Events

Attention: there are new changes to how events are submitted to the GGACC events calendar. If you would like to host/schedule a lesson, dinner, fish out, Rondy or any other type of Club related event, you must fill out the Event Submission form. Emailing the Events Coordinator or any other Board Member directly will no longer receive a response. Out of respect to the Events Coordinator's time, there will be no exceptions. The form must be completed in full to be considered for the Events Calendar.

Once the Event Submission form is completely filled out and submitted, it will be reviewed by the Events Coordinator -- or applicable party -- on a first come, first served basis. Please note that the Events Coordinator and all other positions at the Club are of a volunteer nature, done in spare time. Please submit your event as early as possible.

Upcoming events

    • 20 Dec 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Anglers Lodge

    The Anglers Lodge locker and meeting rooms are reserved for this event on this evening.  

    This is the last of (6) Thursday night sessions for this workshop. (There was no class on Thurs., Nov. 8 or Nov. 22, 2018.)

    For a description of this Rod Building class, what is planned for each session, and to register for this workshop, see the Nov. 1st class posting for Session 1. 

    This limited class is CLOSED to all who have not previously registered for it.  See the November, 1st posting about getting into another posted class or sign up on the waitlist for this one to be contacted when another class opens.  


    • 02 Jan 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • online registration only
    • 3
    Register

    This posted event is ONLY for signing up the 2019 year’s class of Intermediate students for the "Learn to Fly Fish" Program by primarily currently registered 2018 LTFF Novice students, unless granted special permission to repeat this class.  

    The “Learn to Fly Fish”  (Step 3) Intermediate Class offers more guided or mentored, but also slightly more challenging “fish-outs” to all those current LTFF program students who participated in last year’s (Step 2) Novice Class. 

    These fish-outs are educational trips, not intended for more experienced club members (who can participate in the club’s Rendezvous program) or for beginners.  There are no required ‘class days’ (classroom instruction) for Intermediate Class, but there will be several special free clinics offered to help prepare for these fish-outs.

    If there are still spots in this Intermediate Class available after last year’s registered Novice students have been given a chance to sign up, then any remaining spots may be filled by previous year’s Intermediates wishing to repeat or possibly attend those fish-outs that they may have missed out on previously. However, we must limit the size of this class to only 30 persons (on a first-come, first-served basis) since the venues we book for all the various fish-out destinations are necessarily restricted to even fewer numbers than this.

    The Intermediate Class is the 3rd year of the typically 3-year long LTFF program in which we continue to expand the students’ fly fishing experiences to target more species in different waters.  Our goal is to give the LTFF program graduates the confidence and experience to go fly fishing wherever they may choose to follow their passion, and to help them to hopefully find long-time fishing buddies among their classmates to do this with.

    The Intermediate class fish-outs will be separately described and posted for registration on their respective dates on the club calendar as they are finalized.  The registered class members will get email alerts for signing up for all fish-outs so you won't need to keep checking the calendar for them.

    In addition to the fees charged for the cost of individual fish-outs (kept as low as possible through club or educational discounts, group camp site reservations, etc.), there is a class signup fee of $125 to cover the various administrative costs of this program.  

    You must register on this event site (Jan. 2) to be included in the 2019 Intermediate Class BEFORE signing up for any of the upcoming (Step 3) Intermediate fish-outs – so don’t dawdle or you may be left out.  A wait list will be generated for those unfortunate souls too late to be the first 25 eligible people to sign-up.

    This year’s Intermediates will have chances to fish in six or more fish-outs within California and at least one more out-of-state. Expect fish-outs for Lohantan cutthroats in Pyramid Lake, shad fishing on the Sac River, surf fishing in Pacifica, steelhead fishing on the Trinity (or other river), striper fishing at O'Neill Forebay, tight lining on the Truckee River, and hopefully more. 

    The highlight of the program, and everyone’s goal to try to get to (and hope get back to, if there's any chance for that!), is our trip to Montana on July 13-15, 2019 to fish the Missouri River, a real blue-ribbon tailwater. That trip includes a four-night (Fri.-Mon., July 12-15, 2019) stay in a large rented house right on the river, catered dinners, and best of all, three days of drift fishing with dries, nymphs, hoppers, etc. for feisty rainbows and big browns with really top-notch guides.  After the drift fishing, we will also try to arrange lodging for those folks wanting to stay on a few days to learn to wade fish the Missouri or other nearby rivers. 

    Usual rules and disclaimers:  You must be a GGACC club member in good standing (i.e., annual dues paid for the current calendar year) to participate in this program.  Since there will likely be a few more class members than available spots for every fish-out, you are never guaranteed a spot on any particular fish-out; all registrations will be on a first-come basis only.  There will be no refunds of fees for your class or fish-out registrations unless your replacement can be found.  (We will assist with this as much as we can with emails and wait lists, but otherwise it is solely up to you to find your replacement and recoup whatever you are able to for your spot.)

    As noted above, class size is very limited so SIGN UP NOW to ensure yourself of another spot in this terrific program – only then can you join us for more great times together while learning ever more about fly fishing.

    For questions, contact John Murphy (jmurphy7599@gmail.com

    • 03 Jan 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Angler's Lodge
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    The Anglers Lodge locker room is reserved for this event on this evening.

    This is the 1st of (6) Thursday night sessions for this Rod Building Workshop #11, taught by Larry Kenney or one of more of his proteges and offered to currently active club members only.  

    There are currently two separate classes (Workshops #10 & 11) posted on the club calendar, but each workshop is offered on a different set of nights or dates.  The registrants for this Workshop #11 may NOT attend any sessions of the other workshop without prior written approval from that second session's instructor.   Note: There will be NO class on Thurs., January 10, 2018 (while components are sourced)

    Learn to build a fly rod by doing it

    Participants will be taken through everything from choosing and purchasing a blank and components to installing reel seats, making cork grips, wrapping guides and finishing guide wraps.  There is no fee for this class, but the participants are responsible for acquiring their own blanks, components, and a few simple tools -- which will be discussed in the first class.  

    This Jan. 3 through Feb. 14, 2019 Workshop #11 is limited to 6 club members via online registration only.  Register for this FIRST class session ONLY for enrollment in all 6 sessions of Workshop #11. 

    If there is no large Register button showing on the left side of this screen now, the class has filled.  However, you may wish to sign the online Wait List since any drop-outs before the first session will be replaced from this list in the order that they signed it.  The Wait List will only be generated when the registration closes because the class has filled. Those on the Wait List for this class may also be contacted about their interest in any future class when that has been scheduled. 

    Class dates and the expected subjects to be covered and the corresponding class activity in each session for this workshop are:

    Jan. 3 - Introduction -- Choosing the right blank and components

    Jan. 17 - Assembling components -- Reel seats/Cork

    Jan. 24 - Making the grip -- Cork/Turn

    Jan. 31 - Rod wrapping -- Wrap 

    Feb. 7 - Rod wrapping --Wrap/Coat

    Feb. 14 - Finishing -- Coat

    For those inclined to book learning, Larry recommends reading: Art Scheck's Fly Rod Building Made Easy,  published by Countryman Press (2002 and 2014)

    For any questions about this workshop, please contact:

    Larry Kenney at  lmkenney@earthlink.net 

    • 09 Jan 2019
    • 11 Dec 2019
    • 25 sessions
    • GGACC West Pond + Angler's Lodge Board Room

    Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) program classes for disabled veterans are being held by GGACC volunteers, in cooperation with SF VA Medical Center, every other Wednesday from 10:30AM to 1:30PM at the Anglers' Lodge located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park

    Classes include fly casting, fly tying, and other fly fishing related activities, and will utilize the main meeting room in the lodge, the kitchen, and the West casting pond. 

    These classes are open to ONLY those disabled veterans and disabled active service personnel identified, selected, and determined to be qualified "participants" by the SF VA Medical Center, as well as to only those GGACC members who have volunteered their time and skills to assist with the club's PHWFF program. 

    The classes are free for all qualified vet participants, but are limited to 16 registrants.  Registration for this program is by appointment via the contact person:  Henry Little  hplittle@gmail.com

    Club members wishing to volunteer their services to help with, or to make a donation in support of, this PHWFF program should contact:  Henry Little  hplittle@gmail.com

    • 12 Jan 2019
    • 14 Dec 2019
    • 12 sessions
    • Anglers Lodge board room, Golden Gate Park

    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.  

    GGACC members are welcome to attend.  Please contact the club president (Willy George, busygeorges@aol.com) if you have any new business to present to the Board. 

    • 12 Jan 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Park casting ponds (1232 JFK Dr., across from the Buffalo Paddock), San Francisco
    Register
    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.  These lessons are followed by a free small lunch courtesy of GGACC.  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 –

    • These lessons focus on casting single-handed fly rods.
    • Casting lessons are a “go," rain or shine.
    • For safety reasons, no flies with hooks are permitted; only "yarn" practice flies are allowed (these practice flies are provided free of charge).
    • Students are expected to provide and wear their own eye protection (regular glasses, sun glasses, or safety glasses) at all times during the casting lessons.

    Classes target four different skill levels (the classes are held concurrently): 

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

    Please pre-register for these casting lessons in order to help determine the number of needed instructors and for lunch planning purposes.  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.

    • 17 Jan 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Anglers Lodge

    The Anglers Lodge locker room is reserved for this event on this evening.  

    This is the 2nd of (6) Thursday night sessions for this workshop. (There was no class on Thurs., Jan. 10, 2019.)

    For a description of this Rod Building class, what is planned for each session, and to register for this workshop, see the Jan. 3rd class posting for Session 1. 

    This limited class is CLOSED to all who have not previously registered for it.  See the January 3rd posting to sign up on the waitlist for this one in order to be contacted when another class opens.

    • 19 Jan 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge (boardroom) 1st hour & center pond after
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    GGACC's Spey Angler Program is unique, in that its goal is to actually teach anglers how to fish with a two-handed rod. This one weekend class is more than a casting lesson.  

    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 @ 8:30AM in Anglers Lodge in our waders - leave spiked boots outside. We then move into the ponds from 9:30AM - 3PM with appropriate breaks.

    Sunday we head to the American River in the Sacramento area and learn to fish the casts practiced on Saturday.  Midday we'll add sink tips to replicate real world conditions. Also covered are rotation fishing, river courtesy, and fighting and landing steelhead and other species. Sunday we start at 8:30AM ready to cast (in your waders, etc.) at one of several river locations to be provided on Saturday. We finish between 1-2PM. 

    Maximum class size is 6. You must be a GGACC member, and there is a $150 fee for the class to be paid online.

    Your instructors will be Bill Gallogly, Bob Pauli, Steve Morikawa and Willy George.

    Please note the following!  In order to derive the most benefit from this class, it is best to already have developed certain single-handed casting abilities.  We strongly advise that you are able to cast (with a single hand rod) a straight top leg on your forward loop (at a distance of approximately 35’), as well as being able to roll cast so that the fly line, leader, and fly all “turn over” while airborne.  If you have any concern as to your readiness for this Spey Angler class, one of the four Spey instructors will be available in the afternoon of GGACC’s “Free Casting Instruction” Saturdays every month.  Contact a Spey instructor and arrange for them to help you determine if this class is appropriate for you.  Attending the free Saturday classes combined with some practice should adequately prepare you for the Spey Angler class.

    The club has loaner rods, reels and lines available. Bring waders, boots, wading staff, eye protection, hat, lunches for both days, and 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.

    Registration:  Effective November 15, 2018, all registration for the 2019 classes will be accomplished ONLINE Only using the GGACC Event calendar.  To register, first select the Saturday class date that you want on the calendar.  Registration (and participation) requires current GGACC membership and paying the $150 fee online via credit card or Paypal. The class will be open for registration when a large "Register" button appears on the opened calendar event. When the class is full (a maximum of 6 students), you will have the option of joining a waitlist for that class (there are often cancellations which will be filled from the waitlist).

