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. 

    • 08 May 2019
    • 11 Sep 2019
    • 10 sessions
    • Casting ponds at Golden Gate Park, SF

    Note:  This (mostly alternating) Wednesday evening casting event is FREE and open to the public.  No prior registration required.  Just show up each night with your own fly rod and yarn fly (no club rods will be issued for this, but George may be able to provide a loaner rod if arranged in advance-- see contact info below).  The May 8th and June 26th evenings this year are Fly Fishing Crash Courses, which nights will basically be Cliff Notes for fly fishing. Knots, rigging, casting, reading water, and fly fishing techniques will be taught at three different stations. 

    "In Search of the Perfect Cast" is an after-work casting session dedicated to teaching fly anglers how to improve their casting technique through deliberate practice and drills. It all began when a few casting nerds started to get together at the casting ponds to discuss the subtleties of the fly cast. In keeping with tradition, you will find good people, great advice, and camaraderie as you practice your casting skills with like-minded anglers.

    Our class is designed to accommodate fly casters at all skill levels in advancing their fishing abilities. We focus on teaching foundational techniques and concepts that you can further explore on your own time, in future classes and on the stream. We will explore techniques ranging from the fundamentals of loop shape, timing, and trajectory to the finer points of single hand spey casting techniques. You will have the opportunity to play with equipment ranging from the modern graphite fly rod to the traditions of bamboo and fiberglass.

    Your lead instructor, George Revel, is IFFF Master Certified Casting Instructor, Past President of Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club, California Trout Ambassador, National Casting Champion, and owner of Lost Coast Outfitters - The San Francisco Fly Shop. (george@lostcoastoutfitters.com)

    CLASS STARTS AT 6:45PM AT THE GOLDEN GATE ANGLING AND CASTING CLUB ON THE FOLLOWING (mostly alternating UON) WEDNESDAY  EVENINGS:

    May

    May 8, 2019 (Fly Fishing Crash Course)
    May 22, 2019

    June

    June 5, 2019
    June 19, 2019

    June 26, 2019 (Fly Fishing Crash Course) on back-to-back Weds.

    July

    July 10, 2019
    July 24, 2019

    August

    August 14, 2019 (skipped prev. wk. --music festival) 

    August 28, 2019

    September

    September 11. 2019

    • 20 Aug 2019
    • 29 Aug 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • GGACC Anglers Lodge (Locker Room)
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    The 1st of 4 sessions of this repeated Beginner Fly Tying class (the second class this year), to be offered to GGACC club members only, begins on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. Classes will be held on four consecutive Tuesday and Thursday nights beginning at 6:30pm. 

    This Beginner Fly Tying class will teach the basics of fly tying and the skills needed to tie most flies, including wet flies, dry flies, and nymphs. This class is designed for people with little or no fly tying experience. Tying materials will be supplied, as well as fly tying vices if needed. 

    Students are responsible for bringing their own small sharp scissors, a fly tying bobbin with 6/0 fly tying thread, hackle pliers, whip finisher, and (optional) a fly tying vice to each class. 

    The (4) sessions of this class will be held on the following consecutive Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00pm

    Tues, August 20, 2019

    Thurs., August 22 

    Tues., August 27

    Thurs., August 29


    There is a $50 online registration fee for this class to cover the cost of supplied materials.

    NOTE:  This class will be limited to the first 6 students to register on the August 20th posted calendar event date only. This one registration will cover all 4 class sessions.

    Note:  All registered students are requested to email Fred Virgilio (fredvirgil01@gmail.com) with their names and phone numbers so that Fred can contact you if there are any changes to the class. 

    Contact for further information:  

    Fred Virgilio (fredvirgil01@gmail.com)

    • 23 Aug 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 26 Aug 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite Nat'l Park
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    Yosemite High Country - LTFF Beginner Fish-out

    Group 1:  Fri.-Sat., August 23-24, 2019    Group 2:  Sun.-Mon., August 25-26, 2019

    Limited to 8 Students in each Group from the 2019 LTFF Beginner Class

    Cost: $195 / person

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

    This year we are using Steve Slater from Lost Coast Outfitters to lead both the mentors and students on to certain stretches of the following small alpine streams or possibly other streams in the area that he knows well.

