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 Jan 2019
    • 11 Dec 2019
    • 25 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 10:30AM to 1:30PM 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

    • 12 Jan 2019
    • 14 Dec 2019
    • 12 sessions
    • Anglers Lodge board room, Golden Gate Park

    This is the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Directors for the Golden Gate Angling & Casting 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. 

    • 15 Oct 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 17 Oct 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • McCloud, CA
    • 0
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    Rondy:  McCloud River Walk & Wade

    Dates:  October 15-17, 2019 although DATES COULD CHANGE DUE TO CONSERVANCY PASSES 

    Leader:  Gavan Hennessy  mailto:hennessygavan@gmail.com

    Number of anglers (excluding leader):  4

    Description:  We will take 4 experienced anglers to the lower McCloud river at Ah-Di-Nah campground, to the Nature Conservancy, and Ash Camp.  Because of their incredible vigor and resilience, the McCloud River rainbow trout have been transplanted and established themselves in many of the greatest fly fishing locations in the world.  The famed October Caddis emergence may be underway then, and those who have witnessed clouds of these 1.5-inch-long flies laying eggs on the water in late afternoon will never forget it.  For dry-fly aficionados, the McCloud can be surprisingly good. Both high-sticking and long line nymphing also work very well. Targeting big Brown trout migrating up from Lake Shasta with large streamers is a real treat.

    This outing is not for anyone with serious medical conditions since the stream access and wading are difficult, and the location is far from medical services.  There is no cell phone reception in the McCloud River canyon. At this time of year the weather usually is very cool and could be wet.  Everyone will be staying at the Ah-Di-Nah campground.There will be a pre-meeting (date TBD).  

    Suggested Gear:  4-7 wt fly rods with the usual lines, leaders, etc., to fish dries, nymphs, and streamers.  You'll also need a wading staff, sturdy waders, studded boots, warm clothing, and a rain jacket.

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $25  

    Other expenses will include travel, food, and a small campground fee. 

    Cancellation Policy:  There are no refunds.  In the event that a member is, for any reason, unable to attend, he may resell his slot (rod) to another GGACC member (by first pulling from the waitlist if one exists).  It is the sole responsibility of the member to manage this transaction.  This is not the responsibility of the leader or club.

    • 18 Oct 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Anglers Lodge & casting ponds, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco

    The GGACC ponds are reserved on Friday, October 18, 2019 for Official Practice for the Northwestern Tournament on that weekend and for U.S. Team Training on this day.

    For more information about the Northwestern Tournament on Sat. & Sun., Oct. 19 & 20 which is being held in San Francisco this year, please see those two day's events on the GGACC Events Calendar.   

    • 19 Oct 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    • GG Anglers Lodge and all casting ponds

    Northwestern Tournament in San Francisco is Sat. & Sun., Oct 19-20, 2019 (10 events). There is an Official Practice day and U.S. Team Training on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. 

    This regional casting tournament is sponsored by Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club 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 competition in a two-day tournament.)  Note change of date again this year to the 3rd weekend of October.

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

    8:00 am -- Registration and payment of event fees.

    8:30 am -- Competition begins 

    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. 

    This is a Fly/spin/bait accuracy casting and fly and spin distance casting tournament. This tournament is divided into three competition divisions:  "C" (Beginning), "B" (Intermediate), "A" (Advanced).

    Participation is open to the public (but please register beforehand) and visitors are more than welcome to attend for free.

    NOTE:  Western Tournament Association rules will apply to this tournament. 

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

    • 19 Oct 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Cabela's parking lot B, Boomtown, NV
    • 3
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    This one-day LTFF Intrmd. Truckee River Fish-out out of Reno, NV, on Saturday, October 9, 2019 is offered initially to ONLY those registered 3rd year Learn to Fly Fish (LTFF) students who indicated via email their interest in this particular fish-out on that date. This fish-out will be limited to no more than 7 members and initially only to those 7 students who responded previously.  If any of those 7 individuals have not completed registering by 12 noon on Friday, Oct. 11, their spots may be filled from the waitlist or offered to recent LTFF alums.

    Description:  This fish-out will be led by Doug Ouellette (well et') who has long guided on the Nevada stretch of the Truckee River, targeting big browns especially.  This informational day will be a combination of a brief tour of access points  on the Truckee River from Stateline through the City of Reno (with provided map), to be followed by Doug’s talk in the city park on where, when, and how to fish this river, including instruction on his preferred rigging for tight-line nymphing.  After that, Doug will spread people out on the river and help coach you as you fish some of the better stretches of it through town.  He will provide leader material and some flies for tight-line nymphing, but suggests that you bring your own flybox and usual fishing gear in case you want to change up to try something different. 

    Cost:  The registration fee will be $150 per person for the full day to cover Doug's fee and costs for supplied flies and instructional materials.  

    NV Fishing License:  All registrants must have a valid 2019 Nevada fishing license on their person by the 9:00am meet-up time.  The Nevada 1-day Fishing Permit for Nonresidents costs $18.00 -- plus $7.00 for each consecutive day added to a 1-day permit.  (The Nonresident Annual Fishing Permit valid for 1 year from date of purchase costs $80.) Fishing permits may be purchased online at www.ndowlicensing.com 

    Required Gear:  Bring your fly rod (say 5-6wt rod, 9 ft. or longer) with a floating fly line. In addition to your usual fly fishing gear, Doug asks that you be sure to bring waders (with at least one belt!), wading boots, wading staff, sunglasses (polarized!), and sun protection.  Also be sure to pack a lunch for yourself, as well as drinking water needed for the day. 

    Meeting Time & Place:   Participants shall meet Doug in Cabela's parking lot "B" (turn left into this lot as you approach the store) on Saturday morning at 9:00AM.  Please be prompt, but do call or text Doug at 1-775-722-2267 if you are running more than a couple minutes late.  The address for Cabela's (right off I-80) is 8650 Boomtown Rd,, Verdi, NV and the store hours are 9am-9pm M-Sat., 9-7 Sun. (phone 1-775-829-4100).  John Murphy may or may not be joining you depending on what his back doctor says that week. 

    For more info:   Doug Ouellette  calvadaflyfishing@sbcglobal.net  1-775-722-2267

    • 20 Oct 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • GG Anglers Lodge and all casting ponds

    Northwestern Tournament in San Francisco is Sat. & Sun., Oct 19-20, 2019 (10 events).  There is an Official Practice day and U.S. Team Training on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. 

    This regional casting tournament is sponsored by Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club 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 competition in a two-day tournament.)  Note change of date again this year to the 3rd weekend of October.

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

    8:00 am -- Registration and payment of event fees.

    8:30 am -- Competition begins 

    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.

    This is a Fly/spin/bait accuracy casting and fly and spin distance casting tournament. This tournament is divided into three competition divisions:  "C" (Beginning), "B" (Intermediate), "A" (Advanced).

    Participation is open to the public (but please register beforehand) and visitors are more than welcome to attend for free.

    NOTE:  Western Tournament Association rules will apply to this tournament. 

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

    • 25 Oct 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 27 Oct 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Bridgeport, CA
    • 0
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    Rondy:  East Walker River Walk & Wade

    Dates:  October 25-27, 2019  

    Leader:  Paul Kromhout  mailto:pkromhout@comcast.net

    Number of anglers (excluding leader):  7

    Description:  Walk & Wade the East Walker River below the Bridgeport Reservoir dam and across the Nevada border.  We'll fish the section immediately below the dam and continue downstream to the Rosachi section on the Nevada side.  Streamers, nymphs and dries will all be on the menu.  We'll be looking for Rainbows and big Browns.  The East Walker is a year-round stream and produces some very large fish.  This Rondy is unguided.  Paul will take you to a few different places on the river and demonstrate various rigs for pursuing these well-schooled trout.  This Autumn trip is intended to avoid the heat of Summer and miss the high flows of the early snowmelt months.  While more moderate flows mean potentially easier wading and, hopefully, more active fish, participants should be in robust condition for wading as the river bottom can be rocky and slippery. 

    We intend to camp either near the river or adjacent to the Bridgeport Reservoir.  There will be a nominal per car fee/per day for camping.  The East Walker is in the Eastern Sierra at about 6000 ft.  In late October, it will likely be cold at night and may be cold in the daytime, as well.  Participants should be prepared for cold and perhaps, wet, weather. 

    Supplies:  While we will certainly attempt to coordinate efforts, participants should plan to bring an independent supply of water, food and personal items.  The town of Bridgeport has a few stores, restaurants and motels and is a short drive from our fishing area.  Bridgeport is a 5 hour drive from San Francisco, depending on traffic and route.  Ken's Sporting Goods in Bridgeport is a go-to spot for everything, including Nevada fishing licenses ($19 for 1-day, approx. $7 each extra day; $81 for 365-day non-resident). 

    Suggested Gear:  Either 5wt or 6wt 9ft fly rod.  Either floating or DT line for nymphs and dries and a sink-tip line for streamers.  Waders, boots, wading staff, hat and glasses are a must.  Camping gear as required.  Our camping may take place on roads requiring high ground clearance.  Please plan to coordinate your drive with someone owning an appropriate vehicle.

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $25.00.  

    Other expenses expenses will include transportation, camping fees, meals/food, fishing licenses. 

    Cancellation Policy:  There are no refunds.  In the event that a member is, for any reason, unable to attend, he may resell his slot (rod) to another GGACC member (by first pulling from the waitlist if one exists).  It is the sole responsibility of the member to manage this transaction.  This is not the responsibility of the leader or club.

    • 30 Oct 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Angler's Lodge
    • 0
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    The Anglers Lodge locker room and boardroom is reserved for this event on this evening.

    This is the 1st of (6) Wednesday night sessions for this Rod Building Workshop #15, taught by Scott Hill and Rich Stevens and offered to currently active club members only (those with dues paid for the 2019 calendar year).  

    There are currently two separate classes (Workshops #13 & 14) posted on the club calendar for Thursday nights, on a different set of dates.  The registrants for this Workshop #15 may NOT attend any sessions of those other workshops without prior written approval from the other session's instructor.  

    Note: There will be NO class on Weds., Nov. 6, 2019 (while components are sourced) or on Weds., Nov. 27, 2019 (Thanksgiving week). 

