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

    • 22 Feb 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Angler Lodge lower parking lot

    The lower parking lot will be closed from 8 AM - 12 Noon to allow the SF Rec & Parks Dept. to conduct employee training.  The smaller upper parking lot will still be open this day for GGACC member & public visitor parking and will be accessible from the East through the entrance by the Polo Fields and Horse Stables.

    • 27 Feb 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 28 Feb 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Burney, CA
    • 3
    Register

    Rondy:  Baum Lake 

    Dates:  February 27-28, 2018  

    Leader:  Bill Corkery  billcorkery@att.net  cell: 650-245-6980  home: 650-344-9833   

    Number of anglers:  6

    Description:  This will be a two-day Rondy at Baum Lake.  This is a premier fly fishing lake for trout. There is very little wading and anglers must have your own watercraft (e.g., float tube, pontoon boat, or kayak) and a PFD is required.  A good anchor is also needed since there is a fairly strong current in this small lake (which is really just a wide spot on Hat Creek).  We will be staying in Burney at a local motel. Gear & logistics will be emailed by leader.

    Suggested Gear:  5wt single hand fly rod with floating and/or intermediate line and sink tips.  It is still likely to be cold and possibly rainy, so bring multiple layers and good rain gear. 

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $25.

    Other expenses will include the cost of the motel and all food.   

    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.

    • 03 Mar 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge, Golden Gate Park
    • 0

    THE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION OF THIS LTFF BEGINNERS CLASS DAY 1 HAS BEEN CHANGED AS OF FEBRUARY 7, 2018, TO REFLECT A DOUBLING OF THE SIZE OF THIS 2018 LTFF STEP 1 (1st yr) BEGINNERS CLASS (now 40 students) AND OTHER REVISIONS AS NOTED BELOW.  

    ALL ACCEPTED STUDENTS in the 2018 LTFF Step 1 Beginners Class shall be REGISTERED on THIS specific March 3rd calendar event -- "Beginners Class Day 1", (regardless of what the title or date suggests otherwise about the class) in order to create a single online class roster for everyone in the 2018 Beginner Class. This INCLUDES all those being moved from the waitlist to fill the expanded class size.   

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

    Except for those who have previously requested an approved transfer to the Novice Class, everyone who previously registered for this 2018 LTFF Beginner Class on Dec. 4, 2017, for this Beginners Class Day 1 event will comprise Beginners "SECTION A" and attend class on the two SATURDAY mornings OF MARCH 3rd & 17th from 8:30am to 12:00pm each day.  

    Unless advised otherwise, all those who have been added to the 2018 Beginners Class FROM THE WAITLIST for this event will now be in Beginners "SECTION B" and attend class on the two SUNDAY mornings of MARCH 4th  & 18th from 8:30am to 12;00pm each day.

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

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

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

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

    Participation in this Learn to Fly Fish program, AS A PREREQUISITE, requires the ability to proficiently make basic casts to at least 35'-40'.  This includes both roll casts and overhead casts as taught by the club in the Beginner and Novice sections of the monthly free public casting lessons (typ. held every 2nd Saturday of each month, see club calendar to register for these free casting classes). Participants are encouraged to develop their casting skills beyond the prerequisite requirement as quickly as they can by attending as many of these free casting lessons as possible, and participating in the LTFF Casting Clinics held on some of those same days.  The GG casting ponds are open on most days of the year for individual practice when not reserved on the GGACC calendar for club events. 

    CLASS DAYS: The Beginners classroom instruction will cover basic gear, knots, entomology, reading the water, and wading safety  Specialized casting techniques will now be taught in LTFF Casting Clinics in the afternoons on 2nd Saturdays of the month for various months as announced later by emails. Casting instructors will work with you then to help prepare you for the planned "mentored" fish-outs to be offered beginning in the spring.

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

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

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

    Since there are not enough available weekends to create any additional weekend fish-outs in the program, previous one-day fish-outs on any weekend will be scheduled as two separate one-day fish-outs on that same weekend and two-day weekend fish-outs will become two separate two-day fish-outs on Friday-Sat. and Sunday-Monday.  For this reason, all of the fish-outs are now needing to be rescheduled and confirmed before posting on the calendar. You don't need to watch for these postings, however, since the class will be notified by email when your fish-outs are posted and what date and time registration will open for each. 