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

    Tuolumne's Lyell Fork:

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

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

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

    Students will use overhead casts in meadow sections and practice roll casts in areas with trees. We'll use mostly small dry fly patterns with thin mono tippet (5x - 6x). 

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

    Tuolumne's Dana Fork:

    Similar to the Lyell Fork, the Dana Fork is a small mountain stream that meanders through meadows at 9,000 ft. elevation. This stream follows along Hwy 120, meaning slightly less hiking and easier access. There are many fish to be caught on a fly along this 2-mile long stream since each hole seems to have an endless supply of wild trout.

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

    Registration fee includes:

    • Guide fees for two days
    • Sack lunches each mentored day
    • ~ 2 dozen selected flies

    Other Student costs:

    • Yosemite National Park entrance fee of $30, good for 7 days. Annual pass is $80. Carpooling helps save on this cost.
    • Possible campground fees, depending on whether you are successful in finding an open campsite in any of the nearby campgrounds.  (NOTE:  In general, campsites in the Tuolumne Meadows / Yosemite area CANNOT be reserved in advance.)
    • Lodging costs for motels, condos, or other vacation rentals available in the area.  Students are encouraged to look into the many rental options in the Mammoth Lakes / Mammoth Mountain Ski Area about 1 hour south of Tuolumne Meadows.   

    Items not to forget (not a complete packing list):

    • Bring (or plan to buy) your own breakfast, dinner, coffee, and snacks for each day.
    • Camping equipment (e.g., tent, sleeping bag and pad, cooking equipment, etc) if you plan to look for an available campsite in any of the nearby campgrounds
    • Headlamp and extra batteries, especially useful at night in camp
    • Small backpack, large sling pack, or vest with a large back pocket to carry lunch, water, packable rain jacket, etc.
    • Water bottle(s) or water bladder large enough to carry a full day of water (1.5 - 3 liters); or a filter system to replenish a smaller water bottle.
    • Fly fishing gear (3-5 wt rod, a couple 4X or 5X mono leaders, 5X - 6X mono tippet, nippers, forceps, fly box with additional flies, net optional).  For indicator nymphing, bring a few small indicators, BB size split-shot, and tippet spools of 3X mono and 4X & 5X fluoro.
    • Dry fly floatants - flies need to be floating high on the water surface all day. It's virtually imperative to have BOTH the liquid (gel) silicone and desiccant "dry shake" versions.
    • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen, neck buff)
    • Wet wading shoes like Chacos or Tevas. Or wading boots with neoprene guard socks. Unless you just prefer to, there's no need for wearing waders on this trip, which will be a little more difficult to hike in.
    • Mandatory items:  wading staff, polarized sunglasses, and of course, a valid 2019 fishing license. 

    Other notes:

    • Dinner options are available at Woah Nellie Deli (in the Mobil Gas Mart), right at the junction of Hwys.120 and 395, should you end up camping in the area and would rather not cook your own dinners. For a gas station mart, this is remarkably good food. The deli is open 7am - 9pm.
    • Other dining options are available in the Mono Lake area (Lee Vining) and further south in the Mammoth Lakes area; however they're sure to be more expensive. 

    For further information, contact:  Fish-out Leader:  Steve Slater (stevetslater@yahoo.com)   or John Murphy   (jmurphy7599@gmail.com





    • 25 Aug 2019
    • 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 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 Sep 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 14 Sep 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Mammoth Lakes, CA
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    Rondy:  Eastern Sierra Backpack

    Dates:  September 8-14, 2019 although DATES COULD CHANGE DUE TO SNOWPACK  

    Leader:  William (Brad) Bradford  415-923-7601  mailto:bradford@realpropserv.com

    Number of anglers (excluding leader):  5

    Description:  This Eastern Sierra Rondy is a 5 night backpacking trip (away from home at least six nights) to fly fish a small watershed located out of Mammoth, CA. This rondy is limited to 5 experienced backpackers (6 including the leader). We will fish both lakes and creeks along a 20 mile loop and spend more than one night at one campsite. The fishing will be walk & wading on the streams and casting from the lake shores.