    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 class does NOT currently support the building of two-handed rods (switch or Spey) for lack of the proper equipment (a lathe large enough for turning the longer handles).  So only single-handed rods can be constructed in this class. 

    Members may take this class multiple times, but only if there is no one waitlisted for it up to one week before the first class session.  If there is someone on the waitlist prior to that, that person will be allowed to take the spot of any registrant who has taken the class previously and the latter person will be added to the bottom of the waitlist and alerted, along with others on that waitlist, to the posting of the next class. 

    This Oct. 30 through Dec. 18, 2019 Workshop #15 is limited to 7 club members via online registration only.  Register for this FIRST class session ONLY for enrollment in all 6 sessions of Workshop #15. 

    If there is no large "Register" button showing on the left side of this screen now (or above it on a smartphone) but there is a "Join Waitlist" button, the class has already filled. However, you may wish to sign the online waitlist since any drop-outs before the first session will be replaced from this waitlist in the order that they signed it.  The waitlist will only be generated when the registration closes because the class has filled. Those on the waitlist for this class may also be contacted about their interest in the subsequent future class when that next class has been scheduled. 

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

    Oct. 30 - Introduction -- Choosing the right blank and components

    Nov. 13 - Assembling components -- Reel seats/Cork

    Nov. 20 - Making the grip -- Cork/Turn

    Dec. 4 - Rod wrapping -- Wrap 

    Dec. 11 - Rod wrapping --Wrap/Coat

    Dec. 18 - 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 

    Scott Hill  at sehill@speakeasy.net

    Rich Stevens  at  bldrcretin@gmail.com

    • 02 Nov 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Weaverville, CA
    • 0
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    Rondy:  Trinity River Steelhead Drift #1

    Dates:  November 2, 2019  

    Leader:  Joe Waterman  mailto:josephwaterman@yahoo.com

    Number of anglers (excluding leader):  7

    Description:  There are four (4) one-day Steelhead guided float trip Rondies for the Trinity River this year.  This one will be on Saturday, November 2, 2019

    The Trinity is a gorgeous river in the Fall!  And has a dependable run of wild and hatchery Steelhead.  There are several techniques used for fishing for Steelhead in the fall: 1) Indicator nymph fishing using a 6-8 wt. single hand fly rod with floating line and Fluorocarbon tippet (from 1X-4X);  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.  We will do our best to match boat partners and guides to their preferred technique.  

    The guides we use are great.   They are: 

    (3 boats) Confluence Outfitters http://www.confluenceoutfitters.com/ 

    (1 boat) Aaron Gabriel http://www.thenortherncaliforniaguide.com/

    Suggested Gear:  6-8 wt single handed fly rods for nymphing and swinging; 5-7 wt Spey rods for swinging.  Note that the weather can be very cold, bring multi-layers and good rain gear. 

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $290  

    Other expenses will be guide gratuities, transportation, lodging.  We also do an optional no-host dinner on Saturday night at the restaurant in Indian Creek Lodge for anyone who would like to attend.  

    Cancellation Policy:  There are no refunds.  In the event that a member is, for any reason, unable to attend, he may resell his slot (rod) to another GGACC member (by first pulling from the waitlist if one exists).  It is the sole responsibility of the member to manage this transaction.  This is not the responsibility of the leader or club.

    • 02 Nov 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • American River near Sacramento, CA
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    GGACC's Spey Improver Program's next class, on the American River, is scheduled for Saturday, November 2, 2019, starting at 8:30 AM.  Registration fee is $50. 

    The Spey Improver Program is a one-day class directed at those GGACC members who have taken the GGACC Spey Angler Program's class in the past, or who have experience fishing with a two-handed rod.  Class size is limited to 6 current club members.

    Items covered will include Single Spey and Snake Roll casts with Skagit, Scandi, and Long Belly lines. We will also focus on non-dominate hand casting.

    Spey Improver Program classes will be held on the American River (conditions permitting). Students will be notified of the access point several days before the class. Students should have Skagit and Scandi heads, tips (floating, intermediate and fast sinking) as well as a 12' tapered steelhead/salmon leader.  Please, yarn flies only!  Students should bring waders, boots, wading staff and belt, eye protection, sunscreen, hat, raingear, lunch and a folding chair.  Be ready to start (in the water) at 8:30AM.

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

    Registration:  Effective November 15, 2018, all registration for the 2019 Spey Improver classes will be accomplished ONLINE Only on the GGACC website's Events Calendar.  Registration (and participation) requires current GGACC membership and online payment of a $50 fee either by credit card or Paypal.  You may sign-up when a large "Register" button shows next to this calendar event description. If the class is already full, you will have the option of joining the wait list.  Any cancellations will be filled from the waitlist. 

    Cancellation: If you have to cancel prior to 30 days from the class, your fee will be refunded.  Cancellation inside the 30 day window which causes the class size to drop below 4 students (minimum class size) will result in fee forfeiture.  Notify Bill Gallogly  (Slazanger2@icloud.com) as soon as you know you need to cancel.

    Please check the GGACC Events Calendar for the scheduled class dates.  There will be at least 2 Spey Improver classes in 2019 (Spring and Fall).

    For more information about this program, contact Bill Gallogly  slazanger2@icloud.com

    • 02 Nov 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge & Center Casting Pond, GG Park

    Both the Anglers Lodge and the center casting pond are reserved for this club event on Saturday, November 2, 2019, between the hours of 8:30AM and 3:00PM.

    This FREE event will be a practice casting session as well as a workshop / clinic for GGACC members only to help prepare them for next April's Spey-O-Rama spey casting competition (men's, women's, and senior's divisions).   Contact Victor Yee to learn more.    

    Registration for this event is not being handled online. Those interested in participating in this free event must Register for it in advance by contacting:

    Victor Yee    victor.l.yee@gmail.com   ph. 415-302-7839

    • 03 Nov 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Weaverville, CA
    • 3
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    Rondy:  Trinity River Steelhead Drift #2

    Dates:  November 3, 2019  

    Leader:  Joe Waterman  mailto:josephwaterman@yahoo.com

    Number of anglers (excluding leader):  7

    Description:  There are four (4) one-day Steelhead guided float trip Rondies for the Trinity River this year.  This one will be on Sunday, November 3, 2019

    The Trinity is a gorgeous river in the Fall!  And has a dependable run of wild and hatchery Steelhead.  There are several techniques used for fishing for Steelhead in the fall: 1) Indicator nymph fishing using a 6-8 wt. single hand fly rod with floating line and Fluorocarbon tippet (from 1X-4X);  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.  We will do our best to match boat partners and guides to their preferred technique.  

    The guides we use are great.   They are: 

    (3 boats) Confluence Outfitters http://www.confluenceoutfitters.com/ 

    (1 boat) Aaron Gabriel http://www.thenortherncaliforniaguide.com/

    Suggested Gear:  6-8 wt single handed fly rods for nymphing and swinging; 5-7 wt Spey rods for swinging.  Note that the weather can be very cold, bring multi-layers and good rain gear. 

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $290  

    Other expenses will be guide gratuities, transportation, lodging.  We also do an optional no-host dinner on Saturday night at the restaurant in Indian Creek Lodge for anyone who would like to attend.  

    Cancellation Policy:  There are no refunds.  In the event that a member is, for any reason, unable to attend, he may resell his slot (rod) to another GGACC member (by first pulling from the waitlist if one exists).  It is the sole responsibility of the member to manage this transaction.  This is not the responsibility of the leader or club.

    • 09 Nov 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Park casting ponds (1232 JFK Dr., across from the Buffalo Paddock), San Francisco
    Register

    The Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club's (GGACC's) Monthly Free Fly Casting Lessons are open to both Club members and the General Public. These free fly casting lessons are generally held on the 2nd Saturday of each month year-round from 9:30 AM - 12 Noon at the Golden Gate Park casting ponds.  These lessons are followed by a free small lunch courtesy of GGACC.  Free loaner equipment is also available on a first come, first served basis, but please try to arrive by 8:45 AM to take advantage of this limited free equipment.

    A few points to consider –

    • These lessons focus on casting single-handed fly rods.
    • Casting lessons are a “go," rain or shine.
    • For safety reasons, no flies with hooks are permitted; only "yarn" practice flies are allowed (these practice flies are provided free of charge).
    • Students are expected to provide and wear their own eye protection (regular glasses, sun glasses, or safety glasses) at all times during the casting lessons.

    Classes target four different skill levels (the classes are held concurrently): 

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

    Please pre-register for these casting lessons in order to help determine the number of needed instructors and for lunch planning purposes.  To register, simply click on the large "Register" button to the left of this event description (or above it if using your smartphone).

    Finally, if you are interested in joining the casting instructor group or training for Fly Fishers International (FFI) "Casting Instructor" (CI) certification, please contact Willy George.

    • 13 Nov 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 14 Nov 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Weaverville, CA
    • 0
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    Rondy:  Trinity River Steelhead Walk & Wade

    Dates:  November 13-14, 2018  

    Leader:  Bill Corkery  mailto:billcorkery@att.net 

    Number of anglers (excluding leader):  4

    Description:  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. 

    Suggested Gear:  5-7 wt single handed fly rods for nymhing; 6-8 wt single handed rods for swinging; 5-7 wt Spey rods for swinging.  Note that the weather can be very cold, bring multi-layers and good rain gear. 

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $25  

    Other expenses will include travel, food, lodging (motels in Weaverville). 

    Cancellation Policy:  There are no refunds.  In the event that a member is, for any reason, unable to attend, he may resell his slot (rod) to another GGACC member (by first pulling from the waitlist if one exists).  It is the sole responsibility of the member to manage this transaction.  This is not the responsibility of the leader or club.

    • 16 Nov 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge (boardroom) 1st hour & center pond after
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    GGACC's Spey Angler Program is unique, in that its goal is to actually teach anglers how to fish with a two-handed rod. This one weekend 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 basic Spey casts. We meet Saturday @ 8:30AM in Anglers Lodge in our waders - leave spiked boots outside. We then move into the ponds from 9:30AM - 3PM with appropriate breaks.

