Learn To Fly Fish Program

The GGACC's Learn to Fly Fish Program (LTFF) is offered to GGACC Club members who have already learned to make basic casts with a fly rod and want to put their new casting ability to good use on the water. The goal of the LTFF program is to teach fly fishing knowledge and skills to beginners so they can better enjoy our great sport.

Through a combination of classroom teaching, in-the-pond casting instruction, and mentored or guided fishing outings (called "fish-outs"), the comprehensive 3 year LTFF program helps its students learn both how to fly fish and where to go in Northern California and beyond. It is one of the most popular programs offered by the GGACC.

NOTE: The LTFF program and its fish-outs are not intended for the club's more experienced fly fishers, or other members in general. The Club's Rendezvous (Rondy) Program is designed for membership at large. "Rondies" are not mentored and are therefore generally designed for experienced fly fishers.

The LTFF's mentored program is three years long for most of its students. The first two years (Level 1 and Level 2) are focused on teaching fly fishing fundamentals and target trout as the primary species. The third year (Level 3) explores trout as well as other species, including shad, bass, stripers, surf perch, and steelhead.

LTFF students can expect to make many new friends and hopefully some life-long fishing buddies. A key element of the program is the opportunity to engage with other students and club members in all activities.

The LTFF program is open only to GGACC members who have paid club dues for each year of their participation in the program. You can join the club and pay annual club dues online at the Club's website: www.ggacc.org. Dues paid in December cover the following calendar year for new or current members.

The LTFF program runs on an annual basis. Prospective students for each year's classes must sign-up, beginning in December of the prior year, for the first posted February Class Day for the Level 1 or Level 2 classes on the club Events calendar at ggacc.org. Enrollment is on a "first to register" basis. Students from the previous year's Level 1 or Level 2 classes will have registration priority, and will receive an advance email alert for signing up for the coming year's Level 2 or Level 3 classes.

Entering participants in the LTFF program should be able to make both a roll cast and an overhead cast with a single-hand fly rod to a distance of 25-40 feet. All students should be able to demonstrate these minimum casting skills prior to formal entry into the program. We have learned through experience that it is important to require this level of casting proficiency for entry into the program. Fish-outs can cost the student several hundred dollars, and it's not only frustrating, but a poor return on investment to be struggling with casting fundamentals on the river or lake, when you can hone your casting skills for free at our fabulous GGACC casting ponds.

The casting qualifier skills can be found at the end of this program description. All new registrants will be asked to successfully demonstrate per this qualifier at one of two events scheduled in January.

Students should have (or will purchase after the classroom sessions) their own fly rod (preferably a 9' long 5 weight) with fly reel and a matching floating fly line (i.e., a WF5F line); breathable chest waders; wading boots; and a wading staff. Outfitted with this minimum equipment, they receive specialized casting instruction in the ponds during Level 1 and 2 classes (when club rods are also available) and can participate in the LTFF program's fish-outs offered for their class.

Those coming into the program with previous fly fishing experience may petition the Program Director (see contact info below) for written approval to skip the Level 1 class and register for the Level 2 class instead. This approval will be based on a verbal or written explanation of the applicant's prior experience, which at a minimum should include the ability to successfully fish small streams on their own, including the ability to select their own flies, tie up their own two-fly nymphing and dry-dropper rigs, and wade safely. Having fly fished only with guides is not considered sufficient experience to qualify for Level 2.

LTFF students are strongly encouraged to attend the Club's monthly Free Casting Lessons at the GGACC's ponds, and the Skills Building Program lectures (also free). These lessons and lectures are usually offered on the 2nd Saturday of every month.

Level 1 and 2 students must be enrolled in their respective "class day" events before signing up for any of that class's scheduled fish-outs. A release form must be signed to participate in fish-outs. Not all students can be guaranteed a spot in each fish-out since the number of openings is limited. An online wait list option is offered whenever the event limit is reached. The Program maintains a strict "no refund" policy, however if a registrant finds they need to cancel they can work with the Program Leader to find potential replacements from the waitlist on a best-effort basis.

