Below is our club calendar of upcoming events. This calendar changes often so check back frequently.
Should you want to add an event to the calendar, please submit your request on the Event Request Submission Form found here.
This Beginner Fly Tying class will teach the basics of fly tying and the skills needed to tie most flies, including wet flies, dry flies, and nymphs. This class is designed for people with little or no fly tying experience. Tying materials will be supplied, as well as fly tying vices if needed.
The 1st of 4 sessions of this repeated Beginner Fly Tying class that's offered to GGACC club members only, begins on Friday, May 6, 2022, from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Classes will be held on four consecutive Friday nights beginning at 6:30pm.
Students are responsible for bringing their own small sharp scissors, a fly tying bobbin with 6/0 fly tying thread, hackle pliers, whip finisher, and (optional) a fly tying vice to each class.
The (4) sessions of this class will be held on the following Friday evenings from 6:30pm to 9:00pm:
There is a $50 online registration fee for this class to cover the cost of supplied materials.
NOTE: This class will be limited to the first 6 students to register on the May 6 posted calendar event date only. This one registration will cover all 4 class sessions.
Note: All registered students are requested to email Fred Virgilio (firstname.lastname@example.org) with their names and phone numbers so that Fred can contact you if there are any changes to the class.
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 (email@example.com)
Rondy: Manzanita Lake "The Armando Memorial"
Dates: May 20-23, 2022
Leader: Patrick Cousens firstname.lastname@example.org
Number of anglers (including leader): 6
Description: In honor of the late, longtime GGACC member Armando Bernasconi. Manzanita Lake was his favorite place to fish. So we are declaring this Rondy the "The Armando Memorial". Come see why he loved the place: Big picky rainbows and browns in perhaps the most beautiful setting in California. These dates will be soon after "ice out" when the fish will be very hungry after a winter under the ice. For this trip, float tubes or other crafts are required (not a wading trip) as well as Personal Floatation Devices which is club policy for safety reasons.
We will be camping at the Manzanita Lake Campground in Lassen National Park. Camping spots have been reserved already. More info to follow.
Suggested Gear: 4-6wt single hand rods. Floating and intermediate lines. A float tube or other craft is required, as well as PFD's. Fish take dry flies, nymphs and streamers.
Cost: The fee for this Rondy is $25
Other expenses will be the National park entrance ($30 per car), camping (approx. $13 per person to be paid to leader), your transportation and food.
Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds. In the event that a member is, for any reason, unable to attend, he may resell his slot (rod) to another GGACC member (by first pulling from the waitlist if one exists). It is the sole responsibility of the member to manage this transaction. This is not the responsibility of the leader or club.
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.
Bruce Greenwood email@example.com
Fun and friendly casting competition held in conjunction with the Oakland Casting Club and San Jose Flycasters, but open to any registered person who would like to participate to test their skill against others or to just take part in the training to be offered as part of these casting games this year -- all are welcome, including beginning casters!
The casting games at the GGACC casting ponds have been scheduled to be typically held on the third Sunday of each month from 9:30am to about 12:30pm. But be sure to check the calendar each month for the actual date for this event. Once the Lodge has been re-opened, these events will have priority use of the Lodge locker room and the center and east casting ponds during these hours.
There is a $1 entry fee required for each casting event that you choose to compete in -- to be paid to the event host. Registration is by appointment via the contact person below.
All GGACC Casting Games will be conducted under ACA rules and will be ACA "registered" events (UON).
To REGISTER, or for further information or rules explanation, please contact: Alice Gillibert firstname.lastname@example.org
Rondy: Lower Sacramento River Drift #1
Dates: May 28, 2022
Leader: Brad Bradford email@example.com
Number of anglers (including leader): 8
Description: One day drift boat trip to the amazing trout factory of the lower Sacramento river. These are prime dates when the river should be "going off" with high numbers of football shaped rainbows. We will be 4 boats, with 2 anglers per boat. Our guides will be from Confluence Outfitters https://www.confluenceoutfitters.com
Suggested Gear: 5-6 wt single handed fly rods, with floating lines.
Cost: The fee for this Rondy is $313.