    Sunday we head to the American River in the Sacramento area and learn to fish the casts practiced on Saturday.  Midday we'll add sink tips to replicate real world conditions. Also covered are rotation fishing, river courtesy, and fighting and landing steelhead and other species. Sunday we start at 8:30AM ready to cast (in your waders, etc.) at one of several river locations to be provided on Saturday. We finish between 1-2PM. 

    Maximum class size is 6. You must be a GGACC member, and there is a $150 fee for the class to be paid online.

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

    Please note the following!  In order to derive the most benefit from this class, it is best to already have developed certain single-handed casting abilities.  We strongly advise that you are able to cast (with a single hand rod) a straight top leg on your forward loop (at a distance of approximately 35’), as well as being able to roll cast so that the fly line, leader, and fly all “turn over” while airborne.  If you have any concern as to your readiness for this Spey Angler class, one of the four Spey instructors will be available in the afternoon of GGACC’s “Free Casting Instruction” Saturdays every month.  Contact a Spey instructor and arrange for them to help you determine if this class is appropriate for you.  Attending the free Saturday classes combined with some practice should adequately prepare you for the Spey Angler class.

    The club has loaner rods, reels and lines available. Bring waders, boots, wading staff, eye protection, hat, lunches for both days, and a folding chair for Sunday at the American River. Again, students are welcome to use the club's high-end, superbly matched Spey rods and lines each day.

    Registration:  Effective November 15, 2018, all registration for the 2019 classes will be accomplished ONLINE Only using the GGACC Event calendar.  To register, first select the Saturday class date that you want on the calendar.  Registration (and participation) requires current GGACC membership and paying the $150 fee online via credit card or Paypal. The class will be open for registration when a large "Register" button appears on the opened calendar event. When the class is full (a maximum of 6 students), you will have the option of joining a waitlist for that class (there are often cancellations which will be filled from the waitlist). 

    Cancellation: If you have to cancel prior to 30 days from the class, your fee will be refunded.  Cancellation inside the 30 day window which causes the class size to drop below 4 students (minimum class size) will result in fee forfeiture.  Notify Bill Gallogly  (Slazanger2@icloud.com) as soon as you know you need to cancel.

    Please check the GGACC events calendar for Spey Angler class dates.  There will be at least two Spey Angler classes in the spring and two in the fall in 2019.

    For any further questions about this class, email Bill Gallogly  slazanger2@icloud.com

    (Note:  These two sessions of Spey Angler Program #110 (now technically #111) were originally scheduled for October 5-6, 2019, but were rescheduled at Bill's request to November 16-17, 2019, as of May 25th of this year.  All current registrants were notified of this change of dates via email on May 25 and offered unconditional refunds in June if they are unable attend on the new dates.)  


    • 16 Nov 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Center casting pond reserved this date for likely Spey Angler change of class date pending confirmation from Bill Gallogly.


    • 17 Nov 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • American River, location TBD

    This 2nd session of the Spey Angler Program's class that began Saturday, November 16, 2019, will be held starting at 8:30AM on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at a place on the American River in the Sacramento area to be announced in the previous day's class. This session should wrap up around 1-2pm that afternoon.  

    (Note:  These two sessions of Spey Angler Program #110 (now technically #111) were originally scheduled for October 5-6, 2019, but were rescheduled to November 16-17, 2019, as of May 25th that year.  All current registrants were notified of the new dates on May 25 and offered the opportunity of a refund in June if unable to attend as rescheduled.)

    Bring camp chair and lunch in addition to the gear required for the previous day's class. 

    This program has limited registration.  See the previous day's event posting for more details and registering for any open spots or joining the waitlist.  

    • 17 Nov 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • GGACC casting ponds and lodge locker room

    NOTE:  THIS MONTH'S EVENT IS ON THE 3rd SUNDAY OF NOVEMBER.  There will be a prize this month for each event winner. 

    Fun and friendly casting competition held in conjunction with the Oakland Casting Club and San Jose Flycasters, but open to any registered person who would like to participate to test their skill against others or to just take part in the training to be offered as part of these casting games this year -- all are welcome, including beginning casters!

    The casting games at the GGACC casting ponds have been rescheduled this year to be typically held on the third or fourth Sunday of each month from 9:30am to about 2pm. But be sure to check the calendar each month for the actual date for this event.  These events will have priority use of the Lodge locker room and the center and east 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  or  Chris Korich  ckorich@gmail.com

    • 05 Dec 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Angler's Lodge
    • 0
    Join waitlist

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

    This is the 1st of (6) Thursday night sessions for this Rod Building Workshop #14, taught by Larry Kenney (and Bruce Raskin, one of his proteges) and offered to currently active club members only (those with dues paid for the 2019 calendar year).  

    There are currently two separate classes (Workshops #13 & 14) posted on the club calendar for Thursday nights, but each workshop is offered on a different set of dates.  The registrants for this Workshop #14 may NOT attend any sessions of the other workshop (or Workshop #15) without prior written approval from that second session's instructor.  

    Note: There will be NO class on Thurs., Dec. 12, 2019 (while components are sourced) or on Thurs., Dec. 26, 2019 (too close to Christmas)

    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 class does NOT currently support the building of two-handed rods (switch or Spey) for lack of the proper equipment (a lathe large enough for turning the longer handles).  So only single-handed rods can be constructed in this class. 

    Members may take this class multiple times, but only if there is no one waitlisted for it up to one week before the first class session.  If there is someone on the waitlist prior to that, that person will be allowed to take the spot of any registrant who has taken the class previously and the latter person will be added to the bottom of the waitlist and alerted, along with others on that waitlist, to the posting of the next class. 

    This Dec. 5, 2019 through Jan. 23, 2020 Workshop #14 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 #14. 

    If there is no large "Register" button showing on the left side of this screen now (or above it on a smartphone) but there is a "Join Waitlist" button, the class has already filled. However, you may wish to sign the online waitlist since any drop-outs before the first session will be replaced from this waitlist in the order that they signed it.  The waitlist will only be generated when the registration closes because the class has filled. Those on the waitlist for this class may also be contacted about their interest in the subsequent future class when that next class has been scheduled. 

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

    Dec. 5 - Introduction -- Choosing the right blank and components

    Dec. 19 - Assembling components -- Reel seats/Cork

    Jan. 2  - Making the grip -- Cork/Turn

    Jan. 9 - Rod wrapping -- Wrap 

    Jan. 16 - Rod wrapping --Wrap/Coat

    Jan. 23 - 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

    Bruce Raskin at  bruceraskin@gmail.com

    • 07 Dec 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge (boardroom) 1st hour & center pond after
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    GGACC's Spey Angler Program is unique, in that its goal is to actually teach anglers how to fish with a two-handed rod. This one weekend 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 basic Spey casts. We meet Saturday @ 8:30AM in Anglers Lodge in our waders - leave spiked boots outside. We then move into the ponds from 9:30AM - 3PM with appropriate breaks.

    Sunday we head to the American River in the Sacramento area and learn to fish the casts practiced on Saturday.  Midday we'll add sink tips to replicate real world conditions. Also covered are rotation fishing, river courtesy, and fighting and landing steelhead and other species. Sunday we start at 8:30AM ready to cast (in your waders, etc.) at one of several river locations to be provided on Saturday. We finish between 1-2PM. 

    Maximum class size is 6. You must be a GGACC member, and there is a $150 fee for the class to be paid online.

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

    Please note the following!  In order to derive the most benefit from this class, it is best to already have developed certain single-handed casting abilities.  We strongly advise that you are able to cast (with a single hand rod) a straight top leg on your forward loop (at a distance of approximately 35’), as well as being able to roll cast so that the fly line, leader, and fly all “turn over” while airborne.  If you have any concern as to your readiness for this Spey Angler class, one of the four Spey instructors will be available in the afternoon of GGACC’s “Free Casting Instruction” Saturdays every month.  Contact a Spey instructor and arrange for them to help you determine if this class is appropriate for you.  Attending the free Saturday classes combined with some practice should adequately prepare you for the Spey Angler class.

    The club has loaner rods, reels and lines available. Bring waders, boots, wading staff, eye protection, hat, lunches for both days, and a folding chair for Sunday at the American River. Again, students are welcome to use the club's high-end, superbly matched Spey rods and lines each day.

    Registration:  Effective November 15, 2018, all registration for the 2019 classes will be accomplished ONLINE Only using the GGACC Event calendar.  To register, first select the Saturday class date that you want on the calendar.  Registration (and participation) requires current GGACC membership and paying the $150 fee online via credit card or Paypal. The class will be open for registration when a large "Register" button appears on the opened calendar event. When the class is full (a maximum of 6 students), you will have the option of joining a waitlist for that class (there are often cancellations which will be filled from the waitlist).  

    Cancellation: If you have to cancel prior to 30 days from the class, your fee will be refunded.  Cancellation inside the 30 day window which causes the class size to drop below 4 students (minimum class size) will result in fee forfeiture.  Notify Bill Gallogly  (Slazanger2@icloud.com) as soon as you know you need to cancel.

    Please check the GGACC events calendar for Spey Angler class dates.  There will be at least two Spey Angler classes in the spring and two in the fall in 2019.

    For any further questions about this class, email Bill Gallogly  slazanger2@icloud.com

    • 07 Dec 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Angler's Lodge

    The club's usual end-of-year Swap Meet will be held this year on Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 10:00am to 12:30pm (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.  

    For questions about this swap, contact Libby Wolfensperger (elwolfensperger@me.com)


    • 07 Dec 2019
    • 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 7, 2019, 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 10:00am to 12:30pm. 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)

    • 08 Dec 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • American River, location TBD

    This 2nd session of the Spey Angler Program's class that began Saturday, December 7, 2019, will be held starting at 8:30AM on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at a place on the American River in the Sacramento area to be announced in the previous day's class. This session should wrap up around 1-2pm that afternoon.

    Bring camp chair and lunch in addition to the gear required for the previous day's class. 

    This program has limited registration.  See the previous day's event posting for more details and registering for any open spots or joining the waitlist.  

    • 14 Dec 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Park casting ponds (1232 JFK Dr., across from the Buffalo Paddock), San Francisco
    Register

    The Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club's (GGACC's) Monthly Free Fly Casting Lessons are open to both Club members and the General Public. These free fly casting lessons are generally held on the 2nd Saturday of each month year-round from 9:30 AM - 12 Noon at the Golden Gate Park casting ponds.  These lessons are followed by a free small lunch courtesy of GGACC.  Free loaner equipment is also available on a first come, first served basis, but please try to arrive by 8:45 AM to take advantage of this limited free equipment.