    The plan is to spend Sunday night, Sept 8th in Mammoth and then hit the trail. We will meet at the Mammoth Ranger Station first and then hike out of and return to the Devil's Post Pile Ranger Station.  This 20 mile loop has an elevation gain of about 2000' and tops out at about 9000' elevation. The first night campsite is about 2-3 miles in, where we camp on King Creek. Other days can be more uphill and longer. Pack light!

    You will need all the normal backpacking gear to take care of yourself on the trail.  We will share some gear such as stoves, water filters, etc.  Bring your favorite fly rod for fishing small rushing creeks, a pooling meadow, and deep-shored lakes. There will be opportunities to fish with dries, nymphs, and streamers.

    You must also be an experienced backpacker and have the ability to hike with your pack up to 6-8 miles daily on rough trails.  The leader is an experienced backpacker.  However, the expectation is that all participants in this rondy will be self sufficient.  There will be a pre-meeting to discuss logistics, gear, shared food, etc.  The date for this pre-meeting is tbd. 

    Suggested Gear:  2-5 wt single handed fly rods, with floating lines. 

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $25  

    Other expenses will include your transportation, food/supplies, and a small shuttle fee to the trailhead. 

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

    • 14 Sep 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Park casting ponds (1232 JFK Dr., across from the Buffalo Paddock), San Francisco
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    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 Sep 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Angler's Lodge & Casting Ponds, GG Park
    Register

    GGACC's Program Information Day & Members' Free BBQ will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at the GGACC Angler's Lodge.  Since this date is also our monthly Free Casting Lessons from 9:30am to 12 noon, plan to join us for casting in the morning and a great social / information event and free BBQ in the afternoon.

    This is not only a Club social event, but also an event where the current GGACC Board members and Program Chairs will be on hand to discuss the various GGACC programs that they are individually leading.  Programs such as the Learn to Fly Fish program, the Rondy Outings program, Rod Building, Fly Tying, Skills Building, Spey Education, Tournament Casting, Spey-O-Rama, Membership, Bay Area Youth Fly Fishing (BAYFF) Program, Casting Instructor Certification Program, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Program.....and the list goes on.

    While the food will be free to all current members, the BBQ is BYOB - "Bring Your Own Beverage."

    Please REGISTER for this free event (click on the large Register button) to help us get a good headcount for how many to expect so that we don't run out of the delicious BBQ meal with all the trimmings.

    If you are able to help us put on this event (and we definitely need volunteers to make this event happen), please contact Xav Carbonnet   xcarbonnet@yahoo.com

    See you on September 14th,

    Willy George

    President, Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club

    • 18 Sep 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 22 Sep 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Hoopa, CA
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    Rondy:  Klamath River Steelhead

    Dates:  September 18-22, 2019  

    Leader:  Don Forbes  mailto:don.forbes@yahoo.com  

    Number of anglers (excluding leader):  7

    Description:  Don will again be leading a Rondy to the beautiful Klamath river.  Unfortunately the accommodations he's used for years (Spey Gee Resort) suddenly closed.  So he will be researching new accommodations in the next few months.   Feel free to register to save your spot as some of the details get worked out.  Or wait until specific plans are locked in.   If you do register and the final plans don't fit your needs we will refund your $25.  

    There will be a pre-meeting (TBD) this summer to discuss plans including logistics, lodging, gear, etc.  

