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

    • 09 Aug 2017
    • 24 Jan 2018
    • 13 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

    • 19 Oct 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • 21 Oct 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Klamath River near the confluence of the Klamath & Trinity Rivers
    • 0

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    The Klamath River Rondy is on! 

    Last year's first outing was basically a "bust" as 7 fishermen caught only a "handful" of fish. Five years of drought has hit this fishery pretty hard, and a forest fire nearby prevented us from covering portions of the river. That's fishing!  But having an outing with 7 club members and staying at Spey Gee was great.

    We are not expecting this coming season to be great, but the conditions should certainly be better! Who knows? All it would take is for a nice "pulse" of fish to move through when we are there!  In any event, the Klamath is a beautiful river in a really wild section of California.

    For this Klamath Steelhead Rondy, we will be staying in cabins at the Spey Gee resort, which is located about 1/4 mile below the Weitchpec Bridge. These cabins overlook what could be the best water in the entire system. 

    From the resort there are a lot of options:  we can fish the water below the resort, drive a short distance to the lower Trinity, head upstream towards Orleans, or drive 10 miles downriver to Young's Bar. This is some of the best fly fishing water anywhere and we usually have the river to ourselves. 

    This can be a walk & wade trip, or a float trip, or both. We will have kayaks for four anglers, or anyone can bring their own kayak or pontoon boat. There will be a pre-meeting (TBD) to discuss these options, as well as logistics, lodging, gear, etc.

    This is a cast, swing, mend, and hang-on rondy.  Long casts are a plus. Either 6-8 wt single hand rods, or 6-7wt spey rods, with floating lines are recommended. Waders, boots with felt or studded soles, and wading staffs are required.

    This Rondy is for experienced anglers ONLY and is NOT for current participants in the Learn to Fly Fish Program or other beginners.  

    The fee for this Rondy is a non-refundable $25. Other expenses are your travel costs, lodging, and food -- plus perhaps a water shuttle during a float trip.  Don't forget to bring a 2017 Steelhead card in addition to your California fishing license.

    For additional information, contact: Don Forbes                 415-717-2312  don.forbes@yahoo.com




    • 21 Oct 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
    • GG Anglers Lodge and all casting ponds

    Northwestern Tournament (Sat. & Sun., Oct 21 & 22, 2017) 

    The regional casting tournament sponsored in conjunction with the Oakland Casting Club.  Open for free public viewing. 

    The event on this Saturday date will be held at the GGACC casting ponds. (This is the first day of a two-day event.)  Note change of date again to the third weekend of October.

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

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

    A lunch and dinner are planned for Saturday in the lodge (pay fee at the door), so the entire lodge will be needed for this event for most of the day and evening. 

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

    Western Tournament Association rules will apply to this tournament. 

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

    • 22 Oct 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
    • GG Anglers Lodge and all casting ponds

    Northwestern Tournament (Sat. & Sun., Oct 21 & 22, 2017) 

    The regional casting tournament sponsored in conjunction with the Oakland Casting Club.  Open for free public viewing. 

    The event on this Sunday date will be held at the GGACC casting ponds. (This is the 2nd day of a two-day event.)  Note change of date again to the third weekend of October.

    Sunday's events are:  Dry Fly, Wet Fly, 3/8oz Plug, 5/8oz Plug, 5/8oz Plug Team Event 

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

    A lunch is planned for Sunday in the lodge (pay fee at the door), so the entire lodge will be needed for this event for most of the day. 

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

    Western Tournament Association rules will apply to this tournament. 

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

    • 28 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • GGACC Casting Ponds, Golden Gate Park, SF
    Register

    Tom Morgan Rodsmiths Premieres New 8’ 4wt Fly Rod at GGACC Demo Day

    Saturday, October 28, from 9 AM - 3 PM

    Come cast with the owners of Tom Morgan Rodsmiths as hosted by the GGACC.

    Legendary rod builder, Tom Morgan, forever changed fly fishing when he owned R.L. Winston, which was the start of his life-long quest to build the perfect fly rod.  Twenty years ago, after selling Winston, he created Tom Morgan Rodsmiths to further pursue his passion to design and craft the finest casting rod a fisherman will ever own.

    While other companies’ rods have followed the trend towards stiffer actions -- sacrificing touch and finesse for distance -- TMR rods are world-reknown for their smooth progressive taper, giving anglers the purest feel and accuracy.  Tom commented, “If you build a great rod , it will always be a great rod. The river and fish won’t change.  There’s no need to replace it with a newer model every two years.”