    Cancellation: If you have to 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 class dates.  There will be at least two Spey Angler classes in the spring and two in the fall in 2019.

    For any further questions about this class, email Bill Gallogly  slazanger2@icloud.com

    • 20 Jan 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • American River, location TBD

    This 2nd session of the Spey Angler Program's class that began Saturday, January 19, 2019, will be held starting at 8:30AM on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at a place on the American River in the Sacramento area to be announced in the previous day's class. This session should wrap up around 1-2pm that afternoon.

    Bring camp chair 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.  

    • 24 Jan 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Anglers Lodge

    The Anglers Lodge locker room is reserved for this event on this evening.  

    This is the 3rd of (6) Thursday night sessions for this workshop. (There was no class on Thurs., Jan. 10, 2019.)

    For a description of this Rod Building class, what is planned for each session, and to register for this workshop, see the Jan. 3rd class posting for Session 1. 

    This limited class is CLOSED to all who have not previously registered for it.  See the January 3rd posting to sign up on the waitlist for this one in order to be contacted when another class opens.


    • 26 Jan 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge, Golden Gate Park, SF
    • 4
    Register

    Please join us for an evening of All-You-Can-Eat Dungeness crab at the GGACC's highly anticipated social event, our Annual Crab Feed, on Saturday, January 26, 2019, starting at 5:00pm.  This always great event sells out very quickly every year, so be sure to register early to reserve your seat. Attendance at this event is limited and only available to current* GGACC members and their guests (only one guest allowed per membership).

    Registration will open online on this calendar event on a specific date and time to be announced in an email blast sent to the GGACC membership.  At that time a large "Register" button will appear on this event page.  Click the "Register" button to make an online payment for yourself and up to one guest. (You will not be able to register more than one time this year to add any other guests.)

    Paid reservations can only be purchased online and cannot be refunded.  Since the event registration is limited to the most that the lodge can seat, any reservation not completed (paid) within 15 minutes of starting the registration process will be automatically canceled.

    Once this event has been sold out, an online waiting list will become available. If you arrive at this event page and see the button "Join the Waitlist" (instead of the Register button), it means all available seats have been sold. Click on this button to be added to the Waitlist. 

    Any registrant who later learns that they won't be able to attend the Crab Feed is free to sell their spot to the next member on the waiting list. To do so, the registrant should send an email to the "Registration Contact" listed below to request the contact information of the next few members on the Waitlist.   

    Time:  Social hour begins at 5pm -- Dinner will be served at 6pm

    Menu:  Caesar Salad & Rouel's Garlic Bread -- Fresh-made Pesto Linguini Pasta with Roasted Pine Nuts -- All-You-Can-Eat Fresh Dungeness Crab with Drawn Butter -- Cheesecake with Grand Marnier Berry Coulis and Toasted Almonds

    Registration price: $60 per person  (Reservations can be purchased online only)

    BYOB:  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own beverages, and, if they so choose, their own glassware, since only bottled water (and plastic cups) will be provided at the event.  (The club’s glassware will be locked up to help minimize the clean-up work.)

    If you can kindly volunteer to help out at this event with the set-up, serving, or clean-up, please send an email to Xavier Carbonnet  xcarbonnet@yahoo.com 

    Registration Contact:   John Murphy  jmurphy7599@gmail.com

    *Current Members = Paid through 2019   Renew now if you haven't done so!  Anyone not renewed before this event will be removed from the reservations list and not be admitted.  

    • 31 Jan 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Anglers Lodge

    The Anglers Lodge locker and meeting rooms are reserved for this event on this evening. 

    This is the 4th of (6) Thursday night sessions for this workshop. (There was no class on Thurs., Jan. 10, 2019.)

    For a description of this Rod Building class, what is planned for each session, and to register for this workshop, see the Jan. 3rd class posting for Session 1. 

    This limited class is CLOSED to all who have not previously registered for it.  See the January 3rd posting to sign up on the waitlist for this one in order to be contacted when another class opens.  

      


    • 07 Feb 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Anglers Lodge

    The Anglers Lodge locker and meeting rooms are reserved for this event on this evening.  

    This is the 5th of (6) Thursday night sessions for this workshop. (There was no class on Thurs., Jan. 10, 2019.)

    For a description of this Rod Building class, what is planned for each session, and to register for this workshop, see the Jan. 3rd class posting for Session 1. 

    This limited class is CLOSED to all who have not previously registered for it.  See the January 3rd posting to sign up on the waitlist for this one in order to be contacted when another class opens.

    • 09 Feb 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Park casting ponds (1232 JFK Dr., across from the Buffalo Paddock), San Francisco
    Register
    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.  These lessons are followed by a free small lunch courtesy of GGACC.  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 –

    • These lessons focus on casting single-handed fly rods.
    • Casting lessons are a “go," rain or shine.
    • For safety reasons, no flies with hooks are permitted; only "yarn" practice flies are allowed (these practice flies are provided free of charge).
    • Students are expected to provide and wear their own eye protection (regular glasses, sun glasses, or safety glasses) at all times during the casting lessons.

    Classes target four different skill levels (the classes are held concurrently): 

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

    Please pre-register for these casting lessons in order to help determine the number of needed instructors and for lunch planning purposes.  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.

    • 14 Feb 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Anglers Lodge

    The Anglers Lodge locker and meeting rooms are reserved for this event on this evening.  

    This is the last of (6) Thursday night sessions for this workshop. (There was no class on Thurs., Jan. 10, 2019.)

    For a description of this Rod Building class, what is planned for each session, and to register for this workshop, see the Jan. 3rd class posting for Session 1. 

    This limited class is CLOSED to all who have not previously registered for it.  See the January 3rd posting to sign up on the waitlist for this one in order to be contacted when another class opens.

    • 16 Feb 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • American River near Sacramento, CA
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    GGACC's Spey Improver Program's next class, on the American River, is scheduled for Saturday, February 16, 2019, starting at 8:30 AM.  Registration fee is $50. 

    The Spey Improver Program is a one-day class directed at those GGACC members who have taken the GGACC Spey Angler Program's class in the past, or who have experience fishing with a two-handed rod.  Class size is limited to 6 current club members.

    Items covered will include Single Spey and Snake Roll casts with Skagit, Scandi, and Long Belly lines. We will also focus on non-dominate hand casting.

    Spey Improver Program classes will be held on the American River (conditions permitting). Students will be notified of the access point several days before the class. Students should have Skagit and Scandi heads, tips (floating, intermediate and fast sinking) as well as a 12' tapered steelhead/salmon leader.  Please, yarn flies only!  Students should bring waders, boots, wading staff and belt, eye protection, sunscreen, hat, raingear, lunch and a folding chair.  Be ready to start (in the water) at 8:30AM.

    Your instructors will be Bill Gallogly, Bob Pauli, Steve Morikawa and Willy George.

    Registration:  Effective November 15, 2018, all registration for the 2019 Spey Improver classes will be accomplished ONLINE Only on the GGACC website's Events Calendar.  Registration (and participation) requires current GGACC membership and online payment of $50 fee either by credit card or Paypal.  You may sign-up when a large "Register" button shows next to this calendar event description. If the class is already full, you will have the option of joining the wait list.  Any cancellations will be filled from the waitlist. 

    Cancellation: If you have to 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 the scheduled class dates.  There will be at least 2 Spey Improver classes in 2019 (Spring and Fall).

    For more information about this program, contact Bill Gallogly  slazanger2@icloud.com

    • 02 Mar 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge, Golden Gate Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Note: GG Angler's Lodge (Board Room) is reserved exclusively for this scheduled event for those registered club members participating in this year's Learn to Fly Fish program. 

    Those wishing to join the 2019 "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) Step 1 Beginners Class, the 1st year of the club's 3-year long mentored fly fishing educational program (which is not a learn to fly cast program) should be sure to attend the October and / or November 2018 sessions of the club's 2nd Saturday morning "Free Fly Casting Lessons on the GGACC Ponds" in order to hear an announcement at 9:30am (just before the start of the lessons) of the date and precise time that the online registration will first open in the late fall of 2018

    Due to the expected size of the 2019 LTFF Beginners class exceeding the capacity for seating at tables in our Anglers Lodge, there will necessarily be two separate classroom sections -- a Section A on Saturday mornings and a Section B on Sunday mornings -- for the two 2019 classroom weekends of March 2-3 and March 16-17 (referred to as "Class Days 1 & 2", respectively).  These section groupings on Saturdays or Sundays will apply to these class days only, and not to the subsequent fish-outs. 

    To join the 2019 LTFF Program at the STEP 1 "Beginners" level (i.e., meaning that you have little or no fly fishing experience without guides and/or no formal training), you must be quick to register (online only, on the announced date and time in the late fall of 2018) at the LTFF STEP 1 "Beginners Class Day 1" calendar event for either Saturday, March 2, 2019 (for Section A)  OR Sunday, March 3, 2019 (for Section B). 

    Registration fee for the mandatory Class Days:  $100 payable online via credit card or PayPal account.  Besides the cost of books, hand-outs, badges, beverages, snacks, etc. for the class days, this fee also covers costs for putting on the offered LTFF Casting Clinics.

    Until the available openings fill up in any given class section, you may be able to choose your preferred section day when the large "Register" button appears on that day's event if you click on that quickly enough when the online registration is first opened on the announced date and time.  If this "Register" button has already changed to a "Join Waitlist" button, you may wish to click on that quickly before trying to register for the other Beginners class section day on its Day 1 calendar event (that same weekend).  

    Be very careful that you are navigating to the LTFF STEP 1 "Beginners" Class Day 1 calendar events on March 2nd & 3rd, and not by mistake to the LTFF STEP 2 "Novice" Class Day 1 events on those same dates.  

    Registration for those eligible (and granted express written permission) for signing up for any remaining Novice (2nd year) spots -- those not accepted by the previous year's Beginners -- will be opened on a separate date and time.  So there will be no large "Register" button nor "Join Waitlist" button visible to click on those two Novice Class Day 1 events.  Anyone choosing to skip the first year of the LTFF program must petition the Program Director for approval based on the described extent of their small river or stream fly fishing and wading experience -- without the use of guides. 

    Only current club members are eligible to participate in this LTFF Program -- and only current members will be able to register online on the announced 2018 date for opening of registration for the 2019 program (note: joining the club or renewing your membership in the last couple months of the previous year will be valid for the following calendar year, so be sure that you are signed up before trying to register).  

    Basic fly casting proficiency is a prerequisite to joining the LTFF program!  Unlike other fly fishing programs, our LTFF program is NOT focused on teaching basic fly casting skill, which is a skill that you will need to have acquired previously.  If you are learning to fly cast at GGACC, and if, after attending the club's monthly casting lessons for perhaps 4 or more months, you have made good progress at mastering loop control, line management, and line slipping at the "Novice Casting Level" (2nd level) -- OR, if you have been promoted by one of the casting instructors up to either the "Intermediate Casting (3rd) Level" or to the "Advanced Casting (4th) Level" in the club's 2nd Saturday of the month "Free Casting Lessons on the Ponds", you have likely achieved this expected basic casting proficiency. 

    If you are only a novice level fly caster now, you still have time to up your casting game in the months before the new LTFF casting prequalificaton clinic to be held mid-afternoon on January 12, 2019 (or on February 9, 2019, if granted permission to prequal then) following the GGACC's regular 2nd Saturday casting lessons on those dates.  Unless granted approval for prequalifying on Feb. 9, all 2019 LTFF Beginner registrants will need to perform some casting drills during that January 12th clinic in order to allow us to evaluate whether you can proceed to attend the upcoming class days and subsequent fish-outs, or whether you will need to give up your registration (your fee will be refunded) to someone on the waitlist, while you work on your casting skills to try again the following year. 

