LTFF Lake Almanor/Hamilton Branch Fish-out -- Level 1 Students

  • 03 Jun 2023
  • 7:30 AM
  • 04 Jun 2023
  • 5:00 PM
  • Hamilton Branch/Almanor Campground
  • 0


  • Lake Almanor/Hamilton Branch Level 1 Clinic--all day Saturday. Arrive Friday evening and depart Sunday morning
  • Lake Almanor/Hamilton Branch Level 1 Clinic--all day Sunday. Arrive Saturday evening and depart Monday morning


Lake Almanor is located south of Mt. Lassen in northeastern California, approximately a five hour drive from San Francisco.   You will be fishing on the Hamilton Branch stream that feeds the lake on the northeast side.    The Hamilton Branch stream feeds cold spring water into Lake Almanor. It is a free stone stream that holds large rainbow trout.  

Two groups of 6 currently registered, Learn To Fly Fish Level 1 student anglers (one on Saturday, and one on Sunday) will enjoy a day long fly fishing clinic with Lance Gray.   Lance will share his exceptional expertise on fly fishing this stream. The groups will camp at Almanor Campground on the west side of the lake; Hamilton Branch is about a 20 minute drive from the campground.

There are several hotels and resort lodges within 10-15 minutes of the campground, although all students are encouraged to join the group in the evenings to share learnings, stories, and enjoy the event with your fellow LTFFers.

This is a great outing to gain more experience and confidence in your fly fishing game. Bring your waders and wading staff, along with your 5 wt rod and floating line.   Lance will provide the rest including terminal tackle and flies.   Of course, you always need to bring along your 2023 California fishing license.

Your registration fee of $120 covers guide fees, campground fees, and a DIY lunch for the day.   You will be responsible for guide tip and your transportation.

We will have two sessions or groups of 6 anglers each.  The first group will fish arrive on Friday evening and fish on Saturday. The second group of 6 will arrive on Saturday evening and fish on Sunday.

Camping Equipment:  It is suggested that you have your own tent (with tent stakes, footprint/plastic tarp, and rainfly)  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 are encouraged to organize your plans with your fellow students and share a meal at our camp site.  This is a great way to enjoy the event with a simple meal you prepare together after a great day of fishing.

We will be providing groceries for making your own sandwiches for sack lunches on each fishing day only.

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 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.   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.  

 Flies:  Lance will provide the appropriate flies for this location and timing.  It is recommended that you bring a small fly box to organize and have these flies handy and ready to use with barbs crushed.

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. 

Registration Fee:  The registration fee is $120 per student.  This fee will cover the cost of all the campground fees, guide/clinic fees, groceries for lunches, etc.  It does not include the cost of transportation, lodging, meals (other than lunch), guide tip, or any other expenses. 

Cancellation Policy:  There are no refunds.  In the event that a student is, for any reason, unable to attend, he/she may resell his slot (rod) to another LTFF member (by first pulling from the waitlist if one exists).  It is the sole responsibility of the student to manage this transaction. 

For questions, contact Bruce Greenwood

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