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

    • 13 Jan 2018
    • 08 Dec 2018
    • 12 sessions
    • Anglers Lodge board room, Golden Gate Park

    This is the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Directors for the Golden Gate Casting & Angling 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. 

    • 07 Feb 2018
    • 19 Sep 2018
    • 17 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 10:00AM to 2:00PM 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

    • 09 May 2018
    • 12 Sep 2018
    • 10 sessions
    • Casting ponds at Golden Gate Park, SF

    Note:  This (mostly alternating) Wednesday evening casting event is FREE and open to the public. No prior registration required.  Just show up each night with your own fly rod and yarn fly (no club rods will be issued for this, but George may be able to provide a loaner rod if arranged in advance-- see contact info below). 

    "In Search of the Perfect Cast" is an after-work casting session dedicated to teaching fly anglers how to improve their casting technique through deliberate practice and drills. It all began when a few casting nerds would bring a bottle of whiskey to the casting ponds and discuss the subtleties of the fly cast. In keeping with tradition, you will find good people, good beverages, and great advice as you practice your casting.

    Our class is designed to accommodate fly casters at all skill levels in advancing their fishing abilities. We focus on teaching foundational techniques and concepts that you can further explore on your own time, in future classes and on the stream. We will explore techniques ranging from the fundamentals of loop shape, timing, and trajectory to the finer points of single hand spey casting techniques. You will have the opportunity to play with equipment ranging from the modern graphite fly rod to the traditions of bamboo and fiberglass.

    Your lead instructor, George Revel, is IFFF Master Certified Casting Instructor, Past President of Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club, California Trout Ambassador, National Casting Champion, and owner of Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop. (george@lostcoastoutfitters.com)

    CLASS STARTS AT 6:45PM AT THE GOLDEN GATE ANGLING AND CASTING CLUB ON THE FOLLOWING (mostly alternating UON) WEDNESDAY  EVENINGS:

    May

    May 9th 2018
    May 23rd 2018

    June

    June 6th 2018
    June 20
    th 2018

    June 27th 2018 (prep for 4th of July)

    July

    July 11th 2018 (skipped prev. wk. -July 4th)
    July 25
    th 2018

    August

    August 15th 2018 (skipped prev. wk. --music festival) 

    August 29th  2018

    September

    September 12th 2018

    • 20 Jun 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge

    Anglers Lodge is reserved for club use on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 10AM-3PM.

    Contact Willy George, GGACC President, with any questions.

    • 22 Jun 2018
    • 7:00 AM
    • 25 Jun 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Cassel Campground, Burney, CA
    Register

    Due to the larger class this year, there are two separate 2-day LTFF Novice - Hat Creek fish-outs being held back-to-back.  Group 1 will fish Friday-Saturday, June 22-23; and Group 2 will fish Sunday-Monday, June 24-25.  Students may sign up for either one, but not for both, unless advised later that this is permissible if there are still spots unfilled. 

    Unless announced otherwise, this mentored Hat Creek fish-out is again only being offered to a limited number of this year's enrolled Novice students in the club's "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) Program on a first-to-register basis. Do not register for this event if you are NOT in this class, or risk losing your registration fee. 

    There will be only two days of mentored fishing for each Group, but a few of the more experienced students may be allowed to tag along with the mentors on Thursday evening or choose to fish on their own on Monday evening -- should they wisely choose to drive home the following morning after a long day of fishing. 

    We have one of the club's excellent casting instructors and most experienced fly anglers, Brian Endlich, offering to lead this fish-out since he's extremely familiar with Hat Creek — having fished it for probably 40 years!  Brian has recruited other mentors to help with this outing since we hope to be providing about a 3:1 student-to-mentor ratio in order to be able to give you better instruction.

    Hat Creek is one of California’s most renowned trout streams and a favorite dry fly water for many of the state’s best fly fishers — especially on the Wild River section and other famous stretches of this special river that we expect to fish. And since this is a spring-fed stream, it should have a good water level regardless of run-off.  

    Limited Registration:  This fish-out will be limited to 12 students in each Group in order not to over-crowd the river.  The class will be notified by email exactly when the online registration will open.  You may register for either Group, but not for both --unless otherwise notified.

    Campground: Although our campsites are not all together this year, we were still able to reserve a total of five campsites (#13, 14, 15, 20, & 21) for 4 nights (Thurs, & Fri. nights, 6/21 & 6/22 for Group 1;  Sat. & Sun. nights, 6/23 & 6/24 for Group 2) at PG&E's public Cassel Campground (off Hwy 299 east of Burney). In past years, we've been able to pitch 2-3 tents per campsite without objection. There are no group camp sites in either this or any other nearby campgrounds, but this arrangement should work to allow most of the students (for each Group in turn) to camp together in adjacent campsites in the two groupings rather than being spread out throughout the campground. We have paid extra for up to 2 vehicles per campsite.  Any more than that and we may have to park some vehicles at the gate to the campground (after unloading) -- or pay an extra $5/night for additional vehicles if there is space to park them off the loop road -- but the area mgr. may decide that when he sees how many vehicles we have (another good reason to carpool, if possible). 

    Each group will need to break camp right after breakfast on the morning of the second day in order to make room for the next group (or next party with reservations) to arrive anytime that afternoon.  If you are not using your vehicle to follow your mentor around, you can park it near the campground main gate or across the street in the Cassel Post Office parking lot. 

    Should you prefer a campsite of your own though or want one to stay over Monday night, then go to pge.com and under the "Find A Park" tab, search for Cassel Campground and book your own site very soon.  (Another, but much smaller, PG&E campground in that area is North Shore Campground, if you can’t find any more open spots in Cassel.)

    Motels:  For those who prefer not to camp, the motels in nearby Burney include:

    Charm Motel (ph 530-335-3300,  www.charm.burneylodging.com)

    Green Gables (ph. 530-335-3300,  www.greengables.burneylodging.com)

    Shasta Pines Motel & Suites (ph. 530-335-2201,  www.shastapinesmotel.com)

    Meeting Place:  Everyone will need to meet at Site #14 (UON) in Cassel Campground at 7:00AM each fishing morning to figure out who is going with which mentor, to make up your lunches, to get your flies, instructions, etc.  This early start is intended to get everyone on the water as soon as possible each morning — so please don’t be late. 

    Driving Directions:  Google "Cassel Campground”:  the shortest route is to follow I-5N to Redding, from there take CA-299E to Cassel Road — about 5 hours total drive time without traffic (from Redding it is about 1 hr. 15 min. without traffic) 

    If you need them, follow these directions:  Take Exit #680 off of I-5 for CA-299/Lake Blvd., keep right at the fork and follow signs for Burney/Alturas/CA-299E, follow CA-299E for 50 miles to Burney, continue east of Burney on CA Hwy 299E for 7 more miles (to 2 miles past the junction with Hwy. 89), turn south (right) onto Cassel Road, drive 3.6 miles and turn left at paved access road into the campground (just before the bridge and across from Cassel Post Office).

    Three of our campsites (#13-15) are in the back left corner of the campground -- follow the main campground road straight back and stay to the left at the first fork.  The other two campsites (#20 & 21) are near the front of the back loop to the right -- just after you veer off slightly to the right of the main campground road at the first fork.  Choose one of these shared camp sites as you arrive, but leave tent space for at least one more tent in that site.

    Camping Equipment:  It is suggested that you have your own tent (with tent stakes, footprint/plastic tarp, and rainfly) or an agreement to share a tent with someone.  Also sure to bring:  sleeping bag; sleeping pad (or air mattress,or cot); headlight or flashlight; cooking stove; water container; cooking pots / cooking utensils; camp dishes / eating utensils; wash basin; biodegradable soap; butane lighter or matches; paper or cloth towels; garbage bags; and a cooler with ice for perishables.  All dry goods should be stored in the supplied camp boxes to keep away from rodents and jays.  Optional equipment might include:  lantern; camp chair; firewood; hand axe; coffee pot; small folding table; table cloth for picnic table; etc.

    Meals There will be NO hosted group dinners for anyone on this fish-out.  You can cook dinners in camp, or there are at least two possible restaurants on Main St. in Burney that smaller groups may decide to use:  Rex Club (ph. 530-335-4184, they also have cabins)  Art’s Outpost (Steak House & Italian, ph. 530-335-2835)

    There are also other diners, a Subway for sandwiches, pizza joints, and fast food options in Burney: (www.reddingcentral.com/Dine/dine-Burney.htm)

    We will be providing groceries for making your own sandwiches for sack lunches on each Group's two fishing days only.  It is also possible that we may change the lunch on one of these two days to be a longer lunch somewhere away from the river (tbd).  