    To deliver this unrivaled experience, each TMR rod is custom-crafted in Bozeman, Montana by Matt Barber, Joel Doub and their staff of expert craftsmen.  In addition to nickel silver hardware, agate stripping guides and top quality cork, TMR customers choose their own handle shape, reel seat wood hardware, and inscription. When building the world’s finest rods, every single detail matters.  You will only truly understand this once you’ve held one in your hands.

    On Saturday, Oct. 28,  Matt and Joel will introduce a new 8’ #4wt rod, which Tom designed to be the quintessential spring creek rod. This two-piece rod will become your “go-to” for stalking trout with small dry flies.  When you come to this GGACC event, you’ll be one of the first to cast it! You can also demo a number of TMR’s other graphite, bamboo, and fiberglass rods which will be paired with reels from Hardy.

    This free event runs from 9 AM until 3 PM and is open to the public (bring your buddies!).

    Lunch will be provided courtesy of TMR.  

    PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE FOR THIS EVENT IN ORDER TO DETERMINE THE NUMBER EXPECTED FOR LUNCH.  THANKS!

    Participants will be eligible for raffle prize drawings (must be present to win!), which will include TMR hats, stickers, and a grand prize of a 7’ #4wt fiberglass blank.

    Remember to mark your calendars for Saturday, October, 28 from 9 AM - 3 PM for this rare opportunity to cast a selection of rods, direct from Tom Morgan Rodsmiths’ Bozeman shop and showroom.  

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


    • 04 Nov 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    • REDDING, CA
    • 4
    Register

    This Lower Sacramento River Float Trip on Sat., Nov. 4, is a fish-out offered to those students registered for the "Learn to Fly Fish" Step 2 Novice Class for 2017 as part of this educational fly fishing program for club members only.  This will be the second offering of this trip in 2017. 

    The Lower "Sac" is a famous wild rainbow trout fishery, probably the best in the state for numbers and size of fish. Due to the relatively deep and swift flow of this big river, it is primarily fly-fished by nymphing from drift boats since there are only limited dry fly opportunities and little wading access most of the time.

    We will be fishing from guided drift boats, with two novices and one guide per each boat.  Our guides (provided by Kirk Portocarrero, www.SacRiverGuide.com, 800-670-4448) are very experienced on the "Sac" and, in addition to guiding trout anglers, they may also guide steelhead, salmon, or shad trips on this river. The guides will provide excellent instruction -- in addition to any gear that you don't have, all flies and tippet materials, water or sodas, and a nice lunch on the river.

    BE SURE THAT YOU ARRIVE ON TIME (by 7:00am!) AT THE DESIGNATED BOAT RAMP (tbd) IN REDDING SINCE THE BOATS MAY NOT WAIT FOR YOU. 

    It is suggested that you arrive Friday night to get a good night's sleep as this will be a long day on the water.  And we also want you to stay a second night in Redding to enjoy the included group restaurant dinner.  Driving home this far after fishing all day is strongly discouraged -- we don't need any more people falling asleep at the wheel.  

    A 5 or 6 wt fly rod and floating fly line is recommended. The guides can provide a rod (if requested in advance) and will provide leaders, tippet, and all flies.  Waders are not required and NOT suggested since you'll overheat in them in the boat. Wear wading sandals, boots, or other footwear that allows you to step into the water while getting in and out of the boat. Bring hat, polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, rain jacket, and of course, your fishing license, which the guide needs to see.

    The registration fee is $300, which covers the boats, guides, lunch on the river, and Saturday night's dinner and wine at an Italian restaurant in Redding, but NOT the cost of guide gratuity or lodging. 

    Additional details, including how to find the designated boat launching ramp and how to get to the restaurant that night, will be provided via email to those who register for this trip.

    This fish-out is for students who are previously registered for the 2017 LTFF STEP 2 Novice Class ONLY and have attended this year's class days back in March. 

    SIGN-UP QUICKLY FOR THIS FISH-OUT SINCE WE HAVE A VERY LIMITED NUMBER OF BOATS AVAILABLE.  If you do miss out, be sure to sign up for the wait list in case a spot opens up later or we are able to get more boats. 

    Location:  Boat Ramp TBD near Redding
    Fee:  $300, exclusive of the guide gratuity (sugg. $35-45)

    Contacts:  John Murphy (jmurphy7599@gmail.com)  cell ph. 650-799-1695

    Lodging in Redding:  There are roughly 30 listed motels in and around Redding. The major ones include: Holiday Inn 530-221-7500, Red Lion  530-221-8700, Best Western 530-221-6100, Motel 6 530-221-1800, Oxford Suites 530-221-0100.  Some other well known possibilities include:  Fairfield Inn & Suites (Marriott), Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, and Town Place Suites.