The fees charged for the classes and fish-outs are the minimum necessary to cover the LTFF program's costs. The Program is managed with volunteers, including the Program Leader

The annual LTFF fee due at registration into the Program is as follows:

Level 1 $100/year

Level 2 $125/year

Level 3 $125/year

Pending weather, water conditions, availability, and participation, the generally planned fish-out destinations for each level in the Program are shown below. These may change year-to-year and Level 1 and some destinations will be open to two, or all three levels.

Level 1 Beginner Fish-outs: Upper McCloud, North Fork Yuba River, Yosemite

Level 2 Fish-outs: Luk Lake (primarily for bass), Lower Sacramento River, Truckee River, NF Stanislaus River, Hat Creek

Level 3 Intermediate Fish-outs: Pyramid Lake (Nevada), Lower Sac (for shad), Pacifica Surf (for surf perch), Missouri River (Montana), SF Bay or O'Neil Forebay (for striped bass), Upper Sac & McCloud Rivers, and Trinity River (for steelhead)

Students will pay a fee when registering for each fish-out to cover expenses. These fees will vary from $100 to several hundred dollars based on the particular destination. Fees generally cover guide costs (if applicable), supplied flies, and lodging and food expenses. In some cases the students will arrange their own lodging and food at their own expense. Fish-outs are primarily held on weekends, usually including at least either Friday or Monday or both.

The GGACC Learn To Fly Fish program is very popular, and is usually over-subscribed. We have expanded enrollment in recent years, but seek to balance the quality of instruction and the experience with availability to as many as possible. As such, expectations are that if you are one of the fortunate to gain entry into the program, you will readily engage in all classroom and on-the-ponds instruction, as well as as many of the fish-outs as available. If a student finds that they are unable to participate as expected, we will ask that they step aside and allow a wait-listed student to replace them.

For any questions about the LTFF program, please contact the Program Director

Bruce Greenwood 650-387-5302 brucegre@pacbell.net


LTFF Casting Pre-Requisite Qualifier

  • General standards for every task:
    • 5 attempts allowed
    • Loops can be any size
    • Leader must land relatively straight
    • No limit on the number of false casts
    • Only a few "tailing loops" are allowed (i.e., end of fly line crossing bottom leg of loop)
    • Only a few "ticks" are allowed (tick = fly touching water before hitting target)
  • Station #1 - Accuracy
    • Hit target rings at 20', 30', and 40'
    • 5 attempts per target allowed
    • No need to strip in the fly after an attempt
  • Station #2 - Roll Cast
    • Make a roll cast with fly landing near a 30' target (this is not an accuracy task)
  • Station #3 - Change of Direction
    • Make a 30 degree change of direction cast with at least 1 false cast
    • Change direction once to the left and once to the right
    • Fly must land near a 30' target (this is not an accuracy task)
  • Station #4 - Line Management & Slipping Line
    • Demonstrate use of the line hand when slipping line from 30' to 40' while false casting several times
    • Fly must begin near the 30' target and land near the 40' target (this is not an accuracy task)

Upcoming events

    • 08 Jul 2022
    • 6:00 AM
    • 13 Jul 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • Missouri River near Craig, MT
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    Montana Fish-Out

    NOW OPEN if you are a current LTFF student (Level 3/4) or past LTFF graduate.

    This extremely popular fish-out is what most of you have waited your 3 years in the LTFF program for:  The Learn to Fly Fish trip to Montana always seems to be the highlight for most students in the program and is the one trip that just about everyone who goes each year ends up pleading to get the chance to go again.

    But we can never promise that and we can never take more than at most 10 from the class each year.  So, if you can possibly be one of the lucky 10 students that gets to go this year for 3 days of fabulous guided drift fishing (after arriving Friday, July 8 and not leaving before Wednesday, July 13), you'll want to do it.  These dates are the weekend following the July 4th weekend (which is never a good time to fish this river due to the crowds).   

    We will be float (or drift) fishing on a famed tailwater stretch of the upper Missouri River for 3 days (on Saturday -- Monday this year) out of Craig, Montana each day.  The dry fly and nymph fishing for the big strong rainbow and brown trout in this incredibly abundant fishery is world renowned.

    This year we will also continue the tradition of having Willy George join us on Tuesday, July 12th for a ADDED full day clinic on fishing the Missouri with special emphasis on the technique of “head hunting”.   Willy has put together a unique and amazing day of instruction...and fishing....    Suffice to say this is a day you will remember and you definitely don’t want to miss this opportunity!   There is not likely a better day of instruction and fishing out there!