    NOTE:  Other than the two sack lunches on your Group's fishing days, you are on your own to bring (and prepare) your own food, or buy dinners or other meals out.

    Fishing Gear:  We recommend bringing a 3-5wt fly rod with floating line (6wt rod max!). For dry flies, bring 9’ tapered leaders to 4X or 5X, with mono tippet spools in 4X-6X  (these fish can be picky!)  Also be sure that you bring both a liquid (or gel) dry fly floatant and a dry shake floatant (dessicant-type) for treating your dry flies. For indicator nymphing, bring indicatorssplit shotone spool of say 0X to 3X mono tippet material (to use 5'-6’ of this for indicator/ depth adjustment), and spools of both 4X & 5X  fluoro  tippet for connections to nymphs.  Bring foam hoppers or Chubby Chernobyl pattern flies for hopper (dry) / dropper rigging if you prefer this rather than indicator nymphing, or simply tight-line nymph instead (although Hat Creek has very little pocket water where tight-lining works best).  "Swinging" of soft-hackled flies is another very good choice.

    Flies:  We will be providing at least a dozen flies to each student -- some dries, a couple buggers, and a few nymph patterns, as suggested by Brian for this water.  These flies will only be packaged in sandwich bags for distributing to you, so you will need to put them in your own fly box along with your other flies -- and be sure to pinch the barbs!  We will not be doing this for you. Also, bring your own flies, especially any that you picked up for (or tied for) this particular trip on a fly shop's or someone else's recommendation.

    If you still need more of your own flies, or forgot some other gear after you leave town, there is "The Fly Shop" on your way up there (located just south of Redding on east side of I-5 backed up to the frwy.:  take the Churn Creek Road exit, then head north about a 1/2 mile or so on the frontage road to see the shop on your left). There's also the "Shasta Angler" in Fall River Mills, which is 5-10 miles past the Hat Creek area on CA-299 (for good local knowledge from owner Matt). 

    Other Stuff:  In addition to forceps, nippers, vest or pack for fly boxes and other gear, sunhat, sunscreen, bug repellent, waders, boots, belts, water bottle (or other means to carry, or filter, drinking water), don’t forget your wading staff!   A small net is always optional for trout, but it really helps in landing them with minimal stress and keeping them in the water while unhooking—both of which are extremely important for the fish’s survival.  Camping gear should include headlamps or flashlights —the former is especially good for tying on flies during late evening fishing. 

    Wading:  As a spring creek, Hat Creek can be pretty cold, but you may decide when you get there and test the water that you might prefer to wet-wade (not me!) instead of wearing waders.  If so, just be sure that you have sturdy closed-toe wading sandals or, better yet, use neoprene guard socks (or other neoprene socks) plus polypo liner socks to fill-out your wading boots.  Lightweight (i.e., nylon) long pants are recommended for wet-wading over shorts to better protect your shins from scrapes on rocks, scratchy brush, poison oak, etc.

    Registration Fee:  We are trying to initially hold the registration fee to $80 per student (the mentors are volunteering their time, and not paid or charged).  This fee is needed to hopefully cover the cost of all the campground fees, the purchase of flies, groceries for lunches, etc.  If it falls too short, we may have to take up a collection up there of another $10-20 from each camper. 

    For info before June 15 only:  John Murphy,  jmurphy7599@gmail.com, cp 650-799-1695; 

    Fish-out leader:  Brian Endlich, brian_endlich@hotmail.com  cp 415-601-0070 

    Note: There is only spotty to very poor cell phone service in the Hat Creek area -- try texting up there instead, which is also hit-or-miss.  Brian may provide a landline that he and some of his mentors can be reached at in the evening where they will likely be staying. 

     

    • 30 Jun 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge and Center Casting Pond

    A Spey Casting practice session organized by Ed Filice called "Center Pond" Spey Day will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 9am to 3pm.  This session is open to all GGACC members who want some "Spey-O-Rama" spey casting practice time.  It can also serve as an introduction to competitive distance Spey casting for those wanting to give it a go. 

    Call or email Ed Filice for more info:   805-456-9447         ednred@sbcglobal.net  

    This session is limited to 20 participants.  Please RSVP to Ed directly if you plan to attend. Thank you. 

    • 01 Jul 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • GGACC casting ponds and lodge locker room

    Fun and friendly casting competition held in conjunction with the Oakland Casting Club, but open to any registered person who would like to participate and test their skill against others -- all are welcome, including beginning casters!

    The casting games at the GGACC casting ponds are typically held on the first Sunday of each month (except 2nd. Sunday in Sept.) from 9am-2pm.  This event will have priority use of the Lodge locker room and all casting ponds during these hours.

    There is a $1 entry fee required for each casting event that you choose to compete in -- to be paid to the event host. Registration is by appointment via the contact person below. 

    All GGACC Casting Games will be conducted under ACA rules and will be ACA "registered" events (UON).

    To REGISTER, or for further information or rules explanation, please contact:  Alice Gillibert  alicegillibert@comcast.net

    • 01 Jul 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • GGACC casting ponds, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

    Want your child to learn the FUNdamentals of fly fishing???

    Bring your kids and attend the…

    FUN-damentals of Fly Casting, Gear, & Knots for Kids! 

    Chris Korich, World Casting Champion and U.S. Team Coach, along with fellow volunteer instructors from GGACC, are helping prepare Bay Area kids (ages 8-12) for future fly fishing opportunities!

    FUN youth casting sessions will emphasize the following foundational fly fishing skills, fish conservation and safety information:

    Grip & Stance Alignment (at targets!)

    Roll Casting

    Pick Up & Lay-Down casts

    Line Extending & Retrieving

    Fish hooking, fighting, & releasing

    Eye, skin, and water safety

    While this pre-teen instruction will focus on basic fly casting skills by performing FUN drills and playing games, we will also be teaching your child about proper tackle use, set-up/take-down, maintenance, and basic knot tying.

    Upcoming location, dates, times, and costs:

    • ·     Location:     Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club pools, Golden Gate Park, SF
    • ·     Dates:          Sunday, July 1, 2018  and Sunday, August 1, 2018
    • ·     Time:           1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • ·     Cost:            $5.00 per session (cash or check paid on-site)
    • ·     Includes       All equipment and lesson supplies

    Please Note: All BAYFF and GGACC sponsored casting sessions, require full-time adult parent or legal guardian supervision and the signing of liability and photo release forms, before or at beginning of each event.

    For more information and to REGISTER, go to:

    https://www.youthflyfishers.org and register your child (ages 8-12) THERE ONLY under EVENTS and CALENDAR!

    There will be NO registration for this event on the GGACC calendar.  Please REGISTER at the BAYFF website (youthflyfishers.org) linked above. 

     

     

     

    • 05 Jul 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • 09 Jul 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • Missouri River at Craig, Montana
    • 0
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    This extremely popular fish-out is what most of you have waited your 3 years in the LTFF program for:  The Intermediate Class's trip to Montana always seems to be the highlight for most students in the program and is the one trip that just about everyone who goes each year ends up pleading to get the chance to go again. But we can never promise that and I can never take more than at most 11 from the class each year.  

    This year we have guided spots for only 7 students currently, after having to sadly give up a couple of my chosen guides this year in response to last year's surprisingly poor class registration.  So, if you can possibly be one of the lucky 7 that definitely gets to go this year on July 5-9, you'll want to do it.  If it fills quickly enough, I'll do what I can to try to book another guide or two, but there is a good reason that I have to both make our reservations and prepay for guides a year in advance for this amazing destination.  If I don't, I lose our allotted slot to a waiting list. 

    We will be float fishing on a famed tailwater stretch of the upper Missouri River for 3 days (on Friday- Sunday this year) out of Craig, Montana each day.  The dry fly and nymph fishing for the big strong rainbow and brown trout in this incredibly abundant fishery is world renowned. (Our club president Willy George loves this place and often stays in his camper there for up to 2 weeks to fish the "Mo" at this time of year, as he has done for many years. Willy promises to join us again this year for lively catered dinners in our rental house.)

    We will be fishing with the HeadHunters Fly Shop's guides, some of the very best you'll ever experience. They will supply all the gear required including fly rods, leaders, flies, etc. However, you are welcome to bring your own gear if you desire, especially if you can stick around to fish this river and one or more of the other famous rivers in the area on your own, or with a guide that maybe a couple of you will line up afterword to float or wade/walk with.  