    GEAR:  The special casting lessons on the dates that LTFF Casting Clinics are offered to the combined Beginners and Novices will generally require you to bring your own gear unless notified otherwise that club rods will be made available or used for these clinics. Unless told differently or asked to bring other gear, bring your fly rod (we recommend a 9' long 5wt -- but a 4 or 6wt will suffice -- with reel, floating line, and a 0X-3X tapered practice leader that's at least 6' lg), and -- when so requested -- also waders (with wading belt) and wading boots.  Owning your own "breathable-fabric, stocking-foot chest waders" and a pair of good wading boots (felt-soled or rubber-soled with cleats) will usually be needed to get the most benefit out of what will generally be "in-pond" specialized casting instruction, and necessary for most fish-outs.  The class instruction will cover all the gear you will need to purchase, as well as other gear that you may choose to buy, in order to participate in the fish-outs. Most fish-outs involve our camping in campgrounds (with motels as an added cost option).  Buying needed camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, pad or cot, headlamp, lantern, stove, etc.) may be another expense.

    REGISTRATION:  This year's Beginner class was quickly filled when the online registration first opened last fall, with a waitlist generated even longer than can be accommodated in the expanded class this year. Those interested in next year's class may sign this event's waitlist to be notified by email next fall of the announced opening date & time of the online registration for the 2019 class. After that, you will need to REGISTER QUICKLY to have a good chance at a spot in this limited class. Class size will generally be limited to the first 40 new members to sign up, but a prior year's Beginner student will be allowed to pre-register to repeat the class one time if that person is not ready to advance.

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

    Additional Notes:  

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

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

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

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

    For further information, contact:

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


    • 03 Mar 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge (Board Room) & Ponds (center & east only)
    • 9
    Register

    THE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION OF THIS LTFF NOVICE CLASS DAY 1 HAS BEEN CHANGED AS OF FEBRUARY 7, 2018, TO REFLECT A POTENTIAL DOUBLING OF THE SIZE OF THIS 2018 LTFF STEP 2 (2nd yr) NOVICE CLASS (up to 40 students now) AND OTHER REVISIONS AS NOTED BELOW.  

    ALL ACCEPTED STUDENTS in the 2018 LTFF Step 2 NOVICE CLASS shall be REGISTERED on THIS specific March 3rd calendar event: "Novice Class Day 1",(regardless of what the title or date suggests otherwise about the class) in order to create a single online class roster for everyone in the 2018 Novice Class. This INCLUDES all those being moved from the waitlist to fill the expanded class size, as well as those approved to be moved now from the Beginner class.   

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

    Except for any registrants who may have requested a change of class from Saturdays to Sundays, everyone who already registered for this 2018 LTFF Novice Class prior to Feb. 1, 2018 for this Novice Class Day 1 event will be in Novice "SECTION A"   and attend class on the two SATURDAY mornings OF MARCH 3rd & 17th from 12:30pm to 4:00pm each day.  

    Unless advised otherwise, all those who are added to the expanded 2018 Novice Class FROM THE WAITLIST for this event will now be in Beginners "SECTION B" and attend class on the two SUNDAY mornings of MARCH 4th  & 18th from 12:30pm to 4;00pm each day.

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

    "LTFF" PROGRAM:  This Step 2 "Novice Class" is intended for the second-year fly fisher in the GGACC's 3-yr. long "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) Program, or for those with enough prior fly fishing experience to petition for approved admittance to skip the 1st year. This program offers classroom instruction in each of the first two years, as well as an increasing number each year of mentored or guided fish-outs, with topics in the second year covered more quickly or in more depth, as well as introducing new topics not taught in the first year. In general, this educational program is designed to help the Beginner (1st yr.) or Novice (2nd yr.) fly fisher to transition from the free casting lessons on the club ponds to fly fishing with club mentors (or, in some cases, professional guides) starting on smaller streams and later on lakes and larger rivers. Intermediate (3rd yr) students are offered advanced clinics and exposed to a wide variety of fisheries in both Northern California and beyond. Besides the knowledge to be learned and all the fun we have in this program, it is also a wonderful way to gain new friends and life-long fishing buddies. 

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

    Participation in this Learn to Fly Fish program, AS A PREREQUISITE, requires the ability to proficiently make basic casts to at least 35'-40'.  This includes both roll casts and overhead casts as taught by the club in the Beginner through Intermediate sections of the monthly free public casting lessons (typ. held every 2nd Saturday of each month, see club calendar to register for these free casting classes). Participants are encouraged to develop their casting skills beyond the prerequisite requirement as quickly as they can by attending as many of these free casting lessons as possible, and by participating in the LTFF Casting Clinics held on some of those same days. The GG casting ponds are open on most days of the year for individual practice when not reserved on the GGACC calendar for club events. 

