Below is our club calendar of 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.
DUE TO THE CLOSURE OF ANGLERS LODGE FOR COVID-19 CONCERNS, BEGINNING IN APRIL, 2020, AND UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, ALL GGACC BOARD MEETINGS WILL BE HELD ONLINE AS VIRTUAL MEETINGS (via Zoom). These virtual meetings will start at 9:00AM on the scheduled date (usually 2nd Saturday of the month).
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 8-9am.
If you have new business to present to the Board, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
GGACC members are welcome to attend.
Rod Building Workshops
Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club
Build a custom fly rod with the components YOU want.
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Three GGACC rod building workshops will begin this Fall for current Club members. Each will consist of six meetings, held at the Lodge one evening a week over the course of seven or eight weeks. Each meeting will cover a different aspect of rod building and you’ll apply what you learn to the rod blank you’re building at that meeting. There will be a two week gap between the first and second sessions so that students can purchase the supplies they need that were discussed in the first session.
Topics include: choosing a rod blank and components; assembling and gluing up reel seats, aligning rod sections, constructing cork grips, preparing and wrapping guides, and coating guide wraps.
There is no fee for the workshops, but participants must supply a rod blank, reel seat, cork, guides, thread, finish and some simple tools (razor blade, masking tape, glues, etc.) The Club supplies rod wrapping and coating jigs.
Workshops begin in October, November and December 2021 on Wednesday or Thursday evenings from 6pm to 8pm at the Lodge. Each of the three workshops is limited to six students.
Online enrollment will begin at 7pm September 7 on the Club’s Events calendar. Expect spaces to fill up quickly.
Rod Building Chair
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, October 8 2021, 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 October 8 posted calendar event date only. This one registration will cover all 4 class sessions.
Note: All registered students are requested to email Fred Virgilio (email@example.com) with their names and phone numbers so that Fred can contact you if there are any changes to the class.
Contact for further information:
Fred Virgilio (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Annual Northwestern Casting Championships
Starts: Tuesday, 12 Oct 2021 at 3:00 PM Ends: Sunday, 17 Oct 2021 at 6:00 PM
Location: The Angler’s Lodge and all 3 ponds (East, Center & West), including all adjacent walkways, docks, grass area and upper parking lot are reserved Oct 12-17 for event setup, training, preliminary rounds, finals and awards presentations.
Registration fees for competitors and the meals planned are to be determined.
The Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club is proud to host this annual fall casting classic. Plan on attending and/or volunteering to help, so you can meet and watch the Nation’s top ranked casters (and possibly world champions) as they train and compete for accuracy & distance titles with both fly and conventional fishing tackle. A schedule of events, lunches and a possible dinner for participant’s and members will be posted closer to the event.
For updates as the event nears or to volunteer to help out with this event, please email GGACC honored member Chris Korich at email@example.com
GGACC is hosting a three day event for casting instructors including more than 2 dozen instructors who teach at Golden Gate. Casting experts and students alike from across the U.S. will be joining us for seminars, workshops, and demonstrations all focusing on casting instruction. Fly Fishers International will be conducting certification exams for both the single-handed and two-handed certification tests. Anyone interested in becoming a casting instructor is welcome to attend this event by contacting GGACC’s Head Casting Instructor, Willy George at firstname.lastname@example.org
The GGACC is happy to announce our next "New Members Meet-Up" to be held on October 27th from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, as a Zoom meeting this month. This is a way for new members to meet one another and socialize, while asking questions and gaining information about the club and its programs. These monthly "Meet-ups" will be led by Board members and committee chairs.
Please remember registration is required. We will send you the Zoom link for the Meet-up.
Veterans Fly Fishing Program
The GGACC is sponsoring through the end of 2021 a Veterans Fly Fishing Program, for Club members who are veterans and who wish to participate, free of charge, in bi-weekly in-person gatherings at the casting pools to learn about fly fishing equipment and to improve fishing techniques. All veterans must bring their own equipment, provide their own transportation to the gatherings, observe the Club’s COVID-19 protocols, and are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. The Veterans Fly Fishing Program gathering will be held from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM, on Wednesday, November 10. If interested, please contact Henry Little at email@example.com.