    Sandals or water shoes, rather than waders, are advised on these Missouri River drift boats for most of the warm sunny days at this time of year which, like most areas flanking the Rockies, may offer also a brief afternoon rain shower. However, if you don't bring waders (only bring them because you need them for something else), DO remember to pack a pair of rain pants along with a good-quality rain jacket. One cold, all-day-long rainstorm on our first day on the river a couple years ago taught us this lesson, and there's always the possibility of a cold hailstorm blowing through. 

    There will be an initial Pre-fishout Meeting on Sunday, March 11, at 1:30PM following the Annual Meeting BBQ (or at 12noon if the BBQ is cancelled due to inclement weather) for all those Intermediate students who may be interested in this trip.  Transportation options, logistics, gear, licensing, the fish-out rules, etc. will be covered at this meeting, so do try hard to be there if you can.  I will send out some notes to those who can't make it, but you should look at this pre-meeting as a good opportunity to coordinate your travel plans or to team up for traveling and fishing in the area, or for arranging to share a car rental from one of the local airports. 

    We have rented the Jumping Rainbow Lodge, a large house that is situated right on the river about 8 miles from Craig. We have rented this house for many years now because it makes a great home base for us and there is nothing in town or in the area nearly as big. 

    The tiny town of Craig, MT is located on Interstate I-15 about halfway between the cities of Helena and Great Falls (it's about a 50 mile drive northeast from Helena and a little shorter drive southwest from Great Falls).  If you are planning to fly there, the airports in those two cities are the closest possibilities, but there is also Bozeman, MT which is about a 2-1/2 hour drive away and Missoula, MT, which is probably just about as far. Flights fill up quickly, so start looking at your options and checking available flights and prices now before the first pre-meeting to be able to discuss your preference for driving there or flying to one of these airports. 

    If possible, you want to arrive at the rental house sometime on Thursday afternoon, July 5 (I should be able to get us into the house around 3PM) and you won't need to leave there until Monday, July 9, before 10AM since we've also rented the house for Sunday night to allow for a full day's fishing on Sunday. 

    We will cook our own group dinner on Thursday night, but dinner on Friday and Saturday nights will be catered (to provide left-overs for Sunday night). Lunches will be provided by the guides on Fri.-Sun., and we will have enough food in the house for a quick breakfast each morning and for hors d'oevres and adult beverages for happy hour each afternoon. Volunteering for helping to cook breakfasts and some kitchen clean-up will be covered in the pre-meeting. 

    The total fee for this event this year is $1450, which covers the 3 full days of top-notch guided fishing and gear, 4 nights in the lodge, and all meals and beverages (including wine and beer) for most of those 4 days. It DOES NOT cover your transportation expenses, a Montana fishing license (with a req'd. small conservation fee), or the guides' gratuities. 

    Those who have gone on this fish-out before have had some of their best fishing days ever, and had such a grand time together, that they would go again in a heartbeat if we'd only let them.  So, if you regrettably can't make it, you may be making someone else very happy. 

    This trip is limited to 7 Intermediate students now, so sign up as quickly as you can so that you don't miss out!  Registration will start at 12:00 NOON on Monday, MARCH 12

    Cost:  $1450.00 payable online as a non-refundable registration fee (unless there is someone on the waitlist to replace you).

    Contact for more info: 
    JOHN MURPHY (jmurphy7599@gmail.com) 650-799-1695




    • 07 Jul 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge (boardroom) early & then center pond

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

    On Saturday we will cover the fundamentals of Spey in a classroom setting, then quickly move to the ponds to learn the fundamental Spey casts.

    Sunday we head to Sacramento's American River and learn to fish the casts learned on Saturday. We then add sink tips to replicate real world conditions. Also covered are rotation fishing, river courtesy, and fighting and landing steelhead and salmon.

    We meet Saturday at 8:30AM in the Anglers Lodge meeting room, dressed in waders (leave spiked boots outside), and after some classroom instruction, we'll get into the water from 10AM to 4PM with appropriate breaks. On Sunday we meet on the American River at 8:30 AM at a location in the Sacramento area to be provided to the group on Saturday (bring a camp chair for this). 

    Your instructors will be Bill Gallogly and other volunteers (possibly Bob Pauli and Steve Morikawa).

    Enrollment is by approved appointment only in response to your request to be admitted into a specific class as emailed to Bill Gallogly at slazanger2@icloud.com and the subsequent submission and potential approval of the provided questionnaire regarding your fishing experience and single-handed casting skill.  Please list the word "Spey" in the subject line of your emails.

    Each class will be limited to 5 students due to space issues in the ponds and on the river.

    There is a $100 fee for this program. If notified of your approval for registering for this class, you will be given a club website link to make an online payment of this fee via credit card or PayPal. (Personal checks are no longer accepted.) 

    Bring your own waders, eyewear, hat, and lunches each day, but students may use the club's Spey rods each class day, both in the ponds and on the river. 

    A full description of this Spey Angler Program (and the follow-up Spey Improver Program) is posted on the club's website under the Events tab. 

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

    • 08 Jul 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • American River, location TBD

    This 2nd session of the Spey Angler Program's class that began on Saturday, July 7, 2018, will be held on the American River on Sunday, July 8, beginning at 8:30AM at a place to be announced in the previous day's class.  

    Bring camp chair and lunch in addition to the gear required for the previous day's class. 

    This program is by appointment only.  See the previous day's event posting for details.  

    • 14 Jul 2018
    • 7:00 AM
    • 15 Jul 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite Nat'l Park
    • 0
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    Yosemite High Country - LTFF Beginner Fish-out

    July 14-15, 2018

    Limited to 8 Students from the 2018 LTFF Beginner Class

    Cost: $75 / person

    Overview: This trip offers fly fishing to 3 trout species in two pristine high alpine settings. Each day includes approximately 5 miles of day-hiking at 9,000 - 10,000 feet. Please only sign up for this event if you are in shape to hike 5+ miles a day at high elevation.

    Day 1: Tuolumne's Lyell Fork

    At 9,500 feet, this stream starts at Lyell Glacier and only drops 500 feet in 10 miles. This provides a gentle stream that meanders through meadows and granite pools for a truly unique experience. 

    We'll hike from Tuolumne Meadows along the Dana Fork for 1.5 miles until we arrive at the Lyell Fork. Here the meadow stream is waist deep and wide, offering dry fly fishing along the banks to Brown Trout. Traveling upstream we move into Brookie  and Rainbow territory, arriving at several large and shallow granite pools the size of small ponds. It's a great place to spot fish in clear water and practice gentle overhead casting. Traveling slightly further you pass through endless granite channels and pools mixed in with more meadows, each section memorable and unique.

    Most of these natural trout are in the 6-9 inch range, but I've seen a handful each year in the 18 inch range. Larger fish require stealth while the little trout will attack dry flies with acrobatic displays.

    Students will use overhead casts in meadow sections and practice roll casts in areas with trees. We'll use small dry fly patterns such as Purple Haze and Lime Trude with thin mono tippet (5x - 6x). 

    This river has become a special place to my wife Abby and I. We look forward to sharing it with you.

    Total hiking: 5 miles at high altitude (9,000 ft)

    Day 2: Tuolumne's Dana Fork

    Similar to the Lyell Fork, the Dana fork is a small mountain stream that meanders through meadows at 9,000 ft. elevation. This stream follows along hwy 120, meaning slightly less hiking and easier access. I've had a 75 fish day in 4 hours along this 2 mile stretch. Each hole seems to have an endless supply of natural trout.

    Students will primarily use overhead and roll casts. We'll use attractor dry fly patterns such as Purple Haze and Lime Trude with thin tippet (5x-6x). 

    Registration fee includes:

    • 2 nights Car Camping in TBD campground (Friday and Saturday)
    • Lunches (Saturday and Sunday)
    • ~ 1 dozen selected flies

    Other Student costs:

    • Yosemite National Park entrance fee of $30, good for 7 days. Annual pass is $80. Carpooling helps.
    • Possible extra campground fees, depending on where I am able to book sites for us the day before. (Campsites may not be reserved in advance.) Registrants to be notified that Friday via email or text message on the actual campground location. 

    Items not to forget (not a complete packing list):

    • Bring your own breakfast, dinner, coffee, and snacks for two days starting Friday nite.
    • Camping equipment (e.g., tent, sleeping bag and pad, cooking equipment, etc) for use in the campground
    • Headlamp and extra batteries
    • Small backpack, large sling pack, or vest with a large back pocket to carry lunch, water, packable rain jacket, etc.
    • Water bottle or water bladder large enough to carry a full day of water (1.5 - 3 liters)
    • Fly fishing gear (4-6 wt rod, 5x mono leaders, 5x - 6x tippet, nippers, forceps, fly box with additional flies, net optional)
    • Dry fly floatants - flies need to be floating high on the water surface all day. It's helpful to have both the liquid (gel) and dry shake versions.
    • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen, neck buff)
    • Wet wading shoes like Chacos or Tevas. Or wading boots with neoprene guard socks. No need for wearing waders on this trip, which will be difficult to hike in.