Other expenses will be guide gratuities, transportation and lodging if needed.
Rondy: Upper Sacramento River Walk & Wade #3
Dates: May 28-29, 2022
Leader: Mike Downing firstname.lastname@example.org
Number of anglers (including leader): 9
Description: The Upper "Sac" is everything a freestone trout stream should be: It has riffles, pocket water, long runs, and deep pools. It is a wonderful "walk and wade" river that flows 37 miles from Lake Siskiyou to Shasta Lake. Rondy leader will lead 8 club anglers to show them good places to enter and fish the river. We will meet the first day at 7:00AM at the Ted Fay Fly Shop, located in downtown Dunsmuir. We will make a short drive to the river.
Suggested Gear: 3-5 wt single handed fly rods, with floating lines for dry flies and nymphing, 4X-6X leaders, 5X-7X tippet (Mono or Flourocarbon), split-shot, indicators, and flies. Full wading attire and staff. Weather is always changeable - Be prepared.
Other expenses will include travel, lodging (there are several motels and campgrounds in the area - more information will be forthcoming), meals, and perhaps, the purchase of a few flies while in the fly shop (to help support the grateful owner Bob who personally ties most of his flies).
REGISTRATION WILL OPEN FOR THIS EVENT ON TUESDAY APRIL 12th, 2022 AT 12 NOON.
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 indicators, split shot, one 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 email@example.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.
Rondy: McCloud River Walk & Wade
Dates: June 3-5, 2022
Leader: Tony Tredway firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: We will be 6 experienced anglers going to the lower McCloud River at Ah-Di-Nah campground, maybe to the Nature Conservancy, and Ash Camp. Because of their incredible vigor and resilience, the McCloud River rainbow trout have been transplanted and established themselves in many of the greatest fly-fishing locations in the world. For dry-fly aficionados, the McCloud can be surprisingly good. Both high-sticking and long line nymphing also work very well.
This outing is not for anyone with serious medical conditions since the stream access and wading are difficult, and the location is far from medical services. There is no cell phone reception in the McCloud River canyon. Everyone will be staying at the Ah-Di-Nah campground.
Suggested Gear: 3-6 wt fly rods with the usual lines, leaders, etc., to fish dries, nymphs, and streamers. You'll also need a wading staff, sturdy waders, studded boots, warm clothing, and a rain jacket.
Other expenses will include travel, food, and a small campground fee.
THIS EVENT IS NOW OPEN TO ALL CURRENT GGACC MEMBERS (UP TO OUR LIMIT OF ZOOM CALL PARTICIPANTS).
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 (email@example.com)
This is the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Directors for the Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club, for which the meeting room in the Anglers Lodge is reserved from 9-10am.
If you have new business to present to the Board, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
GGACC members are welcome to attend.
The Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club's (GGACC's) Monthly Free Fly Casting Lessons are open to both Club members and the General Public. These free fly casting lessons are generally held on the 2nd Saturday of each month year-round from 9:30 AM - 12 Noon at the Golden Gate casting ponds. Free loaner equipment is also available on a first come, first served basis, but please try to arrive by 8:45 AM to take advantage of this limited free equipment.
A few points to consider –
Classes target four different skill levels (the classes are held concurrently):
Please pre-register for these casting lessons in order to help determine the number of needed instructors . To register, simply click on the large "Register" button to the left of this event description (or above it if using your smartphone).
Finally, if you are interested in joining the casting instructor group or training for Fly Fishers International (FFI) "Casting Instructor" (CI) certification, please contact Willy George.
Come enjoy our second Monday of the month Women’s casting at the casting ponds.
On second Monday, May 9th, June 13th, July 11th, August 8th, September 12th and October 10th between 6:00pm to dark, we will be hosting a casual casting get together at the ponds. This event is for the Women of GGACC and registration is requested. We will be casting for the first hour or so and then we will have a group session the second half of the evening.
Our June 13th event we will be focusing on knot tying.
Please check back each month as we will update the topic and or activity we will focus on.
We hope you can join us to get together to cast, give each other tips, and catch up and socialize. If you have any questions at all, please reach out to Lisa Pardini at email@example.com and Libby Wolfensperger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you, tight lines.