    We will be fishing with the HeadHunters Fly Shop's guides, some of the very best you'll ever experience. They will supply all the gear required including fly rods, leaders, flies, etc. However, you are welcome to bring your own gear if you desire.   https://www.headhuntersflyshop.com/

    You are of course invited to arrive prior and/or stay after our reservations and fish the Missouri or one of the other famous rivers in the area.    You are responsible of course for your own reservations outside of July 9-13.  Be aware that Montana is a popular destination and both lodging and guide reservations can fill up.  Plan early!

    Sandals or water shoes, rather than waders, are advised on these Missouri River drift boats for most of the warm sunny days at this time of year which, like most areas flanking the Rockies, may offer also a brief afternoon rain shower. You will likely want to have your waders available for our day in Willy’s clinic.  DO remember to pack a pair of rain pants along with a good-quality rain jacket. One cold, all-day-long rainstorm on our first day on the river a couple years ago taught us this lesson, and there's always the possibility of a cold rain or hail storm blowing through. 

    The transportation options, logistics, gear, licensing, the fish-out rules, etc. will be covered in a pre-fishout meeting, so do try to be there if you can.  We will record this zoom call meeting for those who can't make it, but you should look at the pre-meeting as a good opportunity to coordinate your travel plans or to discuss teaming up for traveling and fishing in the area, or for arranging to share a car rental from one of the local airports. 

    Our traditional lodging (Jumping Rainbow Lodge) was recently sold and the new owners do not plan to make the house available for rental, so this year we will be at the Wolf Creek Lodge, located (not surprisingly) at Wolf Creek…a short drive from Craig where the Headhunters Outfitters shop is located.    http://www.craiglodging.com/?page_id=1414

    The tiny town of Craig, MT is located on Interstate I-15 about halfway between the cities of Helena and Great Falls (it's about a 50 mile drive northeast from Helena and a little shorter drive southwest from Great Falls).  

    If you are planning to fly there, the airports in those two cities are the closest possibilities, but there is also Bozeman, MT which is about a 2-1/2 hour drive away and Missoula, MT, which is probably just about as far. Flights fill up quickly, so start looking at your options and checking available flights and prices now before the first pre-meeting to be able to discuss your preference for driving there or flying to one of these airports. 

    You should plan to arrive at the Wolf Creek Lodge sometime late on Friday afternoon, July 8.  And you won't need to leave the house until Wednesday morning, July 13.   We will confirm specific check-in and check-out times at our planning meeting.

    We will cook our own group dinner on Friday night, but our dinner on Saturday and Sunday nights will be catered (which will provide left-overs for Monday night).  Lunches will be provided by the guides on Sat.-Mon., and we will have enough food in the house for a quick breakfast each morning and for hors d'oevres and adult beverages for happy hour each afternoon, as well as lunch and dinner on Tuesday. All should expect to volunteer for helping to cook breakfasts and some kitchen clean-up will be covered in the pre-meeting. 

    Covid:  Covid vaccinations are required.  It is understood that there may be differing points of view on this, but please consider:

    ·         -        Many guides now require vaccinations.   Maintaining proper social distance in drift boats is nearly impossible.

    ·         -        As we will be eating and rooming together at the lodge, it makes sense out of mutual respect for each other, as well as our hosts and guides.

    Your compliance and cooperation is appreciated by all.

    The total fee for this event this year is $1,950 which covers all 3 days of top-notch guided fishing and gear, Willy’s amazing day-long clinic, 5 nights in the lodge, and all meals and beverages (including wine and beer) for most of those 4 days. It DOES NOT cover your transportation expenses, a Montana fishing license (with a req'd. small conservation fee and separate aquatic nuisance fee), or the guides' gratuities. 

    Those who have gone on this fish-out before have had some of their best fishing days ever, and had such a grand time together, that they would go again in a heartbeat if we'd only let them.  So, if you regrettably can't make it, you may be making someone else very happy. 

    For lodging reasons, this trip is limited to only 10 Level 3&4 students, so sign up as quickly as you can so that you don't miss out!  

    Cost:  $1,950 payable online as a non-refundable registration fee (unless there is someone on the waitlist to replace you).  