    Other notes:

    • Dinner options are available at Woah Nellie Deli (Mobil Mart), 3 miles from the campground if you'd rather not cook dinners on Friday / Saturday. It's open 7am - 9pm.
    • Other lodging options are available in the Mono Lake area; however they're expensive, not a great value, and typically book up months in advance. 

    For further information, contact:  Fish-out Leader:  Steve Golebiewski  stephen.golebiewski@gmail.com    or John Murphy   jmurphy7599@gmail.com 





    • 14 Jul 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GGACC Angler's Lodge and Casting Pools
    Register

    1. Casting classes are usually held on the Second Saturday of each month, and they are open to BOTH club members and to the general public. There is no charge for these lessons. Besides pre-registering online for each session that you plan to attend, please re-check the website for possible late changes in the dates. 

    2. Casting classes are a "go", whether rain, wind, snow or shine. 

    3. Please wear eye protection. 

    4. Classes will be divided into four groups (the classes will be held concurrently): 

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

    5. If you are interested in joining the casting instructor group or training for IFFF Casting Instructor (CI) certification, please contact Willy George.

    6. At the present, the classes are limited to instruction in the use of a single handed rod. 

    7. We have free single-handed fly casting equipment at the club to loan out for these lessons only (in exchange for holding your drivers license); however, if you intend to take advantage of this limited free equipment, please try to arrive by 8:45 AM. 

    8. You should always check the website beforehand to make certain that the monthly class has not been moved forward or backward a week or two due to conflicts with other events (i.e., the Outside Lands Concert in early August). 

    9. FINALLY, please pre-register [in order to help determine the number of needed instructors] via the "Register" link on this page. 

    For any questions, contact John C. Till at johnctill@comcast.net or by phone at 650-348-1216.

    Directions:  For directions to the ponds, go to the Location page 


    • 14 Jul 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Angler's Lodge
    Register
    Cost: free.  This event is open to the public to register. 

    This Skills Building program is designed to enhance one's practical knowledge of the sport and to assist all fly fishers wishing to become more successful when out on the lakes and streams. Varying topics are presented by an experienced fly fisher with extensive knowledge about the specific topic.  

    Unless there will be no program offered in a particular month, this event is typically held on the 2nd Saturday of each month following the free public casting lessons.  

    The program description will be posted here as soon as it has been set. All participants are requested to register for this event beforehand (whether or not there is any limit shown on the registration for this event) in order to gauge the expected size of the audience.

    For further info about this event, contact:
    Garth Thompson mailto:recondite@gmail.com

    Mark Donahue  mwdonahue@yahoo.com


    • 17 Jul 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 23 Jul 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Emigrant Wilderness
    • 2
    Register

    Rondy:  Emigrant Lake Backpacking Rondy

    Dates:  July 17-23, 2018 although DATES COULD CHANGE DUE TO SNOWPACK  

    Leader:  Richard Gamer  415-321-0545  mailto:rishgamer45@gmail.com

    Number of anglers:  3

    Description:  This high country backpacking Rondy spans seven days, which includes driving to and from the trail head.  Emigrant Lake, the largest lake in the Emigrant Wilderness, is 3 miles long and at approximately 8500’ elevation. There are plenty of wading access points and the trout are a good size, with most being over 12” long.

    The first night will be spent near the trailhead. Two days each way are required for hiking to and from Emigrant Lake. We will spend 3 nights at Emigrant Lake providing 2 full days of fishing. The trail is very well maintained, and the round-trip total distance is approximately 32 miles. Elevation gain is approximately 3000’ from the trailhead.

    The trip is open to experienced backpackers only and participants should be in good physical condition.  Your leader (club member Richard Gamer) is a very experienced backpacker, having backpacked throughout the Sierras during summers for the past 40 years.

    A pre-trip meeting will be schedule for mid June. This meeting will cover the logistics of where to meet, possible carpooling, what to bring, more about what to expect, etc.

    Suggested Gear:  All the backpacking gear to support yourself including tent, sleeping bag, pad, stove, cooking gear and utensils, water filter, light, etc. Your favorite mountain lake/steam fly rod and reel with flies. Wading shoes and staff. Clothes for all possible weather (think rain and cold). All the food and beverage for yourself. 

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $25 which does NOT include the cost of your own food, transportation, and other consumables. You will need to provide your own equipment. Some items may be shared.  

    Cancellation Policy:  There are no refunds.  In the event that a member is, for any reason, unable to attend, he may resell his slot (rod) to another GGACC member (by first pulling from the waitlist if one exists).  It is the sole responsibility of the member to manage this transaction.  This is not the responsibility of the leader or club.

    • 20 Jul 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 22 Jul 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Arnold, CA
    • 0
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    Rondy:  North Fork Stanislaus River Backpack

    Dates:  July 20-22, 2018 although DATES COULD CHANGE DUE TO SNOWPACK  

    Leader:  John Anderson  415-990-0936  mailto:john_anderson@lanset.com

    Number of anglers:  8

    Description:  

    The goals of this North Fork of the Stanislaus Backpacking Rondy are to:  Give anglers a chance to catch some beautiful wild Rainbow & Brown trout; fish in an area that gets very little pressure; backpack through some really gorgeous terrain; have fun together; sit around a campfire (five miles from the nearest road) and tell fish stories; and sleep on the hard ground -- unless you bring a pad! 

    This two-night backpacking trip starts Friday at 12 noon with a 5 mile hike down into the (North Fork) Stanislaus River Canyon. There are no hiking trails in this area that are maintained by the Forest Service, so anglers will have to do some bushwacking. The camp site is located on the river and overlooks a 100 yard pool that holds some nice trout. There is surplus fire wood, so we can have a camp fire. We will camp at the same site for two days. 

    This rondy does involve a challenging hike down a steep river canyon so participants should be experienced backpackers and be fit enough to climb out of a 1000' canyon with a pack. The hike in and out should take about 3 hours each way.

    Participants must bring their own gear and already know: How (and what) to pack for a weekend; how set up your own tent; how to cook outdoors; how use a water filter; and how to read a map and use a compass. There will be a pre-meeting to discuss the needed gear and other logistics (date tbd). 

    Suggested Gear:  2-5 wt single handed fly rods, with floating lines. 

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $25  

    Other expenses will include your own transportation and food/supplies. 

    Cancellation Policy:  There are no refunds.  In the event that a member is, for any reason, unable to attend, he may resell his slot (rod) to another GGACC member (by first pulling from the waitlist if one exists).  It is the sole responsibility of the member to manage this transaction.  This is not the responsibility of the leader or club.

    • 28 Jul 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • GGACC casting ponds

    More info to follow from Xavier Carbonnet. 

    • 05 Aug 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • GGACC casting ponds and lodge locker room

    Fun and friendly casting competition held in conjunction with the Oakland Casting Club, but open to any registered person who would like to participate and test their skill against others -- all are welcome, including beginning casters!

    The casting games at the GGACC casting ponds are typically held on the first Sunday of each month (except 2nd. Sunday in Sept.) from 9am-2pm.  This event will have priority use of the Lodge locker room and all casting ponds during these hours.

    There is a $1 entry fee required for each casting event that you choose to compete in -- to be paid to the event host. Registration is by appointment via the contact person below. 

    All GGACC Casting Games will be conducted under ACA rules and will be ACA "registered" events (UON).

    To REGISTER, or for further information or rules explanation, please contact:  Alice Gillibert  alicegillibert@comcast.net

    • 05 Aug 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • GGACC casting ponds, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

    Want your child to learn the FUNdamentals of fly fishing???

    Bring your kids and attend the…

    FUN-damentals of Fly Casting, Gear, & Knots for Kids! 

    Chris Korich, World Casting Champion and U.S. Team Coach, along with fellow volunteer instructors from GGACC, are helping prepare Bay Area kids (ages 8-12) for future fly fishing opportunities!

    FUN youth casting sessions will emphasize the following foundational fly fishing skills, fish conservation and safety information:

    Grip & Stance Alignment (at targets!)

    Roll Casting

    Pick Up & Lay-Down casts

    Line Extending & Retrieving

    Fish hooking, fighting, & releasing

    Eye, skin, and water safety

    While this pre-teen instruction will focus on basic fly casting skills by performing FUN drills and playing games, we will also be teaching your child about proper tackle use, set-up/take-down, maintenance, and basic knot tying.