Rondy: Truckee River Clinic
Dates: June 18-19, 2022
Leader: Kevin Reynolds email@example.com
Number of Anglers: 6
Description: This is a one day clinic led by Peter Stantley who's been guiding the Truckee area since 2006, followed by a day of fishing on your own with the knowledge gained. This informational day will be a combination of a brief tour of popular access points on the Truckee and Little Truckee River, tackle suggestions, productive rigs, hatches, flies and strategies.
Suggested Gear: Bring your fly rod (say 5-6wt rod, 9 ft. or longer) with a floating fly line. In addition to your usual fly fishing gear. Be sure to bring waders (with at least one belt!), wading boots, wading staff, sunglasses (polarized!), and sun protection. Also be sure to pack a lunch for yourself, as well as drinking water needed for the days.
Meeting Time & Place: TBD
Lodging: Lodging and food available in Reno for those wishing to fish the second day.
Cost: $135.00 for clinic day.
Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds. In the event that a member is, for any reason, unable to attend, he may resell his slot (rod) to another GGACC member (by first pulling from the waitlist if one exists). It is the sole responsibility of the member to manage this transaction. This is not the responsibility of the leader or club.
Rondy: Upper Sacramento River Walk & Wade #1
Dates: June 25-26, 2022
Leader: Dick Swanson firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: The Upper "Sac" is everything a freestone trout stream should be: It has riffles, pocket water, long runs, and deep pools. It is a wonderful "walk and wade" river that flows 37 miles from Lake Siskiyou to Shasta Lake. Rondy leader Dick Swanson will lead 8 club anglers to show them good places to enter and fish the river. We will meet the first day at 7:00AM at the Ted Fay Fly Shop, located in downtown Dunsmuir. We will make a short drive to the river.
Other expenses will include travel, lodging (there are several motels, private and Forest Service campgrounds in the area - more information will be forthcoming), meals, and perhaps, the purchase of a few flies while in the fly shop (to help support the grateful owner Bob who personally ties most of his flies).
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 (email@example.com)
Rondy: East Walker River Walk & Wade
Dates: July 13-17, 2022
Leader: Paul Kromhout mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Number of anglers (including leader): 11
Description: The Eastern Sierra Walk & Wade is a Fishing & Camping Rondy, based near Bridgeport, CA. We will fish the East Walker River in both California and Nevada, with the opportunity to also fish the Upper Owens River and Hot Creek.
This Rondy is for experienced fly fishers who are comfortable wading, hiking, CAMPING and, because of the distance from the Bay Area, driving. The base for the camping is approximately 15 miles from Bridgeport, CA and necessitates not only high clearance vehicles, but willingness and ability to camp away from town.
What’s required? Appropriate wading gear (boots, waders, belt, staff), camping gear, food & water, fishing licenses (CA & NV). First aid gear recommended.
We will fish without guides, but will have a primer/review of local techniques each morning/evening as demanded. Ability to wade safely on rocky river bottoms, negotiate roll and lob casts in tight quarters and capability of rigging flies and tippet are required. As such, this trip is NOT for novice fly fishers. You need to be able to fish unsupervised.
This trip will be limited to ten participants. We will be camping. If you do not wish to camp, please do not sign up for this Rondy. The cost for the Rondy is $25. Additional costs include, but are not limited to: fishing licenses, travel, food, gear.
The East Walker River flows east from Bridgeport Reservoir toward Nevada where it turns south. The tail water from the reservoir is a bug-rich environment that holds a healthy population of browns and rainbows. Dry, dry-dropper and nymph fishing are successful methods on the East Walker.
Further south, the Upper Owens River and Hot Creek run through not only different terrain, but offer marked contrasts in fishing styles.
Suggested Gear: 5wt or 6wt 9ft fly rod. A 10ft nymphing rod rigged for straight line indicator fishing is especially effective. Either floating or DT line for nymphs and dries and a sink-tip line for streamers. Waders, boots, wading staff, hat and glasses are a must. Camping gear as required. Our camping may take place on roads requiring reasonably high ground clearance. Please plan to coordinate your drive with someone owning an appropriate vehicle. If the weather is wet, 4wd will be your friend.