    A few points to consider –

    • These lessons focus on casting single-handed fly rods.
    • Casting lessons are a “go," rain or shine.
    • For safety reasons, no flies with hooks are permitted; only "yarn" practice flies are allowed (these practice flies are provided free of charge).
    • Students are expected to provide and wear their own eye protection (regular glasses, sun glasses, or safety glasses) at all times during the casting lessons.

    Classes target four different skill levels (the classes are held concurrently): 

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

    Please pre-register for these casting lessons in order to help determine the number of needed instructors and for lunch planning purposes.  To register, simply click on the large "Register" button to the left of this event description (or above it if using your smartphone).

    Finally, if you are interested in joining the casting instructor group or training for Fly Fishers International (FFI) "Casting Instructor" (CI) certification, please contact Willy George.

    • 14 Dec 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 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 that month. Attendance may be limited to the maximum seating available for a particular program, so please register in advance of the event. 

    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


    • 15 Dec 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • GGACC casting ponds and lodge locker room

    NOTE:  THIS MONTH'S EVENT IS ON THE 3rd SUNDAY OF DECEMBER.  There will be a prize this month for "All Around Champion" -- must be a GGACC member. 

    Fun and friendly casting competition held in conjunction with the Oakland Casting Club and San Jose Flycasters, but open to any registered person who would like to participate to test their skill against others or to just take part in the training to be offered as part of these casting games this year -- all are welcome, including beginning casters!

    The casting games at the GGACC casting ponds have been rescheduled this year to be typically held on the third or fourth Sunday of each month from 9:30am to about 2pm. But be sure to check the calendar each month for the actual date for this event.  These events will have priority use of the Lodge locker room and the center and east 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  or  Chris Korich  ckorich@gmail.com

    • 08 Jan 2020
    • 24 Jun 2020
    • 15 sessions
    • Anglers Lodge & West Casting Pond, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

    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 10:30AM to 1:30PM 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


    • 11 Jan 2020
    • 12 Dec 2020
    • 12 sessions
    • Anglers Lodge board room, Golden Gate Park

    This is the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Directors for the Golden Gate Angling & Casting 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 Jan 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Park casting ponds (1232 JFK Dr., across from the Buffalo Paddock), San Francisco
    Register
    The Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club's (GGACC's) Monthly Free Fly Casting Lessons are open to both Club members and the General Public. These free fly casting lessons are generally held on the 2nd Saturday of each month year-round from 9:30 AM - 12 Noon at the Golden Gate casting ponds.  These lessons are followed by a free small lunch courtesy of GGACC.  Free loaner equipment is also available on a first come, first served basis, but please try to arrive by 8:45 AM to take advantage of this limited free equipment.

    A few points to consider –

    • These lessons focus on casting single-handed fly rods.
    • Casting lessons are a “go," rain or shine.
    • For safety reasons, no flies with hooks are permitted; only "yarn" practice flies are allowed (these practice flies are provided free of charge).
    • Students are expected to provide and wear their own eye protection (regular glasses, sun glasses, or safety glasses) at all times during the casting lessons.

    Classes target four different skill levels (the classes are held concurrently): 

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

    Please pre-register for these casting lessons in order to help determine the number of needed instructors and for lunch planning purposes.  To register, simply click on the large "Register" button to the left of this event description (or above it if using your smartphone).

    Finally, if you are interested in joining the casting instructor group or training for Fly Fishers International (FFI) "Casting Instructor" (CI) certification, please contact Willy George.

    • 11 Jan 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 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 that month. Attendance may be limited to the maximum seating available for a particular program, so please register in advance of the event. 

    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:



    • 18 Jan 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge (boardroom) 1st hour & center pond after
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    GGACC's Spey Angler Program is unique, in that its goal is to actually teach anglers how to fish with a two-handed rod. This one weekend Spey Angler 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 basic Spey casts. We meet Saturday @ 8:30AM in Anglers Lodge in our waders - leave spiked boots outside. We then move into the ponds from 9:30AM - 3PM with appropriate breaks.

    Sunday we head to the American River in the Sacramento area and learn to fish the casts practiced on Saturday.  Midday we'll add sink tips to replicate real world conditions. Also covered are rotation fishing, river courtesy, and fighting and landing steelhead and other species. Sunday we start at 8:30AM ready to cast (in your waders, etc.) at one of several river locations to be provided on Saturday. We finish between 1-2PM. 

    Maximum class size is 6. You must be a GGACC member, and there is a $150 fee for the class to be paid online.

    Your instructors will be Bill Gallogly, Steve Morikawa, and Willy George.

    Please note the following!  In order to derive the most benefit from this class, it is best to already have developed certain single-handed casting abilities.  We strongly advise that you are able to cast (with a single hand rod) a straight top leg on your forward loop (at a distance of approximately 35’), as well as being able to roll cast so that the fly line, leader, and fly all “turn over” while airborne.  If you have any concern as to your readiness for this Spey Angler class, one of the three Spey instructors will be available in the afternoon of GGACC’s “Free Casting Instruction” on the 2nd Saturdays (typically) of every month.  Contact a Spey instructor and arrange for them to help you determine if this class is appropriate for you.  Attending the monthly free 2nd Saturday morning casting classes combined with some practice should adequately prepare you for the Spey Angler class.

    The club has loaner Spey rods, reels and lines available for use on Spey Angler class days only. Bring waders, boots, wading staff, eye protection, hat, and lunches for both days, and a folding chair for Sunday at the American River. Again, students are welcome to use the club's high-end, superbly matched Spey rods and lines each day.

    Registration:  As required in recent years, all registration for the 2020 classes will be accomplished ONLINE Only using the GGACC Events Calendar.  To register, first select the Saturday class date that you want on the calendar.  Registration (and participation) requires current GGACC membership and paying the $150 fee online via credit card or Paypal. The class will be open for registration when a large "Register" button appears on the opened calendar event. When the class is full (a maximum of 6 students), you will have the option of joining a waitlist for that class (there are often cancellations which will be filled from the waitlist).    

    Cancellation: If you have to cancel prior to 30 days from the class, your fee will be refunded.  Cancellation inside the 30 day window which causes the class size to drop below 4 students (minimum class size) will result in fee forfeiture.  Notify Bill Gallogly  (Slazanger2@icloud.com) as soon as you know you need to cancel.

    Please check the GGACC events calendar for Spey Angler class dates.  There will be at least two Spey Angler classes in the spring and possibly two in the fall in 2020.

    For any further questions about this class, email Bill Gallogly  slazanger2@icloud.com

    • 19 Jan 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • American River, location TBD

    This 2nd session of the Spey Angler Program's class that began Saturday, January 18, 2020, will be held starting at 8:30AM on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at a place on the American River in the Sacramento area to be announced in the previous day's class. This session should wrap up around 1-2pm that afternoon.

    Bring camp chair and lunch in addition to the gear required for the previous day's class. 

    This program has limited registration.  See the previous day's event posting for more details and registering for any open spots or joining the waitlist.  

    • 26 Jan 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • GGACC casting ponds and lodge locker room

    Fun and friendly casting competition held in conjunction with the Oakland Casting Club and San Jose Flycasters, but open to any registered person who would like to participate to test their skill against others or to just take part in the training to be offered as part of these casting games this year -- all are welcome, including beginning casters!

    The casting games at the GGACC casting ponds have been scheduled to be typically held on the third or fourth Sunday of each month from 9:30am to about 2pm. But be sure to check the calendar each month for the actual date for this event.  These events will have priority use of the Lodge locker room and the center and east 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  or  Chris Korich  ckorich@gmail.com

    • 08 Feb 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Park casting ponds (1232 JFK Dr., across from the Buffalo Paddock), San Francisco
    Register
    The Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club's (GGACC's) Monthly Free Fly Casting Lessons are open to both Club members and the General Public. These free fly casting lessons are generally held on the 2nd Saturday of each month year-round from 9:30 AM - 12 Noon at the Golden Gate casting ponds.  These lessons are followed by a free small lunch courtesy of GGACC.  Free loaner equipment is also available on a first come, first served basis, but please try to arrive by 8:45 AM to take advantage of this limited free equipment.

    A few points to consider –

    • These lessons focus on casting single-handed fly rods.
    • Casting lessons are a “go," rain or shine.
    • For safety reasons, no flies with hooks are permitted; only "yarn" practice flies are allowed (these practice flies are provided free of charge).
    • Students are expected to provide and wear their own eye protection (regular glasses, sun glasses, or safety glasses) at all times during the casting lessons.

    Classes target four different skill levels (the classes are held concurrently): 

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

    Please pre-register for these casting lessons in order to help determine the number of needed instructors and for lunch planning purposes.  To register, simply click on the large "Register" button to the left of this event description (or above it if using your smartphone).

    Finally, if you are interested in joining the casting instructor group or training for Fly Fishers International (FFI) "Casting Instructor" (CI) certification, please contact Willy George.

    • 08 Feb 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 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 that month. Attendance may be limited to the maximum seating available for a particular program, so please register in advance of the event. 

    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:



    • 15 Feb 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge (boardroom) 1st hour & center pond after
    • 6
    Register

    GGACC's Spey Angler Program is unique, in that its goal is to actually teach anglers how to fish with a two-handed rod. This one weekend Spey Angler 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 basic Spey casts. We meet Saturday @ 8:30AM in Anglers Lodge in our waders - leave spiked boots outside. We then move into the ponds from 9:30AM - 3PM with appropriate breaks.

    Sunday we head to the American River in the Sacramento area and learn to fish the casts practiced on Saturday.  Midday we'll add sink tips to replicate real world conditions. Also covered are rotation fishing, river courtesy, and fighting and landing steelhead and other species. Sunday we start at 8:30AM ready to cast (in your waders, etc.) at one of several river locations to be provided on Saturday. We finish between 1-2PM. 

    Maximum class size is 6. You must be a GGACC member, and there is a $150 fee for the class to be paid online.

    Your instructors will be Bill Gallogly, Steve Morikawa, and Willy George.