    Upcoming location, dates, times, and costs:

    • ·     Location:     Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club pools, Golden Gate Park, SF
    • ·     Dates:          Sunday, July 1, 2018  and Sunday, August 1, 2018
    • ·     Time:           1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • ·     Cost:            $5.00 per session (cash or check paid on-site)
    • ·     Includes       All equipment and lesson supplies

    Please Note: All BAYFF and GGACC sponsored casting sessions, require full-time adult parent or legal guardian supervision and the signing of liability and photo release forms, before or at beginning of each event.

    For more information and to REGISTER, go to:

    https://www.youthflyfishers.org and register your child (ages 8-12) THERE ONLY under EVENTS and CALENDAR!

    There will be NO registration for this event on the GGACC calendar.  Please REGISTER at the BAYFF website (youthflyfishers.org) linked above. 

     

     

     

    • 10 Aug 2018
    • 7:00 AM
    • 12 Aug 2018
    • 11:30 PM
    • Anglers Lodge & Casting Ponds, Golden Gate Park

    The Angler's Lodge and casting ponds are CLOSED due to the Outside Lands Music Festival held over this 3-day weekend, August 10-12 this year.

    Access to ponds may also be restricted on one or more days before and after the festival for both set-up and take-down. 

    http://www.sfoutsidelands.com/the-park/neighborhood

    • 18 Aug 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GGACC Angler's Lodge and Casting Pools
    Register

    THIS AUGUST CASTING LESSONS ARE TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR THE 3RD SATURDAY OF THIS MONTH (AUGUST 18) ON THE EXPECTATION THAT THE PONDS WILL BE CLOSED ON THE 2ND SAT. (8/11) DUE TO CONFLICT WITH THE OUTSIDE LANDS MUSIC FESTIVAL.

    1. Casting classes are usually held on the Second Saturday of each month, and they are open to BOTH club members and to the general public. There is no charge for these lessons. Besides pre-registering online for each session that you plan to attend, please re-check the website for possible late changes in the dates. 

    2. Casting classes are a "go", whether rain, wind, snow or shine. 

    3. Please wear eye protection. 

    4. Classes will be divided into four groups (the classes will be held concurrently): 

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

    5. If you are interested in joining the casting instructor group or training for IFFF Casting Instructor (CI) certification, please contact Willy George.

    6. At the present, the classes are limited to instruction in the use of a single handed rod. 

    7. We have free single-handed fly casting equipment at the club to loan out for these lessons only (in exchange for holding your drivers license); however, if you intend to take advantage of this limited free equipment, please try to arrive by 8:45 AM. 

    8. You should always check the website beforehand to make certain that the monthly class has not been moved forward or backward a week or two due to conflicts with other events (i.e., the Outside Lands Concert in early August). 

    9. FINALLY, please pre-register [in order to help determine the number of needed instructors] via the "Register" link on this page. 

    For any questions, contact John C. Till at johnctill@comcast.net or by phone at 650-348-1216.

    Directions:  For directions to the ponds, go to the Location page 


    • 18 Aug 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Angler's Lodge
    Register
    Cost: free.  This event is open to the public to register. 

    This Skills Building program is designed to enhance one's practical knowledge of the sport and to assist all fly fishers wishing to become more successful when out on the lakes and streams. Varying topics are presented by an experienced fly fisher with extensive knowledge about the specific topic.  

    Unless there will be no program offered in a particular month, this event is typically held on the 2nd Saturday of each month following the free public casting lessons.  

    The program description will be posted here as soon as it has been set. All participants are requested to register for this event beforehand (whether or not there is any limit shown on the registration for this event) in order to gauge the expected size of the audience.

    For further info about this event, contact:
    Garth Thompson mailto:recondite@gmail.com

    Mark Donahue  mwdonahue@yahoo.com


    • 18 Aug 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge
    Register

    Learn to Fly Fish Program's Annual Dinner 
    Saturday, August 18, 2018
    Appetizers:  4:00 PM - 5:00 PM  Dinner:  5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    This is the Annual Dinner held for all 2018 and past years' participants in the club's Learn to Fly Fish Program, plus invited guests such as your Board members, mentors, teachers, leaders, and casting instructors.  It will be held at our lodge a little earlier this year from 4:00- approx. 7pm on Saturday, August 18, 2018.  Note this is on the same day as the Free Casting Lessons that month (on 3rd Saturday due to conflict with Outside Lands Music Festival on the 2nd Sat.)  I'll also be teaching another Knots class in the Skills Bldg Workshop that day.  So plan to make a full day of it! 

    This is a splendid evening for getting better acquainted with current and former students and your instructors and sharing some good stories and recollections with all your new fishing buddies and many of your mentors. 

    The dinner is free, but we ask you to bring a small appetizer to help start the fun, and a special beverage or two of your choice to perhaps share with others.

    There will be more planning details to work out as we get closer to the date, including recruitment of help to possibly cook, but for sure to set-up, serve, and clean-up. 

    Put this date on your own calendar and RSVP NOW so that we get the early head count that we need (spouses /partners are welcome).

    YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS GREAT DINNER -- we do have a lot of fun with it each year!

    Location: THE CLUBHOUSE (Angler's Lodge)

    RSVP Info:  Please REGISTER for this free event to RSVP as soon as possible!

    Cost: This event is free.

    For further info:  John Murphy
    Email: jmurphy7599@gmail.com
    Phone: 650-799-1695



    • 19 Aug 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 25 Aug 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Mammoth Lakes, CA
    • 0
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    Rondy:  Eastern Sierra Backpack

    Dates:  August 19-25, 2018 although DATES COULD CHANGE DUE TO SNOWPACK  

    Leader:  William (Brad) Bradford  415-923-7601  mailto:bradford@realpropserv.com

    Number of anglers:  3

    Description:  This Eastern Sierra Rondy is a 5 night backpacking trip (away from home at least six nights) to fly fish a small watershed located out of Mammoth, CA. This rondy is limited to 3 experienced backpackers (4 including the leader). We will fish both lakes and creeks along a 20 mile loop and spend more than one night at one campsite. The fishing will be walk & wading on the streams and casting from the lake shores.

    The plan is to spend Sunday night, Aug 19, in Mammoth and then hit the trail. We will meet at the Mammoth Ranger Station first and then hike out of and return to the Devil's Post Pile Ranger Station.  This 20 mile loop has an elevation gain of about 2000' and tops out at about 9000' elevation. The first night campsite is about 2-3 miles in, where we camp on King Creek. Other days can be more uphill and longer. Pack light!

    You will need all the normal backpacking gear to take care of yourself on the trail.  We will share some gear such as stoves, water filters, etc.  Bring your favorite fly rod for fishing small rushing creeks, a pooling meadow, and deep-shored lakes. There will be opportunities to fish with dries, nymphs, and streamers.

    You must also be an experienced backpacker and have the ability to hike with your pack up to 6-8 miles daily on rough trails.  The leader is an experienced backpacker.  However, the expectation is that all participants in this rondy will be self sufficient.  There will be a pre-meeting to discuss logistics, gear, shared food, etc.  The date for this pre-meeting is tbd. 

    Suggested Gear:  2-5 wt single handed fly rods, with floating lines. 

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $25  

    Other expenses will include your transportation, food/supplies, and a small shuttle fee to the trailhead. 

    Cancellation Policy:  There are no refunds.  In the event that a member is, for any reason, unable to attend, he may resell his slot (rod) to another GGACC member (by first pulling from the waitlist if one exists).  It is the sole responsibility of the member to manage this transaction.  This is not the responsibility of the leader or club.

    • 25 Aug 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge and Casting Ponds, GG Park

    RIO/Sage/Redington/Simms Demo Day on Saturday August 25 from 9 AM - 3 PM

    For the 4th Consecutive Year:  Newly Expanded this Year featuring More Brands and Gear at the Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club ponds in San Francisco.

    Some of the most popular brands in fly fishing will be on hand with their complete product lines to allow you to "test drive” all of the latest gear.  You can cast Sage and Redington rods along with all of the RIO fly lines and then try on the perfect pair of Simms waders and boots or Simms clothing in essentially all sizes for both men and women.  Or you can try various RIO fly lines on your own rods, single hand or Spey, to determine the best line for both your rod and casting style.  You are welcome to use the ponds to cast Spey rods and lines so bring your waders and boots.