    A list of all registrants and their contact info will be distributed before this fish-out since you may want to email or talk to others who sign up about carpooling, sharing a room, or even a group of you booking into the same motel to get to know one another better.



    • 04 Nov 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Weaverville, CA
    • 0

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    There are two (2) one-day Steelhead guided "float trip" rondies planned for the Trinity River.  This one will be on Saturday, November 4, 2017. The second rondy will be on Sunday, November 5  (sign up for the second on a separate event page). 

    The plan is to have participants for both Trinity Rondies 1&2 attend a no-host dinner Saturday night at the new restaurant in Indian Creek Lodge since many of each group are likely to try to stay at this lodge (on CA-299 east of Douglas City, CA) and it is really too far to drive up there on the morning of the rondy to be able to arrive timely or to drive home that night after a long day on the water.  We also caution you to make your own lodging reservations early. 

    We held similar back-to-back float trips the past two years. They were generally a success -- good guides, a few fish caught (more the previous year than last), and we had a great get-together at dinner.

    There are several options for fishing for Steelhead in the fall: 1) Indicator nymph fishing using a 5-7 wt. single hand fly rod with floating line and Fluorocarbon tippet (from 1X-4X) below an indicator of your choice and split-shot as needed;  2) Swinging steelhead flies with a 6-8 wt single hand rod with a floating or intermediate head or sink tip and short 9-12# mono tippet;  and 3) Swinging steelhead flies with a 5-7 wt Spey rod with a floating or intermediate fly line or sink tip, and again using a short 9-12# mono tippet.

    This Rondy is for experienced anglers ONLY and is NOT for current participants in the Learn to Fly Fish Program or other beginners.

    There will be a Steelhead Clinic presented by George Revel at the clubhouse (date tbd). Gear and trip logistics will be covered in detail there.

    The weather can be very cold. Bring multi-layers and good rain gear. 

    The cost is $262.50, which includes a non-refundable $25 fee for this one day Rondy, which covers the guide cost (& lunch), but not the guide's gratuity. To sign up for the Saturday, November 4th Rondy 1, simply register & pay on this webpage. (To sign up for the Sunday, November 5th Rondy 2, click on that event on the club events calendar.) 

    For additional information, contact either:                         George Revel (415-483-2278 George@lostcoastoutfitters.com) or                                   Jeff Hutchinson (415-509-6746 jeff.hutchinson@att.net).



    • 05 Nov 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Weaverville, CA
    • 0

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    There are two (2) one-day Steelhead guided "float trip" rondies planned for the Trinity River. This one will be on Sunday, November 5, 2016. The first rondy will be on Saturday November 4 (sign up for that one on a separate event page). 

    The plan is to have participants for both Rondies 1&2 attend a no-host dinner Saturday night at the new restaurant in Indian Creek Lodge, since many of the group are likely to try to stay at this lodge (on CA-299 east of Douglas City, CA) and it is really too far to drive up there on the morning of the rondy to be able to arrive timely or to drive home that night after a long day on the water.  We also caution you to make your own lodging reservations early. 

    We held a similar back-to-back float trips the past two years. It was generally a success -- good guides, some fish caught (more the previous year than last year), and we had a great get-together at dinner.

    There are several options for fishing for Steelhead in the fall: 1) Indicator nymph fishing using a 5-7 wt. single hand fly rod with floating line and Fluorocarbon tippet (from 1X-4X) below an indicator of your choice and split-shot as needed;  2) Swinging steelhead flies with a 6-8 wt single hand rod with a floating or intermediate head or sink tip and short 9-12# mono tippet;  and 3) Swinging steelhead flies with a 5-7 wt Spey rod with a floating or intermediate fly line or sink tip, and again using a short 9-12# mono tippet.

    This Rondy is for experienced anglers ONLY and is NOT for current participants in the Learn to Fly Fish Program or other beginners.

    There will be a Steelhead Clinic presented by George Revel at the clubhouse (date tbd). Gear and trip logistics will be covered in detail there.

    The weather can be very cold. Bring multi-layers and good rain gear. 

    The cost is $262.50, which includes a non-refundable $25 fee for this one day Rondy, which covers the guide cost (& lunch), but not the guide's gratuity. To sign up for the Sunday, November 5 Rondy 2, simply register & pay on this webpage. (To sign up for the Saturday, November 4th Rondy 1, click on that event on the club events calendar.) 

    For additional information, contact either:                         George Revel (415-483-2278 George@lostcoastoutfitters.com) or                                   Jeff Hutchinson (415-509-6746 jeff.hutchinson@att.net).



