THIS CLASS HAS BEEN FILLED. Please register for wait list if both interested and qualified as noted below.
This posted event is ONLY for signing up this year’s class of Intermediate students for the "Learn to Fly Fish" Program.
The “Learn to Fly Fish” (Step 3) Intermediate Class offers more guided or mentored, but now also more challenging, “fish-outs” to primarily those LTFF program students who participated in last year’s (Step 2) Novice Class.
These fish-outs are educational trips, not intended for more experienced club members (who can participate in the club’s Rendezvous program) or for beginners. There are no required ‘class days’ (classroom instruction) for Intermediate Class, but there will be several clinics offered to help prepare for these fish-outs.
If there are still spots in this Intermediate Class available after last year’s registered Novice students have been given a chance to sign up, then any remaining spots may be filled by previous year’s Intermediates wishing to repeat or possibly attend those fish-outs that they may have missed out on previously. However, we must limit the size of this class to only 15 persons (on a first-come, first-served basis) since the venues we book and the various fish-out destinations are necessarily restricted to somewhat fewer numbers than this.
The Intermediate Class is the 3rd year of the typically 3-year long LTFF program in which we continue to expand the students’ fly fishing experiences to target more species in different waters. Our goal is to give the LTFF program graduates the confidence and experience to go fly fishing wherever they may choose to follow their passion, and to help them to hopefully find long-time fishing buddies among their classmates to do this with.
The Intermediate class fish-outs will be separately described and posted for registration on their respective dates on the club calendar as they are finalized. The registered class members will get email alerts for signing up for all fish-outs.
In addition to the fees charged for the cost of individual fish-outs (kept as low as possible through club or educational discounts, group camp site reservations, etc.), there is a class signup fee of $125 to cover the various administrative costs of this program.
You must register on this event site (Feb. 10) to be included in the 2016 Intermediate Class BEFORE signing up for any of the coming (Step 3) Intermediate fish-outs – so don’t dawdle or you may be left out. A wait list will be generated for those unfortunate souls too late to be the first 15 people to sign-up.
This year’s Intermediates will have chances to fish in five or more fish-outs within California and at least two out-of-state.
We will start the season with a 1- or 2-day Pyramid Lake fish-out on Sunday and Monday, April 3 & 4. If you attended the January ‘Skills Building’ talk about this lake or viewed some of the slideshow photos of it on our club’s home page, you will recognize this trip as the one where we stand on ladders in the lake to cast for this Nevada lake’s famously hefty Lahontan Cutthroat trout (where one of last year’s Intermediate students landed a 12.75 LB beauty!).
We’ll also have a Shad fish-out for either Sunday or Monday, May 22nd or 23rd on the Sacramento River, which is a load of fun (shad fight hard, like baby tarpon). There will be an introduction to Surf fly fishing on a beach south of Santa Cruz a month or so later, which can be a little challenging but exposes you to opportunities for fly fishing in our nearest fishery, the ocean beaches.
The highlight of the program, and everyone’s goal to try to get to (or back to!), is our trip to Montana on July 8-12 to fish the Missouri River, a blue-ribbon tailwater. That trip includes a four-night (Fri.-Mon.) stay in a large rented house right on the river, catered dinners, and best of all, three days of drift fishing with dries, nymphs, hoppers, etc. for feisty rainbows and big browns with really top-notch guides.
There are other fish-outs still in the planning for late summer and fall: a 3-day road trip to the Upper Sacramento and McCloud rivers, a likely chance to fish dries on Hat Creek, Steelhead fishing on the Trinity River and possibly the Feather River, and hopefully a couple days on the Sacramento Delta fishing for striped bass if we can arrange again for renting boats.
Usual rules and disclaimers: You must be a GGACC club member in good standing (i.e., annual dues paid for the current calendar year) to participate in this program. Since there will likely be a few more class members than available spots for every fish-out, you are never guaranteed a spot on any particular fish-out; all registrations will be on a first-come basis only. There will be no refunds of fees for your class or fish-out registrations unless your replacement can be found. (We will assist with this as much as we can with emails and wait lists, but otherwise it is solely up to you to find your replacement and recoup whatever you are able to for your spot.)
As noted above, class size is very limited so SIGN UP NOW to ensure yourself a spot in this terrific program – only then can you join us for more great times together while learning ever more about fly fishing.
For questions, contact John Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org) 650-799-16795