Supplies: While we will certainly attempt to coordinate efforts, participants should plan to bring an independent supply of water, food and personal items. The town of Bridgeport has a few stores, restaurants and motels and is a short drive from our fishing area. Bridgeport is a 5 hour drive from San Francisco, depending on traffic and route. Ken's Sporting Goods in Bridgeport is a go-to spot for everything, including Nevada fishing licenses ($19 for 1-day, approx. $7 each extra day; $81 for 365-day non-resident; pricing subject to change).
Cost: The fee for this Rondy is $25.00.
Other expenses expenses will include transportation, camping fees, meals/food, fishing licenses.
Rondy: North Fork Stanislaus River Backpack
Dates: July 15-17, 2020 (although dates could change to August 5-7 due to snowpack)
Leader: John Anderson mailto:email@example.com
Number of anglers (including leader): 7
Description: The goals of this North Fork of the Stanislaus Backpacking Rondy are to: Give anglers a chance to catch some beautiful wild Rainbow & Brown trout; fish in an area that gets very little pressure; backpack through some really gorgeous terrain; have fun together; sit around a campfire (five miles from the nearest road) and tell fish stories; and sleep on the hard ground -- unless you bring a pad!
This two-night backpacking trip starts Friday at 12 noon with a 5 mile hike down into the (North Fork) Stanislaus River Canyon. There are no hiking trails in this area that are maintained by the Forest Service, so anglers will have to do some bushwhacking. The camp site is located on the river and overlooks a 100 yard pool that holds some nice trout. There is surplus fire wood, so we can have a camp fire. We will camp at the same site for two days.
This Rondy does involve a challenging hike down a steep river canyon so participants should be experienced backpackers and be fit enough to climb out of a 1000' canyon with a pack. The hike in and out should take about 3 hours each way.
Participants must bring their own gear and already know: How (and what) to pack for a weekend; how to set up your own tent; how to cook outdoors; how use a water filter; and how to read a map and use a compass. There will be a pre-meeting to discuss the needed gear and other logistics (date tbd).
Suggested Gear: 2-5 wt single handed fly rods, with floating lines.
Other expenses will include your own transportation and food/supplies.
REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT OPENS AT 12 Noon on APRIL 12th
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is an opportunity to join GGACC's Val Atkinson at the Henry's Fork Lodge in Idaho for a Flyfishing Photography Workshop this August 1st through 4th. Details are below. Please contact Val (email@example.com) or the Henry's Fork Lodge (firstname.lastname@example.org) directly with any questions or to register.
We’re excited to have Val Atkinson come to the Lodge to teach a flyfishing photography workshop from August 1-3 this summer. Val is a pioneering photographer who brought professional photography into the world of flyfishing over 40 years ago. His photographs have appeared in all of the leading fishing publications, and he has photographed for Orvis, LL Bean, Frontiers Travel and many other clients, including Henry’s Fork Lodge.
Few areas of the United States are more spectacular than the Henry's Fork and this is an opportunity to learn from a world-renowned photographer on how to capture its iconic beauty. The three-day itinerary will include daily field trips to select destinations such Yellowstone National Park, the historic Harriman Ranch, and other scenic spots. The workshop will concentrate on recognizing great light, good composition and anticipating the perfect moment. Val knows our area well as both a fisherman and photographer. He knows the places, the views, and the changing light conditions, so the Lodge is an ideal headquarters for this workshop.
After hours, you’ll be well taken care of with all the comforts and amenities of a first class lodge, outstanding meals by our three chefs and an inviting place to share your photos and experiences with Val and your fellow photographers. We welcome your bringing a partner along to also participate in the seminar or to fish, explore the Henry’s Fork/Yellowstone area, or just relax.
Full days are to be expected as the workshop will start early and shoot some evenings to capture the dramatic light. Afternoons will include group slide shows, editing and critiques. Participants should bring a digital camera, laptop and the enthusiasm to have a memorable experience. This workshop is perfect for couples who enjoy making photographs and the sport of flyfishing.
