This calendar posting is ONLY for signing up for the 2020 year’s class of Intermediate students for the "Learn to Fly Fish" Program from the current 2019 LTFF Novice class.
[Note: If approved in writing by the LTFF program director, one or more unfilled openings may be offered to current Intermediate students needing to repeat their third year.]
The “Learn to Fly Fish” (Step 3) Intermediate Class offers more guided or mentored, but also slightly more challenging “fish-outs” to all those current 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 the Intermediate Class, but there will be several special free clinics offered to help students 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 30 persons (on a first-come, first-served basis) since the venues we book for all the various fish-out destinations are necessarily restricted to even 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 2020 Intermediate class fish-outs will be separately described in detail and posted on the club calendar on their respective fish-out dates as they are finalized. All registered class members will get email alerts of the opening of the online registration for signing up (and paying) for each of the fish-outs -- so you won't need to keep checking the calendar for them.
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 (Jan. 2) to be included in the 2019 Intermediate Class BEFORE signing up for any of the upcoming (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 among the first 30 eligible people to sign-up.
This year’s Intermediates will have chances to fish in six or more fish-outs within California and at least one more out-of-state. Expect fish-outs for Lohantan cutthroats in Pyramid Lake, trout fishing on the Upper Sac River, surf fishing in Pacifica, steelhead fishing on the Trinity (or other river), tight lining on the Truckee River, and hopefully striper fishing at O'Neill Forebay and if it is again possible, shad fishing on the Sac River.
The highlight of the LTFF program, and everyone’s goal to try to get to (and hope get back to, if there's any chance for that!), is our trip to Montana on July 11-13, 2020, to fish the Missouri River, a real blue-ribbon tailwater. That trip includes a four-night (Fri.-Mon., July 10-13, 2020) 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. After the drift fishing, we will also try to arrange lodging for those folks wanting to stay on a few days to learn to wade fish the Missouri or other nearby rivers.
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 limited so SIGN UP NOW to ensure yourself of another spot in this terrific program – only then can you join us for more great times together while learning ever more about the many joys of fly fishing.
For questions, contact John Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org)