Note: GG Angler's Lodge (Board Room) and two ponds (center & east) are reserved exclusively for this scheduled event for those registered club members participating in this year's Learn to Fly Fish program.
This Step 1 "Beginner Class" is intended for the first-year fly fisher in the GGACC's 3-yr. long "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) Program. This program offers classroom instruction in each of the first two years, as well as a number of mentored or guided fish-outs. This educational program is designed to help the Beginner (1st yr.) or Novice (2nd yr.) fly fisher to transition from the free casting lessons on the club ponds to fly fishing in a wide variety of fisheries available in Northern California especially. 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 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 class instruction and fish-outs.
Participation in this Learn to Fly Fish program generally requires the ability to make basic casts to at least 25-30', including both roll casts and overhead casts as taught by the club in the Beginner section of the monthly free public casting lessons.
The Beginners Class this year will have two class days of instruction, held both in the clubhouse and on the ponds, on Sunday, February 21, 2016, and Sunday, March 6, 2016. These classes will cover basic gear, knots, entomology, reading the water, and wading safety, as well as specialized casting techniques. Club mentors will work with you to help prepare you for the planned "mentored" fish-outs to be offered later in the year.
The fee for both Beginner Class Days is $100, which covers the cost of instructional materials and a good lunch each day. Registering and paying for the 1st Class Day on Feb. 21 also covers registration for the 2nd Class Day on March 6.
The cost of the separately posted fish-outs will be listed on their event pages, but typically run from $100-200 depending on the destination. These fees do not cover any equipment costs, guide gratuities, driving expenses, certain meals, and any campground or motel costs. Only students who have registered for the class days will receive emailed notices of when the Beginner fish-outs are first opened for sign-up and payment.
We will be teaching classes for both the Beginners (1st yr) and Novices (2nd yr, or by approval) on the same (2) dates again this year, with each class rotating between the clubhouse and ponds on a half-day basis. Beginners will start their first class day in the classroom from 8:30AM to Noon. So please arrive promptly to get a name badge and seat. Bring your fly rod (4-6wt, with floating line) and also waders if you have them, or you may borrow a club rod for the casting session.
REGISTER NOW for the February 21st Beginner Class Day 1 to be sure of a spot in this limited class. Class size will be generally limited to the first 20 people to sign up.
You must be a club member in good standing to participate in this program. You can join or renew club membership now for the entire 2016 calendar year by clicking on the "Join us" tab on the Home Page.
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. Since fish-outs are planned and paid for in advance, club refunds are NOT generally possible.
For further information, contact:
Rich Stevens, Beginner Class Mgr., (firstname.lastname@example.org)
John Murphy, LLTF Program Dir., (email@example.com)