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.
THIS EVENT IS UNLIKELY TO BE HELD IN PERSON THIS MONTH DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS CLOSING THE GG ANGLERS LODGE. THIS SKILLS BUILDING PROGRAM MAY SOON BE PRESENTED AS A SERIES OF ZOOM MEETINGS ON CERTAIN MONTHS. CHECK BACK LATER TO THIS MONTHLY CALENDAR EVENT FOR ANY POTENTIAL CHANGE OF STATUS.
FURTHER REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT HAS BEEN DISABLED UNTIL SUCH TIME THAT WE CAN AGAIN PROCEED WITH MONTHLY SKILLS BUILDING PROGRAM ON A RESTRICTED BASIS WITH APPROVAL OF SAN FRANCISCO REC & PARKS DEPT.
WHEN APPROVED, SUCH RESTRICTIONS WILL BE DESCRIBED LATER IN THIS CALENDAR POSTING TO REPLACE THE TYPICAL DESCRIPTION BELOW.
Cost: free. This event is open to the public to register.
Unless there will be no program offered in a particular month, this event is typically held on the 2nd Saturday of each month following the free public casting lessons that month. Attendance may be limited to the maximum seating available for a particular program, so please register in advance of the event.
The program description will be posted here as soon as it has been set.
All participants are requested to register for this event beforehand (whether or not there is any limit shown on the registration for this event) in order to gauge the expected size of the audience.
For further info about this event, contact:
Steve Fuerstenau firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO CONCERNS REGARDING THE DELTA VARIANT OF THE CORONAVIRUS, ON-SITE LODGING AND FOOD AT THE LUK LAKE LODGE HAVE BEEN CANCELLED. THE REGISTRATION FEE WILL BE ADJUSTED ACCORDINGLY FOLLOWING THIS EVENT. REGISTRANTS SHOULD MAKE THEIR OWN LODGING PLANS AT THE ROLLING HILLS CASINO, OR OTHER NEARBY MOTELS.
These fish-outs are open to ALL 2021 "Learn to Fly Fish" registered students ONLY, unless otherwise announced.
Friday-Saturday, November 19/20 and Sunday-Monday November 21/22, are the fishing days for two separate fish-outs being offered initially to a different 10 students each day from the 2021 Class in the GGACC's "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) program. The Friday-Saturday fish-out will be for Group 1; while the Sunday-Monday. fish-out will be for Group 2. Eligible students may sign up for either one of these two groups when the online registration is first opened, but not for both initially until later advised the fish-out leader via email to the whole class that this is acceptable in the event that not all the openings are initially filled.
Arrival and Departure Times: Group 1 students should arrive at the lake house after 4pm on Thursday, November 18th and leave the lake around noon on Saturday, November 20th (but must be moved out of the lake house before 11am). Group 2 students should NOT be arriving at the lake house before 4pm on Saturday, November 20th (to allow the housekeeping service time to clean the house and change sheets and towels) and must be out of the house by 11am on Monday and off the lake by noon Monday.
General Info: We will be fishing for trout on this private, stillwater outing. We will have the lake and nearby lodge to ourselves, with 5 boats for the 10 students in each group. Willy George will be joining us for coaching and instruction.
Luk Lake (it's pronounced "luck", possibly because it's so close to the Rolling Hills Casino?) is a small private lake located off Interstate I-5 just a couple miles south of the little town of Corning. Corning is about 45 minutes (50 miles) south of Redding. This lake is a very good fishery for largemouth "black" bass, rainbow trout, and the occasional scrappy sunfish or bluegill (we've caught both "panfish" there). Our focus for this still water outing will be for trout.