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

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

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

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

    Since there are not enough available weekends to create any additional weekend fish-outs in the program, previous one-day fish-outs on any weekend will be scheduled as two separate one-day fish-outs on that same weekend and two-day weekend fish-outs will become two separate two-day fish-outs on Friday-Sat. and Sunday-Monday.  For this reason, all of the fish-outs are now needing to be rescheduled and confirmed before posting on the calendar. You don't need to watch for these postings, however, since the class will be notified by email when your fish-outs are posted and what date and time registration will open for each. 

    GEAR:  The special casting lessons on the dates that LTFF Casting Clinics are offered to the combined Beginners and Novices will generally require you to bring your own gear unless notified otherwise that club rods will be made available or used for these clinics. Unless told differently or asked to bring other gear, bring your own fly rod (we recommend a 9' long 5wt -- but a 4 or 6wt will suffice -- with reel, floating line, and a 0X-3X tapered practice leader that's at least 6' lg), and -- when so requested -- also waders (with wading belt) and wading boots.  Owning your own "breathable-fabricstocking-foot chest waders" and a pair of good wading boots (felt-soled or rubber-soled with cleats) will usually be needed to get the most benefit out of what will generally be "in-pond" specialized casting instruction, and is necessary for most fish-outs.  The class instruction will quickly cover all the basic gear you may own now or need to purchase, as well as present other gear options that you may choose to buy, or may need in order to participate in these fish-outs. Fly lines especially will be covered in more detail in this class. Most fish-outs involve group camping in campgrounds (with motels as an added cost option).  Buying needed camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, pad or cot, lantern, stove, etc.) may be another expense.

    REGISTRATION:  This year's Novice class was mostly pre-filled by the past year's Beginners who are guaranteed a spot in the next year's class upon completing the previous year's class.  Also, a prior year's Novice student is allowed to register to repeat the class one time if that person is not ready to advance. In addition, new participants to the LTFF program who have sufficient prior experience fly fishing on their own (i.e., they know how to rig up and fish nymph and dry-dropper set-ups and wade fish small rivers on their own), may petition the program director to skip the first year and register for the few remaining spots in the Novice class each year.  Those failing to register for a spot this year and interested in next year's class may sign this event's waitlist to be notified by email next fall of the announced opening date & time of the online registration for the 2019 Novice class. After that, you will need to REGISTER QUICKLY to have a good chance at a spot in this limited class. Class size will generally be limited to the first 40 people to sign up.

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

    Additional Notes:  

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

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

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

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

    For further information, contact:

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


    • 04 Mar 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge meeting room, GG Park

    NOTE:  THIS EVENT IS FOR "SECTION B" OF THE EXPANDED 2018 LTFF BEGINNERS CLASS.  FOR MORE DETAIL ABOUT THIS REVISED PROGRAM, PLEASE REFER TO THE LTFF STEP 1 BEGINNERS CLASS DAY 1 EVENT ON MARCH 3.

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

    This event is the 1st Day of the Step 1 "Beginners" Class instruction for Section B   registered students in the "Learn to Fly Fish" Program, taking place in the clubhouse meeting room ONLY from 8:30am to 12:00 noon. (There will be a Novice class in the meeting room from 12:30pm to 4:00pm.)  This event is open to only those eligible club members who signed up and paid for this class on the 1st Class Day event posting for March 3, 2018. 

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

    For further information regarding this event, see the calendar event on March 3rd, 2018, for Step 1 "Beginners" Class Day 1.

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


    • 04 Mar 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 for Sept. 10) 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

    • 04 Mar 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge meeting room, GG Park

    NOTE:  THIS EVENT IS FOR "SECTION B" OF THE EXPANDED 2018 LTFF NOVICE CLASS.  FOR MORE DETAIL ABOUT THIS REVISED PROGRAM, PLEASE REFER TO THE LTFF STEP 2 NOVICE CLASS DAY 1 EVENT ON MARCH 3, 2018.

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

    This event is the 1st Day of the Step 2 "Novice" Class instruction for Section B registered students in the "Learn to Fly Fish" Program, taking place in the clubhouse meeting room ONLY from 12:30pm to 4:00pm. (There will be a Beginner class in the meeting room from 8:30am to 12:00 noon.)  This event is open to only those eligible club members who signed up and paid for this Novice class on the 1st Class Day event posting for March 3, 2018. 

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

    For further information regarding this event, see the calendar event on March 3rd, 2018, for Step 2 "Novice" Class Day 1.