    Product experts from RIO, Sage, Redington, and Simms will be on-hand all day to share their expertise and product knowledge.  Free lunch will be provided (courtesy of the manufacturers) and multiple raffle prizes will be awarded each hour of the event (must be present to win).  This event is FREE and open to the public.

    For more information and any questions contact GGACC President, Willy George  busygeorges@aol.com

    • 08 Sep 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GGACC Angler's Lodge and Casting Pools
    Register

    1. Casting classes are usually held on the Second Saturday of each month, and they are open to BOTH club members and to the general public. There is no charge for these lessons. Besides pre-registering online for each session that you plan to attend, please re-check the website for possible late changes in the dates. 

    2. Casting classes are a "go", whether rain, wind, snow or shine. 

    3. Please wear eye protection. 

    4. Classes will be divided into four groups (the classes will be held concurrently): 

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

    5. If you are interested in joining the casting instructor group or training for IFFF Casting Instructor (CI) certification, please contact Willy George.

    6. At the present, the classes are limited to instruction in the use of a single handed rod. 

    7. We have free single-handed fly casting equipment at the club to loan out for these lessons only (in exchange for holding your drivers license); however, if you intend to take advantage of this limited free equipment, please try to arrive by 8:45 AM. 

    8. You should always check the website beforehand to make certain that the monthly class has not been moved forward or backward a week or two due to conflicts with other events (i.e., the Outside Lands Concert in early August). 

    9. FINALLY, please pre-register [in order to help determine the number of needed instructors] via the "Register" link on this page. 

    For any questions, contact John C. Till at johnctill@comcast.net or by phone at 650-348-1216.

    Directions:  For directions to the ponds, go to the Location page 


    • 08 Sep 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Angler's Lodge
    Register
    Cost: free.  This event is open to the public to register. 

    This Skills Building program is designed to enhance one's practical knowledge of the sport and to assist all fly fishers wishing to become more successful when out on the lakes and streams. Varying topics are presented by an experienced fly fisher with extensive knowledge about the specific topic.  

    Unless there will be no program offered in a particular month, this event is typically held on the 2nd Saturday of each month following the free public casting lessons.  

    The program description will be posted here as soon as it has been set. All participants are requested to register for this event beforehand (whether or not there is any limit shown on the registration for this event) in order to gauge the expected size of the audience.

    For further info about this event, contact:
    Garth Thompson mailto:recondite@gmail.com

    Mark Donahue  mwdonahue@yahoo.com


    • 09 Sep 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • GGACC casting ponds and lodge locker room

    Fun and friendly casting competition held in conjunction with the Oakland Casting Club, but open to any registered person who would like to participate and test their skill against others -- all are welcome, including beginning casters!

    The casting games at the GGACC casting ponds are typically held on the first Sunday of each month (except 2nd. Sunday in Sept.) from 9am-2pm.  This event will have priority use of the Lodge locker room and all casting ponds during these hours.

    There is a $1 entry fee required for each casting event that you choose to compete in -- to be paid to the event host. Registration is by appointment via the contact person below. 

    All GGACC Casting Games will be conducted under ACA rules and will be ACA "registered" events (UON).

    To REGISTER, or for further information or rules explanation, please contact:  Alice Gillibert  alicegillibert@comcast.net

    • 09 Sep 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    More info to follow from John Murphy and Chris Korich.

    • 13 Sep 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 15 Sep 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Bend, OR
    • 0
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    Rondy:  McKenzie River

    Dates:  September 13-15, 2018  

    Leader:  Libby Wolfensperger  415-515-4231 mailto:elwolfensperger@me.com

    Number of anglers:  7

    Description:  The favorite fishery of many Deep Canyon Outfitter guides, the McKenzie River originates high in the Cascade Mountains exiting Clear Lake and travels 85 miles to its confluence with the Willamette. It flows through sharp rock and dense Douglas Fir forests creating a unique rainbow trout fishery.

    Rich in both fly fishing and white water boating history, the McKenzie is a great choice for all levels of angler. The sections of the river where our guides focus their fishing efforts are routinely stocked with rainbow trout throughout the spring, summer, and fall to supplement the beautiful native Redbands. You will be floating the river in McKenzie style drift boats, specifically design for fishing white water.

    After your productive day of fishing your guides will take you to a beautiful lodge right on the river where mouthwatering meals will compliment the already great day. The lodge, with showers and comfortable accommodations offers a level of sophistication to these fishing trips. Kick your feet up and enjoy a cocktail on the McKenzie with Deep Canyon Outfitters! 

    Our guides will be http://www.deepcanyonoutfitters.com/

    There will be a pre-meeting to discuss more logistics, gear, carpools, etc. (date tbd).

    Suggested Gear:  4-5 wt single handed fly rods, with floating lines

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $1,091.50  

    Other expenses will be guide gratuities, transportation, and lodging the nights before and after the trip. 

    Cancellation Policy:  There are no refunds.  In the event that a member is, for any reason, unable to attend, he may resell his slot (rod) to another GGACC member (by first pulling from the waitlist if one exists).  It is the sole responsibility of the member to manage this transaction.  This is not the responsibility of the leader or club.

    • 19 Sep 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 23 Sep 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Hoopa, CA
    • 0
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    Rondy:  Klamath River Steelhead

    Dates:  September 19-23, 2018  

    Leader:  Don Forbes  415-717-2312  mailto:don.forbes@yahoo.com  

    Number of anglers:  7

    Description:  The Klamath is a beautiful river in a really wild section of California.  We will be staying in cabins at the Spey Gee resort, which is located about 1/4 mile below the Weitchpec Bridge, and the confluence of the Trinity River. From the resort there are a lot of options:  you can fish the water directly below the cabins, or drive a short distance up to the lower Trinity and fish the pools, just before it spills into the Klamath. You can also head upstream towards Orleans (14 mi) fishing Big Bar and in the town of Orleans which has some great fly water. From the cabins, you can drive 10 miles downriver to Young's Bar, and just beyond that Notchko. This is some of the best fly fishing water anywhere and we usually have the river to ourselves.  You'll have the option of walking & wading, or using a kayak or pontoon boat. We will have kayaks for four anglers, or anyone can bring their own kayak or pontoon boat. There will be a pre-meeting (TBD) this summer to discuss these options, as well as logistics, lodging, gear, etc.  

    Spey Gee Resort is http://klamathriveradventures.com/

    Suggested Gear:  This is a cast, swing, mend, and hang-on Rondy!  Long casts are a plus, but you'll find fish within 50 feet. Either 6-8 wt single hand rods, or 4-7wt spey rods, with floating lines, are recommended. Waders, boots with felt or studded soles, and wading staffs are a must!  It's slippery.  Don't forget to get a 2018 Steelhead card in addition to your California fishing license.

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $25  

    Other expenses will be transportation, lodging and food.  Cost per angler will be approx $70 a night for lodging. I will ask for volunteers to cook a meal on one of the nights. That option is much better than any of the local fare (very so-so) and even then would be 14 miles away.  

    Cancellation Policy:  There are no refunds.  In the event that a member is, for any reason, unable to attend, he may resell his slot (rod) to another GGACC member (by first pulling from the waitlist if one exists).  It is the sole responsibility of the member to manage this transaction.  This is not the responsibility of the leader or club.

    • 22 Sep 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 23 Sep 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Westernmost Casting Pond

    The Submarine Club's annual two-day event takes place this year on Saturday and Sunday, September 22 & 23, 2018.

    The Submariners shall have exclusive use of the West End casting pond on these two days for operation of their remote-controlled submarines.

    All fly casters are asked to respect their use of that one pond on these two dates as approved by SF Park & Rec and the GGACC president. 

    • 23 Sep 2018
    • Anglers Lodge and east & center casting ponds

    More info to follow from John Murphy

    • 29 Sep 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Redding, CA
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    Rondy:  Lower Sacramento River Drift #2

    Dates:  September 29, 2018  

    Leader:  Jerry Saltzgabber  415-866-8214  mailto:2sfgabers.ggacc@gmail.com

    Number of anglers:  7

    Description:  One day drift boat trip to the amazing trout factory of the lower Sacramento river.  These are prime dates when the river should be "going off" with high numbers of football shaped rainbows.  We will be 4 boats, with 2 anglers per boat.  Our main guide will be Kirk Portocarrero.  His website is http://www.sacriverguide.com/

    Suggested Gear:  5-6 wt single handed fly rods, with floating lines. 

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $262.50.  

    Other expenses will be guide gratuities. 

    Cancellation Policy:  There are no refunds.  In the event that a member is, for any reason, unable to attend, he may resell his slot (rod) to another GGACC member (by first pulling from the waitlist if one exists).  It is the sole responsibility of the member to manage this transaction.  This is not the responsibility of the leader or club.