    • 05 Nov 2017
    • 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

    • 08 Nov 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • 09 Nov 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Trinity River near Junction City
    • 0

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    This rondy is an excellent opportunity for Walk-and Wade fly fishing for Steelhead on the Trinity River near Junction City, CA.  Bill Corkery, a GGACC Member, knows the area well and can take up to 4 anglers on this two-day fishing trip. The opportunity exists to catch both adult and smaller (i.e. "1/2 pound") steelhead.

    There are several options for how to fly fishing for steelhead on this wading trip: 1) Indicator nymph fishing with a  5-7wt single hand rod with floating line and Fluoro tippet (1X-4X) and split-shot below an indicator; 2) Swinging steelhead flies with a 6-8wt single hand rod and floating or intermediate head line and sink tips with short 8-12# mono tippet; or 3) Swinging flies with a 5-7wt Spey rod with floating or intermediate fly line & sink tips with short 8-12# mono tippet. 

    This Rondy is for experienced anglers ONLY and is NOT for current participants in the Learn to Fly Fish Program or other beginners. 

    We will be staying at a motel in Weaverville, CA. There will be a rondy pre-meeting at the clubhouse to discuss gear and the trip logistics -- date tbd.

    The weather can be very cold. Bring multi-layers and good rain gear.

    The fee for this Rondy is a non-refundable $25. In addition to providing all your own gear, flies, and waders, there will be additional expenses for getting your own motel room and all food, and of course, travel expenses.

    For additional information contact: Bill Corkery                    cel-650-245-6980  home-650-344-9633  billcorkery@att.net

    • 08 Nov 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Angler's Lodge locker room
    • 0

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    The Anglers Lodge locker room is reserved for this event on this evening.

    This is the 1st of (6) Wednesday night sessions for this Rod Building Workshop #7, taught by Larry Kenney or one of more of his proteges and offered to currently active club members only.  

    There are currently three separate classes (Workshops #7, 8, & 9) posted on the club calendar, but each workshop is offered on a different set of nights or dates.  The registrants for this Workshop #7 may NOT attend any sessions of either of the other two workshops without prior written approval from that session's instructor.   Note: There will be NO class on Weds., Nov. 15th (while components are sourced)

    Learn to build a fly rod by doing it

    Participants will be taken through everything from choosing and purchasing a blank and components to installing reel seats, making cork grips, wrapping guides and finishing guide wraps.  There is no fee for this class, but the participants are responsible for acquiring their own blanks, components, and a few simple tools -- which will be discussed in the first class.  

    This Nov. 8 through Dec. 20, 2017 Workshop #7 is limited to 6 club members via online registration only.  Register for this FIRST class session ONLY for enrollment in all 6 sessions of Workshop #7. 

    If there is no large Register button showing on the left side of this screen now, the class has filled.  However, you may wish to sign the online Wait List since any drop-outs before the first session will be replaced from this list in the order that they signed it.  The Wait List will only be generated when the registration closes because the class has filled. 

    Class dates and the expected subjects to be covered and the corresponding class activity in each session are:

    Nov. 8- Introduction -- Choosing the right blank and components

    Nov. 22 - Assembling components -- Reel seats/Cork

    Nov. 29 - Making the grip -- Cork/Turn

    Dec. 6 - Rod wrapping -- Wrap 

    Dec. 13 - Rod wrapping --Wrap/Coat

    Dec. 20 - Finishing -- Coat

    For those inclined to book learning, Larry recommends reading: Art Scheck's Fly Rod Building Made Easy,  published by Countryman Press (2002 and 2014)

    For any questions about this workshop, please contact:

    Larry Kenney at  lmkenney@earthlink.net 

    • 09 Nov 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • RESCHEDULED TO TUESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2018

    THIS PROJECT HEALING WATERS 2018 PLANNING MEETING HAS NOW BEEN RESCHEDULED TO TUESDAY, JAN. 9, 2018. 

    For questions about this event, contact  Henry Little  hplittle@gmail.com


    • 11 Nov 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • 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. 

    • 11 Nov 2017
    • 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. Please check the website for possible 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 for the lessons; however, if you intend to take advantage of the limited free equipment, please arrive by 8:45 AM. 

    8. You should always check the website 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 assist with the number of needed instructors] via the "Register" link on this page. 

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

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


    • 11 Nov 2017
    • 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 Nov 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Angler's Lodge locked room
    • 0

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    The Anglers Lodge locker room is reserved for this event on this evening.

    This is the 1st of (6) Thursday night sessions for this Rod Building Workshop #8, taught by Larry Kenney or one of more of his proteges and offered to currently active club members only.  