    There will be only one 2019 Beginners Class for purposes of class communications and signing up for all scheduled class fish-outs or clinics, even though this Beginners Class must be split into 2 separate "Class Sections" for the classroom instruction ONLY due to space constraints in our Anglers Lodge meeting room.   

    REGISTRATION FOR THIS LTFF PROGRAM IS ON A FIRST-COME BASIS ONLY AND THE 2018 YEAR'S CLASS FILLED VERY QUICKLY.  THE DATE AND THE EXACT TIME THAT ONLINE REGISTRATION WILL BE OPENED FOR NEXT YEAR'S CLASS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE OCT. & NOV., 2018 (2nd Sat.) FREE PUBLIC CASTING LESSONS -- and to those still on the waitlist from this past year's 2018 Beginners class via an email in the fall. 

    "LTFF" PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:  This Step 1 "Beginner Class" is for the first-year fly fisher in the GGACC's 3-yr. long "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) Program who has done very little or no fly fishing on his or her own. This program offers classroom instruction in each of the first two years, as well as an increasing number each year of mentored or guided fish-outs. This educational program is designed to help the Beginner (1st yr.) or Novice (2nd yr.) fly fisher or angler (in this case, one who already knows how to fly cast) to transition from the free casting lessons on the club ponds (or other suitable fly casting lessons) to fly fishing with club mentors (or, in some cases, professional guides) starting on small streams and later on lakes and larger rivers.  Intermediate (3rd yr) students are offered advanced clinics and exposed to a wide variety of fisheries in both Northern California and beyond, including the SF Bay and ocean surf. Besides the knowledge to be learned and all the fun we have in this program, it is also a wonderful way to gain new friends and life-long fishing buddies. 

    This LTFF Program is offered to new or current club members only and, in addition to prepaying the required membership dues, does require the payment of fees as needed to cover the club's costs for hosting or reserving different events, both for the class (and any casting instruction) as well as for the fish-outs.  The Beginner Class Day cost is $100 total for the two days of classroom instruction, including any subsequent specialized casting instruction offered on various announced 2nd Saturdays of the month.

    Participation in this Learn to Fly Fish program, AS A PREREQUISITE, requires the ability to proficiently make relatively accurate presentations of the fly to at least 35'-40' with good loops and line control. This includes making both roll casts and overhead casts, with loop and change of direction control, line mgt. skills, and the ability to extend casts by slipping line during false casts as taught by the club in the Beginner and Novice sections of the monthly free public casting lessons (typ. held every 2nd Saturday of each month, see club calendar to register for these free casting classes).

    Participants are encouraged to develop their casting skills beyond these minimal prerequisite casting requirements as quickly as they can by attending as many of the club's free casting lessons as possible, and by participating in any LTFF Casting Clinics held on some of those same days.  The GG casting ponds are open on most days of the year for individual practice when not reserved on the GGACC calendar for club events. 

    Another excellent training ground for casting skills (being organized by Chris Korich) will be the new "Accuracy Casting Games" when they're held at the Golden Gate ponds as shown on the club calendar (likely moving to the 3rd Sunday morning of various months in 2019). 

    CLASS DAYS:  Attendance at class days is generally mandatory and requisite for being allowed to participate in fish-outs. The Beginners classroom instruction will cover required gear, knots, entomology, reading the water, and wading safety.  Specialized casting techniques will now be taught in LTFF Casting Clinics in the afternoons on 2nd Saturdays of the month for various months as announced later by emails. Casting instructors will work with you then to help prepare you for the 3 or more planned "mentored" fish-outs to be offered beginning in the late spring.

    We will be teaching classes for both the Beginners (1st yr students) and Novices (2nd yr, or by approval of the prog. dir.) on the same days again this year, with Beginners classes held in the mornings followed by the Novices classes in the afternoon each day. Since each day's instruction is only for the half-day, there will be no lunch provided for the students. 

    Beginners will be spending each class day in the Anglers Lodge from 8:30AM to Noon. If you are not familiar with where this is, please see the map included on our website under the "About us" tab. Please arrive promptly to get a name badge and seat. There is no need to bring anything to class other than paper and pen to take notes with. There will be a quiz on the 2nd class day, and the class days are purposely spaced two weeks apart to give students time to read the issued book, study their notes and hand-outs, and to practice tying those knots taught on the first class day.

    FISH-OUTS: The cost of the separately posted fish-outs will be listed on their event pages when posted, but typically run from $100-200 for Beginners depending on the destination and what the program's expenses are for that fish-out. These fees do not cover any your equipment costs, guide gratuities, driving expenses, certain meals, and any lodging costs. Only students who have registered for and attend the two class days will receive emailed notices of when the Beginner fish-outs are first opened for online registration sign-up and payment.

    Since there are not enough available weekends to create any additional weekend fish-outs in the program for the now much larger class size, the previous one-day fish-outs on any weekend will be scheduled as two separate one-day fish-outs on that same weekend, and all previous two-day weekend fish-outs will become two separate two-day fish-outs on Friday-Sat. and Sunday-Monday for Groups 1 & 2.  

    Most of the new Beginners fish-outs still need to be scheduled and the available mentors or guides confirmed before posting on the club's events calendar (or the LTFF Program's   extracted calendar found under the Events tab dropdown menu on the homepage). You don't need to watch or keep checking for these online postings, however, since the entire class will be notified simultaneously via a group email whenever one of your fish-outs is posted and also notified what date and time the online registration will be opened for it. 

    GEAR:  The special casting lessons on the dates that LTFF Casting Clinics are offered to the combined Beginners and Novices will generally require you to bring your own gear unless notified otherwise that club rods will be made available or used for these clinics. Unless told differently or asked to bring other gear, bring your fly rod (we generally suggest a 9' or 9'-6" long 5wt rod-- but any 4wt to 6wt fly rod of at least 7-1/2' length will suffice -- with reel, floating line, a 0X, 2X, or 3X tapered practice leader that's at least 6' long, with a small piece of yarn tied on (in lieu of a fly with hook -- cut pieces of yarn are available in the clubhouse), and possibly (subsequent to the class days) -- when specially requested -- also chest waders (with wading belt) and wading boots. Owning your own "breathable-fabric, stocking-foot, chest waders" and a pair of good wading boots (felt-soled, or rubber-soled with studs) will usually be needed to get the most benefit out of what may be "in-pond" specialized casting instruction, and generally necessary for most fish-outs.  The class instruction will cover all the gear you will need to purchase, as well as some other gear that you may choose to buy, in order to participate in the fish-outs. Most fish-outs involve our camping in campgrounds (with motels as an added cost option).  Buying needed camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, pad or cot, headlamp, lantern, stove, etc.) may be another expense if you don't already own this gear (or prefer not to rent it from REI).

    REGISTRATION:  The past year's Beginner class was quickly filled when the online registration first opened last fall, and a substantial waitlist was soon generated. The same is expected for the 2019 class registering on this Beginners Class Day 1 calendar event. Those interested in the following year's (2020) class may sign this event's waitlist to be notified by email next fall of the announced opening date & time of the online registration for that 2020 class.  

    For the 2019 Beginners class, you will need to REGISTER QUICKLY to have a good chance at a spot in this limited class. Class size will generally be limited to the first 40 new members to sign up (20 per section), but a prior year's Beginner student will be allowed to pre-register to repeat the class one time if that person is not ready to advance.  Couples hoping to enroll in the 2019 class together (and target the same class section if possible) should attempt to register simultaneously from different web devices using separate email addresses for each name (multiple registrations by the same contact are not allowed, so each contact must have their own email address).

    Registration Fee for the two Beginner Class Days (plus any LTFF Casting Clinics) is $100. This fee covers the cost of instructional materials and other miscellaneous class expenses only (all instructors' time is offered free by club volunteers). Registering and paying for the 1st Class Day covers registration for the 2nd Class Day.  Registrants will receive special badges to allow them to participate in the LTFF Class Days and Casting Clinics. 

    Additional Notes:  

    You must be a club member in good standing to BOTH register for and to participate in this program. You can immediately join or renew club membership, as well as for the following calendar year anytime after Nov.1 for the price of only the annual dues, by clicking on the "Join us" tab on the Home Page.  Family memberships must list the name and a separate email address for each family member (18 or over) hoping to participate in this LTFF program or other club programs requiring registration.  (Note:  While each registrant's name is required for the LTFF class roster, the online software recognizes all valid member contacts by email address for registration purposes rather than by their name). 

    All LTFF participants must be at least 18 years of age before registering for the program, and willing to provide valid proof of age identification if requested.    

    Due to restrictions for the given destination, river etiquette or other factors, there will usually not be enough spots available for all of the class's students to attend each fish-out. These spots can only be offered on a first come basis, so you are encouraged to sign up quickly upon receiving the emailed announcement of the date and time of each fish-out's online registration opening. 

    Students who have registered for a fish-out and later learn that they can't attend will be solely responsible for finding their own replacement to pay them directly for whatever they can collect if there is no one on the waitlist willing to take their spot. Since fish-outs must be scheduled months ahead and the program's expenses paid for in advance, club refunds are NOT generally possible.

    Lastly, we want to emphasize that this program is run by club volunteers and would not exist without the generous commitment of their time and efforts to make this program so very successful.  Participants in the program will be asked -- and expected -- to contribute however they can to helping out with this program or other club activities while they are LTFF students and after.  In due time subject to availability, graduates of this LTFF program are often asked to serve as fish-out mentors or leaders as their skill and experience permits.  If so asked, please recall what all your mentors' help meant to you. 

    For any questions not answered above, please contact:

    John Murphy, LLTF Program Dir., (jmurphy7599@gmail.com)


    • 02 Mar 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge (Board Room)
    • 0
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    The March 2nd and 3rd "Novice Class Day 1" dates are the class registration sites for GGACC members registering as 2nd year ("Novice") students in the 2019 Learn to Fly Fish (LTFF) program. 

    Initially, ONLY those students who were registered in the 2018 LTFF Beginners class (as 1st year students) may register for one of these two Novice Class Day 1 dates after they have been advised of the opening of the online registration for the 2019 LTFF Novice Class via email.  The prior year's Beginner students can then choose to sign up for the first day of the two weekends' Novice classroom instruction on either Saturday, March 2 (Section A) or Sunday, March 3 (Section B) depending on their personal preference for either day and where openings are available

    If there are any spots remaining in the 2019 Novice Class after the previous year's Beginners students have first had their chance to register, these spots will be offered to those who have petitioned the LTFF Program Director to be accepted into the LTFF program at the 2nd year level on the basis of their reported previous fly fishing experience and abilities, independent of guided fishing trips.  

    There will be only one (now larger) "Novice Class" for purposes of class communication and signing up for all scheduled Novice Class fish-outs or clinics.  However, this Novice Class must be split into 2 separate "Class Sections" (Section A and B) for the classroom instruction ONLY due to space constraints in our Anglers Lodge meeting room.

    [The GG Angler's Lodge (Board Room) is reserved exclusively for this scheduled event for those registered club members participating in this 2019 Learn to Fly Fish program.] 

    The "LTFF" PROGRAM:  This Step 2 "Novice Class" is intended for the second-year fly fishers in the GGACC's 3-yr. long "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) Program, or for those with enough prior fly fishing experience to petition for approved permission to skip the 1st year.  Novice students are expected to already have a basic knowledge of at least the following:  fly fishing gear and the different categories of flies; the ability to correctly tie at least 4 basic knots in leader or tippet materials (i.e, surgeon's knot, surgeon's loop, improved clinch knot, and loop-to-loop connections) in order to rig for indicator nymphing or dry-dropper fishing; enough knowledge of entomology to identify the major categories of bugs serving as trout food; and to have learned to safely wade and to fly fish small streams or rivers for trout (or a similar species) without a guide doing all the work.