    • 01 Oct 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Nicaragua
    • 5
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    Rondy:  Nicaragua

    Dates:  Week of October 1, 2018  

    Leader:  Nick Strelchuk 415-505-3276  mailto:strelch@aol.com

    Number of anglers:  6

    Description:  The Rio San Juan begins its 110 mile journey to the Caribbean Ocean at the bottom of Lake Nicaragua. Along the way, Jungle Rivers pour into the San Juan. At the mouth of the San Juan where it flows into the Caribbean lies a beautiful fishing and eco-tourism resort, The Rio Indio Lodge. Built by local artisans, under the watchful eye of co-owner Dr. Alfredo Lopez, the lodge has for 2 years running (2015 and 2016) won the Trip Advisor Award of Excellence.

    The GGACC Rondy Program is for the first time offering an opportunity to fish the renowned Rio San Juan. The trip to the lodge, located in Nicaragua, departs from San Jose, Costa Rica.  We’ll be fishing in the Caribbean, on the San Juan River, the Indio River, in jungle lagoons and streams for Tarpon, Snook, Machaca and Rainbow Bass to mention a few of the main species.  The trip is for 6 days – 5 nights and includes 4 full days of guided fishing.  

    The trip will consist of 6-8 club members plus our leader Nick Strelchuk who has visited this lodge multiple times.  At 6 members total we will have the lodge to ourselves.  Here is a sample itinerary schedule which is roughly what we will be doing.

    Monday, Oct 1, 2018:  Arrive San Juan, Costa Rica. Airport pickup and overnight in San Jose.

    Tuesday, Oct 2:  6AM pickup for transfer to Lodge via a 30-minute chartered flight.          

    Fish Oct 2, 3, 4, 5.  Four full days of fishing, customized to your desires.

    Saturday Oct 6: Early morning charter flight back to San Jose for your flight home.

    See Rio Indio Lodge at http://therioindiolodge.com/

    TripAdvisor also has good information and reviews of Rio Indio Lodge

    Suggested Gear:  A 12 wt or heavier rod is advised when going for large tarpon. The snook, which can go over 20 pounds, can be fished with an 8 wt. There is lots of really fun mangrove fishing to do for snook and baby tarpon. The 8 wt would also work for the Machaca and Guapote although, for the sporting among you, a 6 wt will work.  Fast sinking lines for the large tarpon, intermediate sinking and floating lines for the other species  are suggested.

    There are 2 classes of boats at the lodge: Smaller river/lagoon fishing boats and larger 25 foot ocean capable boats for when the ocean does not safely allow you to fish the area around the mouth using the smaller boats.  All fishing is done from boats.

    A full packing list of suggested gear to bring will be provided for those going on the trip.

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $2900 (normally $3350) per angler - or $1395 (normally $1580) per non-angler. (This special pricing has been made available to the GGACC Rondy Program).  Included are:  Your first night’s stay in San Jose, all transfers, including the charter flight to and from the lodge, all meals, daily laundry service, plus a complementary rum and coke bar. For non-anglers, all eco tours and activities are included at no additional cost to you.

    Not included are: Your flight to and from Costa Rica, custom fees, tips, and personal expenses.  (Travelocity has round trip flights listed - as of January 2018 - from as low as $392 to $878. Southwest Airlines flies to Costa Rica.)

    We are asking that members who are interested in going to pay $25 now to register that interest.  If we get enough anglers to make the Rondy happen, we will ask anglers to book directly with the Rio Indio Lodge.  If we do not get enough interest the $25 will be refunded.

    Rio Indio Lodge's Cancellation Policy is as follows:  A deposit of 30% to 50%, depending on service, is required upon booking. The balance is due 90 days prior to scheduled arrival at Rio Indio Lodge. Deposits, less a handling fee of $250 per person, will be refunded in cancellations of 90 days or more from scheduled arrival date. In cancellations of 30 days to 89 days from scheduled arrival date, 50% of deposit will be retained. There will be no refund of any monies for “no shows” or cancellations received less than 30 days prior to arrival. In the event of a cancellation, and a substitute client is provided, no charges will apply.

    • 02 Oct 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 03 Oct 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • McCloud, CA
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    Rondy:  McCloud River Walk & Wade

    Dates:  October 2-3, 2018 although DATES COULD CHANGE DUE TO CONSERVANCY PASSES 

    Leader:  Robert Sorenson  510-325-8402  mailto:r.sorenson@comcast.net

    Number of anglers:  4

    Description:  We will take 4 experienced anglers to the lower McCloud river at Ah-Di-Nah campground, to the Nature Conservancy, and Ash Camp.  Because of their incredible vigor and resilience, the McCloud River rainbow trout have been transplanted and established themselves in many of the greatest fly fishing locations in the world.  The famed October Caddis emergence may be underway then, and those who have witnessed clouds of these 1.5-inch-long flies laying eggs on the water in late afternoon will never forget it.  For dry-fly aficionados, the McCloud can be surprisingly good. Both high-sticking and long line nymphing also work very well. Targeting big Brown trout migrating up from Lake Shasta with large streamers is a real treat.

    This outing is not for anyone with serious medical conditions since the stream access and wading are difficult, and the location is far from medical services.  There is no cell phone reception in the McCloud River canyon. At this time of year the weather usually is very cool and could be wet.  Everyone will be staying at the Ah-Di-Nah campground.There will be a pre-meeting (date TBD).  

    Suggested Gear:  4-7 wt fly rods with the usual lines, leaders, etc., to fish dries, nymphs, and streamers.  You'll also need a wading staff, sturdy waders, studded boots, warm clothing, and a rain jacket.

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $25  

    Other expenses will include travel, food, and a small campground fee. 

    Cancellation Policy:  There are no refunds.  In the event that a member is, for any reason, unable to attend, he may resell his slot (rod) to another GGACC member (by first pulling from the waitlist if one exists).  It is the sole responsibility of the member to manage this transaction.  This is not the responsibility of the leader or club.

    • 06 Oct 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge (boardroom) 1st hour & center pond after

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

    On Saturday we will cover the fundamentals of Spey in a classroom setting, then quickly move to the ponds to learn the fundamental Spey casts.

    Sunday we head to Sacramento's American River and learn to fish the casts learned on Saturday. We then add sink tips to replicate real world conditions. Also covered are rotation fishing, river courtesy, and fighting and landing steelhead and salmon.

    We meet Saturday at 9AM in the Anglers Lodge meeting room, dressed in waders (leave spiked boots outside), and after some classroom instruction, we'll get into the water from 10AM to 4PM with appropriate breaks. On Sunday we meet on the American River at 8:30 AM at a location in the Sacramento area to be provided to the group on Saturday (bring a camp chair for this). 

    Your instructors will be Bill Gallogly and other volunteers (possibly Bob Pauli and Steve Morikawa).

    Enrollment is by approved appointment only in response to your request to be admitted into a specific class as emailed to Bill Gallogly at slazanger2@icloud.com and the subsequent submission and potential approval of the provided questionnaire regarding your fishing experience and single-handed casting skill.  Please list the word "Spey" in the subject line of your emails.

    Each class will be limited to 5 students due to space issues in the ponds and on the river.

    There is a $100 fee for this program. If notified of your approval for registering for this class, you will be given a club website link to make an online payment of this fee via credit card or PayPal. (Personal checks are no longer accepted.) 

    Bring your own waders, eyewear, hat, and lunches each day, but students may use the club's Spey rods each class day, both in the ponds and on the river. 

    A full description of this Spey Angler Program (and the follow-up Spey Improver Program) is posted on the club's website under the Events tab. 

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

    • 07 Oct 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • American River, location TBD

    This 2nd session of the Spey Angler Program's class that began on Saturday, October 6, 2018, will be held on the American River on Sunday, October 7, beginning at 8:30AM at a place to be announced in the previous day's class.  

    Bring camp chair and lunch in addition to the gear required for the previous day's class. 

    This program is by appointment only.  See the previous day's event posting for details.  

    • 07 Oct 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • GGACC casting ponds and lodge locker room

    THIS EVENT WAS CANCELLED BY ALICE GILLIBERT ON 2/4/18 DUE TO REPORTED CONFLICT WITH SF REC & PARKS EVENT. 

    Fun and friendly casting competition held in conjunction with the Oakland Casting Club, but open to any registered person who would like to participate and test their skill against others -- all are welcome, including beginning casters!