Upon arrival: We have booked the lake and rented the 5 small rowboats for all day Friday-Sunday, and Monday morning until noon, and we have rented the guest house for up to 10 students to sleep there on Thurs. & Fri. nights (Group 1) and on Sat. & Sun. nights (Group 2). Group 1 students can arrive anytime Thursday evening after 4pm -- and, after claiming a bed in the house and checking in (with the fish-out leader, you may fish that evening if you choose to. The same goes for Group 2 on Saturday.
Boats: This lake can ONLY be fished from a small boat (rowboat, pontoon boat, kayak, or electric-powered skiff) or from a float tube since there is virtually no shoreline access due to the heavy tule growth around the lake. Unless you bring your own permissible watercraft, students will be expected to fish from the rented rowboats. There will be two students per boat, who will be responsible for rowing and safely managing it while fishing through-out the day.
Instruction and Safety: Mentors (including Willy George) will be on hand to provide instruction and help as needed. There will be a brief safety and orientation talk before launching the boats. All fishing on this lake is strictly "catch-and-release" only, with barbless hooks required. So remember to pinch your barbs on ALL flies you use (doubly important when fishing together in small boats) and be kind to the fish. Trout should always be revived before releasing, this is especially important in this warm water. Bass and panfish are much hardier and can usually be dropped or lightly tossed back into the lake.
Must wear a PFD: Rowboats (~12' prams) will be provided with oars, anchors, and (hopefully) life preserver seat cushions to sit on. However, it is strongly advised that you bring your own wearable personal floatation device (PFD) to wear in case you can't borrow one of the GGACC's (6) PFDs.
Note: Wearing a PFD is now mandatory while fishing from any watercraft NOT operated by professional guides on any GGACC club outings, and is always recommended to be worn on any small craft, especially in float tubes, pontoon boats, or other inflatable crafts.
Personal Gear: There is no shore or wade fishing possible at this lake and we will NOT be wearing waders when fishing from these prams, but you should bring water sandals, old tennis shoes, or similar footwear to allow you to step into the water when launching or beaching your boat. Also, be sure to bring sun protection (including brimmed hat or visor, sun lotion, and buff / sun gloves if you use them), polarized sunglasses, rain jacket, and other clothing appropriate to the possible weather (it is likely to be very cool in the early morning and cool off in the evening no matter what the day's high temp is). We have not had any issues with mosquitos in past years, but come prepared. And bring a headlamp to fish in the late evening.
Fishing Gear: Briefly, the suggested fishing gear includes a 5-8wt rod and reel, with a floating line to use for dries, or for indicator nymphing for trout, bass, or sunfish. If you want to retrieve Wooly Buggers, little clousers, or any other streamers, then an intermediate line (1-1.5 ips sink rate) may be helpful. (A 9' leader with added fluoro tippet and bead-head flies should get you deep enough if you count long enough.) For fishing dries to any rising trout or even for stripping Wooly Buggers and other small streamers, bring 9' long tapered leaders in 3X or 4X, with tippet spools from 3X-5X in either mono, fluoro, or both. You may have to indicator nymph to reach trout during the day, in which case small indicators (especially those with "tell-tales", i.e., little flags) are useful, in addition to size BB or heavier split-shot to get down deep enough. You'll need a liquid floatant to dress your bass flies and any dries you might try. And of course, bring nippers and forceps. A landing net is useful for landing trout or small panfish to keep them from being accidentally dropped in the boat and for helping to revive them before releasing . You do need a valid Calif. fishing license so if you haven't bought one yet, now is the time.
Flies: In addition to receiving an emailed lengthy fly list suggested by The Fly Shop, all registrants will be provided with at least a dozen flies at the lake. But you should still have some of your own flies along in the event you may want to try something different than all the rest of the folks, and in case you lose the supplied ones -- there is no nearby source for flies or other fly fishing gear. (The Fly Shop near Redding is 45 minutes north of the lake.)