    Please note the following!  In order to derive the most benefit from this class, it is best to already have developed certain single-handed casting abilities.  We strongly advise that you are able to cast (with a single hand rod) a straight top leg on your forward loop (at a distance of approximately 35’), as well as being able to roll cast so that the fly line, leader, and fly all “turn over” while airborne.  If you have any concern as to your readiness for this Spey Angler class, one of the three Spey instructors will be available in the afternoon of GGACC’s “Free Casting Instruction” on the 2nd Saturdays (typically) of every month.  Contact a Spey instructor and arrange for them to help you determine if this class is appropriate for you.  Attending the monthly free 2nd Saturday morning casting classes combined with some practice should adequately prepare you for the Spey Angler class.

    The club has loaner Spey rods, reels and lines available for use on Spey Angler class days only. Bring waders, boots, wading staff, eye protection, hat, and lunches for both days, and a folding chair for Sunday at the American River. Again, students are welcome to use the club's high-end, superbly matched Spey rods and lines each day.

    Registration:  As required in recent years, all registration for the 2020 classes will be accomplished ONLINE Only using the GGACC Events Calendar.  To register, first select the Saturday class date that you want on the calendar.  Registration (and participation) requires current GGACC membership and paying the $150 fee online via credit card or Paypal. The class will be open for registration when a large "Register" button appears on the opened calendar event. When the class is full (a maximum of 6 students), you will have the option of joining a waitlist for that class (there are often cancellations which will be filled from the waitlist).    

    Cancellation: If you have to cancel prior to 30 days from the class, your fee will be refunded.  Cancellation inside the 30 day window which causes the class size to drop below 4 students (minimum class size) will result in fee forfeiture.  Notify Bill Gallogly  (Slazanger2@icloud.com) as soon as you know you need to cancel.

    Please check the GGACC events calendar for Spey Angler class dates.  There will be at least two Spey Angler classes in the spring and possibly two in the fall in 2020.

    For any further questions about this class, email Bill Gallogly  slazanger2@icloud.com

    • 16 Feb 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • American River, location TBD

    This 2nd session of the Spey Angler Program's class that began Saturday, February 15, 2020, will be held starting at 8:30AM on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at a place on the American River in the Sacramento area to be announced in the previous day's class. This session should wrap up around 1-2pm that afternoon.

    Bring camp chair and lunch in addition to the gear required for the previous day's class. 

    This program has limited registration.  See the previous day's event posting for more details and registering for any open spots or joining the waitlist.  

    • 23 Feb 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • GGACC casting ponds and lodge locker room

    Fun and friendly casting competition held in conjunction with the Oakland Casting Club and San Jose Flycasters, but open to any registered person who would like to participate to test their skill against others or to just take part in the training to be offered as part of these casting games this year -- all are welcome, including beginning casters!

    The casting games at the GGACC casting ponds have been scheduled to be typically held on the third or fourth Sunday of each month from 9:30am to about 2pm. But be sure to check the calendar each month for the actual date for this event.  These events will have priority use of the Lodge locker room and the center and east 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  or  Chris Korich  ckorich@gmail.com

    • 29 Feb 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge, Golden Gate Park
    • 19

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

    Those wishing to join the 2020 "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) Step 1 Beginners Class, the 1st year of the club's 3-year long mentored fly fishing educational program (which is not a learn to fly cast program) should be sure to attend the October and / or November 2019 sessions of the club's 2nd Saturday morning "Free Fly Casting Lessons on the GGACC Ponds" in order to hear an announcement at 9:30am (just before the start of the casting lessons) of the date and precise time that the online registration will first open in the late fall of 2019 

    Due to the expected size of the 2020 LTFF Beginners class exceeding the capacity for seating at tables in our Anglers Lodge, there will necessarily be two separate classroom sections -- a Section A on Saturday mornings and a Section B on Sunday mornings -- for the two 2020 classroom weekends of Feb. 29-March 1 and March 21-22 (referred to as "Class Days 1 & 2", respectively).  These section groupings on Saturdays or Sundays will apply to these class days only, and not to the subsequent fish-outs. 

    To join the 2020 LTFF Program at the STEP 1 "Beginners" level (i.e., meaning that you have little or no fly fishing experience without guides and/or no formal training), you must be quick to register (online only, on the announced date and time in the late fall of 2019) at the LTFF STEP 1 "Beginners Class Day 1" calendar event for either Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 (for Section A)  OR Sunday, March 1, 2020 (for Section B). 

    Registration fee for the mandatory Class Days:  $100 payable online via credit card or PayPal account.  Besides the cost of books, hand-outs, badges, beverages, snacks, etc. for the class days, this fee also covers costs for putting on the offered LTFF Casting Clinics and other program clinics or meals at the club.

    Until the available openings fill up in any given class section, you may be able to choose your preferred section day when the large "Register" button appears on that day's event if you click on that quickly enough when the online registration is first opened on the announced date and time.  If this "Register" button has already changed to a "Join Waitlist" button, you may wish to click on that quickly before trying to register for the other Beginners class section day on its Day 1 calendar event (that same weekend).  

    Be very careful that you are navigating to the LTFF STEP 1 "Beginners" Class Day 1 calendar events on Feb. 29 & March 1, and not by mistake to the LTFF STEP 2 "Novice" Class Day 1 events on those same dates.  

    Registration for those eligible (and granted express written permission) for signing up for any remaining Novice (2nd year) spots -- those not accepted by the previous year's Beginners -- will be opened on a separate date and time.  So there will be no large "Register" button nor "Join Waitlist" button visible to click on those two Novice Class Day 1 events.  Anyone choosing to skip the first year of the LTFF program must petition the Program Director for approval based on the described extent of their small river or stream fly fishing and wading experience -- without the use of guides. 

    Only current club members are eligible to participate in this LTFF Program -- and only current members will be able to register online on the announced 2019 date for opening of registration for the 2020 program (note: joining the club or renewing your membership in the last couple months of the previous year will be valid for the following calendar year, so be sure that you are signed up as a club member before trying to register).  

    Basic fly casting proficiency is a prerequisite to joining the LTFF program!  Unlike other fly fishing programs, our LTFF program is NOT focused on teaching basic fly casting skill, which is a skill that you will need to have acquired previously.  If you are learning to fly cast at GGACC, and if, after attending the club's monthly casting lessons for perhaps 4-6 or more months, you have made good progress at mastering loop control, line management, and line slipping at the "Novice Casting Level" (2nd level) -- OR, if you have been promoted by one of the casting instructors up to either the "Intermediate Casting (3rd) Level" or to the "Advanced Casting (4th) Level" in the club's 2nd Saturday of the month "Free Casting Lessons on the Ponds", you have likely achieved this expected basic casting proficiency. 

    If you are only a novice level fly caster now, you still have time to up your casting game in the months before the  LTFF Casting Qualifier clinic to be held mid-day on January 11, 2020 (or on February 8, 2020, if granted permission to prequal then) following the GGACC's regular 2nd Saturday casting lessons on those dates.  Unless granted approval for prequalifying on Feb. 8, all 2020 LTFF Beginner class registrants will need to perform some casting drills during that January 11th clinic in order to allow us to evaluate whether you can proceed to attend the upcoming class days and subsequent fish-outs, or whether you will need to give up your registration (your fee will be refunded) to someone on the waitlist, while you work on your casting skills to try again the following year. 

    There will be only one 2020 LTFF Beginners Class for purposes of class communications and signing up for all scheduled class fish-outs or clinics, even though this Beginners Class must be split into 2 separate "Class Sections" for the classroom instruction ONLY due to space constraints in our Anglers Lodge meeting room.   

    REGISTRATION FOR THIS LTFF PROGRAM IS ON A FIRST-COME BASIS ONLY AND THE PREVIOUS YEARS' CLASSES FILLED VERY QUICKLY.  THE DATE AND THE EXACT TIME THAT ONLINE REGISTRATION WILL BE OPENED FOR NEXT YEAR'S CLASS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE OCT. & NOV., 2019 (2nd Sat.) FREE PUBLIC CASTING LESSONS -- and to those still on the waitlist from this past year's Beginners class via an email in the fall. 

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

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

    Participation in this Learn to Fly Fish program, AS A PREREQUISITE, requires the ability to proficiently make relatively accurate presentations of the fly to at least 35'-40' with good loops and line control. This includes making both roll casts and overhead casts, with loop and change of direction control, line mgt. skills, and the ability to extend casts by slipping line during false casts as taught by the club in the Beginner and Novice sections of the monthly free public casting lessons (typ. held every 2nd Saturday of each month, see club calendar to register for these free casting classes).

    Participants are encouraged to develop their casting skills beyond these minimal prerequisite casting requirements as quickly as they can by attending as many of the club's free casting lessons as possible, and by participating in any LTFF Casting Clinics held on some of those same days.  The GG casting ponds are open on most days of the year for individual practice when not reserved on the GGACC calendar for club events. 

    Another excellent training ground for casting skills (being organized by Chris Korich) will be the new "Accuracy Casting Games" when they're held at the Golden Gate ponds as shown on the club calendar (likely moving to the 3rd Sunday morning of various months in 2019). 

    CLASS DAYS:  Attendance at class days is generally mandatory and requisite for being allowed to participate in fish-outs. The Beginners classroom instruction will cover required gear, knots, entomology, reading the water, and wading safety.  Specialized casting techniques will now be taught in LTFF Casting Clinics in the afternoons on 2nd Saturdays of the month for various months as announced later by emails. Casting instructors will work with you then to help prepare you for the 3 or more planned "mentored" fish-outs to be offered beginning in the late spring.

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

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

    FISH-OUTS: The cost of the separately posted fish-outs will be listed on their event pages when posted, but typically run from $100-250 for Beginners depending on the destination and what the program's expenses are for that fish-out. These fees do not cover any your equipment costs, guide gratuities, driving expenses, certain meals, and any lodging costs. Only students who have registered for and attend the two class days will receive emailed notices of when the Beginner fish-outs are first opened for online registration sign-up and payment.

    Since there are not enough available weekends to create any additional weekend fish-outs in the program for the now much larger class size, the previous one-day fish-outs on any weekend will be scheduled as two separate one-day fish-outs on that same weekend, and all previous two-day weekend fish-outs will become two separate two-day fish-outs on Friday-Sat. and Sunday-Monday for Groups 1 & 2.  