    GGACC policy is that reservations are non-cancellable.  Please plan accordingly before you register!

    Contact for more info:

    Bruce Greenwood (brucegre@pacbell.net)

    • 22 Jul 2022
    • 7:30 AM
    • 25 Jul 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • Hamilton Branch/Almanor Campground
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    Lake Almanor is located south of Mt. Lassen in northeastern California, approximately a five hour drive from San Francisco.   You will be fishing on the Hamilton Branch stream that feeds the lake on the northeast side.    The Hamilton Branch stream feeds cold spring water into Lake Almanor. It is a free stone stream that holds large rainbow trout.  

    Two groups of 6 currently registered, Learn To Fly Fish Level 1 student anglers (one on Saturday, and one on Sunday) will enjoy a day long fly fishing clinic with Lance Gray.   Lance will share his exceptional expertise on fly fishing this stream during a day- long clinic. The groups will camp at Almanor Campground on the west side of the lake; Hamilton Branch is about a 20 minute drive from the campground.

    There are several hotels and resort lodges within 10-15 minutes of the campground, although all students are encouraged to join the group in the evenings to share learnings, stories, and enjoy the event with your fellow LTFFers.

    This is a great outing to gain more experience and confidence in your fly fishing game. Bring your waders and wading staff, along with your 5 wt rod and floating line.   Lance will provide the rest including terminal tackle and flies.   Of course, you always need to bring along your 2022 California fishing license.

    Your registration fee of $125 covers guide fees, campground fees, and a DIY lunch for the day.   You will be responsible for guide tip and your transportation.

    We will have two sessions or groups of 6 anglers each.  The first group will fish arrive on Friday evening and fish on Saturday. The second group of 6 will arrive on Saturday evening and fish on Sunday.

    Camping Equipment:  It is suggested that you have your own tent (with tent stakes, footprint/plastic tarp, and rainfly)  Also be sure to bring:  sleeping bag; sleeping pad (or air mattress, or cot); headlight or flashlight; cooking stove; water container; cooking pots / cooking utensils; camp dishes / eating utensils; wash basin; biodegradable soap; butane lighter or matches; paper or cloth towels; garbage bags; and a cooler with ice for perishables.  All dry goods should be stored in the supplied camp boxes to keep away from rodents and jays.  Optional equipment might include:  lantern; camp chair; firewood; hand axe; coffee pot; small folding table; table cloth for picnic table; etc.

    Meals There will be NO hosted group dinners for anyone on this fish-out.  You are encouraged to organize your plans with your fellow students and share a meal at our camp site.  This is a great way to enjoy the event with a simple meal you prepare together after a great day of fishing.

    We will be providing groceries for making your own sandwiches for sack lunches on each fishing day only.

    NOTE:  Other than the two sack lunches on your Group's fishing days, you are on your own to bring (and prepare) your own food, or buy dinners or other meals out.

    Fishing Gear:  We recommend bringing a 5wt fly rod with floating line (6wt rod max!). For dry flies, bring 9’ tapered leaders to 4X or 5X, with mono (nylon) tippet spools in 4X-6X.   Also be sure that you bring both a liquid (or gel) dry fly floatant and a dry shake floatant (dessicant-type) for treating your dry flies. For indicator nymphing, bring indicatorssplit shotone spool of say 0X to 3X mono tippet material (to use 5-7' of this for indicator/ depth adjustment), and spools of both 4X & 5X  fluoro  tippet for connections to nymphs.  

     Flies:  Lance will provide the appropriate flies for this location and timing.  It is recommended that you bring a small fly box to organize and have these flies handy and ready to use with barbs crushed.

    Other Stuff:  In addition to forceps, nippers, vest or pack for fly boxes and other gear, sunhat, sunscreen, bug repellent, waders, boots, belts, water bottle (or other means to carry, or filter, drinking water), don’t forget your wading staff!   A small net is always optional for trout, but it really helps in landing them with minimal stress and keeping them in the water while unhooking—both of which are extremely important for the fish’s survival.  Camping gear should include headlamps or flashlights —the former is especially good for tying on flies during late evening fishing. 

    Registration Fee:  The registration fee is $125 per student.  This fee will cover the cost of all the campground fees, guide/clinic fees, groceries for lunches, etc.  It does not include the cost of transportation, lodging, meals (other than lunch), guide tip, or any other expenses. 