    The LTFF program offers classroom instruction in each of the first two years (and an increasing number of mentored or guided fish-outs for each subsequent year's class) with topics in the second year covered more quickly or in more depth, as well as introducing new topics not taught in the first year.

    In general, this educational program is designed to help the Beginner (1st yr.) fly fisher to transition from the free casting lessons on the club ponds to fly fishing with club mentors (or, in some cases, professional guides) starting on smaller streams and later on lakes and larger rivers.  Novice (2nd yr.) students will get more of the same exposure with a little more challenging instruction and venues. Intermediate (3rd yr) students are offered advanced clinics and exposed to a wide variety of fisheries in both Northern California and beyond. Besides the knowledge to be learned and all the fun we have in this program, it is also a wonderful way to gain new friends and (we hope) life-long fishing buddies. 

    This LTFF Program is offered to new or current club members only and, in addition to the membership dues, does require the payment of fees as needed to cover the club's costs for hosting or reserving different events, both for the class and any casting clinics, as well as the fish-outs.  The Novice Class Day cost is $125 total for the two days of classroom instruction and any specialized casting clinics held in the afternoons on various announced 2nd Saturdays of the month.

    CASTING PREREQUISITE for the LTFF Program:  Participation in this Learn to Fly Fish program, AS A PREREQUISITE, requires the ability to proficiently make basic fly casts to at least 35'-40'.  This includes both roll casts and overhead casts as taught by the GGACC in the Beginner through Intermediate levels of our monthly free public casting lessons (typ. held every "2nd Saturday" of each month year-round; register for these free casting classes on the club calendar).  While this prior casting skill has been the requirement in years past, it has not been enforced -- BUT IT WILL BE in 2019, in order that some of those folks on the LTFF waitlists who are more qualified fly casters and more ready to receive angling (i.e. fishing) instruction are not deprived of available spots in the program. 

    All LTFF Novice (2nd yr.) registrants are expected to have ALREADY been promoted to the "Intermediate" casting level by the casting instructors (or consider themselves ready to be promoted to this level from the Novice casting level) in these 2nd Saturday lessons -- or have otherwise achieved (from other casting instruction) the ability to accurately (i.e. fairly consistently) make roll and overhead casts to hit 30" dia. targets up to 35' away with good loops and (slipping and retrieving) line control -- BEFORE the first Class Day on the weekend of March 2-3, 2019.

    Following the 2nd Saturday casting lessons on January 12, 2019, there will be an afternoon casting qualifier that the 2019 LTFF Novice registrants are expected to attend. (Those unable to attend the Jan. 12 qualifier or those failing this first qualifier may request and be granted a spot in the Beginners qualifier on February 9, 2019, or arrange to meet the LTFF Program Director at the GG ponds on an alternate date convenient to him).

    Anyone failing to demonstrate the expected level of casting skills in one or the other of these qualifiers will be asked to drop out of the LTFF program and will promptly be refunded their class registration fee as a PayPal credit.  They will be expected to comply with this request well in advance of the first class day to permit the evaluation of someone on the waitlist to take their spot in the classroom.

    LTFF participants are strongly encouraged to develop their casting skills beyond the prerequisite requirements as quickly as they possibly can by attending as many of these free 2nd Sat. casting lessons as possible throughout the year, and by participating in the LTFF Casting Clinics held on a few of those same days.  

    Another excellent training ground (being organized by Chris Korich) will be the new "Accuracy Casting Games" when they're held at the Golden Gate ponds as shown on the club calendar (likely moving to the 3rd Sunday morning of various months in 2019). The GG casting ponds are also open on most days of the year for individual practice when not reserved on the GGACC calendar for club events. 

    CLASS DAYS: The Novice class days will take a more advanced look at gear, knots, entomology, reading water, and introduce new topics such as stream presentation and stillwater fishing. Specialized casting techniques will now be taught in LTFF Casting Clinics in the afternoons on 2nd Saturdays of the month for certain months as announced later by emails. Casting instructors may work with you then to help prepare you for the planned "mentored" fish-outs to be offered later in the year, starting in late spring  

    We will be teaching classes for both the Beginners (1st yr students) and Novices (2nd yr, or by approval) on the same class days again this year, with the Beginners classes held in the mornings, followed by the Novices classes in the afternoon of each Section's class day. Since each day's classroom instruction is only for the half-day, there will be no lunch provided for the students on class days. 

    Novices will be spending each class day in the Anglers Lodge from 12:30PM to 4:00PM. (If you are not familiar with where this is, please see the map included on our website under the "About us" tab.)  Please arrive promptly to get a name badge and seat. There is no need to bring anything to class other than paper and pen to take notes with. There will be a quiz on the 2nd class day, and the class days are purposely spaced two weeks apart to give students time to read some of the issued book, study their notes and hand-outs, and to practice tying those knots taught in the first class day.

    FISH-OUTS: The cost of the separately posted fish-outs will be listed on their event pages, but typically run from $150-300 depending on the destination and what the program's expenses are for that fish-out. These fees do not cover any equipment costs, guide gratuities, driving expenses, certain meals, and any lodging costs.  Only students who have registered for and attend the class days will receive emailed notices of when the Novice fish-outs are first opened for registration sign-up and payment online only.

    Since there are not enough available weekends to create any additional weekend fish-outs in the expanded LTFF program, previous one-day fish-outs on any weekend will be scheduled as two separate one-day fish-outs on that same weekend and two-day weekend fish-outs will become two separate two-day fish-outs on Friday-Sat. and Sunday-Monday.  

    Fish-outs will be posted on the club calendar as soon as they are scheduled and confirmed. You don't need to watch for these postings, however, since the class will be notified by email when your fish-outs are posted and what date and time registration will open for each. The online registration for these fish-outs will be on a first-to-register basis only. 

    GEAR:  The special casting lessons on the dates that LTFF Casting Clinics are offered to the Beginners and Novices will generally require you to bring your own gear unless notified otherwise that club rods will be made available or used for these clinics. Unless told differently or asked to bring other gear, bring your own fly rod (we recommend a 9' long 5wt -- but a 4 or 6wt will suffice -- with reel, floating line, and a 0X-3X tapered practice leader that's at least 6' long), and -- when so requested -- also waders (with wading belt) and wading boots.  

    Owning your own "breathable-fabricstocking-foot chest waders" and a pair of good wading boots (felt-soled or rubber-soled with cleats) will usually be needed to get the most benefit out of what may be offered as "in-pond" specialized casting instruction and, in any case, is REQUIRED for most fish-outs.  The class instruction will quickly cover all the basic gear you may own now or will need to purchase, as well as present other gear options that you may choose to buy, or may need in order to participate in these fish-outs. Fly lines especially will be covered in more detail in this Novice Class.

    Most fish-outs involve group camping in campgrounds (with motels as an added cost option).  Buying needed camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, pad or cot, lantern, stove, etc.) may be another expense.  If you haven't car-camped before, feel free to ask for a suggested list of needed camping gear.

    REGISTRATION:  This year's Novice class will be mostly pre-filled by the past year's Beginners who are guaranteed a spot in the next year's class upon completing the previous year's class.  Also, a prior year's Novice student is allowed to register to repeat the class one time if that person is not ready to advance. In addition, new participants to the LTFF program who have sufficient prior experience fly fishing on their own (i.e., they know how to rig up and fish nymph and dry-dropper set-ups and wade fish small rivers on their own), may petition the program director to skip the first year and register for the few remaining spots in the Novice class each year.  If there are still one or more openings left after this, a general announcement will be made by email blast to the club membership.  After that, you will need to REGISTER QUICKLY to have any chance at a spot in this limited class. Class size will generally be limited to the first 40 people to sign up.

    Those failing to register in time for a spot this year and interested in next year's class may sign this event's waitlist to be notified by email next fall of the announced opening date & time of the online registration for the 2020 Novice class. A online waitlist will automatically be generated when the class limit of registrations has been reached (the large "Register" button changes to a "Join Waitlist" button). 

    Those with Family Memberships should check to be sure that each member is listed in their profile.  Those families hoping to participate as couples or legal partners in the LTFF program's classes or fish-outs should be sure that each spouse or partner has a separate email address listed in their membership profile since the program's website software will not allow for multiple registrations by the same contact (email address). Any questions about this should be directed to the Membership Chair (membership.ggacc@gmail.com).

    Registration Fee for the two Novice Class Days is $125. This fee covers the cost of instructional materials and other miscellaneous class expenses only (all instructor's time is offered free by club volunteers).  Registering online and paying for the 1st Class Day covers registration for the 2nd Class Day.  Registrants will receive special badges to allow them to participate in the LTFF Casting Clinics. 

    Additional Notes:  

    You must be a club member in good standing to BOTH register for and to participate in this program. You can join or renew club membership for the following calendar year anytime after Nov.1 by clicking on the "Join us" tab on the Home Page.

    All LTFF participants must be at least 18 years of age before registering for the program, and willing to provide valid proof of age identification if requested.   

    Due to restrictions for the given destination, river etiquette or other factors, there will usually not be enough spots available for all class students to attend each fish-out. These spots can only be offered on a first come basis, so you are encouraged to sign up quickly upon receiving the emailed announcement of the fish-out registration opening. 

    Students who have registered for a fish-out and later learn that they can't attend will be solely responsible for finding their own replacement (to pay them directly for whatever they can collect) if there is no one on the waitlist willing to take their spot.  Since fish-outs must be scheduled months ahead and the program's expenses paid for in advance, club refunds are NOT generally possible.   

    For further information, contact:

    John Murphy, LLTF Program Dir., (jmurphy7599@gmail.com)


    • 03 Mar 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge, Golden Gate Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Note: GG Angler's Lodge (Board Room) is reserved exclusively for this scheduled event for those registered club members participating in this year's Learn to Fly Fish program. 

    Those wishing to join the 2019 "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) Step 1 Beginners Class, the 1st year of the club's 3-year long mentored fly fishing educational program (which is not a learn to fly cast program) should be sure to attend the October and / or November 2018 sessions of the club's 2nd Saturday morning "Free Fly Casting Lessons on the GGACC Ponds" in order to hear an announcement at 9:30am (just before the start of the lessons) of the date and precise time that the online registration will first open in the late fall of 2018

    Due to the expected size of the 2019 LTFF Beginners class exceeding the capacity for seating at tables in our Anglers Lodge, there will necessarily be two separate classroom sections -- a Section A on Saturday mornings and a Section B on Sunday mornings -- for the two 2019 classroom weekends of March 2-3 and March 16-17 (referred to as "Class Days 1 & 2", respectively).  These section groupings on Saturdays or Sundays will apply to these class days only, and not to the subsequent fish-outs. 

    To join the 2019 LTFF Program at the STEP 1 "Beginners" level (i.e., meaning that you have little or no fly fishing experience without guides and/or no formal training), you must be quick to register (online only, on the announced date and time in the late fall of 2018) at the LTFF STEP 1 "Beginners Class Day 1" calendar event for either Saturday, March 2, 2019 (for Section A)  OR Sunday, March 3, 2019 (for Section B). 

    Registration fee for the mandatory Class Days:  $100 payable online via credit card or PayPal account.  Besides the cost of books, hand-outs, badges, beverages, snacks, etc. for the class days, this fee also covers costs for putting on the offered LTFF Casting Clinics.

    Until the available openings fill up in any given class section, you may be able to choose your preferred section day when the large "Register" button appears on that day's event if you click on that quickly enough when the online registration is first opened on the announced date and time.  If this "Register" button has already changed to a "Join Waitlist" button, you may wish to click on that quickly before trying to register for the other Beginners class section day on its Day 1 calendar event (that same weekend).  

    Be very careful that you are navigating to the LTFF STEP 1 "Beginners" Class Day 1 calendar events on March 2nd & 3rd, and not by mistake to the LTFF STEP 2 "Novice" Class Day 1 events on those same dates.  