Flyfishing Photography Workshop: August 1-3, 2022
Please contact us about the workshop rate and to book. Spots are limited!
Rondy: 20 Lakes Basin Backpack
Dates: August 4-7, 2022
Leader: Steve Hegedus email@example.com
Description: This Eastern Sierra Rondy is a 3-night backpacking trip to fly fish a small watershed located on the Northeast border of Yosemite. This Rondy is limited to 5 experienced backpackers (6 including the leader). We will fish mostly lakes along with the flows between the lakes. The loop trail is about 10 miles with several lakes along the route. The fishing will be mostly casting from the lake shores with some “wet” wading.
The plan is to meet at the permit station on Highway 120 early on the morning of 8/4, obtain the permits, drive to Saddlebag Lake and walk to a lake and camp. We may move our camp for 1 or more nights. 8/7 we will hike out. The elevation is about 10,000’ the whole way with small areas of elevation gains and loss. Acclimating to the elevation will be the biggest challenge. Pack light!
You will need all the normal backpacking gear to take care of yourself on the trail. We may share some gear such as stoves, water filters, etc. Bring your favorite fly rod for fishing deep-shored lakes and small rushing creeks. There will be opportunities to fish with dries, nymphs, and streamers.
You must also be an experienced backpacker and have the ability to hike with your pack up to 6 miles a day on rough trails. The leader is an experienced backpacker. However, the expectation is that all participants in this Rondy will be self-sufficient. There will be a pre-meeting to discuss logistics, gear, shared food, etc. The date for this pre-meeting is tbd.
Other expenses will include your transportation, permits, food/supplies.
Rondy: Upper Sacramento River Walk & Wade #2
Dates: September 24-25, 2022
Description: The Upper "Sac" is everything a freestone trout stream should be: It has riffles, pocket water, long runs, and deep pools. It is a wonderful "walk and wade" river that flows 37 miles from Lake Siskiyou to Shasta Lake. Rondy leader will lead 8 club anglers to show them good places to enter and fish the river. We will meet on the first day at 7:00AM at the Ted Fay Fly Shop, located in downtown Dunsmuir. Then we will make a short drive to the river.
Suggested Gear: 3-5 wt single handed fly rods, with floating lines for dry flies and nymphing, 4X-6X leaders, 5X-7X tippet (Mono or Flourocarbon), split-shot, indicators, and flies. Full wading attire and staff. Weather is always changeable - Be prepared..
Rondy: Alaska Kenai River Float Trip
Dates: Dates fishing are September 25,26 and 27, 2022
Leader: Michael Souter mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: This Rondy is a 3-day guided float fly-fishing adventure on the scenic and famous Kenai River in Alaska where we will fly-fish for big Alaska size Rainbow and Dolly Varden Trout and Silver Salmon during prime time. Guides will drift through miles of scenic water in custom built power drift boats where we will predominately nymph egg and flesh patterns for Trout and strip for Silvers. We will periodically take out to swing depending on water levels so bring your Spey rod if interested. Boots with felt soles are not allowed in Alaska and studs are not allowed in boats so rubber soles are your best option. There will be one guide and boat for every 3 anglers. They will provide top-quality fly-fishing gear and flies but not Spey rods. Snacks, and water will also be provided each day. Bring bag lunch.
We can meet and carpool from Anchorage airport to Soldotna, which is about 100 miles south of Anchorage (2 hours) or meet in Soldotna depending on preference. We will meet up with our guides at the nearby launch site each morning.
Here are some things not included that you should budget for in addition to guide fees.
Lodging approximately $150 for room that sleeps 2
Airfare cost approximately $500 RT from SFO to ANC
Rental car approximately $100/day for full size SUV (share carpool optional)
Dinner (Several local places nearby)
Alaska fishing license (pick up in Anchorage)
Gratuities (20% + of guide fee recommended)
Personal items - clothes, waders, boots (no felts or spikes), rain gear, dry bag, etc.
Daily sack lunch
Suggested Gear: 7-8 wt single handed fly rods, with floating lines. 7-8 wt two hand rods.
Cost: The fee for this Rondy is $1,000
Other expenses will be lodging, transportation, guide gratuities, etc as listed above.