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




    • 10 Mar 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 


    • 10 Mar 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


    • 11 Mar 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM (PDT)
    • Angler's Lodge

    The club's Annual Membership Meeting will be on Sunday, March 11, 2018.  This meeting is being held on the 2nd Sunday in March in accordance with the club's bylaws. 

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

    The annual membership meeting is a chance for the Board to share with you the highlights of the previous year, introduce anything that needs Membership approval, submit the slate of nominated Board Members for the 2018 (& partial 2019) year for Members' approval and to get input and feedback from Members.


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

    Agenda
    9:30am-11am   Annual Membership Meeting

    11am-12pm   Social Hour

    12 Noon        Free BBQ (pending cooperative weather)

     

    • 17 Mar 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge meeting room, GG Park

    NOTE:  THIS EVENT DESCRIPTION HAS BEEN UPDATED AS OF FEBRUARY 7, 2018 TO REFLECT THE EXPANDED 2018 LTFF BEGINNERS CLASS.  FOR MORE DETAIL ABOUT THIS REVISED PROGRAM, PLEASE REFER TO THE LTFF STEP 1 BEGINNERS CLASS DAY 1 EVENT ON MARCH 3.

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

    This event is the 2nd Day of Step 1 "Beginners" Class instruction for Section A   registered students in the "Learn to Fly Fish" Program, taking place in the clubhouse meeting room ONLY from 8:30am to 12:00 noon. (There will be a Novice class in the meeting room from 12:30pm to 4:00pm.)  This event is open to only those eligible club members who signed up and paid for this class on the 1st Class Day event posting for March 3, 2018. 

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

    For further information regarding this event, see the calendar event on March 3rd, 2018, for Step 1 "Beginners" Class Day 1.

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


    • 17 Mar 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • American River near Sacramento, CA

    GGACC Spey Improver Program's class #83, on the American River, is scheduled for Saturday, March 17, 2018, starting at 8:30 AM.  

    This free one-day session is directed at those GGACC members who have either taken past GGACC Spey Angler Programs, or who have already had some experience fishing with a two-handed fly rod.

    Items covered will include:  Single Spey and Snake Roll casts with Skagit, Scandi, and Long Belly floating lines. There will also be a focus on casting with the non-dominate hand.

    Interested students should schedule with Bill Gallogly  slazanger2@icloud.com.  Be sure to ask Bill for directions to the specific American River access site for this class.

    If there is a large demand, multiple shifts may be accommodated.

    In addition to your Spey rod, reel, lines, leaders, waders, boots, eyewear, hat, and other sun protection, be sure to bring a lunch and a camp chair.  


    • 17 Mar 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge meeting room, GG Park

    NOTE:  THIS EVENT IS FOR "SECTION A" OF THE EXPANDED 2018 LTFF NOVICE CLASS.  FOR MORE DETAIL ABOUT THIS REVISED PROGRAM, PLEASE REFER TO THE LTFF STEP 2 NOVICE CLASS DAY 1 EVENT ON MARCH 3, 2018.

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

    This event is the 2nd Day of the Step 2 "Novice" Class instruction for Section A   registered students in the "Learn to Fly Fish" Program, taking place in the clubhouse meeting room ONLY from 12:30pm to 4:00pm. (There will be a Beginner class in the meeting room from 8:30am to 12:00 noon.)  This event is open to only those eligible club members who signed up and paid for this Novice class on the 1st Class Day event posting for March 3, 2018. 

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

    For further information regarding this event, see the calendar event on March 3rd, 2018, for Step 2 "Novice" Class Day 1.

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




    • 18 Mar 2018
    • 6:00 AM
    • 19 Mar 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Pyramid Lake NV
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    Rondy:  Pyramid Lake 

    Dates:  March 18-19, 2018  

    Leader:  Brad Bradford  415-923-7601  bradford@realpropserv.com

    Number of anglers:  11

    Description:  This will be a guided two-day Rondy at Pyramid Lake, Nevada. We will be fishing for big Lahontan cutthroat trout, while guided by Rob Anderson. We will be primarily fishing from ladders, which are provided and placed by Rob. There is an opportunity to do some wade fishing too.  We will be staying at a Reno, NV hotel (special rates) and car-pooling from there to the lake. Breakfast & lunch are provided by the guides.  Rob Anderson's website is pyramidlakeflyfishing.com/group-and-club-outing/. There is a lot of good information on his site. 

    Gear:  Nymphing:  6-7 wt single handed fly rods, with floating lines.  Stripping streamers:  7-8 wt single handed fly rods with shooting heads.

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $215.  

    Other expenses will include guide gratuities, a small tribal fishing permit fee, and the cost of the hotel and dinners. 