    There are currently three separate classes (Workshops #7, 8, & 9) posted on the club calendar, but each workshop is offered on a different set of nights or dates.  The registrants for this Workshop #8 may NOT attend any sessions of either of the other two workshops without prior written approval from that session's instructor.   Note: There will be NO class on Thurs., Nov. 23 (while components are sourced)

    Learn to build a fly rod by doing it

    Participants will be taken through everything from choosing and purchasing a blank and components to installing reel seats, making cork grips, wrapping guides and finishing guide wraps.  There is no fee for this class, but the participants are responsible for acquiring their own blanks, components, and a few simple tools -- which will be discussed in the first class.  

    This Nov. 16 through Dec. 28, 2017 Workshop #8 is limited to 6 club members via online registration only.  Register for this FIRST class session ONLY for enrollment in all 6 sessions of Workshop #8. 

    If there is no large Register button showing on the left side of this screen now, the class has filled.  However, you may wish to sign the online Wait List since any drop-outs before the first session will be replaced from this list in the order that they signed it.  The Wait List will only be generated when the registration closes because the class has filled. 

    Class dates and the expected subjects to be covered and the corresponding class activity in each session are:

    Nov. 16 - Introduction -- Choosing the right blank and components

    Nov. 30 - Assembling components -- Reel seats/Cork

    Dec. 7 - Making the grip -- Cork/Turn

    Dec. 14 - Rod wrapping -- Wrap 

    Dec. 21 - Rod wrapping --Wrap/Coat

    Dec. 28 - Finishing -- Coat

    For those inclined to book learning, Larry recommends reading: Art Scheck's Fly Rod Building Made Easy,  published by Countryman Press (2002 and 2014)

    For any questions about this workshop, please contact:

    Larry Kenney at  lmkenney@earthlink.net 

    • 02 Dec 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Angler's Lodge

    The club's usual end-of-year Swap Meet will be held this year on Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 9:00am to 1:00pm (preceding the Holiday Party). 

    Members are asked to bring any fly fishing gear or related literature, photos, etc., that you may wish to sell to or swap with others.  Also be sure to bring your wallet or checkbook to pay for items you might wish to buy. 

    Tables will be set up in front of Angler's Lodge to facilitate this event, but watching over your own gear, pricing it, and all transactions will be your own private responsibility.  This event is not intended as a fundraiser for the club. 


    • 02 Dec 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge (boardroom), center & east ponds

    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 class is more than a casting lesson.

    On Saturday we 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 Anglers Lodge meeting room, then into the water from 10AM through 4PM with appropriate breaks. Sunday we meet on the American River at 8:30 AM at a location in Sacramento to be provided on Saturday. 

    Your instructors will be Bob Pauli, Bill Gallogly, and Steve Morikawa.

    Registration is by appointment only (via an emailed request to Bob Pauli, bob.pauli@mac.com).  Each class is limited to 5 students.

    There is a $100 fee for this program. If accepted for this class, please prepare a check payable to "GGACC" with a memo note "Spey" and mail to Bob Pauli at 1820 Walters Court, Fairfield, CA 94533.

    Bring your own waders, eyewear, hat, and lunches, but students may use the club's Spey rods each day. 

    • 02 Dec 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Anglers' Lodge
    Register

    The club's traditional end-of-year Holiday Party will be held this year on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017, from 1:00 to 5:00pm (except food service will end this year by 3:00pm, so don't arrive later than this if you hope to eat).

    There is no fee for this holiday meal for the membership.  

    [Note that there is a Swap Meet on this same day from 9:00am to 1:00pm. See separate calendar item for this event.]  

    Members attending the party are asked to bring an appetizer and/or dessert to share with others and to bring their own beverages of choice.  

    Please be sure to REGISTER yourself (and any guest) in advance for this event to give us a good headcount of how many to expect.

    Volunteers are needed for set-up, serving, and clean-up crews, so please email Xavier Carbonnet if you can possibly help us out. 

    Contact:  Xavier Carbonnet (xcarbonnet@yahoo.com)

    • 03 Dec 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • American River, location TBD

    This session of the Spey Angler Program that began on Saturday, December 2, 2017, will be held on the American River on Sunday, December 3rd at a place to be announced in the previous day's class.  This program is by appointment only.  See the previous day's event posting for details. 

    • 03 Dec 2017
    • 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

    • 09 Dec 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • 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. 

    • 09 Dec 2017
    • 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. Please check the website for possible 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 for the lessons; however, if you intend to take advantage of the limited free equipment, please arrive by 8:45 AM. 