    Cancellation Policy:  There are no refunds.  In the event that a student is, for any reason, unable to attend, he/she may resell his slot (rod) to another LTFF member (by first pulling from the waitlist if one exists).  It is the sole responsibility of the student to manage this transaction. 

    For questions, contact Bruce Greenwood  brucegre@pacbell.net

    • 30 Jul 2022
    • 6:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Linda Mar Beach, Pacifica (off Hwy 1 near Linda Mar Blvd)
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    This LTFF Level 3/4 Surf Fish-out will be Saturday, July 30 2022, starting at 6:00AM that day (unless advised otherwise).  Our guide, Bill Sharninghausen, is a very experienced Northern CA surf fisherman.  He will be leading up to (6) LTFF Intermediate students to Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica, CA.  

    We will meet in the parking lot in front of NorCal Surf Shop, 5440 Pacific Coast Hwy,  which is just off San Pedro Ave, -- an extension of Linda Mar Blvd after crossing Hwy 1.   Both wader up & gear up upon arrival.  Bill will offer a brief talk between 6:15-6:30AM before leading the group down to the beach. You will only be fishing the incoming tide through the morning cycle before returning home in late morning or early afternoon at the latest.

    Fishing Gear:  Rod, can be EITHER one of the following:  1) a 7-8wt single hand rod with an integrated shooting head (250 to 300 gr.) or a shooting head set-up with Type 4 or Type 6 heads; OR  2) a 7-8wt switch rod with sink tips (for overhead casting only, not Spey casting). It is best NOT to use coated type floating running line in the surf -- an intermediate running line or a slow sinking mono line will not be as impacted by wave action.  

    You will want to review and practice what you learned at Willy George's Shooting Head Clinic in February.

    Leaders should be 10-15# mono, or preferably fluoro, straight tippet. Go light when fishing in the surf and carry only the barest essentials such as hemostats, nippers, a spool of tippet, and your surf flies in a waterproof fly box, possibly carried inside jacket pockets or in a small chest pack, sling, or hip pack (no fishing vests).  

    Also bring your waders (booted-foot type is best if you have them since they keep sand out of your boots); if you do a lot of surf fishing using your stocking-foot waders, then either scuba booties, Teva sandals, or "flats" boots are better than your normal wading boots (since saltwater can corrode the metal eyelets in std. wading boots).  

    Other gear includes:  A wading belt (this is a "must have" -- and two belts are better); a good wading rain jacket (tied up tight at the bottom) or a kayak dry top; a hat with strap, or a baseball cap to wear under a buff or hood to hold it securely; sun gloves or a tennis/golf glove for your line hand to help land prickly fish; sunglasses with strap; stripping fingers or tape (stretchy pet tape or waterproof surgical tape) to wrap one or two fingers; and a stripping basket (optional, if you are comfortable using one). with plenty of drain holes in it.

    A PFD is highly advisable --  (A wading staff is NOT recommended in the surf.)  

    Remember to be sure to thoroughly rinse all your gear (flies, rods, and reels especially, but also forceps, nippers, boots, etc.) in fresh water as soon as you can after fishing saltwater!  

    Anglers should have river fly fishing experience, be able to cast a sinking shooting head or sink tip, and be comfortable wading in turbulent knee-deep water.

    There will also be a Surf Clinic (Zoom call), at 7:00PM on Wednesday, June 8th  that you SHOULD definitely attend if you have not seen Bill's excellent "Surf Presentation" slide show previously.  That clinic will serve as a pre-meeting for this fish-out, and therefore a prerequisite for attending this fish-out.  Besides giving a thorough introduction to fly fishing in the surf, Bill will discuss what to expect, wading safety, reading the surf, surf fishing techniques, gear, and other logistics. Sign up for this free Surf Clinic on the club calendar now. 

    Surf perch, our primary target, eat a lot of mole crabs in the surf zone. But local surf flies (the best are usually tied in orange or root beer colors, or dark green with orange or root beer undersides, to imitate the mole crab's egg sac) can be rather hard to locate.  This is another good reason for attending Bill's clinic since you'll be able to inspect all his flies and he may be able to tell you where you can get some good surf perch flies, in addition to a clouser or two. Note that Bill will not be supplying any flies or other gear for this fish-out.  