    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.

    • 18 Mar 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge meeting room, GG Park

    NOTE:  THIS EVENT IS FOR THE ADDED "SECTION B" OF THE EXPANDED 2018 LTFF BEGINNERS CLASS.  FOR MORE DETAIL ABOUT THIS REVISED PROGRAM, PLEASE REFER TO THE LTFF STEP 1 BEGINNERS CLASS DAY 1 EVENT ON MARCH 3.

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

    This event is the 2nd Day of Step 1 "Beginners" Class instruction for Section B   registered students in the "Learn to Fly Fish" Program, taking place in the clubhouse meeting room ONLY from 8:30am to 12:00 noon. (There will be a Novice class in the meeting room from 12:30pm to 4:00pm.)  This event is open to only those eligible club members who signed up and paid for this class on the 1st Class Day event posting for March 3, 2018. 

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

    For further information regarding this event, see the calendar event on March 3rd, 2018, for Step 1 "Beginners" Class Day 1.

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


    • 18 Mar 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • GG Casting ponds --all 3 ponds are reserved for this clinic
    Register

    REGISTRATION FOR THIS CLINIC WILL NOT OPEN UNTIL THE 2018 LTFF INTERMEDIATE CLASS REGISTRATION AND THE NOVICE "CLASS DAY 1" REGISTRATION HAVE BEEN OPENED. 

    This Shooting Head and Sinking Line Casting Clinic to be held at 10:00 AM on Sunday, March 18, 2018, is primarily for those registered Novice and Intermediate students in the club's "Learn to Fly Fish" Program who have already acquired the necessary gear for this and are planning to attend the LTFF's Pyramid Lake, Shad, Surf, Delta, or Steelhead fish-outs this year where these casting skills are needed.  

    Rendezvous program participants who plan to attend similar "Rondies" are also welcome to register for this clinic since it will be the only one offered this year.  

    Clinic attendees are reminded to bring your own gear, including waders if you wish to get in the ponds, but also whatever appropriate shooting head or sinking line gear you own now or intend to fish with. This includes rods, reels, lines, leaders, and in particular, shooting heads, running lines, sinking lines, and sink tips.  Don't forget your hats and eyewear for safety reasons.

    There is no fee for this clinic to be hosted by Willy George, but all participants are requested to register for this event in order to plan for the required number of instructors. 

    For more info, contact John Murphy ph. 650-799-1695 jmurphy7599@gmail.com 

    or Willy George, busygeorges@aol.com



    • 18 Mar 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge meeting room, GG Park

    NOTE:  THIS EVENT IS FOR THE ADDED "SECTION B" OF THE EXPANDED 2018 LTFF NOVICE CLASS.  FOR MORE DETAIL ABOUT THIS REVISED PROGRAM, PLEASE REFER TO THE LTFF STEP 2 NOVICE CLASS DAY 1 EVENT ON MARCH 3, 2018.

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

    This event is the 2nd Day of the Step 2 "Novice" Class instruction for Section B registered students in the "Learn to Fly Fish" Program, taking place in the clubhouse meeting room ONLY from 12:30pm to 4:00pm. (There will be a Beginner class in the meeting room from 8:30am to 12:00 noon.)  This event is open to only those eligible club members who signed up and paid for this Novice class on the 1st Class Day event posting for March 3, 2018. 

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

    For further information regarding this event, see the calendar event on March 3rd, 2018, for Step 2 "Novice" Class Day 1.

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




    • 24 Mar 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Redding, CA
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    Rondy:  Lower Sacramento River Drift 

    Dates:  March 24, 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.

    • 24 Mar 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge (boardroom) & 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 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

    • 25 Mar 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, March 24, 2018, will be held on the American River on Sunday, March 25, 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.  

    • 27 Mar 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • GGACC casting ponds

    This year's Pond Cleaning will be TUESDAY, March 27, 2018, starting at 7:30 AM. 

    Along with the SF Rec & Parks Dept., we again need lots of good help from the club's membership to get the ponds in shape for Mel's Day on April 14 and the Spey-O-Rama on April 20-22, as well as for all of us and the members of the public who use the ponds.