    8. You should always check the website 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 assist with the number of needed instructors] via the "Register" link on this page. 

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

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


    • 09 Dec 2017
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Angler's Lodge
    • 13
    Register
    Cost: free.

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

    In this December 9th class, GGACC Board member and Learn to Fly Fish program director John Murphy will again present instruction in Knot-Tying for Fly Fishing. Besides covering some of the basic knots every beginner should know, we will work on a few good knots you may not yet know. Class size will be limited in order to provide the necessary personal assistance, so please register early for this popular class.  

    Please register online for this event whenever registration has been enabled to help us gauge the expected size of the class.

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



    • 16 Dec 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Angler's Lodge

    Lodge is reserved for the Golden West Women Fishers from 2-5pm.

    • 04 Jan 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Angler's Lodge
    • 1
    Register

    The Anglers Lodge locker room is reserved for this event on this evening.

    This is the 1st of (6) Thursday night sessions for this Rod Building Workshop #9, taught by Larry Kenney or one of more of his proteges and offered to currently active club members only.  

    There are currently three separate classes (Workshops #7, 8, & 9) posted on the club calendar, but each workshop is offered on a different set of nights or dates.  The registrants for this Workshop #9 may NOT attend any sessions of either of the other two workshops without prior written approval from that session's instructor.   Note: There will be NO class on Thurs., Jan. 11 (while components are sourced)

    Learn to build a fly rod by doing it

    Participants will be taken through everything from choosing and purchasing a blank and components to installing reel seats, making cork grips, wrapping guides and finishing guide wraps.  There is no fee for this class, but the participants are responsible for acquiring their own blanks, components, and a few simple tools -- which will be discussed in the first class.  

    This Jan. 4 through Feb. 15, 2018 Workshop #9 is limited to 6 club members via online registration only.  Register for this FIRST class session ONLY for enrollment in all 6 sessions of Workshop #9. 

    If there is no large Register button showing on the left side of this screen now, the class has filled.  However, you may wish to sign the online Wait List since any drop-outs before the first session will be replaced from this list in the order that they signed it.  The Wait List will only be generated when the registration closes because the class has filled. 

    Class dates and the expected subjects to be covered and the corresponding class activity in each session are:

    Jan. 4 - Introduction -- Choosing the right blank and components

    Jan. 18 - Assembling components -- Reel seats/Cork

    Jan. 25 - Making the grip -- Cork/Turn

    Feb. 1 - Rod wrapping -- Wrap 

    Feb. 8 - Rod wrapping --Wrap/Coat

    Feb. 15 - Finishing -- Coat

    For those inclined to book learning, Larry recommends reading: Art Scheck's Fly Rod Building Made Easy,  published by Countryman Press (2002 and 2014)

    For any questions about this workshop, please contact:

    Larry Kenney at  lmkenney@earthlink.net 

    • 09 Jan 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Angler's Lodge locker room.

    THIS MEETING DATE WAS RESCHEDULED FROM AN EARLIER 11/9/17 DATE. 

    A meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 9, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm for all GGACC Club members who have already been, or may wish to become, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing-San Francisco Program volunteers. 

    In this meeting, we will review the PHWFF-SF Program's 2017 activities and discuss plans for the Program's 2018 activities. A draft 2018 plan/budget will be reviewed (and thus hopefully improved), and refreshments (beverages and appetizers) will be served. 

    The club's new Project Healing Waters Program got off to a terrific start earlier this year, and is poised to offer for an even more robust array of activities to assist disabled veterans in the year to come. 

    Please join us!

    For questions about this event, contact  Henry Little  hplittle@gmail.com


    • 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. 

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

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

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

    3. Please wear eye protection. 

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

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    • 13 Jan 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


    • 13 Jan 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Angler's Lodge

    Description to follow from Willy George. 

    • 17 Jan 2018
    • 21 Jan 2018
    • Center pond

    Program to be confirmed by Libby Wolfensperger.

    • 04 Feb 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

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

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

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

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

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

    Mark Donahue  mwdonahue@yahoo.com


    • 17 Feb 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 18 Feb 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Long Beach, CA

    Beginners welcome!  Contact Alice Gillibert for info:  510-452-5181

    • 03 Mar 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge and the Center & East Ponds
    • 20

    REGISTRATION FOR THIS 2018 CLASS IS ON A FIRST-COME BASIS ONLY. THE DATE AND TIME THAT ONLINE REGISTRATION WILL OPEN WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE OCT. & NOV. FREE CASTING LESSONS. 

    Note: GG Angler's Lodge (Board Room) and two ponds (center & east) are reserved exclusively for this scheduled event for those registered club members participating in this year's Learn to Fly Fish program.  