    Suggested Gear:  This is a cast, swing, mend, and hang-on Rondy!  Long casts are a plus, but you'll find fish within 50 feet. Either 6-8 wt single hand rods, or 4-7wt spey rods, with floating lines, are recommended. Waders, boots with felt or studded soles, and wading staffs are a must!  It's slippery.  Don't forget to get a 2019 Steelhead card in addition to your California fishing license.

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $25  

    Other expenses will be transportation, lodging and food.  More details to come.

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

    • 20 Sep 2019
    • 7:00 AM
    • 23 Sep 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Sourgrass Rec Area / Day Use, near Dorrington, CA

    Due to size of this Novice class, there are two separate 2-day LTFF Novice - Stanislaus fish-outs being held back-to-back.  Group 1 will fish Friday-Saturday, Sept. 20-21; and Group 2 will fish Sunday-Monday, Sept. 22-23.  Students may sign up for either one, but not for both, unless advised later that this is permissible if there are still spots not filled. 

    Unless announced otherwise, this mentored Stanislaus fish-out is again only being offered to a limited number of this year's enrolled Novice students in the club's "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) Program on a first-to-register basis. Do not register for this event if you are NOT in this class, or risk losing your registration fee. 

    There will be only two days of mentored fishing for each Group, but a few of the more experienced students may be allowed to tag along with the mentors on Thursday evening or choose to fish on their own on Monday evening -- should they wisely choose to drive home the following morning after a long day of fishing. 

    In addition to several other experienced mentors, we expect to have a mentor along on this fish-out who is very experienced with fishing this North Fork of the Stanislaus River:   Lost Coast Outfitter pro-staffer and independent guide Steve Slater. 

    The "Stan" River is an excellent rainbow and brown trout fishery.  We will be fishing the North Fork of the Stanislaus River in the NF Sourgrass Rec Area just above the Big Tree State Park.  This Rec Area is located off State Hwy. 4 way down below the little town of Dorrington (north of Arnold, CA) in a very picturesque canyon.

    Other logistics and recommended gear will be covered in a brief Pre-fishout Meeting to be held in the clubhouse at 3:00pm on Saturday, Sept. 14th. (Note that this is the 2nd Saturday of the month, so it's the same day as Free Casting Lessons as well as the club's Program information Day and Member BBQ that day-- so be sure to show up for those events as well.)  This will be an opportunity to ask questions, meet others in your group, arrange carpooling, decide on whether to tackle group dinners, etc. 

    Limited Registration:  This fish-out will be limited to 12 students in each Group in order not to over-crowd the river.  The class will be notified by email exactly when the online registration will open.  You may register for either Group, but not for both --unless otherwise notified.

    Campground:  Most of us will be trying to camp at the Stanislaus National Forest Service's Wakalu Hep Yo (Wild River) Campground.  This campground is super convenient, but not reservable in advance (available on a first-come basis only). As we successfully did last year, we hope that by scheduling this fish-out after Labor Day again that this allows us to find enough campsites there upon our arrival. There is no known group camp site in this campground, but the hope is that by possibly doubling up in campsites as needed, this arrangement should work to allow most of the students (for each Group in turn) to camp together in adjacent campsites as much as possible rather than being spread out throughout the campground. This campground does have some showers and flush toilets!

    There may still be a camp host on site then to collect the campground fee of $20.00 per night. If not, there will be a drop box for this daily camp fee.  Students shall be responsible for paying their own campground fees, or sharing in the cost with another student if doubled up. 

    Unless you are staying over that last night of each fish-out, each group will need to break camp right after breakfast on the morning of the second day in order to make room for the next group (or the next party coming in) to arrive anytime that afternoon.  If you are not using your vehicle to follow your mentor around, you can park it in the Sourgrass Day Use parking lot (just over the bridge from the campground) on that second day. 

    Motels/Hotels:  There is the old Dorrington Hotel in Dorrington, CA about 4 miles above the campground, and a few motel or hotel options farther back down Highway 4 in Arnold and Murphys for those not into either tent camping or possibly sleeping in their vehicle. There is also the Bear Valley Lodge and the even more rustic Tamarack Lodge about 20 miles farther up Highway 4.  Finding alternate lodging is your responsibility, but be sure to book it early!  