    The casting games at the GGACC casting ponds are typically held on the first Sunday of each month (except 2nd. Sunday in Sept.) from 9am-2pm.  This event will have priority use of the Lodge locker room and all casting ponds during these hours.

    There is a $1 entry fee required for each casting event that you choose to compete in -- to be paid to the event host. Registration is by appointment via the contact person below. 

    All GGACC Casting Games will be conducted under ACA rules and will be ACA "registered" events (UON).

    To REGISTER, or for further information or rules explanation, please contact:  Alice Gillibert  alicegillibert@comcast.net

    • 08 Oct 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 10 Oct 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Bend, OR
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    Rondy:  Deschutes River #2

    Dates:  October 8-10, 2018  

    Leader:  Mike Souter 415-971-7561 mailto:mks@luminae-souter.com 

    Number of anglers:  7

    Description:  This Rondy, for 7 experienced anglers, is a 3-day guided float and wade fishing adventure on the lower Deschutes River in central Oregon, where we will fish for native summer Steelhead and "Red side" Rainbow Trout.  Guides will take us through miles of both calm and white water and scenic canyons where we will periodically take out to wade-fish streamers, nymphs, or dry flies, depending on the conditions (no fishing from the drift boats). 

    The trip will both begin and end in Bend, Oregon, at the Confluence Fly Shop, where we will meet our guides, get licenses and boat passes, pick up some flies, and park our cars (guides will shuttle us from the shop and back). We will put in near Madras (about an hour north of Bend) and then take out 3 days later near Maupin.  Our guides will be http://www.deepcanyonoutfitters.com/

    Bend, OR, is about an 8-1/2 hour drive from San Francisco. There is an airport in nearby Redmond for those who prefer to fly.  We should plan on arriving a day early and staying over the night after the Rondy.

    There will be a pre-meeting to discuss more logistics, gear, carpools, etc. (date tbd).

    Suggested Gear:  5-7 wt single-handed fly rods with floating lines, studded boots, wading staff, and a PFD (personal flotation device)*. Anglers must also supply their own sleeping bags, pillow, personal items, liquor, flies, and Oregon fishing license and boater's pass. Guides will supply tents, sleeping pads and cots. (*Note that wading on the Deschutes can be tricky due to the large angular basalt rocks.)  

    There will be a dedicated gear boat that will haul our gear, set up camp, and cook great meals. Personal items that are only needed in camp can be packed in a large dry bag to be supplied by the guides and transported in the gear boat.  Bring your own small dry bag (or waterproof pack) with a change of clothes, rain jacket, fleece, and any small personal items that you may want to keep handy in your boat.  

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $1,091.50  

    Other expenses will be guide gratuities, trasportation to and from Bend, and lodging the nights before and after the trip. 

    Cancellation Policy:  There are no refunds.  In the event that a member is, for any reason, unable to attend, he may resell his slot (rod) to another GGACC member (by first pulling from the waitlist if one exists).  It is the sole responsibility of the member to manage this transaction.  This is not the responsibility of the leader or club.

    • 13 Oct 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Winters, CA
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    Rondy:  Putah Creek Walk & Wade #1

    Dates:  October 13, 2018  

    Leader:  Patrick McDermott  415-793-0074  mailto:patmacster.fishing@gmail.com 

    Number of anglers:  6

    Description:  Putah Creek is a catch and release tailwater fishery located about 1-1/2 hours from San Francisco.  It is the closest wild trout fishery to the Bay Area and has some of the largest wild Rainbow trout in California, where 30+ inch fish are caught every year.  The plan for this rondy is to show you how, where, and when to fish this technical fishery.  This is not usually a dry fly venue, but rather a place where large trout like to eat very small nymphs on light tippets.

    After meeting at Putah Creek, there will be a short stream-side talk by the guide regarding how to hand-tie your own tapered leader for Putah Creek. You will then be split into three groups and will rotate through three different sections of the stream. Each of the sections will have a mentor or guide to show you how to fish that area.

    The following are helpful links:

    https://putahcreektrout.org/fishing/

    http://www.yolocounty.org/general-government/general-government-departments/parks/parks-information/putah-creek-fishing-access

    https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv/?site_no=11454000&agency_cd=USGS

    http://www.napavalleyflyguides.com/

    Suggested Gear:  5 or 6 wt, 9' or 9-1/2' fly rods with floating fly lines.  3, 4 & 5x tippet (2x will be supplied), split shot, indicators, wading staff (mandatory as some of the wading is difficult), sturdy waders, wading boots (felt soles with studs are recommended), rain jacket, plenty of water, and your lunch.

    We recommend purchasing at least two each of the following fly selection: Two-Bit Hooker size 16-18, Bead head Pheasant Tail Nymph 16-18, Zebra Midge 20-22, and any Soft Hackles 16-18.  

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $75  

    Cancellation Policy:  There are no refunds.  In the event that a member is, for any reason, unable to attend, he may resell his slot (rod) to another GGACC member (by first pulling from the waitlist if one exists).  It is the sole responsibility of the member to manage this transaction.  This is not the responsibility of the leader or club.

    • 13 Oct 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
    • Oakland Casting Club's casting ponds, Oakland

    OCC's Northwestern Tournament (Sat. & Sun., Oct 13 & 14, 2018)  

    [Note:  This was originally posted on the calendar as GGACC Northwestern Tournament on Oct. 20 & 21, 2018 before a change of date and venue to Oakland as advised on 1/13/18]

    The regional casting tournament sponsored in conjunction with the Oakland Casting Club, will be held at the OCC ponds in Oakland this year due to a scheduling conflict.  Open for free public viewing.  For directions to the Oakland casting ponds, go to www.oaklandcastingclub.org

    The event on this Saturday date will be held at the Oakland (OCC) casting ponds this year. (This is the first day of a two-day event.)  

    Saturday's events are:  Trout Fly, Bass Bug, 1/4oz Plug, Open Plug, Steelhead Distance, 1/4oz Plug Distance 

    8:30am -- Registration and payment of event fees.  

    A lunch and dinner may be planned for Saturday (pay fees on site) -- To be confirmed. 

    Fly/spin/bait accuracy casting and fly and spin distance casting tournament. This tournament is divided into three divisions "C" (Beginning), "B" (Intermediate), "A" (Advanced). Participation is open to the public (but please register beforehand) and visitors are welcome to attend.

    Western Tournament Association rules will apply to this tournament. 

    Registration for competing is via appointment.  Please contact Alice Gillibert by phone at 510-452-5181 or by  email alicegillibert@comcast.net. There is no registration fee. 

    • 13 Oct 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GGACC Angler's Lodge and Casting Pools
    Register

    1. Casting classes are usually held on the Second Saturday of each month, and they are open to BOTH club members and to the general public. There is no charge for these lessons. Besides pre-registering online for each session that you plan to attend, please re-check the website for possible late changes in the dates. 

    2. Casting classes are a "go", whether rain, wind, snow or shine. 

    3. Please wear eye protection. 

    4. Classes will be divided into four groups (the classes will be held concurrently): 

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

    5. If you are interested in joining the casting instructor group or training for IFFF Casting Instructor (CI) certification, please contact Willy George.

    6. At the present, the classes are limited to instruction in the use of a single handed rod. 

    7. We have free single-handed fly casting equipment at the club to loan out for these lessons only (in exchange for holding your drivers license); however, if you intend to take advantage of this limited free equipment, please try to arrive by 8:45 AM. 

    8. You should always check the website beforehand to make certain that the monthly class has not been moved forward or backward a week or two due to conflicts with other events (i.e., the Outside Lands Concert in early August). 

    9. FINALLY, please pre-register [in order to help determine the number of needed instructors] via the "Register" link on this page. 

    For any questions, contact John C. Till at johnctill@comcast.net or by phone at 650-348-1216.

    Directions:  For directions to the ponds, go to the Location page 


    • 13 Oct 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Angler's Lodge
    Register
    Cost: free.  This event is open to the public to register. 

    This Skills Building program is designed to enhance one's practical knowledge of the sport and to assist all fly fishers wishing to become more successful when out on the lakes and streams. Varying topics are presented by an experienced fly fisher with extensive knowledge about the specific topic.  

    Unless there will be no program offered in a particular month, this event is typically held on the 2nd Saturday of each month following the free public casting lessons.  

    The program description will be posted here as soon as it has been set. All participants are requested to register for this event beforehand (whether or not there is any limit shown on the registration for this event) in order to gauge the expected size of the audience.

    For further info about this event, contact:
    Garth Thompson mailto:recondite@gmail.com

    Mark Donahue  mwdonahue@yahoo.com


    • 14 Oct 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Winters, CA
    • 0
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