    The fee for this Level 3/4 Surf Fish-out is $120, which covers the guide's fee, but not his gratuity.  You will need a valid California Fishing License if you have not yet purchased one this year.

    Contact: Mike Nelson micnel@protonmail.com

    • 05 Aug 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • 08 Aug 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite Nat'l Park
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    Yosemite High Country - LTFF Level 1 Fish-out

    One Group of 10 Anglers. 

    Fishing Saturday August 6 and Sunday August 7.

    This outing is exclusively intended for currently registered Level 1 students in the GGACC's "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) program.  Online registration for these fish-outs will be opened on FRIDAY JUNE 24 AT NOON to the entire LTFF Level 1 Class. Registration for these fish-outs is limited and based on a first-to-register basis only.  There will be 10 openings

    If you are interested, we strongly recommend that you set a calendar reminder for a few minutes before the sign-up time. We expect this event to fill quickly.

    Cost: $175 / person


    This trip offers fly fishing for several trout species in two pristine high alpine settings. Each day includes up to 2-4 miles of day-hiking at 9,000 - 10,000 feet. Please only sign up for this event if you are in shape to hike up to 4 miles a day at high elevation.

    This year we have a guide, Steve Slater from Lost Coast Outfitters, to lead both the mentors and students on to certain stretches of the following small alpine streams or possibly other streams in the area that he knows well. Unlike the LTFF fishouts you've been on recently, this event re-introduces club mentors to allow us to break into smaller groups and spread out on the water each day.  We have a great group of LTFF alumni and club members with experience on this watershed to help you and show you strategies and skills for this water. Between the the club mentors and Steve there will be a wealth of Yosemite knowledge at your disposal.


    • Wednesday or Thursday before: An email will go out identifying the campground or location that we will stay at.
    • Friday: Arrive at the campground.
    • Saturday: Fish the Lyell
    • Saturday night: Strongly encouraged group dinner (to be planned)
    • Sunday: Fish the Dana. If leaving Sunday (ill advised), leave by 2pm.
    • Monday: Return home.

    A daily meeting point and time will be set before the fish-out to meet-up with the guide and mentors.  Registrants will be advised of this by email a few days before the fish-out.

    Tuolumne's Lyell Fork

    At 9,000 feet, this stream starts at Lyell Glacier and only drops 500 feet in 10 miles. This provides a gentle stream that meanders through meadows and granite pools for a truly unique experience. 

    To get there from Tuolumne Meadows, we'll hike along the Dana Fork for about 1.5 miles until we arrive at the Lyell Fork. Here the meadow stream is waist deep and wide, offering dry fly fishing along the banks to Brown Trout. Traveling farther upstream, you move into Brookie and Rainbow territory, arriving at several large and shallow granite pools the size of small ponds. It's a great place to spot fish in clear water and practice gentle overhead casting. Traveling slightly further upstream, you pass through endless granite channels and pools mixed in with more meadows, with each section both memorable and unique.

    Most of these wild trout are in the 6-9 inch range, but a handful of fish are caught each year in the 18 inch range. Larger fish require more stealth and finesse, while the less spooky smaller trout will attack dry flies readily, often with acrobatic displays.

    Students will use overhead casts in meadow sections and practice roll casts in areas with trees. We'll use mostly small dry fly patterns with thin mono tippet (5x - 6x), but you may want to nymph the deeper holes. Come prepared for both dry fly fishing and indicator nymphing.

    Tuolumne's Dana Fork

    Similar to the Lyell Fork, the Dana Fork is a small mountain stream that meanders through meadows at 9,500 ft. elevation. This stream follows along Hwy 120, meaning slightly less hiking and easier access. There are many fish to be caught on a fly along this 2-mile long stream since each hole seems to have an endless supply of wild trout.

    Students will primarily use overhead and roll casts. Again, we'll mostly use attractor dry fly patterns with thin tippet (5x-6x), but we may resort to indicator nymph fishing if the dries aren't working.  

    Registration fee includes:

    • Guide fee

    • Sack lunches each mentored day

    • 1-2 dozen selected flies

    Other Student costs:


    We will be camping at a campground to be determined. There are a number of campgrounds near Lee Vining that are not reservable, so we will have an advance party head up a few days earlier to secure the campground and send out a note for the location.