    Meeting Place:  Everyone will need to meet at the Sourgrass Rec Area / Day Use (just over the bridge from the campground) at 7:00AM each fishing morning to figure out who is going with which mentor, to make up your lunches, to get your flies, instructions, etc. This early start is intended to get everyone on the water as soon as possible each morning — so please don’t be late. 

    Driving Directions:  Use Google Maps for "Wakaluu Hepyoo Campground Amphitheater",  or enter GPS coordinates Lat. 38.322063, Long. -120.218558  (Elev. 3900').  The shortest route from the Bay Area is to follow I-580 E to I-205 E, to I-5 N to connect to CA-99 S at Stockton, and exit onto CA-4 E.  Follow CA-4 (about 75 miles of winding 2-lane hwy.) to Boards Crossing Road in Dorrington, CA.  (This road, marked with a street sign, is on your right directly across from the Dorrington Hotel.)  Follow Boards Crossing Road taking only left forks to reach NF Road 05N02 (Beardsley Rd.) and follow that road down the canyon to the campground on the river (it's just before you cross the new concrete bridge on NF-05N02, and not the old Boards Crossing steel trestle bridge). The drive to this campground is at least a 3 hour total drive time without counting stops or traffic getting out of the Bay Area (plan for perhaps 4 hours).   

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

    Meals There will be NO "hosted" group dinners for anyone on this fish-out.  You can cook dinners in camp (either together as a group if those in the group choose to organize this themselves, or individually), or there are other possible options such as a small burger joint in Dorrington (next to the hotel) or a few casual restaurants back in Arnold that smaller groups may decide to try.  

    We will be providing groceries for making your own sandwiches for sack lunches on each of the groups' two fishing days only

    NOTE:  Other than the two sack lunches provided by your fish-out leader on your Group's fishing days, you are on your own to bring (and prepare) your own food for all breakfasts. other lunches, and all dinners (or for group dinners), or buy your own meals out.

    Fishing Gear:  We recommend bringing a 3-5wt fly rod with floating line. For dry flies, bring 9’ tapered leaders to 4X or 5X, with mono tippet spools in 4X-6X.  Also be sure that you bring both a liquid (or gel) dry fly floatant and a dry shake floatant (dessicant-type) for treating your dry flies. For indicator nymphing, bring indicatorssplit shotone spool of say 0X to 3X mono tippet material (to use 5'-8’ of this for the indicator's depth adjustment), and spools of both 4X & 5X  fluoro tippet for connections to nymphs.  Bring foam hoppers or Chubby Chernobyl pattern flies for hopper (dry) / dropper rigging if you prefer this rather than indicator nymphing), or you might try tight-line nymphing instead (although the Stan has more pools than actual pocket water where tight-lining works best).  

    Flies:  We will be providing a dozen flies to each student  -- 2 each of some dry fly and nymph patterns, as recommended by Steve Slater.  These flies will be supplied and packaged by LCO and distributed to you at the meeting place, so you will need to put them in your own fly box along with your other flies -- and be sure to pinch the barbs!  We will not be doing this for you. Also, bring your own flies, especially any that you have picked up for (or tied for) this particular trip on a fly shop's or someone else's recommendation.  

    If you still need more of your own flies, or forgot some other gear after you leave town, there is a small fly shop (if open) as well as the Ebbet's Pass Sporting Goods in Arnold as you pass through that town (both are on the south side of the hwy.), or you can divert your trip up on I-205 for a few miles to reach the Bass Pro store in Manteca. 