    Registration for those eligible (and granted express written permission) for signing up for any remaining Novice (2nd year) spots -- those not accepted by the previous year's Beginners -- will be opened on a separate date and time.  So there will be no large "Register" button nor "Join Waitlist" button visible to click on those two Novice Class Day 1 events.  Anyone choosing to skip the first year of the LTFF program must petition the Program Director for approval based on the described extent of their small river or stream fly fishing and wading experience -- without the use of guides. 

    Only current club members are eligible to participate in this LTFF Program -- and only current members will be able to register online on the announced 2018 date for opening of registration for the 2019 program (note: joining the club or renewing your membership in the last couple months of the previous year will be valid for the following calendar year, so be sure that you are signed up before trying to register).  

    Basic fly casting proficiency is a prerequisite to joining the LTFF program!  Unlike other fly fishing programs, our LTFF program is NOT focused on teaching basic fly casting skill, which is a skill that you will need to have acquired previously.  If you are learning to fly cast at GGACC, and if, after attending the club's monthly casting lessons for perhaps 4 or more months, you have made good progress at mastering loop control, line management, and line slipping at the "Novice Casting Level" (2nd level) -- OR, if you have been promoted by one of the casting instructors up to either the "Intermediate Casting (3rd) Level" or to the "Advanced Casting (4th) Level" in the club's 2nd Saturday of the month "Free Casting Lessons on the Ponds", you have likely achieved this expected basic casting proficiency. 

    If you are only a novice level fly caster now, you still have time to up your casting game in the months before the new LTFF casting prequalificaton clinic to be held mid-afternoon on January 12, 2019 (or on February 9, 2019, if granted permission to prequal then) following the GGACC's regular 2nd Saturday casting lessons on those dates.  Unless granted approval for prequalifying on Feb. 9, all 2019 LTFF Beginner registrants will need to perform some casting drills during that January 12th clinic in order to allow us to evaluate whether you can proceed to attend the upcoming class days and subsequent fish-outs, or whether you will need to give up your registration (your fee will be refunded) to someone on the waitlist, while you work on your casting skills to try again the following year. 

    There will be only one 2019 Beginners Class for purposes of class communications and signing up for all scheduled class fish-outs or clinics, even though this Beginners Class must be split into 2 separate "Class Sections" for the classroom instruction ONLY due to space constraints in our Anglers Lodge meeting room.   

    REGISTRATION FOR THIS LTFF PROGRAM IS ON A FIRST-COME BASIS ONLY AND THE 2018 YEAR'S CLASS FILLED VERY QUICKLY.  THE DATE AND THE EXACT TIME THAT ONLINE REGISTRATION WILL BE OPENED FOR NEXT YEAR'S CLASS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE OCT. & NOV., 2018 (2nd Sat.) FREE PUBLIC CASTING LESSONS -- and to those still on the waitlist from this past year's 2018 Beginners class via an email in the fall. 

    "LTFF" PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:  This Step 1 "Beginner Class" is for the first-year fly fisher in the GGACC's 3-yr. long "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) Program who has done very little or no fly fishing on his or her own. This program offers classroom instruction in each of the first two years, as well as an increasing number each year of mentored or guided fish-outs. This educational program is designed to help the Beginner (1st yr.) or Novice (2nd yr.) fly fisher or angler (in this case, one who already knows how to fly cast) to transition from the free casting lessons on the club ponds (or other suitable fly casting lessons) to fly fishing with club mentors (or, in some cases, professional guides) starting on small streams and later on lakes and larger rivers.  Intermediate (3rd yr) students are offered advanced clinics and exposed to a wide variety of fisheries in both Northern California and beyond, including the SF Bay and ocean surf. Besides the knowledge to be learned and all the fun we have in this program, it is also a wonderful way to gain new friends and life-long fishing buddies. 

    This LTFF Program is offered to new or current club members only and, in addition to prepaying the required membership dues, does require the payment of fees as needed to cover the club's costs for hosting or reserving different events, both for the class (and any casting instruction) as well as for the fish-outs.  The Beginner Class Day cost is $100 total for the two days of classroom instruction, including any subsequent specialized casting instruction offered on various announced 2nd Saturdays of the month.

    Participation in this Learn to Fly Fish program, AS A PREREQUISITE, requires the ability to proficiently make relatively accurate presentations of the fly to at least 35'-40' with good loops and line control. This includes making both roll casts and overhead casts, with loop and change of direction control, line mgt. skills, and the ability to extend casts by slipping line during false casts as taught by the club in the Beginner and Novice sections of the monthly free public casting lessons (typ. held every 2nd Saturday of each month, see club calendar to register for these free casting classes).

    Participants are encouraged to develop their casting skills beyond these minimal prerequisite casting requirements as quickly as they can by attending as many of the club's free casting lessons as possible, and by participating in any LTFF Casting Clinics held on some of those same days.  The GG casting ponds are open on most days of the year for individual practice when not reserved on the GGACC calendar for club events. 

    Another excellent training ground for casting skills (being organized by Chris Korich) will be the new "Accuracy Casting Games" when they're held at the Golden Gate ponds as shown on the club calendar (likely moving to the 3rd Sunday morning of various months in 2019). 

    CLASS DAYS:  Attendance at class days is generally mandatory and requisite for being allowed to participate in fish-outs. The Beginners classroom instruction will cover required gear, knots, entomology, reading the water, and wading safety.  Specialized casting techniques will now be taught in LTFF Casting Clinics in the afternoons on 2nd Saturdays of the month for various months as announced later by emails. Casting instructors will work with you then to help prepare you for the 3 or more planned "mentored" fish-outs to be offered beginning in the late spring.

    We will be teaching classes for both the Beginners (1st yr students) and Novices (2nd yr, or by approval of the prog. dir.) on the same days again this year, with Beginners classes held in the mornings followed by the Novices classes in the afternoon each day. Since each day's instruction is only for the half-day, there will be no lunch provided for the students. 

    Beginners will be spending each class day in the Anglers Lodge from 8:30AM to Noon. If you are not familiar with where this is, please see the map included on our website under the "About us" tab. Please arrive promptly to get a name badge and seat. There is no need to bring anything to class other than paper and pen to take notes with. There will be a quiz on the 2nd class day, and the class days are purposely spaced two weeks apart to give students time to read the issued book, study their notes and hand-outs, and to practice tying those knots taught on the first class day.

    FISH-OUTS: The cost of the separately posted fish-outs will be listed on their event pages when posted, but typically run from $100-200 for Beginners depending on the destination and what the program's expenses are for that fish-out. These fees do not cover any your equipment costs, guide gratuities, driving expenses, certain meals, and any lodging costs. Only students who have registered for and attend the two class days will receive emailed notices of when the Beginner fish-outs are first opened for online registration sign-up and payment.

    Since there are not enough available weekends to create any additional weekend fish-outs in the program for the now much larger class size, the previous one-day fish-outs on any weekend will be scheduled as two separate one-day fish-outs on that same weekend, and all previous two-day weekend fish-outs will become two separate two-day fish-outs on Friday-Sat. and Sunday-Monday for Groups 1 & 2.  

    Most of the new Beginners fish-outs still need to be scheduled and the available mentors or guides confirmed before posting on the club's events calendar (or the LTFF Program's   extracted calendar found under the Events tab dropdown menu on the homepage). You don't need to watch or keep checking for these online postings, however, since the entire class will be notified simultaneously via a group email whenever one of your fish-outs is posted and also notified what date and time the online registration will be opened for it. 

    GEAR:  The special casting lessons on the dates that LTFF Casting Clinics are offered to the combined Beginners and Novices will generally require you to bring your own gear unless notified otherwise that club rods will be made available or used for these clinics. Unless told differently or asked to bring other gear, bring your fly rod (we generally suggest a 9' or 9'-6" long 5wt rod-- but any 4wt to 6wt fly rod of at least 7-1/2' length will suffice -- with reel, floating line, a 0X, 2X, or 3X tapered practice leader that's at least 6' long, with a small piece of yarn tied on (in lieu of a fly with hook -- cut pieces of yarn are available in the clubhouse), and possibly (subsequent to the class days) -- when specially requested -- also chest waders (with wading belt) and wading boots. Owning your own "breathable-fabric, stocking-foot, chest waders" and a pair of good wading boots (felt-soled, or rubber-soled with studs) will usually be needed to get the most benefit out of what may be "in-pond" specialized casting instruction, and generally necessary for most fish-outs.  The class instruction will cover all the gear you will need to purchase, as well as some other gear that you may choose to buy, in order to participate in the fish-outs. Most fish-outs involve our camping in campgrounds (with motels as an added cost option).  Buying needed camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, pad or cot, headlamp, lantern, stove, etc.) may be another expense if you don't already own this gear (or prefer not to rent it from REI).

    REGISTRATION:  The past year's Beginner class was quickly filled when the online registration first opened last fall, and a substantial waitlist was soon generated. The same is expected for the 2019 class registering on this Beginners Class Day 1 calendar event. Those interested in the following year's (2020) class may sign this event's waitlist to be notified by email next fall of the announced opening date & time of the online registration for that 2020 class.  

    For the 2019 Beginners class, you will need to REGISTER QUICKLY to have a good chance at a spot in this limited class. Class size will generally be limited to the first 40 new members to sign up (20 per section), but a prior year's Beginner student will be allowed to pre-register to repeat the class one time if that person is not ready to advance.  Couples hoping to enroll in the 2019 class together (and target the same class section if possible) should attempt to register simultaneously from different web devices using separate email addresses for each name (multiple registrations by the same contact are not allowed, so each contact must have their own email address).

    Registration Fee for the two Beginner Class Days (plus any LTFF Casting Clinics) is $100. This fee covers the cost of instructional materials and other miscellaneous class expenses only (all instructors' time is offered free by club volunteers). Registering and paying for the 1st Class Day covers registration for the 2nd Class Day.  Registrants will receive special badges to allow them to participate in the LTFF Class Days and Casting Clinics. 

    Additional Notes:  

    You must be a club member in good standing to BOTH register for and to participate in this program. You can immediately join or renew club membership, as well as for the following calendar year anytime after Nov.1 for the price of only the annual dues, by clicking on the "Join us" tab on the Home Page.  Family memberships must list the name and a separate email address for each family member (18 or over) hoping to participate in this LTFF program or other club programs requiring registration.  (Note:  While each registrant's name is required for the LTFF class roster, the online software recognizes all valid member contacts by email address for registration purposes rather than by their name). 

    All LTFF participants must be at least 18 years of age before registering for the program, and willing to provide valid proof of age identification if requested.    

    Due to restrictions for the given destination, river etiquette or other factors, there will usually not be enough spots available for all of the class's students to attend each fish-out. These spots can only be offered on a first come basis, so you are encouraged to sign up quickly upon receiving the emailed announcement of the date and time of each fish-out's online registration opening. 

    Students who have registered for a fish-out and later learn that they can't attend will be solely responsible for finding their own replacement to pay them directly for whatever they can collect if there is no one on the waitlist willing to take their spot. Since fish-outs must be scheduled months ahead and the program's expenses paid for in advance, club refunds are NOT generally possible.

    Lastly, we want to emphasize that this program is run by club volunteers and would not exist without the generous commitment of their time and efforts to make this program so very successful.  Participants in the program will be asked -- and expected -- to contribute however they can to helping out with this program or other club activities while they are LTFF students and after.  In due time subject to availability, graduates of this LTFF program are often asked to serve as fish-out mentors or leaders as their skill and experience permits.  If so asked, please recall what all your mentors' help meant to you. 

    For any questions not answered above, please contact:

    John Murphy, LLTF Program Dir., (jmurphy7599@gmail.com)


    • 03 Mar 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge (Board Room)
    • 2
    Register

    The March 2nd and 3rd "Novice Class Day 1" dates are the class registration sites for GGACC members registering as 2nd year ("Novice") students in the 2019 Learn to Fly Fish (LTFF) program. 