Pre-fishout meeting: We will have a pre-fishout meeting where you will receive directions to the lake, gate combination, rules for driving on the property's dirt road (15mph to keep dust down!) and for using the house, more gear and fly suggestions, etc. When driving into the property, be sure to leave the gate exactly as you found it -- whether unlocked, locked, or made to look as though locked. Gate lock combination is in the info packet. It is almost a 3 mile drive from that first and only gate to the house. The house will be set-back on your right under some trees just past what used to be a small green shack close to the road on the right side and at a fork in the dirt road. The left fork takes you to the house you can see right in front of you. The right fork is the 1/3 mi. drive down to the lake's boat ramp. Students are encouraged to carpool if feasible to limit the number of vehicles parked down at the lake.
Group Meals: All students will be expected to either help cook for and/or clean-up after the happy hour and group dinner at the house on the second night of each fish-out. There will be sandwiches provided for the first day's lunch down at the lake (or groceries to make your own.) The fish-out leader and his assistant will do all the grocery shopping for these group dinners, lunches, and breakfast. There will be some beer and wine provided but you are not restricted from bringing beverages to share.
Fee: The registration fee for this fish-out is $425, which includes the costs for the lake access fee, boat rental, the group breakfast, lunch and dinner (on 2nd day only for each group), and rental of the guest house for your two-night stay. There will be coffee, cereals, and maybe other quick breakfast items supplied each morning. The first night's dinner for each group will be on you, whether you choose to eat before your arrival there, cook in at the house, or join those heading to the nearby casino for the all-you-can-eat buffet or possibly into town for fast food/pizza. Since people will be departing at different times, there will be no lunch offered on your second day before you head home.
Lake House: The guest house has beds with sheets, blankets, and pillows for 10 people in 5 bedrooms (hopefully making it easy enough to segregate men and women as needed), but only two bathrooms (so no morning showers!). Depending on how many ladies or couples sign up, the two smaller downstair bedrooms may be reserved by the fish-out leader for specific people, otherwise beds are on a first-to-claim basis (just drop your bag on it). In the event that the mix of bedrooms and genders does not allow for the needed privacy, the students will have priority to stay in the house in the order in which they have signed up. Unless there are extra beds remaining, the mentors and any others will camp outside the house, stay in their vehicles, or get a room at their cost at the nearby casino or one of the cheaper motel options in town.
Limited Registration: This fish-out is limited to the first 10 students to sign-up for each group (due to expected maximum number of boats), after which an online waiting list will be created for possible replacements for any registrants who may later learn that they can't make it. But in line with the LTFF policy, there will be no refund possible if there is no one on the waitlist willing to take your spot or if you can't find your own replacement.
For further info, 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
The GGACC is sponsoring through the end of 2021 a Veterans Fly Fishing Program, for Club members who are veterans and who wish to participate, free of charge, in bi-weekly in-person gatherings at the casting pools to learn about fly fishing equipment and to improve fishing techniques. All veterans must bring their own equipment, provide their own transportation to the gatherings, observe the Club’s COVID-19 protocols, and are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. The Veterans Fly Fishing Program gathering will be held from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM, on Wednesday, November 24. If interested, please contact Henry Little at email@example.com.
RESCHEDULED: This 2021 LTFF Level 3/4 fish-out for Striped Bass on O'Neill Forebay has been scheduled to 7:00AM -- 5:00PM on Saturday, December 4.
This is due to an algal bloom warning advisory which has been issued for the O’Neill Forebay.
This 2021 LTFF Level 3/4 fish-out for Striped Bass on O'Neill Forebay is scheduled for 7:00AM -- 5:00PM on Saturday, October 2. The O'Neill Forebay is in the San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area (SRA) on CA Hwy 152 just over Pacheco Pass.
The limited spots in this fish-out date on Oct. 2 is reserved for 2021 registered "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) Level 3/4 Students ONLY -- unless specifically announced otherwise by the LTFF Program Director Bruce Greenwood.
Registration will be limited to 5 students. Anyone registering for this O'Neill Striper fish-out should attend the Striper Clinic on Wednesday evening, September 8, 2021, in the Anglers Lodge that will serve as the pre-meeting for these fish-outs.