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

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

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

    We need at least 30 solid commitments to help.  To volunteer for this activity on Tuesday, March 27th from 7:30 AM until early afternoon, please send an email to this year's Pond Cleaning Coordinator:  Pete Howes  petehowes@comcast.net

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


    • 31 Mar 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Redding, CA
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    Rondy:  Lower Sacramento Trout Spey

    Dates:  March 31, 2018  

    Leader:  Jeff Hutchinson  415-509-6746  mailto:jeff.hutchinson@att.net

    Number of anglers:  5

    Description:  Trying something new.  One day jet boat trip to the lower sac for trout/micro spey.  The guides from Confluence Outfitters will jet boat us to the best bars where we will swing for trout.  We will be 3 boats, with 2 anglers per boat.  Here is a link to their description http://www.confluenceoutfitters.com/lower-sac-spey.aspx 

    Suggested Gear:  3-5 wt two handed fly rods.  Note that the guides will supply these micro spey rods if needed 

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $275  

    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.

    • 08 Apr 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

    • 14 Apr 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 Apr 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


    • 16 Apr 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Nicaragua
    • 6
    Register

    Rondy:  Nicaragua

    Dates:  Potentially the Week of April 16 or April 30, 2018  

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

    Number of anglers:  7

    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.  April/May is “Primetime” for fishing this area, so our plan is to go during that timeframe.  The trip is for 6 days – 5 nights and includes 4 full days of guided fishing.  

    The trip will consist of 7 club members plus our leader Nick Strelchuk who has visited this lodge multiple times.  At 8 members total we will have the lodge to ourselves. Once we get a sense of your interest, we will post the final dates.  Here is a sample itinerary schedule which is roughly what we will be doing.

    Monday, April 16, 2018:  Arrive San Juan, Costa Rica. Airport pickup and overnight in San Jose.

    Tuesday, April 17:  6AM pickup for transfer to Lodge via a 30-minute chartered flight.          

    Fish April 17, 18, 19, 20.  Four full days of fishing, customized to your desires.

    Saturday April 21: 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.

    • 20 Apr 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • 22 Apr 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Park's casting ponds (across from buffalo paddock on JFK Drive)
    Register

    Spey-O-Rama 2018

    The World Championship of Spey Casting

    THIS PAGE IS FOR COMPETITOR'S SIGN-UP ONLY

    The Golden Gate Angling and Casting club is pleased to invite competitors to the upcoming 15th annual Spey-O-Rama World Championship Friday, April 20th to Sunday, April 22nd 2018, at the world renowned casting ponds located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

    The GGACC cordially invites competitors of all nationalities to register here for this Spey casting distance competition. For more description and a detailed schedule for this year's event, see the second (public) posting for this Spey-O-Rama event on the club's calendar for April 20th-22nd, 2018.

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

    There is a $100USD registration fee for each competitor, if you register before March 31st for this year's Spey competitions in one of the three divisions:  Men's, Women's, and Seniors. If you register after April 1st the fee increases to $125USD.

    The schedule for the Spey-O-Rama 2018 is:

    April 20: Exhibits, Registration, Competition Casting Practice
    April 21: Exhibits; Spey Demos/Clinics/Presentations, and Competition Qualifying Round
    April 22: Exhibits; Spey Casting Competition Final

    See the full schedule here

    Spey-O-Rama Rules Page

    Spey-O-Rama Lodging Page

    You aren't required to register online, however, if you do plan on competing, please email Libby Wolfensperger to reserve your spot at: elwolfensperger@me.com

    • 21 Apr 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 22 Apr 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Park's Casting Ponds

    The GGACC will again be hosting their annual World Championship of Spey Casting. This international distance casting competition using two-handed Spey rods will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, 2018. Registration and practice sessions for the competitors will be held on Friday, April 20, with possibly a public presentation that evening.

    Both members and the public are all invited to attend this event for free to watch the world's best Spey Casters compete. Exhibitors will be set up around the ponds and there will be a lunch and a breakfast served for a nominal fee (free to competitors) on all three days. As in past years, there will be Men's, Women's, and Senior Divisions of competition. Registrants will have exclusive use of the ponds on Friday as a practice day and for the duration of the competition.

    For more information about this big event, please go to the Spey-O-Rama pull-down tab on the club's home page.

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

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

    You may also reserve a spot by emailing Libby Wolfensperger at elwolfensperger@me.com

    • 28 Apr 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Rio Vista, CA
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    Rondy:  Delta Stripers #1  

    Dates:  April 28, 2018  

    Leader:  Steve Swett  415-717-0265  mailto:steve@libertypainting.biz

    Number of anglers:  5

    Description:  The Delta is a wonderful fishery for both Black and Striped Bass. It is a truly amazing area, and just 1-1/2 hours from San Francisco.  Striped Bass are "hot" fish meaning that they provide a very noteworthy strike and resulting fight.  We will take 6 experienced anglers for a one-day guided boat trip.  The guides we are using are great their website is http://www.offthehookflyfishing.com/ 

    Suggested Gear:  8-9 wt single handed fly rods, with a variety of lines.  Note:  The guides will supply the gear if needed, which typically includes 9 ft. long 8 or 9 wt fly rods with a variety of lines including floating, intermediate, and T-14 sinking lines. They will also supply the terminal tackle and flies.  Lunch and water is provided by the guides. 