    There are hotels and RV parks, but they are reserved very early.

    Gear Needed:  (not a complete packing list):

    • Don't forget your CA 2022 fishing license

    • Bring (or plan to buy) your own breakfast, dinner, coffee, and snacks for each day.

    • Camping equipment (e.g., tent, sleeping bag and pad, cooking equipment, etc) if you plan to look for an available campsite in any of the nearby campgrounds

    • Headlamp and extra batteries, especially useful at night in camp

    • Small backpack, large sling pack, or vest with a large back pocket to carry lunch, water, packable rain jacket, etc.

    • Water bottle(s) or water bladder large enough to carry a full day of water (1.5 - 3 liters); or a filter system to replenish a smaller water bottle.

    • Fly fishing gear (3-5 wt rod, a couple 4X or 5X mono leaders, 5X - 6X mono tippet, nippers, forceps, fly box with additional flies, net optional).  No split shot or indicators will be needed.

    • Dry fly floatants - flies need to be floating high on the water surface all day. It's virtually imperative to have BOTH the liquid (gel) silicone and desiccant "dry shake" versions.

    • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen, neck buff)

    • Wet wading shoes like Chacos or Tevas. Or wading boots with neoprene guard socks. Unless you just prefer to, there's very likely no need for wearing waders on this trip, which will be a little more difficult to hike in.

    • Mandatory items:  wading staff (or hiking sticks), polarized sunglasses, and of course, a valid 2022 fishing license. 


    • We strongly encourage a group dinner Saturday night. Getting to know your fellow students and everyone on the trip is part of the experience. We will discuss this over email and in the pre-outing zoom call. Options could include making a taco salad at camp or a group visit to Lee Vining to eat there.

    • In Lee Vining options are available at Woah Nellie Deli (in the Mobil Gas Mart), right at the junction of Hwys.120 and 395, should you end up camping in the area and would rather not cook your own dinners. For a gas station mart, this is remarkably good food. The deli is open 7am - 9pm.

    • Other dining options are available in the Mono Lake area (Lee Vining) and further south in the Mammoth Lakes area; however they're sure to be more expensive.

    Registration fee of $175.00 is non-refundable. It does not cover your travel costs, motels (if you decide not to camp), food (except lunch), or other sundries. Online payment of registration fee must be made within 15 minutes of starting the registration steps and your registration is not completed until notice shows of email confirmation sent

    SIGN-UP QUICKLY FOR THIS FISH-OUT SINCE WE EXPECT IT TO FILL QUICKLY.  If you do miss out, be sure to sign up for the wait list in case a spot opens up later. Unfortunately, we cannot make this trip larger in terms of students per day as these are smaller and sensitive rivers. As it is, we need to break into small groups of three and hike a bit to spread out on the river. Due to the time commitment required from mentors and guides, we are also unable to extend the trip into multiple sessions. There will only be 1 group of 10 students. 

    Cancellation Policy:  There are no refunds.  In the event that a student is, for any reason, unable to attend, he/she may resell his slot (rod) to another LTFF member (by first pulling from the waitlist if one exists).  It is the sole responsibility of the student to manage this transaction.

    For further information, contact:  Fish-out Leader:  Charles Marsh (senor.charles@gmail.com).

    • 20 Aug 2022
    • 7:00 AM
    • 21 Aug 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • 8

    This Lower Sacramento River Float Trip on Saturday and Sunday, August 20/21, 2022) is offered initially to those students registered for the "Learn to Fly Fish" Level 2 Class for 2022 as part of the club's LTFF educational fly fishing program offered to club members only.  


    This fishout will be available to 5 students on Saturday, and 5 students on Sunday.  There will be two anglers in each drift boat (5 students, plus a flishout leader for 3 drift boats total each day).

    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 rather limited dry fly opportunities and little wading access most of the time.

    Guides:  We will be fishing from guided drift  boats, with two anglers and one guide per each boat. All of our guides (provided by Confluence Outfitters) 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, including all flies and rigging, water or sodas, and a nice lunch on the river.

    Arrival Time:  A specific gathering time and location will be provided at the pre-fishout zoom call for this event.   Generally, you should plan to meet at a location in the Redding area at around 7AM.