    Initially, ONLY those students who were registered in the 2018 LTFF Beginners class (as 1st year students) may register for one of these two Novice Class Day 1 dates after they have been advised of the opening of the online registration for the 2019 LTFF Novice Class via email.  The prior year's Beginner students can then choose to sign up for the first day of the two weekends' Novice classroom instruction on either Saturday, March 2 (Section A) or Sunday, March 3 (Section B) depending on their personal preference for either day and where openings are available. 

    If there are any spots remaining in the 2019 Novice Class after the previous year's Beginners students have first had their chance to register, these spots will be offered to those who have petitioned the LTFF Program Director to be accepted into the LTFF program at the 2nd year level on the basis of their reported previous fly fishing experience and abilities, independent of guided fishing trips.  

    There will be only one (now larger) "Novice Class" for purposes of class communication and signing up for all scheduled Novice Class fish-outs or clinics.  However, this Novice Class must be split into 2 separate "Class Sections" (Section A and B) for the classroom instruction ONLY due to space constraints in our Anglers Lodge meeting room.

    [The GG Angler's Lodge (Board Room) is reserved exclusively for this scheduled event for those registered club members participating in this 2019 Learn to Fly Fish program.] 

    The "LTFF" PROGRAM:  This Step 2 "Novice Class" is intended for the second-year fly fishers in the GGACC's 3-yr. long "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) Program, or for those with enough prior fly fishing experience to petition for approved permission to skip the 1st year.  Novice students are expected to already have a basic knowledge of at least the following:  fly fishing gear and the different categories of flies; the ability to correctly tie at least 4 basic knots in leader or tippet materials (i.e, surgeon's knot, surgeon's loop, improved clinch knot, and loop-to-loop connections) in order to rig for indicator nymphing or dry-dropper fishing; enough knowledge of entomology to identify the major categories of bugs serving as trout food; and to have learned to safely wade and to fly fish small streams or rivers for trout (or a similar species) without a guide doing all the work.

    The LTFF program offers classroom instruction in each of the first two years (and an increasing number of mentored or guided fish-outs for each subsequent year's class) with topics in the second year covered more quickly or in more depth, as well as introducing new topics not taught in the first year.

    In general, this educational program is designed to help the Beginner (1st yr.) fly fisher to transition from the free casting lessons on the club ponds to fly fishing with club mentors (or, in some cases, professional guides) starting on smaller streams and later on lakes and larger rivers.  Novice (2nd yr.) students will get more of the same exposure with a little more challenging instruction and venues. Intermediate (3rd yr) students are offered advanced clinics and exposed to a wide variety of fisheries in both Northern California and beyond. Besides the knowledge to be learned and all the fun we have in this program, it is also a wonderful way to gain new friends and (we hope) life-long fishing buddies. 

    This LTFF Program is offered to new or current club members only and, in addition to the membership dues, does require the payment of fees as needed to cover the club's costs for hosting or reserving different events, both for the class and any casting clinics, as well as the fish-outs.  The Novice Class Day cost is $125 total for the two days of classroom instruction and any specialized casting clinics held in the afternoons on various announced 2nd Saturdays of the month.

    CASTING PREREQUISITE for the LTFF Program:  Participation in this Learn to Fly Fish program, AS A PREREQUISITE, requires the ability to proficiently make basic fly casts to at least 35'-40'.  This includes both roll casts and overhead casts as taught by the GGACC in the Beginner through Intermediate levels of our monthly free public casting lessons (typ. held every "2nd Saturday" of each month year-round; register for these free casting classes on the club calendar).  While this prior casting skill has been the requirement in years past, it has not been enforced -- BUT IT WILL BE in 2019, in order that some of those folks on the LTFF waitlists who are more qualified fly casters and more ready to receive angling (i.e. fishing) instruction are not deprived of available spots in the program. 

    All LTFF registrants are expected to have ALREADY been promoted to the "Intermediate" casting level by the casting instructors (or consider themselves ready to be promoted to this level from the Novice casting level) in these 2nd Saturday lessons -- or have otherwise achieved (from other casting instruction) the ability to accurately (i.e. fairly consistently) make roll and overhead casts to hit 30" dia. targets up to 35' away with good loops and (slipping and retrieving) line control -- BEFORE the first Class Day on the weekend of March 2-3, 2019.

    Following the 2nd Saturday casting lessons on January 12, 2019, there will be an afternoon casting qualifier that the 2019 LTFF Novice registrants are expected to attend. (Those unable to attend the Jan. 12 qualifier or those failing this first qualifier may request and be granted a spot in the Beginners qualifier on February 9, 2019, or arrange to meet the LTFF Program Director at the GG ponds on an alternate date convenient to him).

    Anyone failing to demonstrate the expected level of casting skills in one or the other of these qualifiers will be asked to drop out of the LTFF program and will promptly be refunded their class registration fee as a PayPal credit.  They will be expected to comply with this request well in advance of the first class day to permit the evaluation of someone on the waitlist to take their spot in the classroom.

    LTFF participants are strongly encouraged to develop their casting skills beyond the prerequisite requirements as quickly as they possibly can by attending as many of these free 2nd Sat. casting lessons as possible throughout the year, and by participating in the LTFF Casting Clinics held on a few of those same days.  

    Another excellent training ground (being organized by Chris Korich) will be the new "Accuracy Casting Games" when they're held at the Golden Gate ponds as shown on the club calendar (likely moving to the 3rd Sunday morning of various months in 2019). The GG casting ponds are also open on most days of the year for individual practice when not reserved on the GGACC calendar for club events. 

    CLASS DAYS: The Novice class days will take a more advanced look at gear, knots, entomology, reading water, and introduce new topics such as stream presentation and stillwater fishing. Specialized casting techniques will now be taught in LTFF Casting Clinics in the afternoons on 2nd Saturdays of the month for certain months as announced later by emails. Casting instructors may work with you then to help prepare you for the planned "mentored" fish-outs to be offered later in the year, starting in late spring  

    We will be teaching classes for both the Beginners (1st yr students) and Novices (2nd yr, or by approval) on the same class days again this year, with the Beginners classes held in the mornings, followed by the Novices classes in the afternoon of each Section's class day. Since each day's classroom instruction is only for the half-day, there will be no lunch provided for the students on class days. 

    Novices will be spending each class day in the Anglers Lodge from 12:30PM to 4:00PM. (If you are not familiar with where this is, please see the map included on our website under the "About us" tab.)  Please arrive promptly to get a name badge and seat. There is no need to bring anything to class other than paper and pen to take notes with. There will be a quiz on the 2nd class day, and the class days are purposely spaced two weeks apart to give students time to read some of the issued book, study their notes and hand-outs, and to practice tying those knots taught in the first class day.

    FISH-OUTS: The cost of the separately posted fish-outs will be listed on their event pages, but typically run from $150-300 depending on the destination and what the program's expenses are for that fish-out. These fees do not cover any equipment costs, guide gratuities, driving expenses, certain meals, and any lodging costs.  Only students who have registered for and attend the class days will receive emailed notices of when the Novice fish-outs are first opened for registration sign-up and payment online only.

    Since there are not enough available weekends to create any additional weekend fish-outs in the expanded LTFF program, previous one-day fish-outs on any weekend will be scheduled as two separate one-day fish-outs on that same weekend and two-day weekend fish-outs will become two separate two-day fish-outs on Friday-Sat. and Sunday-Monday.  

    Fish-outs will be posted on the club calendar as soon as they are scheduled and confirmed. You don't need to watch for these postings, however, since the class will be notified by email when your fish-outs are posted and what date and time registration will open for each. The online registration for these fish-outs will be on a first-to-register basis only. 

    GEAR:  The special casting lessons on the dates that LTFF Casting Clinics are offered to the Beginners and Novices will generally require you to bring your own gear unless notified otherwise that club rods will be made available or used for these clinics. Unless told differently or asked to bring other gear, bring your own fly rod (we recommend a 9' long 5wt -- but a 4 or 6wt will suffice -- with reel, floating line, and a 0X-3X tapered practice leader that's at least 6' long), and -- when so requested -- also waders (with wading belt) and wading boots.  

    Owning your own "breathable-fabricstocking-foot chest waders" and a pair of good wading boots (felt-soled or rubber-soled with cleats) will usually be needed to get the most benefit out of what may be offered as "in-pond" specialized casting instruction and, in any case, is REQUIRED for most fish-outs.  The class instruction will quickly cover all the basic gear you may own now or will need to purchase, as well as present other gear options that you may choose to buy, or may need in order to participate in these fish-outs. Fly lines especially will be covered in more detail in this Novice Class.

    Most fish-outs involve group camping in campgrounds (with motels as an added cost option).  Buying needed camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, pad or cot, lantern, stove, etc.) may be another expense.  If you haven't car-camped before, feel free to ask for a suggested list of needed camping gear.

    REGISTRATION:  This year's Novice class will be mostly pre-filled by the past year's Beginners who are guaranteed a spot in the next year's class upon completing the previous year's class.  Also, a prior year's Novice student is allowed to register to repeat the class one time if that person is not ready to advance. In addition, new participants to the LTFF program who have sufficient prior experience fly fishing on their own (i.e., they know how to rig up and fish nymph and dry-dropper set-ups and wade fish small rivers on their own), may petition the program director to skip the first year and register for the few remaining spots in the Novice class each year.  If there are still one or more openings left after this, a general announcement will be made by email blast to the club membership.  After that, you will need to REGISTER QUICKLY to have any chance at a spot in this limited class. Class size will generally be limited to the first 40 people to sign up.

    Those failing to register in time for a spot this year and interested in next year's class may sign this event's waitlist to be notified by email next fall of the announced opening date & time of the online registration for the 2020 Novice class. A online waitlist will automatically be generated when the class limit of registrations has been reached (the large "Register" button changes to a "Join Waitlist" button). 

    Those with Family Memberships should check to be sure that each member is listed in their profile.  Those families hoping to participate as couples or legal partners in the LTFF program's classes or fish-outs should be sure that each spouse or partner has a separate email address listed in their membership profile since the program's website software will not allow for multiple registrations by the same contact (email address). Any questions about this should be directed to the Membership Chair (membership.ggacc@gmail.com).

    Registration Fee for the two Novice Class Days is $125. This fee covers the cost of instructional materials and other miscellaneous class expenses only (all instructor's time is offered free by club volunteers).  Registering online and paying for the 1st Class Day covers registration for the 2nd Class Day.  Registrants will receive special badges to allow them to participate in the LTFF Casting Clinics. 

    Additional Notes:  

    You must be a club member in good standing to BOTH register for and to participate in this program. You can join or renew club membership for the following calendar year anytime after Nov.1 by clicking on the "Join us" tab on the Home Page.

    All LTFF participants must be at least 18 years of age before registering for the program, and willing to provide valid proof of age identification if requested.   

    Due to restrictions for the given destination, river etiquette or other factors, there will usually not be enough spots available for all class students to attend each fish-out. These spots can only be offered on a first come basis, so you are encouraged to sign up quickly upon receiving the emailed announcement of the fish-out registration opening. 

    Students who have registered for a fish-out and later learn that they can't attend will be solely responsible for finding their own replacement (to pay them directly for whatever they can collect) if there is no one on the waitlist willing to take their spot.  Since fish-outs must be scheduled months ahead and the program's expenses paid for in advance, club refunds are NOT generally possible.   

    For further information, contact:

    John Murphy, LLTF Program Dir., (jmurphy7599@gmail.com)


    • 09 Mar 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Park casting ponds (1232 JFK Dr., across from the Buffalo Paddock), San Francisco
    Register
    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.  These lessons are followed by a free small lunch courtesy of GGACC.  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 –

    • These lessons focus on casting single-handed fly rods.
    • Casting lessons are a “go," rain or shine.
    • For safety reasons, no flies with hooks are permitted; only "yarn" practice flies are allowed (these practice flies are provided free of charge).
    • Students are expected to provide and wear their own eye protection (regular glasses, sun glasses, or safety glasses) at all times during the casting lessons.