    Most of the new Beginners fish-outs still need to be scheduled and the available mentors or guides confirmed before posting on the club's events calendar (or the LTFF Program's   extracted calendar found under the Events tab dropdown menu on the homepage). You don't need to watch or keep checking for these online postings, however, since the entire class will be notified simultaneously via a group email whenever one of your fish-outs is posted and also notified what date and time the online registration will be opened for it. 

    GEAR:  The special casting lessons on the dates that LTFF Casting Clinics are offered to the combined Beginners and Novices will generally require you to bring your own gear unless notified otherwise that club rods will be made available or used for these clinics. Unless told differently or asked to bring other gear, bring your fly rod (we generally suggest a 9' or 9'-6" long 5wt rod-- but any 4wt to 6wt fly rod of at least 7-1/2' length will suffice -- with reel, floating line, a 0X, 2X, or 3X tapered practice leader that's at least 6' long, with a small piece of yarn tied on (in lieu of a fly with hook -- cut pieces of yarn are available in the clubhouse), and possibly (subsequent to the class days) -- when specially requested -- also chest waders (with wading belt) and wading boots. Owning your own "breathable-fabric, stocking-foot, chest waders" and a pair of good wading boots (felt-soled, or rubber-soled with studs) will usually be needed to get the most benefit out of what may be "in-pond" specialized casting instruction, and generally necessary for most fish-outs.  The class instruction will cover all the gear you will need to purchase, as well as some other gear that you may choose to buy, in order to participate in the fish-outs. Most fish-outs involve our camping in campgrounds (with motels as an added cost option).  Buying needed camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, pad or cot, headlamp, lantern, stove, etc.) may be another expense if you don't already own this gear (or prefer not to rent it from REI).

    REGISTRATION:  The past year's Beginner class was quickly filled when the online registration first opened last fall, and a substantial waitlist was soon generated. The same is expected for the 2019 class registering on this Beginners Class Day 1 calendar event. Those interested in the following year's (2020) class may sign this event's waitlist to be notified by email next fall of the announced opening date & time of the online registration for that 2020 class.  

    For the 2019 Beginners class, you will need to REGISTER QUICKLY to have a good chance at a spot in this limited class. Class size will generally be limited to the first 40 new members to sign up (20 per section), but a prior year's Beginner student will be allowed to pre-register to repeat the class one time if that person is not ready to advance.  Couples hoping to enroll in the 2019 class together (and target the same class section if possible) should attempt to register simultaneously from different web devices using separate email addresses for each name (multiple registrations by the same contact are not allowed, so each contact must have their own email address).

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

    Additional Notes:  

    You must be a club member in good standing to BOTH register for and to participate in this program. You can immediately join or renew club membership, as well as for the following calendar year anytime after Nov.1 for the price of only the annual dues, by clicking on the "Join us" tab on the Home Page.  Family memberships must list the name and a separate email address for each family member (18 or over) hoping to participate in this LTFF program or other club programs requiring registration.  (Note:  While each registrant's name is required for the LTFF class roster, the online software recognizes all valid member contacts by email address for registration purposes rather than by their name). 

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

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

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

    Lastly, we want to emphasize that this program is run by club volunteers and would not exist without the generous commitment of their time and efforts to make this program so very successful.  Participants in the program will be asked -- and expected -- to contribute however they can to helping out with this program or other club activities while they are LTFF students and after.  In due time subject to availability, graduates of this LTFF program are often asked to serve as fish-out mentors or leaders as their skill and experience permits.  If so asked, please recall what all your mentors' help meant to you. 

    For any questions not answered above, please contact:

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


    • 29 Feb 2020
    • 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge (Board Room)
    • 20

    The February 29th and March 1st "Novice Class Day 1" dates are the class registration sites for GGACC members registering as 2nd year ("Novice") students in the 2020 Learn to Fly Fish (LTFF) program. 

    Initially, ONLY those students who were registered in the 2019 LTFF Beginners class (as 1st year students) may register for one of these two Novice Class Day 1 dates after they have been advised of the opening of the online registration for the 2020 LTFF Novice Class via email.  The prior year's Beginner students can then choose to sign up for their first day of the 2 weekend dates of Novice classroom instruction on either Saturday, February 29 (Section A) or on Sunday, March 1 (Section B) depending on their personal preference for either day and where openings are available

    If there are any spots remaining in the 2020 Novice Class after the previous year's Beginners students have first had their chance to register, these spots will be offered to those who have petitioned the LTFF Program Director to be accepted into the LTFF program at the 2nd year level on the basis of their reported previous fly fishing experience and abilities, independent of any guided fishing trips.  

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

    [The GG Angler's Lodge (Board Room) is reserved exclusively for this scheduled event on this date for those registered club members participating in this 2020 Learn to Fly Fish program.] 

    The "LTFF" PROGRAM:  This Step 2 "Novice Class" is intended for the second-year fly fishers in the GGACC's 3-yr. long "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) Program, or for those with enough prior fly fishing experience to petition for approved permission to skip the 1st year.  Novice students are expected to already have a basic knowledge of at least the following:  fly fishing gear and the different categories of flies; the ability to correctly tie at least 4 basic knots in leader or tippet materials (i.e, surgeon's knot, surgeon's loop, improved clinch knot, and loop-to-loop connections) in order to rig for indicator nymphing or dry-dropper fishing; enough knowledge of entomology to identify the major categories of bugs serving as trout food; and to have learned to safely wade and to fly fish small streams or rivers for trout (or a similar species) without a guide doing all the work.

    The LTFF program offers classroom instruction in each of the first two years (and an increasing number of mentored or guided fish-outs for each subsequent year's class) with topics in the second year covered more quickly or in more depth, as well as introducing new topics not taught in the first year.

    In general, this educational program is designed to help the Beginner (1st yr.) fly fisher to transition from the free casting lessons on the club ponds to fly fishing with club mentors (or, in some cases, professional guides) starting on smaller streams and later on lakes and larger rivers.  Novice (2nd yr.) students will get more of the same exposure with a little more challenging instruction and venues. Intermediate (3rd yr) students are offered advanced clinics and exposed to a wide variety of fisheries in both Northern California and beyond. Besides the knowledge to be learned and all the fun we have in this program, it is also a wonderful way to gain new friends and (we hope) life-long fishing buddies. 

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

    CASTING PREREQUISITE for the LTFF Program:  Participation in this Learn to Fly Fish program, AS A PREREQUISITE, requires the ability to proficiently make basic fly casts to at least 40' distance targets.  This includes both roll casts and overhead casts as taught by the GGACC in the Beginner through Intermediate levels of our monthly free public casting lessons (typ. held every "2nd Saturday" of each month year-round; register for these free casting classes on the club calendar).  While this prior casting skill has always been the requirement in years past, it has not always been enforced -- BUT IT WILL BE AGAIN in 2020, in order that some of those folks on the LTFF waitlists who are more qualified fly casters and more ready to receive angling (i.e. fishing) instruction are not deprived of available spots in the program. 

    All LTFF Novice (2nd yr.) registrants for 2020 that were NOT in the LTFF program in 2019 are expected to have ALREADY been promoted to the "Intermediate" casting level by the casting instructors (or consider themselves ready to be promoted to this level from the Novice casting level) in these 2nd Saturday lessons -- or have otherwise achieved (from other casting instruction) the ability to accurately (i.e. fairly consistently) make roll and overhead casts to hit hoop targets up to 40' away with good loops, straight leaders, and (slipping and shooting) line control -- BEFORE the end of 2019.  Those NEW to the LTFF Program in 2020 will be required to pass all four casting tasks in the LTFF Casting Qualifiers to be held on the 2nd Saturday afternoons of January and February, 2020.

    Anyone failing to demonstrate the expected level of casting skills in one or the other of these qualifiers will be asked to drop out of the LTFF program and will promptly be refunded their class registration fee as a PayPal credit.  They will be expected to comply with this request well in advance of the first class day to permit the evaluation of someone on the waitlist to take their spot in the classroom.

    LTFF participants are strongly encouraged to develop their casting skills beyond the prerequisite requirements as quickly as they possibly can by attending as many of these free 2nd Sat. casting lessons as possible throughout the year, and by participating in the LTFF Casting Clinics to be held on a few of those same days.  They are also encouraged to check out the Accuracy Casting Games held on the 3rd or 4th Sunday mornings of most months as posted on the club calendar.

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

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

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

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

    Since there are not enough available weekends to create any additional weekend fish-outs in the expanded LTFF program, previous one-day fish-outs on any weekend will be scheduled as two separate one-day fish-outs on that same weekend and two-day weekend fish-outs will become two separate two-day fish-outs on Friday-Sat. and Sunday-Monday.  

    Fish-outs will be posted on the club calendar as soon as they are scheduled and confirmed. You don't need to watch for these postings, however, since the class will be notified by email when your fish-outs are posted and what date and time registration will open for each. The online registration for these fish-outs will be on a first-to-register basis only. 

    GEAR:  The special casting lessons on the dates that LTFF Casting Clinics are offered to the Beginners and Novices will generally require you to bring your own gear unless notified otherwise that club rods will be made available or used for these clinics. Unless told differently or asked to bring other gear, bring your own fly rod (we recommend a 9' long 5wt -- but a 4 or 6wt will suffice -- with reel, floating line, and a 0X-3X tapered practice leader that's at least 6' long), and -- when so requested -- also waders (with wading belt) and wading boots.  

    Owning your own "breathable-fabricstocking-foot chest waders" and a pair of good wading boots (felt-soled or rubber-soled with cleats) will usually be needed to get the most benefit out of what may be offered as "in-pond" specialized casting instruction and, in any case, is REQUIRED for most fish-outs.  The class instruction will quickly cover all the basic gear you may own now or will need to purchase, as well as present other gear options that you may choose to buy, or may need in order to participate in these fish-outs. Fly lines especially will be covered in more detail in this Novice Class.

    Most fish-outs involve group camping in campgrounds (with motels as an added cost option).  Buying needed camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, pad or cot, lantern, stove, etc.) may be another expense.  If you haven't car-camped before, feel free to ask for a suggested list of needed camping gear.

