the campground (just before the bridge and across from Cassel Post Office).

    Camping Equipment:  It is suggested that you have your own tent (with tent stakes, footprint/plastic tarp, and rainfly) or an agreement to share a tent with someone.  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 can cook dinners in camp, or there are at least two possible restaurants on Main St. in Burney that smaller groups may decide to use:  Rex Club (ph. 530-335-4184, they also have cabins)  Art’s Outpost (Steak House & Italian, ph. 530-335-2835)

    There are also other diners, a Subway for sandwiches, pizza joints, and other fast food options in Burney: (www.reddingcentral.com/Dine/dine-Burney.htm)

    We will be providing groceries for making your own sandwiches for sack lunches on each fishing day only.  Lunches will most likely be held in camp with a chance to rest from the heat of the day and to reorganize mentors' groupings if requested. 

    NOTE:  Other than the two sack lunches 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 3-5wt 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 (these fish can be picky!)  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.  Bring foam hoppers or Chubby Chernobyl pattern flies for hopper (dry) / dropper rigging if you prefer this rather than indicator nymphing, or simply tight-line nymph instead (although Hat Creek has very little pocket water where tight-lining works best).  "Swinging" of soft-hackled flies is another very good choice.

    Flies:  We will be providing at least a dozen flies to each student -- some dries, a couple buggers, and a few nymph patterns, as suggested by Brian for this water. These flies will likely only be packaged in sandwich bags for distributing to you, 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 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 "The Fly Shop" on your way up there (located just south of Redding on east side of I-5 backed up to the frwy.:  take the Churn Creek Road exit, then head north about a 1/2 mile or so on the frontage road to see the shop on your left). There's also the "Shasta Angler" in Fall River Mills, which is 5-10 miles past the Hat Creek area on CA-299 (for good local knowledge from owner Matt). 

    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. 

    Wading:  As a spring creek, Hat Creek can be pretty cold, but you may decide when you get there and test the water that you might prefer to wet-wade  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 polypo liner socks to help fill-out your wading boots.  Lightweight (i.e., nylon) long pants are recommended (in lieu of wearing shorts) for wet-wading to better protect your shins from scrapes on rocks, scratchy brush, poison oak, etc.

    Registration Fee:  The registration fee is $145 per student.  This fee is needed to hopefully cover the cost of all the campground fees, the purchase of flies, groceries for lunches, etc.  It does not include the cost of transportation, lodging, meals (other than 2 lunches), or any other expenses. 

    Communications:   John Chung will lead this fishout and coordinate accordingly.  (415)-577-5585   jschung1@gmail.com

    Note: There is only spotty to very poor cell phone service in the Hat Creek area -- try texting up there instead, which is also hit-or-miss.  

    • 08 Jun 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom call


    Please register in order to receive the Zoom link.

    This LTFF Surf Clinic will be held as a Zoom call at 7:00pm on Wednesday, June 8 2022, 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!   

    All class registrants will receive an invite by email with the Zoom call specifics.

    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 30,2022 down at Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica since this clinic will serve as a pre-meeting for that fish-out.  

    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 clinic so you can receive the Zoom invite information.  You are welcome to attend this clinic if you do not register for the LTFF fishout.

    Contact:  Bruce Greenwood (brucegre@pacbell.net)

    • 08 Jul 2022
    • 6:00 AM
    • 13 Jul 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • Missouri River near Craig, MT
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    Montana Fish-Out

    NOW OPEN if you are a current LTFF student (Level 3/4) or past LTFF graduate.

    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 8 and not leaving before Wednesday, 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.

    This year we will also continue the tradition of having Willy George join us on Tuesday, July 12th for a ADDED full day clinic on fishing the Missouri with special emphasis on the technique of “head hunting”.   Willy has put together a unique and amazing day of instruction...and fishing....    Suffice to say this is a day you will remember and you definitely don’t want to miss this opportunity!   There is not likely a better day of instruction and fishing out there!

    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.   https://www.headhuntersflyshop.com/

    You are of course invited to arrive prior and/or stay after our reservations and fish the Missouri or one of the other famous rivers in the area.    You are responsible of course for your own reservations outside of July 9-13.  Be aware that Montana is a popular destination and both lodging and guide reservations can fill up.  Plan early!

    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. You will likely want to have your waders available for our day in Willy’s clinic.  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 to be there if you can.  We will record this zoom call meeting for 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. 

    Our traditional lodging (Jumping Rainbow Lodge) was recently sold and the new owners do not plan to make the house available for rental, so this year we will be at the Wolf Creek Lodge, located (not surprisingly) at Wolf Creek…a short drive from Craig where the Headhunters Outfitters shop is located.    http://www.craiglodging.com/?page_id=1414

    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. 

    You should plan to arrive at the Wolf Creek Lodge sometime late on Friday afternoon, July 8.  And you won't need to leave the house until Wednesday morning, July 13.   We will confirm specific check-in and check-out times at our planning meeting.

    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, as well as lunch and dinner on Tuesday. All should expect to volunteer for helping to cook breakfasts and some kitchen clean-up will be covered in the pre-meeting. 

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

    ·         -        Many guides now require 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 $1,950 which covers all 3 days of top-notch guided fishing and gear, Willy’s amazing day-long clinic, 5 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 Level 3&4 students, so sign up as quickly as you can so that you don't miss out!  

    Cost:  $1,950 payable online as a non-refundable registration fee (unless there is someone on the waitlist to replace you).  

    GGACC policy is that reservations are non-cancellable.  Please plan accordingly before you register!

    Contact for more info:

    Bruce Greenwood (brucegre@pacbell.net)

    • 30 Jul 2022
    • 6:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Linda Mar Beach, Pacifica (off Hwy 1 near Linda Mar Blvd)
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    This LTFF Level 3/4 Surf Fish-out will be Saturday, July 30 2022, 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: Mike Nelson micnel@protonmail.com

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