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

    • 22 Sep 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Anglers Lodge and east & center casting ponds

    More info to follow from John Murphy

    • 10 Nov 2018
    • 7:30 AM
    • 11 Nov 2018
    • 3:30 PM
    • Weaverville, CA on Trinity River
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    This Learn to Fly Fish (LTFF) Trinity River Steelhead Fish-out is offered initially to only those students enrolled in the club's 2018 LTFF Intermediate Class.  Until advised otherwise by the fish-out leader, each student can sign up for only one group for one day's fishing on this weekend (i.e., for Grp. 1 on Sat., 11/10 or for Grp. 2 on Sun., 11/11). However, with the 5 boats we have, it is likely that some students will be able to have guided fishing both days. 

    Due to the distance to this river, everyone will need to find their own lodging in the Weaverville / Douglas City area for at least the night before and, ideally, for the night after fishing also.  Campgrounds may be closed at this time of year, so check ahead if that is your plan. 

    Registration Fee:  $275.00 each day, includes the guide fee and the shuttle service cost but DOES NOT INCLUDE guide gratuity, lodging, meals (other than lunch), or travel costs. Suggested gratuity is $40-60 from each person. 

    Meeting place:  We will meet our Confluence Outfitters' guides each morning in the parking lot in front of Tops Supermarket in Weaverville (located behind the Burger King, on your right as you drive into town).  Unless advised otherwise, the meet time will be 7:30AM sharp each morning, dressed in your waders and ready to go.  Please be prompt. 

    Check the weather before leaving home and pack accordingly, including rain gear (always) and proper layering to adjust for temp changes during the day.  In addition to a lunch and non-alcoholic beverages, our guides will provide (for sure) single hand fly rods, rigging for at least indicator fishing, and all flies needed, but you may bring your own rod if you prefer (or bring it cased up as a back-up, should you not be comfortable with the guide's rod).  

    Fishing Gear:  If you choose to or need to bring your own, rods should be 6wt-8wt (7wt is ideal for a sgl. hand rod, 6wt is best on this smaller river for 2-handed rods) and at least 9' or longer.  We will be trying to accommodate all Spey casters (or those choosing to swing with single hand rods and shooting head set-ups) as much as we can, but both students in a boat will need to be doing that at any given time since that requires wading the runs (rather than drifting them in the boat while indicator nymphing).  

    If you are a Spey caster (sgl. or 2-handed) and wish to swing rather than indicator nymph, be sure to bring your own rod, reel, and various heads or tips for this purpose (floating, intermediate, slow to fast sink polyleaders, or Type 2-4 shooting heads, or T-7 to T-10 sink heads) in case the guides don't have something better to offer you for swinging. (If need be, let me know your needs in advance and I will try to communicate this to the guides).  

    Gear list (other than fishing gear):

    Waders and boots (recommend felt or studded felt); wading belts (2 preferably); rain jacket; one or more hats depending on weather; gloves (both warm & sun); wading staff; spare set of clothes in a dry bag; water-protected phone or camera; polarized sunglasses; headlamp; sunscreen and/or buff; 2018 Fishing License & Steelhead Card; and (optional) area map or Delorme California atlas.

    Participants will be assigned to guides based on whether they indicate that they wish to mostly nymph (indicator) or swing (one or two-handed).

    Dinners:  Suggestions for possible group dining include Indian Creek Lodge Cafe (on CA299 approx. 8 mi EAST of Weaverville) and The Grange Restaurant in the historic center of town (reopened recently under new mgt.).  Let John know your wishes ASAP since we may need to get a reservation beforehand. 

    Since this Weaverville destination is more than an hour over a pass from Redding (nearly 5 hours or more total drive time), it is important that you arrive in the area the night before and strongly suggested that you spend another night in the area before driving home.

    Lodging recommendations and more info:  Go to www.confluenceoutfitters.com and under the "Lodging" tab, click on Weaverville CA and scroll down to find a list of suggested lodging and motels in the area.  The nicest place is Indian Creek Lodge is about 8 miles east of Weaverville on CA-299 as you come down from the pass (beyond Steel Bridge Road but east of Douglas City), the farthest away and maybe cheapest is Lewiston Valley Motel (on the other side of the pass and 4 miles north of the highway), but there are several good motel options right in Weaverville too. 

    Additional Information for your Trinity River Trip:

    Trinity River Fishing License Requirements: You must have a regular freshwater fishing license (either a daily license or a season license) AND a Steelhead Catch Report Card. If ordering your license online, please do so at least two weeks prior to your trip because you must have the original copy of the Steelhead Card on your person while fishing. Go to www.ca.wildlifelicense.com to buy your license online.

    Fish-out leader:  John Murphy

    Email: jmurphy7599@gmail.com
    Mobile Phone: 650-799-1695

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