    Driving:  It is suggested that you arrive Friday night (Saturday fishing) or Saturday night (Sunday fishing) to get a good night's sleep as this will be a long day on the water.  We encourage you to stay the evening of your fishing as well.  Driving home this far after fishing all day is strongly discouraged.  

    Suggested area motels:

    Sheraton @ Sundial Bridge: 820 Sundial Bridge Dr, Redding, CA 96001. (530) 364-2800. Website.  "Confluence Outfitters" corporate rate: King or Queen Guest Room $169+tax from January through May, $204+tax from Memorial Day through Labor Day, $174+tax from Labor Day through December 31st.  Includes Club Level Access (Complimentary Breakfast and nightly Beer/Wine Reception) plus complimentary Wifi and parking.

    Gaia Hotel and Spa: 4125 Riverside Place, Anderson, CA 96007. 530-247-7712. www.GaiaHotelSpa.com.  "Confluence Outfitters" corporate rate: $104+tax for a King or Queen Guest Room including full made-to-order breakfast. Click Here to book online and receive our corporate rate.

    Oxford Suites: 1967 Hilltop Dr, Redding, CA 96002. (530) 221-0100. www.OxfordSuitesRedding.com.  "Confluence Outfitters" corporate rate: Executive Queen Suite: $107+tax, Studio King Suite $110+tax, Executive King Suite $125+tax. Executive Two Queen Suite $135+tax. Use Promo Code "CONFLUENCE" when booking online.

    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.

    What to Bring

    6 or 7 weight rods from 9 to 11 ft long are ideal.  A powerful  5 wt rod can work, but you might struggle at times.  The good news is that our guides will provide rods,  leaders, tippet, indicators, split-shot, and all flies. If you have a rod you would like to use, your are welcome to, or use gear provided by the guides.  Waders are not required and generally not recommended as you may overheat in the August weather.  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 and steelhead card which your guide will need to record before starting your day on the water.

    NOTE:  Both a valid California fishing license AND a steelhead card are required for this outing.  It is highly recommended that you purchase these in advance of the outing.  You should have hard copy of both on your person the day of fishing.

    The registration fee is $360, which covers the boats, guides, and your lunch on the river,  but NOT the cost of your guide's gratuity or your own lodging.

    Suggested guide gratuity $45-$70

    This fish-out is intended for students who are previously registered for the LTFF Level 2 Class ONLY. 

    SIGN-UP QUICKLY FOR THIS FISH-OUT SINCE WE HAVE A 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. 

    Cancellation Policy:  There are no refunds.  In the event that a student is, for any reason, unable to attend, he/she may resell his slot (rod) to another LTFF member (by first pulling from the waitlist if one exists).  It is the sole responsibility of the student to manage this transaction.


    Bruce Greenwood   brucegre@pacbell.net

    • 27 Aug 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Park casting ponds (1232 JFK Dr., across from the Buffalo Paddock), San Francisco

    NOTE:  The West casting pond is reserved exclusively for the following event for the morning of 8/27/2022:

    This Float Tube Clinic on Saturday morning, August 27, from 9:30am to 12:00pm is designed to prepare the Level 3/4 "Learn to Fly Fish" students to fly fish on stillwaters using a float tube. The primary objective is to teach basic float tube use and safety. The Clinic instructors will provide float tubes, fins, and PFD's for participants to try-out in the West pond.  


    LTFF students will need to bring their own waders and boots (or other booties) to this clinic if they wish to try-out one or more float tubes.  They should also bring their 9 ft 5 wt fly rod and reel to try casting to some targets while sitting in a float tube.

    Students will navigate a course in the far west pond that includes how to safely get in the tube, experience moving backwards, line management and casting.

    1.    learn different kinds of tubes

    2.    how to safely use a float tube

    3.    how to navigate a float tube

    4.    how to cast from a float tube

    This clinic is limited to current LTFF Level 3/4 students only, and is intended for both skills instruction and preparation for the LTFF Level 3/4 Striper fish-out on the O’Neill Forebay, October 22nd.

    For more information contact:  Bruce Greenwood   brucegre@pacbell.net

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Our Mailing Address:  Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club  ·  P.O. Box 591476  ·  San Francisco, CA 94159

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