    REGISTRATION:  This year's Novice class will be mostly pre-filled by the past year's Beginners who are guaranteed a spot in the next year's class upon completing the previous year's class.  Also, a prior year's Novice student is allowed to register to repeat the class one time if that person is not ready to advance. In addition, new participants to the LTFF program who have sufficient prior experience fly fishing on their own (i.e., they know how to rig up and fish nymph and dry-dropper set-ups and wade fish small rivers on their own), may petition the program director to skip the first year and register for the few remaining spots in the Novice class each year.  If there are still one or more openings left after this, a general announcement will be made by email blast to the club membership.  After that, you will need to REGISTER QUICKLY to have any chance at a spot in this limited class. Class size will generally be limited to the first 40 people to sign up.

    Those failing to register in time for a spot this year and interested in next year's class may sign this event's waitlist to be notified by email next fall of the announced opening date & time of the online registration for the 2021 Novice class. A online waitlist will automatically be generated when the class limit of registrations has been reached (the large "Register" button changes to a "Join Waitlist" button). 

    Those with Family Memberships should check to be sure that each member is listed in their profile.  Those families hoping to participate as couples or legal partners in the LTFF program's classes or fish-outs should be sure that each spouse or partner has a separate email address listed in their membership profile since the program's website software will not allow for multiple registrations by the same contact (email address). Any questions about this should be directed to the Membership Chair (membership.ggacc@gmail.com).

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

    Additional Notes:  

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

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

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

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

    For further information, contact:

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


    • 01 Mar 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge, Golden Gate Park
    • 0

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

    Those wishing to join the 2020 "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) Step 1 Beginners Class, the 1st year of the club's 3-year long mentored fly fishing educational program (which is not a learn to fly cast program) should be sure to attend the October and / or November 2019 sessions of the club's 2nd Saturday morning "Free Fly Casting Lessons on the GGACC Ponds" in order to hear an announcement at 9:30am (just before the start of the casting lessons) of the date and precise time that the online registration will first open in the late fall of 2019 

    Due to the expected size of the 2020 LTFF Beginners class exceeding the capacity for seating at tables in our Anglers Lodge, there will necessarily be two separate classroom sections -- a Section A on Saturday mornings and a Section B on Sunday mornings -- for the two 2020 classroom weekends of Feb. 29-March 1 and March 21-22 (referred to as "Class Days 1 & 2", respectively).  These section groupings on Saturdays or Sundays will apply to these class days only, and not to the subsequent fish-outs. 

    To join the 2020 LTFF Program at the STEP 1 "Beginners" level (i.e., meaning that you have little or no fly fishing experience without guides and/or no formal training), you must be quick to register (online only, on the announced date and time in the late fall of 2019) at the LTFF STEP 1 "Beginners Class Day 1" calendar event for either Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 (for Section A)  OR Sunday, March 1, 2020 (for Section B). 

    Registration fee for the mandatory Class Days:  $100 payable online via credit card or PayPal account.  Besides the cost of books, hand-outs, badges, beverages, snacks, etc. for the class days, this fee also covers costs for putting on the offered LTFF Casting Clinics and other program clinics at the club.

    Until the available openings fill up in any given class section, you may be able to choose your preferred section day when the large "Register" button appears on that day's event if you click on that quickly enough when the online registration is first opened on the announced date and time.  If this "Register" button has already changed to a "Join Waitlist" button, you may wish to click on that quickly before trying to register for the other Beginners class section day on its Day 1 calendar event (that same weekend).  

    Be very careful that you are navigating to the LTFF STEP 1 "Beginners" Class Day 1 calendar events on Feb. 29 & March 1, and not by mistake to the LTFF STEP 2 "Novice"Class Day 1 events on those same dates.  

    Registration for those eligible (and granted express written permission) for signing up for any remaining Novice (2nd year) spots -- those not accepted by the previous year's Beginners -- will be opened on a separate date and time.  So there will be no large "Register" button nor "Join Waitlist" button visible to click on those two Novice Class Day 1 events.  Anyone choosing to skip the first year of the LTFF program must petition the Program Director for approval based on the described extent of their small river or stream fly fishing and wading experience -- without the use of guides. 

    Only current club members are eligible to participate in this LTFF Program -- and only current members will be able to register online on the announced 2019 date for opening of registration for the 2020 program (note: joining the club or renewing your membership in the last couple months of the previous year will be valid for the following calendar year, so be sure that you are signed up as a club member before trying to register).  

    Basic fly casting proficiency is a prerequisite to joining the LTFF program!  Unlike other fly fishing programs, our LTFF program is NOT focused on teaching basic fly casting skill, which is a skill that you will need to have acquired previously.  If you are learning to fly cast at GGACC, and if, after attending the club's monthly casting lessons for perhaps 4-6 or more months, you have made good progress at mastering loop control, line management, and line slipping at the "Novice Casting Level" (2nd level) -- OR, if you have been promoted by one of the casting instructors up to either the "Intermediate Casting (3rd) Level" or to the "Advanced Casting (4th) Level" in the club's 2nd Saturday of the month "Free Casting Lessons on the Ponds", you have likely achieved this expected basic casting proficiency. 

    If you are only a novice level fly caster now, you still have time to up your casting game in the months before the  LTFF Casting Qualifier clinic to be held mid-day on January 11, 2020 (or on February 8, 2020, if granted permission to prequal then) following the GGACC's regular 2nd Saturday casting lessons on those dates.  Unless granted approval for prequalifying on Feb. 8, all 2020 LTFF Beginner class registrants will need to perform some casting drills during that January 11th clinic in order to allow us to evaluate whether you can proceed to attend the upcoming class days and subsequent fish-outs, or whether you will need to give up your registration (your fee will be refunded) to someone on the waitlist, while you work on your casting skills to try again the following year. 

    There will be only one 2020 LTFF Beginners Class for purposes of class communications and signing up for all scheduled class fish-outs or clinics, even though this Beginners Class must be split into 2 separate "Class Sections" for the classroom instruction ONLY due to space constraints in our Anglers Lodge meeting room.   

    REGISTRATION FOR THIS LTFF PROGRAM IS ON A FIRST-COME BASIS ONLY AND THE PREVIOUS YEARS' CLASSES FILLED VERY QUICKLY.  THE DATE AND THE EXACT TIME THAT ONLINE REGISTRATION WILL BE OPENED FOR NEXT YEAR'S CLASS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE OCT. & NOV., 2019 (2nd Sat.) FREE PUBLIC CASTING LESSONS -- and to those still on the waitlist from this past year's Beginners class via an email in the fall. 

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

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

    Participation in this Learn to Fly Fish program, AS A PREREQUISITE, requires the ability to proficiently make relatively accurate presentations of the fly to at least 35'-40' with good loops and line control. This includes making both roll casts and overhead casts, with loop and change of direction control, line mgt. skills, and the ability to extend casts by slipping line during false casts as taught by the club in the Beginner and Novice sections of the monthly free public casting lessons (typ. held every 2nd Saturday of each month, see club calendar to register for these free casting classes).

    Participants are encouraged to develop their casting skills beyond these minimal prerequisite casting requirements as quickly as they can by attending as many of the club's free casting lessons as possible, and by participating in any LTFF Casting Clinics held on some of those same days.  The GG casting ponds are open on most days of the year for individual practice when not reserved on the GGACC calendar for club events. 

    Another excellent training ground for casting skills (being organized by Chris Korich) will be the new "Accuracy Casting Games" when they're held at the Golden Gate ponds as shown on the club calendar (likely moving to the 3rd Sunday morning of various months in 2020). 

    CLASS DAYS:  Attendance at class days is generally mandatory and requisite for being allowed to participate in fish-outs. The Beginners classroom instruction will cover required gear, knots, entomology, reading the water, and wading safety.  Specialized casting techniques will now be taught in LTFF Casting Clinics in the afternoons on 2nd Saturdays of the month for various months as announced later by emails. Casting instructors will work with you then to help prepare you for the 3 or more planned "mentored" fish-outs to be offered beginning in the late spring.

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

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

    FISH-OUTS: The cost of the separately posted fish-outs will be listed on their event pages when posted, but typically run from $100-250 for Beginners depending on the destination and what the program's expenses are for that fish-out. These fees do not cover any of your equipment costs, guide gratuities, driving expenses, certain meals, and any lodging costs. Only students who have registered for and attend the two class days will receive emailed notices of when the Beginner fish-outs are first opened for online registration sign-up and payment.

    Since there are not enough available weekends to create any additional weekend fish-outs in the program for the now much larger class size, the previous one-day fish-outs on any weekend will be scheduled as two separate one-day fish-outs on that same weekend, and all previous two-day weekend fish-outs will become two separate two-day fish-outs on Friday-Sat. and Sunday-Monday for Groups 1 & 2.  

    Most of the new Beginners fish-outs still need to be scheduled and the available mentors or guides confirmed before posting on the club's events calendar (or the LTFF Program's   extracted calendar found under the Events tab dropdown menu on the homepage). You don't need to watch or keep checking for these online postings, however, since the entire class will be notified simultaneously via a group email whenever one of your fish-outs is posted and also notified what date and time the online registration will be opened for it. 

    GEAR:  The special casting lessons on the dates that LTFF Casting Clinics are offered to the combined Beginners and Novices will generally require you to bring your own gear unless notified otherwise that club rods will be made available or used for these clinics. Unless told differently or asked to bring other gear, bring your fly rod (we generally suggest a 9' or 9'-6" long 5wt rod-- but any 4wt to 6wt fly rod of at least 7-1/2' length will suffice -- with reel, floating line, a 0X, 2X, or 3X tapered practice leader that's at least 6' long, with a small piece of yarn tied on (in lieu of a fly with hook -- cut pieces of yarn are available in the clubhouse), and possibly (subsequent to the class days) -- when specially requested -- also chest waders (with wading belt) and wading boots. Owning your own "breathable-fabricstocking-foot, chest waders" and a pair of good wading boots (felt-soled, or rubber-soled with studs) will usually be needed to get the most benefit out of what may be "in-pond" specialized casting instruction, and generally necessary for most fish-outs.  The class instruction will cover all the gear you will need to purchase, as well as some other gear that you may choose to buy, in order to participate in the fish-outs. Most fish-outs involve our camping in campgrounds (with motels as an added cost option).  Buying needed camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, pad or cot, headlamp, lantern, stove, etc.) may be another expense if you don't already own this gear (or prefer not to rent it from REI).