Registered students should also attend (1) Shooting Head Clinic by Steve Morikawa on June 19th, and (2) Float Tube Safety Clinic by Jeff Hogan on August 7th. Please register for these LTFF-only events on the GGACC events calendar.
LTFF Level 3/4 students should consider these three clinics as skills building classes for their class curriculum.
Students must bring their own (or rented or borrowed) personal watercraft for this fish-out. There are not any local rental shops that we know of out there.
Located in the Central Valley, this body of water can be exposed to strong winds, in which case it will be closed to all watercraft and this fish-out could be cut short or cancelled on short notice (there is little point in fly fishing from the shore in high winds). If it has to be cancelled beforehand for weather reasons, all registrations fees will be refunded.
The entrance to this Forebay (which is just below the dam since it happens to also be an Afterbay) is on the north side of Hwy CA-152E when driving east from Gilroy over the Pacheco Pass (before you get to Los Banos). Although the one-day fish-out will officially end at 5:00pm, you also have the option of staying until almost sunset that evening (when the action can be very productive if the wind cooperates) and fishing with others in the group or independently. But all watercraft must be off the water at sunset or face a fine from the park rangers.
This is a wonderful Striped Bass fishery, with a great many fish in the "schoolie" size of 13" to 16" making high numbers of landed fish possible. Even though the fish in this O'Neill Forebay and the main reservoir are a land-locked sub-species of Striped Bass, this reservoir also holds the record for the largest Striped Bass caught in California.
Bill Scharninghausen will mentor this LTFF fish-out. As an extremely experienced Northern California angler, Bill also mentors our Surf outing each year.
Meet spot: We will meet up with Bill at 7:00am just inside the Forebay park entrance (off to the right) where all watercraft, waders, boots, and fins will be inspected by a park ranger for invasive species (be sure that ALL gear is clean and totally DRY! Any damp gear will be cause for rejecting your boating permit.) Those expecting to fish for two days or leaving the SRA for any reasons will need to have their gear bundled and tagged by the ranger at the end of the first day or before driving out of the gate.
Safety: Use of your own personal watercraft will be required for this fish-out, and wearing a PFD will be mandatory. Personal watercraft can be float tubes or Watermasters (either of these work best), pontoon boats, or kayaks. The Forebay can be quite windy so a good anchor may be helpful if you need to stay put while changing flies or rigging. Under no circumstances however should you try to rely on your anchor to hold your position more than momentarily. Seek refuge on the shore, not at anchor, in any marginal wind.
Gear required: A float tube or pontoon boat; chest waders; at least one wading belt; a PFD (to be worn at all times on this water); a 7-9wt fly rod; fast sinking shooting heads such as Type 6 or T-14 (Bill prefers to use an integrated shooting head of 250-300 grains on a 7wt rod); 15-20# nylon tippet; clousers or other striper flies; stripping fingers, stripping glove, or stretchy tape for this purpose; forceps or pliers; nippers; your own lunch and drinks; sunglasses; and finally, rain and sun protection for on the water, including a hat with straps or a buff to secure a billed hat. You don't need a lot of gear or flies, so keep it simple.
Camping / Lodging: There are options for both camping in the rec area itself and staying in local motels. For more info about the rec area, especially the two campgrounds on O'Neill Forebay (San Luis Creek Campground which is reservable, and Medeiros Primitive Campground which is on a first-come basis only and not as convenient) and also about the warning light system controlling watercraft access on the forebay, go to: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=558
Students shall make their own arrangements for staying overnight Friday, Saturday, and/or Sunday nights. To make a reservation for San Luis Creek Campground, go to: https://www.reservecalifornia.com/CaliforniaWebHome/Facilities/AdvanceSearch.aspx
Note: We discovered that you can no longer choose your camp site online. If that is the case again this year, the camp host at the San Luis Creek Campground (or at the SRA gate) may be assigning camp sites upon your arrival.