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $275  

    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.

    • 06 May 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

    • 12 May 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 


    • 12 May 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


    • 12 May 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge and Casting Ponds, GG Park

    This is an afternoon reservation for both the Anglers Lodge and the casting ponds.  More info to be added here as plans are finalized. 

    • 16 May 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Rio Vista, CA
    • 0
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    Rondy:  Delta Stripers #2

    Dates:  May 16, 2018  

    Leader:  Steve Swett  415-717-0265  mailto:steve@libertypainting.biz

    Number of anglers:  4

    Description:  The Delta is a wonderful fishery for both Black and Striped Bass. It is a truly amazing area, and just 1-1/2 hours from San Francisco.  Striped Bass are "hot" fish meaning that they provide a very noteworthy strike and resulting fight.  We will take 6 experienced anglers for a one-day guided boat trip.  The guides we are using are great their website is http://www.offthehookflyfishing.com/ 

    Suggested Gear:  8-9 wt single handed fly rods, with a variety of lines.  Note:  The guides will supply the gear if needed, which typically includes 9 ft. long 8 or 9 wt fly rods with a variety of lines including floating, intermediate, and T-14 sinking lines. They will also supply the terminal tackle and flies.  Lunch and water is provided by the guides. 

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $275  

    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.

    • 19 May 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 21 May 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Burney, CA
    • 0
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    Rondy:  Pit River Walk & Wade

    Dates:  May 19-21, 2018  

    Leader:  Ryan Stahl, (530) 908-4198ryan.w.stahl@gmail.com

    Number of anglers:  4

    Description:  Camp, walk, and wade the infamous Pit River, a great wild trout fishery.  (It's tough, but not as tough as the rumors make it out to be.)  We'll focus on Pit 3, but may see action down to Pit 4 and 5 flows permitting.  Please note the following:  (1) This Rondy is unguided (although Ryan will take you out to various locations on the river for each fishing session and make recommendations on flies and fishing techniques).  (2)  You need to be ready for some tough wading in which we'll cover a lot of water and get a bit beat up.  (3)  We'll be camping at McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park and you MUST camp with the group to go on this Rondy.  Communication in the area is spotty, and coordinating meeting locations is not possible outside of the campground. 

    Suggested Gear:  5 wt single handed fly rods, with floating lines.  If you'd like to nymph, then bring a 4 wt 10 footer if you have it.  A more complete gear list - including fly recommendations - will be emailed to registrants separately.

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $50.00.  

    Other expenses will include some meals/food for camping 

    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 May 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    • Hamilton City, CA
    • 4
    Register

    Rondy:  Shad Single Hand Rods

    Dates:  May 20, 2018  

    Leader:  Jeff Hutchinson  415-506-6746  mailto:jeff.hutchinson@att.net

    Number of anglers:  11

    Description:  A day of Shad fishing on the Sacramento River with single hand rods only (11' and shorter switch rods are permissible if cast overhead only).  We will meet in Hamilton City at the Irving Finch boat launch.  Our guides will take us by Jet boats to a sandbar where we will wade out to fish.  You need to be able to cast a shooting head effectively to fish for Shad.  Anglers will be expected to rotate positions when wading so that everyone can catch fish.  Boats will leave the ramp at noon and return us to the ramp at dusk/dark.  This is a day trip and most people are likely to drive home afterward (roughly a 2 hour drive time back to the Bay Area).  Our guides will provide flies, drinks, sun awnings, and an early dinner.  Their website is http://www.orlandoutfitters.com/index.html   

    Suggested Gear:  6-8wt single hand rods.  Fast action to throw shooting heads. Carry Type 2 through Type 6 shooting heads, or equivalent tungsten sink tips. Leaders are relatively short, no more than 6-7 ft in length. The shad are not leader shy so you can go with 10-12# tippet. In May there is a good chance the shad will be holding higher in the water column in the evening, so a Type 2 or 3 head will work better than a Type 4 or 6.  If you bring just one shooting head, make it a Type 4.  The guides will have some shad flies (called "shad darts") if you need them. 

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $200.00.  

    Other expenses will be lunch, parking fee (bring small bills), and 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.