    REGISTRATION:  The past year's Beginner class was quickly filled when the online registration first opened last fall, and a substantial waitlist was soon generated. The same is expected for the 2020 class registering on this Beginners Class Day 1 calendar event. Those interested in the following year's (2021) class may sign this event's waitlist to be notified by email next fall of the announced opening date & time of the online registration for that 2020 class.  

    For the 2020 Beginners class, you will need to REGISTER QUICKLY to have a good chance at a spot in this limited class. Class size will generally be limited to the first 40 new members to sign up (20 per section), but a prior year's Beginner student will be allowed to pre-register to repeat the class one time if that person is not ready to advance.  Couples hoping to enroll in the 2020 class together (and target the same class section if possible) should attempt to register simultaneously from different web devices using separate email addresses for each name (multiple registrations by the same contact are not allowed, so each contact must have their own email address).

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

    Additional Notes:  

    You must be a club member in good standing to BOTH register for and to participate in this program. You can immediately join or renew club membership, as well as for the following calendar year anytime after Nov.1 for the price of only the annual dues, by clicking on the "Join us" tab on the Home Page.  Family memberships must list the name and a separate email address for each family member (18 or over) hoping to participate in this LTFF program or other club programs requiring registration.  (Note:  While each registrant's name is required for the LTFF class roster, the online software recognizes all valid member contacts by email address for registration purposes rather than by their name). 

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

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

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

    Lastly, we want to emphasize that this program is run by club volunteers and would not exist without the generous commitment of their time and efforts to make this program so very successful.  Participants in the program will be asked -- and expected -- to contribute however they can to helping out with this program or other club activities while they are LTFF students and after.  In due time subject to availability, graduates of this LTFF program are often asked to serve as fish-out mentors or leaders as their skill and experience permits.  If so asked, please recall what all your mentors' help meant to you. 

    For any questions not answered above, please contact:

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


    • 01 Mar 2020
    • 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge (Board Room)
    • 20

    The February 29th and March 1st "Novice Class Day 1" dates are the class registration sites for GGACC members registering as 2nd year ("Novice") students in the 2020 Learn to Fly Fish (LTFF) program. 

    Initially, ONLY those students who were registered in the 2019 LTFF Beginners class (as 1st year students) may register for one of these two Novice Class Day 1 dates after they have been advised of the opening of the online registration for the 2020 LTFF Novice Class via email.  The prior year's Beginner students can then choose to sign up for their first day of the 2 weekend dates of Novice classroom instruction on either Saturday, February 29 (Section A) or on Sunday, March 1 (Section B) depending on their personal preference for either day and where openings are available

    If there are any spots remaining in the 2020 Novice Class after the previous year's Beginners students have first had their chance to register, these spots will be offered to those who have petitioned the LTFF Program Director to be accepted into the LTFF program at the 2nd year level on the basis of their reported previous fly fishing experience and abilities, independent of any guided fishing trips.  

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

    [The GG Angler's Lodge (Board Room) is reserved exclusively for this scheduled event on this date for those registered club members participating in this 2020 Learn to Fly Fish program.] 

    The "LTFF" PROGRAM:  This Step 2 "Novice Class" is intended for the second-year fly fishers in the GGACC's 3-yr. long "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) Program, or for those with enough prior fly fishing experience to petition for approved permission to skip the 1st year.  Novice students are expected to already have a basic knowledge of at least the following:  fly fishing gear and the different categories of flies; the ability to correctly tie at least 4 basic knots in leader or tippet materials (i.e, surgeon's knot, surgeon's loop, improved clinch knot, and loop-to-loop connections) in order to rig for indicator nymphing or dry-dropper fishing; enough knowledge of entomology to identify the major categories of bugs serving as trout food; and to have learned to safely wade and to fly fish small streams or rivers for trout (or a similar species) without a guide doing all the work.

    The LTFF program offers classroom instruction in each of the first two years (and an increasing number of mentored or guided fish-outs for each subsequent year's class) with topics in the second year covered more quickly or in more depth, as well as introducing new topics not taught in the first year.

    In general, this educational program is designed to help the Beginner (1st yr.) fly fisher to transition from the free casting lessons on the club ponds to fly fishing with club mentors (or, in some cases, professional guides) starting on smaller streams and later on lakes and larger rivers.  Novice (2nd yr.) students will get more of the same exposure with a little more challenging instruction and venues. Intermediate (3rd yr) students are offered advanced clinics and exposed to a wide variety of fisheries in both Northern California and beyond. Besides the knowledge to be learned and all the fun we have in this program, it is also a wonderful way to gain new friends and (we hope) life-long fishing buddies. 

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

    CASTING PREREQUISITE for the LTFF Program:  Participation in this Learn to Fly Fish program, AS A PREREQUISITE, requires the ability to proficiently make basic fly casts to at least 40' distance targets.  This includes both roll casts and overhead casts as taught by the GGACC in the Beginner through Intermediate levels of our monthly free public casting lessons (typ. held every "2nd Saturday" of each month year-round; register for these free casting classes on the club calendar).  While this prior casting skill has always been the requirement in years past, it has not always been enforced -- BUT IT WILL BE AGAIN in 2020, in order that some of those folks on the LTFF waitlists who are more qualified fly casters and more ready to receive angling (i.e. fishing) instruction are not deprived of available spots in the program. 

    All LTFF Novice (2nd yr.) registrants for 2020 that were NOT in the LTFF program in 2019 are expected to have ALREADY been promoted to the "Intermediate" casting level by the casting instructors (or consider themselves ready to be promoted to this level from the Novice casting level) in these 2nd Saturday lessons -- or have otherwise achieved (from other casting instruction) the ability to accurately (i.e. fairly consistently) make roll and overhead casts to hit hoop targets up to 40' away with good loops, straight leaders, and (slipping and shooting) line control -- BEFORE the end of 2019.  Those NEW to the LTFF Program in 2020 will be required to pass all four casting tasks in the LTFF Casting Qualifiers to be held on the 2nd Saturday afternoons of January and February, 2020.

    Anyone failing to demonstrate the expected level of casting skills in one or the other of these qualifiers will be asked to drop out of the LTFF program and will promptly be refunded their class registration fee as a PayPal credit.  They will be expected to comply with this request well in advance of the first class day to permit the evaluation of someone on the waitlist to take their spot in the classroom.

    LTFF participants are strongly encouraged to develop their casting skills beyond the prerequisite requirements as quickly as they possibly can by attending as many of these free 2nd Sat. casting lessons as possible throughout the year, and by participating in the LTFF Casting Clinics to be held on a few of those same days.  They are also encouraged to check out the Accuracy Casting Games held on the 3rd or 4th Sunday mornings of most months as posted on the club calendar.

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

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

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

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

    Since there are not enough available weekends to create any additional weekend fish-outs in the expanded LTFF program, previous one-day fish-outs on any weekend will be scheduled as two separate one-day fish-outs on that same weekend and two-day weekend fish-outs will become two separate two-day fish-outs on Friday-Sat. and Sunday-Monday.  

    Fish-outs will be posted on the club calendar as soon as they are scheduled and confirmed. You don't need to watch for these postings, however, since the class will be notified by email when your fish-outs are posted and what date and time registration will open for each. The online registration for these fish-outs will be on a first-to-register basis only. 

    GEAR:  The special casting lessons on the dates that LTFF Casting Clinics are offered to the Beginners and Novices will generally require you to bring your own gear unless notified otherwise that club rods will be made available or used for these clinics. Unless told differently or asked to bring other gear, bring your own fly rod (we recommend a 9' long 5wt -- but a 4 or 6wt will suffice -- with reel, floating line, and a 0X-3X tapered practice leader that's at least 6' long), and -- when so requested -- also waders (with wading belt) and wading boots.  

    Owning your own "breathable-fabricstocking-foot chest waders" and a pair of good wading boots (felt-soled or rubber-soled with cleats) will usually be needed to get the most benefit out of what may be offered as "in-pond" specialized casting instruction and, in any case, is REQUIRED for most fish-outs.  The class instruction will quickly cover all the basic gear you may own now or will need to purchase, as well as present other gear options that you may choose to buy, or may need in order to participate in these fish-outs. Fly lines especially will be covered in more detail in this Novice Class.

    Most fish-outs involve group camping in campgrounds (with motels as an added cost option).  Buying needed camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, pad or cot, lantern, stove, etc.) may be another expense.  If you haven't car-camped before, feel free to ask for a suggested list of needed camping gear.

    REGISTRATION:  This year's Novice class will be mostly pre-filled by the past year's Beginners who are guaranteed a spot in the next year's class upon completing the previous year's class.  Also, a prior year's Novice student is allowed to register to repeat the class one time if that person is not ready to advance. In addition, new participants to the LTFF program who have sufficient prior experience fly fishing on their own (i.e., they know how to rig up and fish nymph and dry-dropper set-ups and wade fish small rivers on their own), may petition the program director to skip the first year and register for the few remaining spots in the Novice class each year.  If there are still one or more openings left after this, a general announcement will be made by email blast to the club membership.  After that, you will need to REGISTER QUICKLY to have any chance at a spot in this limited class. Class size will generally be limited to the first 40 people to sign up.

    Those failing to register in time for a spot this year and interested in next year's class may sign this event's waitlist to be notified by email next fall of the announced opening date & time of the online registration for the 2021 Novice class. A online waitlist will automatically be generated when the class limit of registrations has been reached (the large "Register" button changes to a "Join Waitlist" button). 

    Those with Family Memberships should check to be sure that each member is listed in their profile.  Those families hoping to participate as couples or legal partners in the LTFF program's classes or fish-outs should be sure that each spouse or partner has a separate email address listed in their membership profile since the program's website software will not allow for multiple registrations by the same contact (email address). Any questions about this should be directed to the Membership Chair (membership.ggacc@gmail.com).

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

    Additional Notes:  

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

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

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

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

    For further information, contact:

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


    • 07 Mar 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • American River near Sacramento, site TBD
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