There is at least three motel options (including a couple Motel 6's) no more than 4 miles east of the SRA but before Los Banos (near the I-5/ CA-152 interchange), but many more options in Gustine and further east in Los Banos. Google for "Hotels near San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area".
The registration fee for this fish-out is $175.00, which includes a few sample flies, but does NOT include any gratuity, meals, the rec area access fee / daily boating permit, camping fee, or other lodging cost.
For more information, contact:
Bruce Greenwood 650-387-5302 firstname.lastname@example.org
THIS IS A PLACEHOLDER ONLY FOR THIS EVENT SINCE WE MAY NOT ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO ONCE AGAIN HOLD IT THIS YEAR DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.
The club's usual end-of-year Swap Meet MAY be held this year on Saturday, December 4, 2021, from 10:00am to 12:30pm (preceding the Holiday Party).
Members are asked to bring any fly fishing gear or related literature, photos, etc., that you may wish to sell to or swap with others. Also be sure to bring your wallet or checkbook to pay for items you might wish to buy.
Tables will be set up in front of Angler's Lodge to facilitate this event, but watching over your own gear, pricing it, and all transactions will be your own private responsibility.
For questions about this swap, contact Libby Wolfensperger (email@example.com)
THIS IS A PLACEHOLDER ONLY FOR THIS EVENT THIS YEAR, SINCE IT MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE TO HOLD THIS EVENT ONCE AGAIN DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.
The club's traditional end-of-year Holiday Party MAY be held this year on Saturday, December 4, 2021, from 1:00 to 5:00pm (except food service will end this year by 3:00pm, so don't arrive later than this if you hope to eat).
There is no fee for this holiday meal for the membership.
[Note that there is a Swap Meet on this same day from 10:00am to 12:30pm. See separate calendar item for this event.]
Members attending the party are asked to bring an appetizer and/or dessert to share with others and to bring their own beverages of choice.
Please be sure to REGISTER yourself (and any guest) in advance for this event to give us a good headcount of how many to expect.
Volunteers are needed for set-up, serving, and clean-up crews, so please email Xavier Carbonnet if you can possibly help us out.
Contact: Xavier Carbonnet (firstname.lastname@example.org)
GGACC's Spey Angler Program is unique, in that its primary goal is to teach anglers how to swing a fly with a two-handed rod for steelhead and other species. Preparing a student to fish from a boat with a two-handed rod using such tackle as strike indicators is NOT part of this program.
A “signature” of GGACC’s Spey training is that we train students to cast with both hands, from both sides of their body. Maximum class size is 6 in order to give each student lots of personal attention.
On Saturday we cover the fundamentals of Spey in a classroom setting, then quickly move to the ponds to learn the basic Spey casts. We meet Saturday @ 8:00AM in Anglers Lodge in our waders -- but leave spiked boots outside! We then move into the ponds from 9:30AM - 3PM with appropriate breaks.
On Sunday, river conditions permitting, we head to the American River in the Sacramento area and learn to fish the casts practiced on Saturday. Midday we add sink tips to replicate real world conditions. Also covered are rotation fishing, river etiquette, and fighting and landing steelhead as well as other species. On Sunday, we start at 8:00AM sharp ready to cast (rigged up, waders on, etc.) at one of several locations to be provided on Saturday. We finish at approximately 2PM.
You must be a current GGACC member to register, and there is a $150 registration fee for this class. The fee must be paid with credit card or PayPal when you register online. Failure to make this payment within 15 minutes of starting the registration process will cancel your registration.
Please note the following! The most successful Spey students possess certain casting abilities! With a single hand rod, you should to be able to false cast a straight top leg of a loop @ 35’ (both forward and back cast) and have the final forward cast roll out the line, leader and fly above the water. One also needs to be able to roll cast a loop @ 35', having the fly line, leader and fly “turn over” while airborne. For best success, we strongly encourage prospective students to develop these single hand casting abilities before taking this Spey Angler class. If you are uncertain as to your readiness for this class, one of the four Spey Instructors or any FFI CCI (certified casting instructor) you approach will be able to watch you cast and quickly determine your readiness. FFI CCIs wear printed name tags at the GGACC's monthly free casting lessons (when resumed). If you don’t possess the above abilities, please attend those free Saturday casting lessons and develop them.