    This Class Day 1 will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018, and Class Day 2 will be held on Sat., March 17, 2018. 

    This Step 1 "Beginner Class" is intended for the first-year fly fisher in the GGACC's 3-yr. long "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) Program. This program offers classroom instruction in each of the first two years, as well as a number of mentored or guided fish-outs. This educational program is designed to help the Beginner (1st yr.) or Novice (2nd yr.) fly fisher to transition from the free casting lessons on the club ponds to fly fishing in a wide variety of fisheries available in Northern California especially.  It is also a wonderful way to gain new friends and life-long fishing buddies.

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

    Participation in this Learn to Fly Fish program generally requires the ability to make basic casts to at least 35-40', including 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. on every 2nd Saturday of each month, see club calendar to register for these casting classes).  

    The Beginners Class this year will have two class days of instruction, held both in the clubhouse and on the ponds, on Saturday, March 3, 2018, and on Saturday, March 17, 2018. These classes will cover basic gear, knots, entomology, reading the water, and wading safety, as well as specialized casting techniques.  Club mentors will work with you to help prepare you for the planned "mentored" fish-outs to be offered later in the year.  

    The total fee for both Beginner Class Days is $100, which covers the cost of instructional materials and a good lunch each day. Registering and paying for the 1st Class Day on March 3rd also covers registration for the 2nd Class Day on March 17th. 

    The cost of the separately posted fish-outs will be listed on their event pages, but typically run from $100-200 depending on the destination. These fees do not cover any equipment costs, guide gratuities, driving expenses, certain meals, and any campground or motel costs.  Only students who have registered for the class days will receive emailed notices of when the Beginner fish-outs are first opened for sign-up and payment.

    We will be teaching classes for both the Beginners (1st yr students) and Novices (2nd yr, or by approval) on the same (2) dates again this year, with each class rotating between the clubhouse and ponds on a half-day basis. 

    Beginners will start their first class day in the classroom from 8:30AM to Noon. So please arrive promptly to get a name badge and seat. 

    For the afternoon session (1:00-4:00PM) of Class Day 1, you will be getting casting instruction in the ponds that's tailored to what you need to know for your fish-outs this year.  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), or you may borrow a club rod for this casting session, and also waders and boots if you have them.  Owning your own "breathable-fabric, stocking-foot chest waders" and a pair of good wading boots (felt-soled or rubber-soled with cleats) will allow you to get the most benefit out of this specialized casting instruction.   

    REGISTER QUICKLY on the announced opening date & time of online registration for the March 3rd Beginner Class Day 1 to be sure of a spot in this limited class. Class size will be generally limited to the first 20 people to sign up.

    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 anytime after Nov.1 for the entire 2018 calendar year by clicking on the "Join us" tab on the Home Page.  

    Students who have registered for a fish-out and later learn that they can't attend will be solely responsible for finding their own replacement to pay them directly for whatever they can collect.  Since fish-outs are planned and paid for in advance, club refunds are NOT generally possible.   

    For further information, contact:

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


    • 03 Mar 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge (Board Room) & Ponds (center & east only)
    • 20

    NOT OPEN FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION UNTIL LATE 2017 ON A DATE AND TIME TO BE ANNOUNCED FIRST AT THE OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER (2ND SAT.) FREE CASTING LESSONS. 

    Novices' Class Day 1 will be Saturday, March 3, 2018 and Novice Class Day 2 will be held on Sat., March 17, as also shown on the calendar now. 

    This Step 2 - Novice Class is primarily for the 2nd year student in the GGACC's typically 3-year long fly fishing instructional program. This event is the 1st of two "class days" for the 2nd year (Novice) students in the "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) program.  The two-day Novice Class cost is $125.

    This Step 2 Novice class and all scheduled Novice fish-outs are open to club members only, and primarily only to those students who were in last year's Step 1 Beginners' Class or someone from last year's Novice Class who wishes to repeat this class to polish their skills before moving up to the Step 3 Intermediate Class next year.  

    This class will be limited to 20 students.  Priority goes to last year's Beginners but, if there are still class openings after January 1st, other club members who have basic fly fishing knowledge and casting skill (i.e., they know how to rig up and fish nymph and dry-dropper set-ups and wade fish small rivers on their own) may be allowed to join this class upon approval of the LTFF program director  (Call or email the contacts below.)

    The Novice Class Days are designed to advance the beginner in the art of fly fishing and these two scheduled class days (Saturday, March 3, and Saturday, March 17) will provide both classroom instruction and specialized casting instruction as preparation for each scheduled Novice Class Fish-out. As such, participation in these class days is a prerequisite to attending the Novice fish-outs. Signing up for the March 3 class automatically registers you for the second class day. 