    • 21 May 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    • Hamilton City, CA
    • 0
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    Rondy:  Shad Two Hand Rods

    Dates:  May 21, 2018  

    Leader:  Jeff Hutchinson  415-506-6746  mailto:jeff.hutchinson@att.net

    Number of anglers:  6

    Description:  A day of Shad fishing on the Sacramento River with two hand rods only.  We will meet in Hamilton City at the Irving Finch boat launch.  Our guides will take us by Jet boats to a sandbar where we will wade out to fish.  Anglers will be expected to rotate positions when wading so that everyone can catch fish.  Boats will leave the ramp at noon and return us to the ramp at dusk/dark.  This is a day trip and most people are likely to drive home afterward (roughly a 2 hour drive time back to the Bay Area).  Our guides will provide flies, drinks, sun awnings, and an early dinner.  Their website is http://www.orlandoutfitters.com/index.html   

    Suggested Gear:  Any spey rod with sink tips in various sink rates (intermediate, type 3, 6 & 8).  Six foot leaders of 10# or stronger Maxima.  The guides will have some shad flies (called "shad darts") if you need them. 

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $200.00.  

    Other expenses will be lunch, parking fee (bring small bills), and 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.

    • 02 Jun 2018
    • 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    • Snelling, CA
    • 0
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    Rondy:  Kelsey Bass Ranch

    Dates:  June 2, 2018  

    Leader:  Ben Scott  650-996-7235  mailto:benny.k.scott@gmail.com

    Number of anglers:  10

    Description:  The Kelsey Bass Ranch is the quintessential bass fishery ideally suited for fly fishers. The 125-acre lake features every type of bass holding water for both topwater and subsurface flies.  While this lake can be fished from the bank in waders, it is best fished from your own watercraft (e.g., float tube, pontoon boat, pram, or small motorboat).  Wearing a PFD is required.  The ranch website is http://www.kelseybassranch.net/

    Suggested Gear:  6-9 wt single handed fly rods, with both floating lines and sinking lines (or sink tips). 

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $125  

    Bring your own lunch and beverages.  Carpooling and the meeting place will be discussed in emails to registrants. 

    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.

    • 03 Jun 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

    • 05 Jun 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 06 Jun 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Dunsmuir, CA
    • 0
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    Rondy:  Upper Sacramento River Walk & Wade

    Dates:  June 5-6, 2018  

    Leader:  Mike Downing 415-378-2977  mailto:mdowning1567@aol.com

    Number of anglers:  8

    Description:  The Upper "Sac" is everything a freestone trout stream should be:  It has riffles, pocket water, long runs, and deep pools. It is a wonderful "walk and wade" river that flows 37 miles from Lake Siskiyou to Shasta Lake. Rondy leader Mike Downing will lead 8 club anglers to show them good places to enter and fish the river on June 5 and 6.  We will meet on June 5 at 7:00AM at the Ted Fay Fly Shop, located in downtown Dunsmuir.  We will make a short drive to the river, where Craig Nielson, Shasta Trout Outfitters, will conduct a Pre-Fishing Clinic.

    Suggested Gear:  4-5 wt single handed fly rods, with floating lines for dry flies and nymphing, 4X-6X leaders, 5X-7X tippet (Mono or Flourocarbon), split-shot, indicators, and flies. Full wading attire and staff.  Weather is always changeable - Be prepared.. 

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $25  

    Other expenses will include travel, lodging (there are several motels and campgrounds in the area - more information will be forthcoming), meals, and perhaps, the purchase of a few flies while in the fly shop (to help support the grateful owner Bob who personally ties most of his flies). 

    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.

    • 09 Jun 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 


    • 09 Jun 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


    • 16 Jun 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • American River near Sacramento, CA

    GGACC Spey Improver Program's class #84, on the American River, is scheduled for Saturday, June 16, 2018, starting at 8:30 AM.  

    This free one-day session is directed at those GGACC members who have either taken past GGACC Spey Angler Programs, or who have already had some experience fishing with a two-handed fly rod.

    Items covered will include:  Single Spey and Snake Roll casts with Skagit, Scandi, and Long Belly floating lines. There will also be a focus on casting with the non-dominate hand.

    Interested students should schedule with Bill Gallogly  slazanger2@icloud.com.  Be sure to ask Bill for directions to the specific American River access site for this class.

    If there is a large demand, multiple shifts may be accommodated.

    In addition to your Spey rod, reel, lines, leaders, waders, boots, eyewear, hat, and other sun protection, be sure to bring a lunch and a camp chair.  


    • 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.

    • 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

    • 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


    • 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.

    • 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

    • 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


    • 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.

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