The club has loaner Spey rods, reels, and lines available. Bring waders, boots, wading staff, eye protection, hat, and sack lunches for both days; and also a folding chair for Sunday at the American River. Again, students are welcome to use the club's high end, superbly matched Spey rods and lines each day. Students are responsible for their own transportation to both the GGACC casting ponds and to the American River training site. Arranging on Saturday for carpools to get to the river on Sunday is encouraged since parking may be limited at the river, and often requires a small local park use fee.
Registration for this two-day class is accomplished online using the GGACC Event calendar on the Saturday event only. Registration requires GGACC membership and paying a $150 fee. When the class is full (maximum 6 students), you will have the option of joining a waitlist for that class (any cancellations may be filled from the waitlist, and those waitlisted may be advised first of new class dates). Registrants and any members on the waitlists will be emailed an attachment containing Bob Pauli’s Spey Casting Manual and encouraged to purchase Simon Gawesworth’s 3-DVD set on “Modern Spey Casting”. These two resources are the corner stones of our education program. As such, the instructors expect you to read the manual and watch the DVDs multiple times. Students who don’t prepare are often frustrated and can fall behind.
Cancellation: If you cancel prior to 30 days from the class, your fee will be refunded. Cancellation inside the 30-day window which causes the class size to drop below 4 students (minimum class size) will result in fee forfeiture. Notify Bill Gallogly (Slazanger2@icloud.com) as soon as you know you need to cancel.
Please check the GGACC events calendar for Spey Angler classes. When possible, there will be at least two Spey Angler classes in the spring and two in the fall. (The Spey "Improver" classes are not for beginners!)
The GGACC is sponsoring through the end of 2021 a Veterans Fly Fishing Program, for Club members who are veterans and who wish to participate, free of charge, in bi-weekly in-person gatherings at the casting pools to learn about fly fishing equipment and to improve fishing techniques. All veterans must bring their own equipment, provide their own transportation to the gatherings, observe the Club’s COVID-19 protocols, and are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. The Veterans Fly Fishing Program gathering will be held from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM, on Wednesday, December 8. If interested, please contact Henry Little at email@example.com.
This 2nd session of the Spey Angler Program's class that began Saturday, December 5, 2021, will be held starting at 8:00AM on Sunday, December 12, 2021, EITHER in the GGACC's Center Casting Pond -- OR, if the river conditions permit, at a place on the American River in the Sacramento area to be announced in the previous day's class.
This 2nd session should wrap up around 1-2pm that Sunday afternoon.
Bring camp chair (to river) and lunch in addition to the gear required for the previous day's class.
This program has limited registration. See the previous day's event posting for more details and registering for any open spots or joining the waitlist.
This is your opportunity to register as a new entrant to the popular GGACC Learn To Fly Fish program.
At 12pm Noon on Wednesday, December 8th this "event" will be open to registration.
Visit this event listing at GGACC.ORG and complete the registration process beginning at that time. Registration will be enabled at 12 noon and open until the class is filled. A wait list will also be available.
You must be a GGACC in current standing (2022 annual membership fees paid in full) in order to register for the first year of this program. In addition to being a current GGACC member, the $100 LTFF registration fee covers materials and program overhead.
If you have a family membership, and wish to register more than one person in the program, please register each individually.
For details on the Learn To Fly Fish program, please see the program description at GGACC.ORG, or here:
Note that all registrants will also need to successfully demonstrate basic casting skills in one of two qualifying sessions to be scheduled in January. Details can be found in the program description.
If you have more questions please contact the LTFF program leader:
Bruce Greenwood firstname.lastname@example.org