    Classes target four different skill levels (the classes are held concurrently): 

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

    Please pre-register for these casting lessons in order to help determine the number of needed instructors and for lunch planning purposes.  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.

    • 10 Mar 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM (PDT)
    • Angler's Lodge

    The club's Annual Membership Meeting will be on Sunday, March 10, 2019.  This meeting is being held on the 2nd Sunday in March in accordance with the club's bylaws. 

    NOTE: This is also the first day of Daylight Savings Time so be sure to account for the time change (Spring forward) in order not to be late for the meeting.  

    The annual membership meeting is a chance for the Board to share with you the highlights of the previous year, introduce anything that needs Membership approval, submit the slate of nominated Board Members for the 2019 (& partial 2020) year for Members' approval and to get input and feedback from Members.


    It's one of the best ways to know more about what's happening at the Club and what you can do to help make it more successful. The event is FREE and no reservation is required. Every attendee will receive a free GGACC decal.

    Agenda
    9:30am-11am   Annual Membership Meeting

    11am-12pm   Social Hour

    12 Noon        Free BBQ (pending cooperative weather)

     

    • 16 Mar 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge meeting room, GG Park

    The Angler's Lodge (Board Room) is reserved exclusively for this scheduled event for those registered club members participating in this year's Learn to Fly Fish program. 

    This event is the 2nd Class Day of Step 1 "Beginners" Class instruction for Section A  registered students in the "Learn to Fly Fish" Program, taking place in the clubhouse meeting room ONLY from 8:30am to 12:00 noon. (There will be a Novice class in the meeting room from 12:30pm to 4:00pm.)  This event is open to only those eligible club members who signed up and paid for this class on the 1st Class Day event posting for Section A on Saturday, March 2, 2019. 

    Since this is a half-day class only, there will be no lunch offered to students.

    For further information regarding this event, see the calendar event on either March 2nd or March 3rd, 2019, for the LTFF Step 1 "Beginners" Class Day 1.

    Contact for questions:  John B. Murphy, LTFF Prog.Dir. (jmurphy7599@gmail.com)


    • 16 Mar 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge (boardroom) 1st hour & center pond after
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    GGACC's Spey Angler Program is unique, in that its goal is to actually teach anglers how to fish with a two-handed rod. This one weekend class is more than a casting lesson.  

    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 @ 8:30AM in Anglers Lodge in our waders - leave spiked boots outside. We then move into the ponds from 9:30AM - 3PM with appropriate breaks.

    Sunday we head to the American River in the Sacramento area and learn to fish the casts practiced on Saturday.  Midday we'll add sink tips to replicate real world conditions. Also covered are rotation fishing, river courtesy, and fighting and landing steelhead and other species. Sunday we start at 8:30AM ready to cast (in your waders, etc.) at one of several river locations to be provided on Saturday. We finish between 1-2PM. 

    Maximum class size is 6. You must be a GGACC member, and there is a $150 fee for the class to be paid online.

    Your instructors will be Bill Gallogly, Bob Pauli, Steve Morikawa and Willy George.

    Please note the following!  In order to derive the most benefit from this class, it is best to already have developed certain single-handed casting abilities.  We strongly advise that you are able to cast (with a single hand rod) a straight top leg on your forward loop (at a distance of approximately 35’), as well as being able to roll cast so that the fly line, leader, and fly all “turn over” while airborne.  If you have any concern as to your readiness for this Spey Angler class, one of the four Spey instructors will be available in the afternoon of GGACC’s “Free Casting Instruction” Saturdays every month.  Contact a Spey instructor and arrange for them to help you determine if this class is appropriate for you.  Attending the free Saturday classes combined with some practice should adequately prepare you for the Spey Angler class.

    The club has loaner rods, reels and lines available. Bring waders, boots, wading staff, eye protection, hat, lunches for both days, and 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.

    Registration:  Effective November 15, 2018, all registration for the 2019 classes will be accomplished ONLINE Only using the GGACC Event calendar.  To register, first select the Saturday class date that you want on the calendar.  Registration (and participation) requires current GGACC membership and paying the $150 fee online via credit card or Paypal. The class will be open for registration when a large "Register" button appears on the opened calendar event. When the class is full (a maximum of 6 students), you will have the option of joining a waitlist for that class (there are often cancellations which will be filled from the waitlist).    

    Cancellation: If you have to 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 class dates.  There will be at least two Spey Angler classes in the spring and two in the fall in 2019.

    For any further questions about this class, email Bill Gallogly  slazanger2@icloud.com

    • 16 Mar 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge meeting room, GG Park

    The Angler's Lodge (Board Room) is reserved exclusively for this scheduled event for those registered club members participating in this year's Learn to Fly Fish program. 

    This event is the 2nd Class Day of the Step 2 "Novice" Class instruction for Section A  registered students in the "Learn to Fly Fish" Program, taking place in the clubhouse meeting room ONLY from 12:30pm to 4:00pm. (There will be a Beginner class in the meeting room from 8:30am to 12:00 noon.)  This event is open to only those eligible club members who signed up and paid for this Novice class on the 1st Class Day event posting for Section A on March 2, 2019. 

    Since this is a half-day class only, there will be no lunch offered to students.

    For further information regarding this event, see the calendar event on March 2rd, 2019, for Step 2 "Novice" Class Day 1.

    Contact info:  John B. Murphy, LTFF Prog.Dir. (jmurphy7599@gmail.com)gmail.com)




    • 17 Mar 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge meeting room, GG Park

    The Angler's Lodge (Board Room) is reserved exclusively for this scheduled event for those registered club members participating in this year's Learn to Fly Fish program. 

    This event is the 2nd Class Day of Step 1 "Beginners" Class instruction for Section B  registered students in the "Learn to Fly Fish" Program, taking place in the clubhouse meeting room ONLY from 8:30am to 12:00 noon. (There will be a Novice class in the meeting room from 12:30pm to 4:00pm.)  This event is open to only those eligible club members who signed up and paid for this class on the 1st Class Day event posting for Section B on Sunday, March 3, 2019. 

    Since this is a half-day class only, there will be no lunch offered to students.

    For further information regarding this event, see the calendar event on either March 2nd or March 3rd, 2019, for the LTFF Step 1 "Beginners" Class Day 1.

    Contact for questions:  John B. Murphy, LTFF Prog.Dir. (jmurphy7599@gmail.com)


    • 17 Mar 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • American River, location TBD

    This 2nd session of the Spey Angler Program's class that began Saturday, March 16, 2019, will be held starting at 8:30AM on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at a place on the American River in the Sacramento area to be announced in the previous day's class. This session should wrap up around 1-2pm that afternoon.

    Bring camp chair 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.  

    • 17 Mar 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge meeting room, GG Park

    The Angler's Lodge (Board Room) is reserved exclusively for this scheduled event for those registered club members participating in this year's Learn to Fly Fish program. 

    This event is the 2nd Class Day of the Step 2 "Novice" Class instruction for Section B registered students in the "Learn to Fly Fish" Program, taking place in the clubhouse meeting room ONLY from 12:30pm to 4:00pm. (There will be a Beginner class in the meeting room from 8:30am to 12:00 noon.)  This event is open to only those eligible club members who signed up and paid for this Novice class on the 1st Class Day event posting for Section B on March 3, 2019. 

    Since this is a half-day class only, there will be no lunch offered to students.

    For further information regarding this event, see the calendar event on March 3rd, 2019, for Step 2 "Novice" Class Day 1.

    Contact info:  John B. Murphy, LTFF Prog.Dir. (jmurphy7599@gmail.com)gmail.com)




    • 02 Apr 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • GGACC casting ponds

    This year's Pond Cleaning will be TUESDAY, April 2, 2019, starting at 7:30 AM. 

    Along with the SF Rec & Parks Dept., we again need lots of good help from the club's membership to get the ponds in shape for Mel's Day on April 13 and the Spey-O-Rama on April 26-28, as well as for all of us and the members of the public who use the ponds.

    Please consider giving the GGACC a few hours of your time.  In return, we will start you out with coffee and breakfast, give you a broom or a shovel to use, or a wheelbarrow to push, or maybe you'd like to be part of the hose crew.  We will break from our work for a delicious lunch and, if need be, finish the job up afterward. 

    If we get enough helpers, we should be able to wrap up our work by 12:30 PM or so, and then take a few "Team" photos and enjoy a nice meal.  SF Rec & Parks Dept. will provide the tools and a handful of employees to help out.  After the ponds are thoroughly cleaned, they will also coordinate or perform:  removal of any aquatic growth in the ponds and repair of cracks in the concrete.  

    All you need to bring is your waders or a pair of rubber boots, maybe a pair of work gloves, and the willingness to get the job done.  That being said, this is necessarily on a weekday and most members who are available on a weekday are retired and perhaps a little less able-bodied. So we really hope that some of our younger members will take the day, or just that morning, off from work to join us.

    We need at least 30 solid commitments to help.  To volunteer for this activity on Tuesday, April 2nd from 7:30 AM until early afternoon, please send an email to this year's Pond Cleaning Coordinator:  Pete Howes  petehowes@comcast.net

    Feel free to contact Pete with any questions -- he'll be very glad to hear from you. 


    • 13 Apr 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Park casting ponds (1232 JFK Dr., across from the Buffalo Paddock), San Francisco
    Register
    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.  These lessons are followed by a free small lunch courtesy of GGACC.  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 –

    • These lessons focus on casting single-handed fly rods.
    • Casting lessons are a “go," rain or shine.
    • For safety reasons, no flies with hooks are permitted; only "yarn" practice flies are allowed (these practice flies are provided free of charge).
    • Students are expected to provide and wear their own eye protection (regular glasses, sun glasses, or safety glasses) at all times during the casting lessons.

    Classes target four different skill levels (the classes are held concurrently): 

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

    Please pre-register for these casting lessons in order to help determine the number of needed instructors and for lunch planning purposes.  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.

    • 26 Apr 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 28 Apr 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Park's Casting Ponds

    The GGACC will again be hosting their annual World Championship of Spey Casting. This international distance casting competition using two-handed Spey rods will be held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 26-28, 2019, the fourth weekend of the month this year.

    Bring a blanket or folding chairs to sit on the lawn while you enjoy the beauty and spectacle of this amazing fly casting, or wander around the exhibitors' tables when you need a break. 

    Both club members and the public are invited to attend this event for FREE to watch the world's best Spey Casters compete. As in past years, there will be Men's, Women's, and Senior's Divisions of competition with casters representing many countries and team sponsors.

    Registration and practice sessions for the competitors will be held on Friday, with quite possibly a first-ever Senior's Division qualifying competition to be held on Friday as well if the registration numbers warrant this. 

    Men's Qualifying competition will be held on Saturday starting at 8:00am and should finish up around 1:00pm.  Following the casting competition on Saturday, there will be an in-lodge presentation and an on-pond casting demonstration for the benefit of the membership and public starting at 3:00pm that afternoon.

    Finals competition in the Senior's, Women's, and Men's divisions will be held in that order on Sunday starting at 8:00am, with an Awards Ceremony immediately afterwards at about 12:45pm. 

    Exhibitors will be set up around the ponds -- and there will be a buffet breakfast starting at 7:00am and a mid-day lunch served to both members and the public for a $10 fee per meal payable at the door (but free to competitors) -- on all three days. The price of admission to dinner in the lodge on Saturday evening is $30, also payable at the door. A silent auction of equipment and other items will start at 10:00am on Saturday and end at 1:00pm on Sunday (high bidders will be contacted). 