    This class and most fish-outs in the LTFF program do require the payment of fees to cover only the club's costs for hosting or reserving each event. The $125 fee for this two-day class covers all the classroom instructional materials and lunches, and can be paid online via PayPal when registering for this Novice class on the March 4th date.

    The Novice Class Days will take a more advanced look at gear, entomology, reading water, knots, and similar topics. Club mentors will work with the students "in" the ponds to learn to cast tighter loops, make mends and specialized casts, and haul and shoot line. 

    The first class day (Mar. 3) will begin with "in-pond" casting instruction from 8:30AM to NOON for the Novice class, so bring waders and boots, in addition to your fly rod (4-7wt, with floating line), eyewear, hat, and appropriate clothingThe second class day (March 17) will start with Novices in the classroom.

    We will be teaching both the Beginner and Novice Classes on the same (2) dates this year again, with each class rotating between the clubhouse and ponds on a half-day basis. A good lunch will be provided for everyone before switching.

    At least (3) mentored or guided Novice fish-outs are being planned for this year, with the possible addition of one or more others. They will be posted to the club calendar and notice provided to registered class members when they can sign up for each fish-out. 

    REGISTER QUICKLY for the March 3rd Novice Class Day 1 to be sure of a spot in this limited class. Remember to also join or renew your club membership (any time after Nov. 1) for all of 2018 to be eligible to register for and participate in this program (click on "JOIN" tab on home page). Annual dues paid in the last 2 months of the year give you current member status for the following calendar year. 

    This 3-year Learn to Fly Fish Program is intended to build on the club's monthly casting instruction offered free to the public and to help club members in those casting classes to better transition from the casting ponds to fishable waters and learn how to fly fish in a wide variety of fisheries in California and other states.  It is also a wonderful way to gain new friends and life-long fishing buddies. 

    The cost of the individual fish-outs will be listed on their separate event pages.  The cost for the Novice fish-outs will range from $100-250, excluding any guide gratuities, driving expense, and campground or motel costs. Only students who have signed up for the class days will receive an email notice of when a fish-out is opened for online sign-up and payment. 

    Note: There may not be quite enough spots available for all 20 students to attend each fish-out. These spots can only be offered on a first come basis, so you are encouraged to sign up quickly. Students who register and pay for a fish-out and later learn that they can't make it for any reason will be solely responsible for finding their own replacement --including collecting whatever they can get for their spot. Club refunds for classes or fish-outs are NOT generally possible.

    Program Director:
    John Murphy (jmurphy7599@gmail.com, 650-799-1695)



    • 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

    • 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 patch.

    Agenda
    9:30am-11am   Annual Membership Meeting

    11am-12pm   Free Patches and Social Hour

    12 Noon        Free BBQ (pending cooperative weather)

     

    • 17 Mar 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge and the Center & East Ponds

    The Angler's Lodge (Board Room) and two ponds (center & east) are reserved exclusively for this scheduled event for those registered club members participating in this year's Learn to Fly Fish program. 

    This event is the 2nd Day of the Step 1 "Beginners" Class instruction for registered students in the "Learn to Fly Fish" Program, taking place all day both in the clubhouse and "in" the casting ponds. It 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. 

    The Beginners class will begin their instruction on this Mar. 17 date at 8:30AM on the ponds and then move into the classroom in the afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00PM, while alternating these locations with the Step 2 Novice Class who start their day in the classroom on this date. Lunch will be provided at noon.  Remember to bring your rods and waders, if you have them.

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

    Contacts:  John Murphy, Prog.Dir. (jmurphy7599@gmail.com)


    • 17 Mar 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge (Board Room) & Ponds (center & east only)

    This event is the 2nd Day of the 2-day Step 2 "Novice" Class instruction for registered students in the "Learn to Fly Fish" Program, taking place all day both in the clubhouse and "in" the casting ponds. It is open to only those eligible club members who signed up and paid for this class on the 1st Novice Class Day event posting for March 3, 2018. 

    The Novice class will begin their instruction on this March 17 date at 8:30AM in the clubhouse and then move into the ponds in the afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00PM, while alternating these locations with the Step 1 Beginners Class who start their day "in the ponds" on this date. Lunch will be provided at noon.  Remember to bring your rods and waders!

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

    Contacts:  John Murphy, 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



    • 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


    • 21 Apr 2018
    • 8:30 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.  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.

    • 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


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

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

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

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

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

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

    • 09 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


    • 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