This first fish-out on the North Fork of the Yuba River for the Beginners Class (Step 1) in the club's Learn to Fly Fish program can open up a world of opportunity for you as a Sierra fly-fisher. There are hundreds of miles of cool, clear water in the Sierras, very similar to this little river, and they are all holding trout just waiting for you to delicately present a tasty looking fly in their direction. So, if you are a 2018 registered LTFF Beginning student, come join us to begin learning the on-stream knowledge you need to help you enjoy a lifetime of fly fishing.
Dates: This mentored fish-out is actually two separate back-to-back 2-day fish-outs, with Group 1 fishing on Friday-Saturday, May 18-19, 2018, and with Group 2 fishing on Sunday-Monday, May 20-21. You can choose which group to register for after clicking on the large "Register" button that appears to the left of this description when the online registration is opened.
Meeting Time: We will meet at 7:00am each morning in the fish-out leader's campsite to get your mentor assignment and instructions on safety, lunch, etc. You should be finished with breakfast, fully dressed, with sunscreen applied, and in your waders and boots ready to leave camp. Wait until your mentor tells you to do so before assembling and stringing your rod since it may be necessary to transport them unassembled. If you are staying somewhere besides the campground, be sure to arrive in camp well before 7:00am or risk being left behind. All campers will need to break camp before the 7:00am meeting on their 2nd morning to allow for Group 2 campers to set up Sat. PM or others to use the campsites on Monday.
Campground Location: Most of us will be camping, doubled-up in the GGACC-reserved Lower Loop campsites, in the NFS Loganville Campground and we will explore sections of the river from there. The campground is roughly 11 miles east of Downieville, CA, on State Hwy 49 (and less than 2 miles from Sierra City). This Nat'l. Forest Service campground is at about 4,100 ft elevation and has pit toilets (outhouses) and fresh (potable) water faucets strategically located throughout the camp. This campground is on your right (riverside) of the highway, marked only by a Forest Service sign, as you drive east from Downieville and it is the last of at least two campgrounds along the river before reaching Sierra City. Take the right dirt road leaving the highway to reach the Lower Loop. Local motels are always an option at your cost for those preferring not to camp.
Meals: Lunch will be provided on both days for each group. Each group may choose to either: 1) cook their own personal dinners in camp each night; 2) organize a big group dinner cooked in camp on their second night (I.e., Friday or Sunday night); or 3) split up in smaller groups and try to eat in one of the very limited options in either Downieville or Sierra City. (There may still be a small Mexican restaurant and a little pizza place in Downieville. The only sizeable restaurant in Sierra City, Herrington's, where we used to go for a group dinner each year, unfortunately will only take 5PM reservations any more for large groups.) You are on your own for all breakfasts.
Cost: The registration fee for this fish-out is $100, which covers the two camp lunches, the campground fees for all Lower Loop campsites, and a starter kit of of a dozen flies. It does NOT include breakfasts, for which everyone is on their own, or the dinners on either night. There may be an additional small charge collected later depending on how much the NFS permit is or if a group chooses to have the camp assistant buy groceries for a group cook-out on their second night.
THIS FISH-OUT IS FOR THE BEGINNER CLASS ONLY! Watch for emails further describing this fish-out and what you need to bring, what to expect, etc. Unfortunately it was not possible this year to schedule an earlier pre-meeting for this fish-out.
PROGRAM NOTE: Those who are registered for a LTFF 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 get for their spot if there is no one on the waitlist willing to do so. These fish-outs are necessarily planned and paid for in advance so club refunds are not generally possible.
Fish-out leader: John Murphy