Registration for this fish-out was CLOSED on Thurs., 5/5 at noon.
This Luk Lake Fish-out on May 7-8, 2016 will be the first of the three currently scheduled Novice fish-outs for those students who registered for the 2016 "Learn to Fly Fish" STEP 2 - NOVICE Class Days held this year on Feb. 21 and March 6. The Novice Class is the 2nd year of the GGACC's 3-yr. long LTFF program designed to teach fly fishing in various fisheries in Northern California and beyond.
Luk Lake (pronounced as Luck, since it is near the Rolling Hills Casino) is a small private lake located off Interstate I-5 just south of the town of Corning. Corning is about 45 minutes (50 miles) south of Redding. This is a very good fishery for largemouth "black" bass, rainbow trout, and the occasional scrappy sunfish or bluegill. We have exclusive use of the lake and the rowboats all day on Saturday and on Sunday morning until noon, and we have rented the guest house for up to 11 students to sleep there on both Friday and Saturday nights. Students can arrive anytime Friday evening after 4pm.
This lake can ONLY be fished from a small boat (rowboat, pontoon boat, canoe, or electric-powered skiff) or from a float tube since there is virtually no shoreline access due to the heavy tule growth around the lake. Unless you bring your own permissible watercraft, students will be expected to fish from the rented rowboats.
There will be two novices per boat, who will be responsible for rowing and managing it while fishing through-out the day. Mentors will move around on the lake to provide instruction and help as needed. There will be a brief safety and bass clinic first thing Saturday morning about how to fish for bass and how to land them without a net. All fishing on this lake is catch-and-release only, with barbless hooks required.
Rowboats (~12' prams) will be provided with oars, anchors, and (at least) life preserver seat cushions. If you are not all that comfortable on the water in a small boat or not at all a swimmer, it is suggested that you bring your own personal flotation device to wear. We will NOT be wearing waders (since they will be too hot), but you should bring water sandals, old tennis shoes, or similar footwear to allow you to step into the water when launching or beaching your boat.
Briefly, suggested gear includes a 5 or 6wt rod and reel, with floating line to use for topwater bass flies or for nymphing for trout, bass, or sunfish. If you would like to retrieve Wooly Buggers or other streamers, an intermediate line (1 - 1.5 ips sink rate) may be helpful but is not necessary. We can expect significant vegetation growth up from the lake bottom (and along the shoreline) so, other than nymphing in the deepest areas of the lake for trout, you will not need to get down deep at this time of year (May).
Further discussion of what gear to bring, including some suggestions about what flies to use and rigging needed, will be covered in a Pre-Fishout Meeting at the clubhouse on Tuesday evening, April 12, from 6:00-8:00pm. Come to this logistics meeting to also hear how to get there, what the lake house offers, possible carpooling, and what all to expect for the weekend, including the plan for the group to cook their Saturday night's dinner at the house.
The registration fee for this fish-out is $240 now $160, which fee includes all costs for the lake access, boats, lunch and dinner (on Saturday only), and rental of the guest house for two nights.
The guest house has beds for 11 people in 5 bedrooms (making it easy to segregate men and women) and two bathrooms. The first 11 to sign up can stay in the house. The balance, including all mentors, can camp out by the house, stay in their vehicles, or get their own room at the nearby casino or in town.
This fish-out is initially open to this year's registered LTFF Step 2- Novice students ONLY and is limited to the first 12 10 Novice students to sign-up (due to expected maximum number of boats), after which an online waiting list will be created for possible replacements for any registrants who may later learn that they can't make it.
For further info, contact John Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Bob Sorenson (email@example.com)
Cost: $240.00 $160