This Step 2 - Novice Class is primarily for the 2nd year student in the GGACC's typically 3-year long fly fishing instructional program. This event is the 1st of two "class days" for the 2nd year (Novice) students in the "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) program.
This Step 2 Novice class and all scheduled Novice fish-outs are open to club members only, and primarily only to those students who were in last year's Step 1 Beginners' Class or someone from last year's Novice Class who wishes to repeat this class to polish their skills before moving up to the Step 3 Intermediate Class next year.
This class will be limited to 20 students. But, if there are still class openings after January 1st, other club members who have basic fly fishing knowledge and casting skill (i.e., they know how to rig up and fish nymph and dry-dropper set-ups and wade fish small rivers) may be allowed to join this class upon approval of the LTFF program director or Novice class manager. (Call or email the contacts below.)
The Novice Class Days are designed to advance the beginner in the art of fly fishing and these two scheduled class days (Sunday, February 21 and Sunday, March 6) will provide both classroom instruction and specialized casting instruction as preparation for each scheduled Novice Class Fish-out. As such, participation in these class days is a prerequisite to attending the Novice fish-outs. Signing up for the Feb. 21 class automatically registers you for the second class day.
This class and most fish-outs in the LTFF program do require the payment of fees to cover only the club's costs for hosting or reserving each event. The $125 fee for this two-day class covers all the classroom instructional materials and lunches, and can be paid online via PayPal when registering for this Novice class on the Feb. 21 date.
The Novice Class Days will take a more advanced look at gear, entomology, reading water, knots, and similar topics. Club mentors will work with the students "in" the ponds to learn to cast tighter loops, make mends and specialized casts, and haul and shoot line.
The first class day (Feb. 21) will begin with "in-pond" casting instruction from 8:30AM to NOON for the Novice class, so bring waders, in addition to your fly rod (4-7wt, with floating line), eyewear, hat, and appropriate clothing. The second class day (March 6) will start with Novices in the classroom.
We will be teaching both the Beginner and Novice Classes on the same (2) dates this year again, with each class rotating between the clubhouse and ponds on a half-day basis. A good lunch will be provided for everyone before switching.
At least (3) mentored or guided Novice fish-outs are being planned for this year, with the possible addition of one or more others. They will be posted to the club calendar and notice provided to registered class members when they can sign up for each fish-out.
REGISTER NOW for the February 21st Novice Class Day 1 to be sure of a spot in this limited class. Remember to also join or renew your club membership now for all of 2016 to be eligible for this program (click on "JOIN" tab on home page).
This 3-year Learn to Fly Fish Program is intended to build on the club's monthly casting instruction offered free to the public and to help club members in those casting classes to better transition from the casting ponds to fishable waters and learn how to fly fish in a wide variety of fisheries in California and other states. It is also a wonderful way to gain new friends and life-long fishing buddies.
The cost of the individual fish-outs will be listed on their separate event pages. The cost for the Novice fish-outs will range from $100-250, excluding any guide gratuities, driving expense, and campground or motel costs. Only students who have signed up for the class days will receive an email notice of when a fish-out is opened for online sign-up and payment.
Note: There may not be quite enough spots available for all 20 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. Students who register and pay for a fish-out and later learn that they can't make it for any reason will be solely responsible for finding their own replacement --including collecting whatever they can get for their spot. Club refunds for classes or fish-outs are NOT generally possible.
John Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org
Novice Class Manager:
Bob Sorenson (email@example.com, 510-655-4738)