    Competitors will have exclusive use of the ponds on Friday as a practice day (except as may be needed for Senior's Qualifying) and for the duration of the competition as held each day that weekend.

    For more information about this big event including the detailed daily schedule, last year's competitors and results, past winners, rules, etc., please go to the Spey-O-Rama pull-down tab on the club's home page.

    The casting ponds are located in Golden Gate Park (across from the buffalo paddock) just off John F. Kennedy Drive.

    If you wish to compete, the registration form is here.

    You may also reserve a spot by emailing Libby Wolfensperger, the 2019 Spey-O-Rama Chairperson, at elwolfensperger@me.com

    • 26 Apr 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Park's casting ponds (across from buffalo paddock on JFK Drive)
    Register

    Spey-O-Rama 2019

    The World Championship of Spey Casting

    THIS PAGE IS FOR COMPETITOR'S SIGN-UP ONLY

    The Golden Gate Angling and Casting club is pleased to invite competitors to the upcoming 16th annual Spey-O-Rama World Championship to be held Friday, April 26th through Sunday, April 28th, 2019, at the world-renowned casting ponds located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

    The GGACC cordially invites competitors of all nationalities to register here for this Spey casting distance competition. For more information about this year's event, see either the GGACC's calendar event on Sat.-Sun., April 27-28, 2019, or click on the "Spey-O-Rama" pull-down tab on the club's homepage.  

    Meals (all breakfasts and lunches, and the Saturday dinner) are complimentary to each of the pre-registered competitors.

    There's a $120 USD registration fee for each competitor, if you register BY MARCH 31st for this year's Spey competitions in any one of the three divisions:  Men's, Women's, and Senior Men's.  The registration fee increases to $140 USD on April 1st. 

    The overview schedule for the Spey-O-Rama 2019 is:

    Fri., April 26:  Exhibits, Registration; Competition Casting Practice; and very likely a Competition Qualifying Round for the Senior's Division (seniors to be notified if needed)
    April 27:  Exhibits; Spey Demos/Clinics/Presentations, and Competition Qualifying Round for the Men's Division
    April 28:  Exhibits; Spey Casting Competition Finals for all Divisions; Awards Ceremony

      See the full schedule here.

      Spey-O-Rama Rules Page

      Spey-O-Rama Lodging Page

    You may PRE-REGISTER ONLINE now by clicking on the large "Register" button to the left of this description (or possibly above it, if on a smartphone) or choose to register on-site on Friday, April 26, 2019.

    You aren't required to register online, HOWEVER, if you do plan on competing and choose to register on-site, please email Libby Wolfensperger IN ADVANCE in order to RESERVE your spot at:  elwolfensperger@me.com

    • 11 May 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Park casting ponds (1232 JFK Dr., across from the Buffalo Paddock), San Francisco
    Register
    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.  These lessons are followed by a free small lunch courtesy of GGACC.  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 –

    • These lessons focus on casting single-handed fly rods.
    • Casting lessons are a “go," rain or shine.
    • For safety reasons, no flies with hooks are permitted; only "yarn" practice flies are allowed (these practice flies are provided free of charge).
    • Students are expected to provide and wear their own eye protection (regular glasses, sun glasses, or safety glasses) at all times during the casting lessons.

    Classes target four different skill levels (the classes are held concurrently): 

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

    Please pre-register for these casting lessons in order to help determine the number of needed instructors and for lunch planning purposes.  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.

    • 08 Jun 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Park casting ponds (1232 JFK Dr., across from the Buffalo Paddock), San Francisco
    Register
    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.  These lessons are followed by a free small lunch courtesy of GGACC.  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 –

    • These lessons focus on casting single-handed fly rods.
    • Casting lessons are a “go," rain or shine.
    • For safety reasons, no flies with hooks are permitted; only "yarn" practice flies are allowed (these practice flies are provided free of charge).
    • Students are expected to provide and wear their own eye protection (regular glasses, sun glasses, or safety glasses) at all times during the casting lessons.

    Classes target four different skill levels (the classes are held concurrently): 

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

    Please pre-register for these casting lessons in order to help determine the number of needed instructors and for lunch planning purposes.  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.

    • 13 Jul 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Park casting ponds (1232 JFK Dr., across from the Buffalo Paddock), San Francisco
    Register
    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.  These lessons are followed by a free small lunch courtesy of GGACC.  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 –

    • These lessons focus on casting single-handed fly rods.
    • Casting lessons are a “go," rain or shine.
    • For safety reasons, no flies with hooks are permitted; only "yarn" practice flies are allowed (these practice flies are provided free of charge).
    • Students are expected to provide and wear their own eye protection (regular glasses, sun glasses, or safety glasses) at all times during the casting lessons.

    Classes target four different skill levels (the classes are held concurrently): 

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

    Please pre-register for these casting lessons in order to help determine the number of needed instructors and for lunch planning purposes.  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.

    • 17 Aug 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Park casting ponds (1232 JFK Dr., across from the Buffalo Paddock), San Francisco
    Register

    NOTE:  DUE TO GG PARK CLOSURE FOR THE OUTSIDE LANDS MUSIC FESTIVAL ON AUG. 9-11, 2019, THE GGACC'S AUGUST FREE CASTING LESSONS WILL BE HELD ON THE 3RD SATURDAY (August 17) FOR THIS MONTH ONLY

    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.  These lessons are followed by a free small lunch courtesy of GGACC.  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 –

    • These lessons focus on casting single-handed fly rods.
    • Casting lessons are a “go," rain or shine.
    • For safety reasons, no flies with hooks are permitted; only "yarn" practice flies are allowed (these practice flies are provided free of charge).
    • Students are expected to provide and wear their own eye protection (regular glasses, sun glasses, or safety glasses) at all times during the casting lessons.

    Classes target four different skill levels (the classes are held concurrently): 

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

    Please pre-register for these casting lessons in order to help determine the number of needed instructors and for lunch planning purposes.  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.

    • 14 Sep 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Park casting ponds (1232 JFK Dr., across from the Buffalo Paddock), San Francisco
    Register

    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 Park casting ponds.  These lessons are followed by a free small lunch courtesy of GGACC.  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 –

    • These lessons focus on casting single-handed fly rods.
    • Casting lessons are a “go," rain or shine.
    • For safety reasons, no flies with hooks are permitted; only "yarn" practice flies are allowed (these practice flies are provided free of charge).
    • Students are expected to provide and wear their own eye protection (regular glasses, sun glasses, or safety glasses) at all times during the casting lessons.

    Classes target four different skill levels (the classes are held concurrently): 

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

    Please pre-register for these casting lessons in order to help determine the number of needed instructors and for lunch planning purposes.  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.

    • 05 Oct 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge (boardroom) 1st hour & center pond after
    • 6
    Register

    GGACC's Spey Angler Program is unique, in that its goal is to actually teach anglers how to fish with a two-handed rod. This one weekend class is more than a casting lesson.  

    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 @ 8:30AM in Anglers Lodge in our waders - leave spiked boots outside. We then move into the ponds from 9:30AM - 3PM with appropriate breaks.

    Sunday we head to the American River in the Sacramento area and learn to fish the casts practiced on Saturday.  Midday we'll add sink tips to replicate real world conditions. Also covered are rotation fishing, river courtesy, and fighting and landing steelhead and other species. Sunday we start at 8:30AM ready to cast (in your waders, etc.) at one of several river locations to be provided on Saturday. We finish between 1-2PM. 

    Maximum class size is 6. You must be a GGACC member, and there is a $150 fee for the class to be paid online.

    Your instructors will be Bill Gallogly, Bob Pauli, Steve Morikawa and Willy George.

    Please note the following!  In order to derive the most benefit from this class, it is best to already have developed certain single-handed casting abilities.  We strongly advise that you are able to cast (with a single hand rod) a straight top leg on your forward loop (at a distance of approximately 35’), as well as being able to roll cast so that the fly line, leader, and fly all “turn over” while airborne.  If you have any concern as to your readiness for this Spey Angler class, one of the four Spey instructors will be available in the afternoon of GGACC’s “Free Casting Instruction” Saturdays every month.  Contact a Spey instructor and arrange for them to help you determine if this class is appropriate for you.  Attending the free Saturday classes combined with some practice should adequately prepare you for the Spey Angler class.

    The club has loaner rods, reels and lines available. Bring waders, boots, wading staff, eye protection, hat, lunches for both days, and 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.

    Registration:  Effective November 15, 2018, all registration for the 2019 classes will be accomplished ONLINE Only using the GGACC Event calendar.  To register, first select the Saturday class date that you want on the calendar.  Registration (and participation) requires current GGACC membership and paying the $150 fee online via credit card or Paypal. The class will be open for registration when a large "Register" button appears on the opened calendar event. When the class is full (a maximum of 6 students), you will have the option of joining a waitlist for that class (there are often cancellations which will be filled from the waitlist). 

    Cancellation: If you have to 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 class dates.  There will be at least two Spey Angler classes in the spring and two in the fall in 2019.

    For any further questions about this class, email Bill Gallogly  slazanger2@icloud.com

    • 06 Oct 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • American River, location TBD

    This 2nd session of the Spey Angler Program's class that began Saturday, October 5, 2019, will be held starting at 8:30AM on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at a place on the American River in the Sacramento area to be announced in the previous day's class. This session should wrap up around 1-2pm that afternoon.

    Bring camp chair 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.  

    • 12 Oct 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Park casting ponds (1232 JFK Dr., across from the Buffalo Paddock), San Francisco
    Register

    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 Park casting ponds.  These lessons are followed by a free small lunch courtesy of GGACC.  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 –

    • These lessons focus on casting single-handed fly rods.
    • Casting lessons are a “go," rain or shine.
    • For safety reasons, no flies with hooks are permitted; only "yarn" practice flies are allowed (these practice flies are provided free of charge).
    • Students are expected to provide and wear their own eye protection (regular glasses, sun glasses, or safety glasses) at all times during the casting lessons.

    Classes target four different skill levels (the classes are held concurrently): 

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

    Please pre-register for these casting lessons in order to help determine the number of needed instructors and for lunch planning purposes.  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.

    • 02 Nov 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • American River near Sacramento, CA
    • 6
    Register

    GGACC's Spey Improver Program's next class, on the American River, is scheduled for Saturday, November 2, 2019, starting at 8:30 AM.  Registration fee is $50. 

    The Spey Improver Program is a one-day class directed at those GGACC members who have taken the GGACC Spey Angler Program's class in the past, or who have experience fishing with a two-handed rod.  Class size is limited to 6 current club members.

    Items covered will include Single Spey and Snake Roll casts with Skagit, Scandi, and Long Belly lines. We will also focus on non-dominate hand casting.

    Spey Improver Program classes will be held on the American River (conditions permitting). Students will be notified of the access point several days before the class. Students should have Skagit and Scandi heads, tips (floating, intermediate and fast sinking) as well as a 12' tapered steelhead/salmon leader.  Please, yarn flies only!  Students should bring waders, boots, wading staff and belt, eye protection, sunscreen, hat, raingear, lunch and a folding chair.  Be ready to start (in the water) at 8:30AM.

    Your instructors will be Bill Gallogly, Bob Pauli, Steve Morikawa and Willy George.

    Registration:  Effective November 15, 2018, all registration for the 2019 Spey Improver classes will be accomplished ONLINE Only on the GGACC website's Events Calendar.  Registration (and participation) requires current GGACC membership and online payment of a $50 fee either by credit card or Paypal.  You may sign-up when a large "Register" button shows next to this calendar event description. If the class is already full, you will have the option of joining the wait list.  Any cancellations will be filled from the waitlist. 

    Cancellation: If you have to 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 the scheduled class dates.  There will be at least 2 Spey Improver classes in 2019 (Spring and Fall).

    For more information about this program, contact Bill Gallogly  slazanger2@icloud.com