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

    Wading:  As a tailwater, the Stan can still be pretty cold this high up, but you may decide when you get there and test the water that you might prefer to wet-wade (not me!) instead of wearing waders.  If so, just be sure that you have sturdy closed-toe wading sandals or, better yet, use neoprene guard socks (or other neoprene socks) plus wool or polypo liner socks to fill-out your wading boots.  Lightweight (i.e., nylon) long pants are recommended for wet-wading over wearing shorts to better protect your shins from scrapes on rocks, scratchy brush, poison oak, etc.

    Registration Fee:  The registration fee is $150 per student (which includes paying Steve's super discounted fee and the purchase of the flies and groceries for lunches.  Not included in the registration fee is the cost of travel, camp fees or lodging, and meals other than the provided lunches.

    For more info:  John Murphy,  jmurphy7599@gmail.com, cp 650-799-1695;   Steve Slater (LCO ph. 415-483-2278)

    Note: There is only very spotty to non-existent cell phone service anywhere in this area -- try texting up there instead, but this is also extremely hit-or-miss.  

     

    • 20 Sep 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 22 Sep 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Cooper Landing, AK
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    Rondy:  Alaska 

    Dates:  September 20-22, 2019  

    Leader:  Michael Souter  mailto:mks@luminae-souter.com

    Number of anglers (excludes leader):  7

    Description:  This Rondy is a 3-day guided float fly-fishing adventure on the scenic and famous Kenai River in Alaska where we will fly-fish for big Alaska size Rainbow and Dolly Varden Trout and Silver Salmon. Guides will drift through through miles of scenic water in custom built power drift boats where we will predominately nymph egg patterns for Trout and strip for Silvers. We will periodically take out to swing depending on water levels so bring your Spey rod if interested. Boots with felt soles are not allowed in Alaska and studs are not allowed in boats so rubber soles are your best option. There will be one guide and boat for every 2 anglers. They will provide top-quality fly-fishing gear and flies but not Spey rods. Snacks, water and a hot lunch will also be provided each day.

    We can meet and carpool from Anchorage airport to Cooper Landing, which is about 100 miles south of Anchorage (2 hours) or meet in Cooper Landing depending on preference. Lodging can be arranged at the Hutch in Cooper Landing https://www.thehutchbandb.com/ which includes a continental breakfast. Our guides will meet us each morning then shuttle to launch site for an exciting day of fishing.

    As we get closer, we will have a meeting to discuss more details including equipment, lodging, car pools, room sharing, etc. In the meantime, you can get more details and check out the fish photos on the Silent Run website at http://silentrunak.com/

    Here are some things not included that you should budget for in addition to the rondy fee:

    • Lodging at the Hutch $109-129 for room that sleeps 2 (single occupancy is same price)
    • Airfare cost approximately $500 RT from SFO to ANC
    • Rental car approximately $100/day for full size SUV (we'll try to share a car(s))
    • Dinner (Several local places nearby)
    • Alcohol (BYOB)
    • Alaska fishing license (pick up in Anchorage)
    • Gratuities (20% + of guide fee recommended)
    • Personal items, clothes, waders, boots (no felts or spikes), Spey rod, etc.

    Suggested Gear:  7-8 wt single handed fly rods, with floating lines

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $1,075  

    Other expenses will be lodging, transportation, guide gratuities, etc as listed above. 

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

    • 21 Sep 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 22 Sep 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Westernmost Casting Pond

    The Submarine Club's annual two-day event takes place this year on Saturday and Sunday, September 21 & 22, 2019.

    The Submariners shall have exclusive use of the West End casting pond on these two days for operation of their remote-controlled submarines.

    All fly casters are asked to respect their use of that one pond on these two dates as approved by both SF Park & Rec and the GGACC president. 

    • 27 Sep 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Redding, CA
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    Rondy:  Lower Sacramento River Drift #3

    Dates:  September 27, 2019  

    Leader:  Jeff Hutchinson  mailto:jeff.hutchinson@att.net

    Number of anglers (excluding leader):  7

    Description:  One day drift boat trip to the amazing trout factory of the lower Sacramento river.  These are prime dates for the "egg drop" and fishing should be good with high numbers of football shaped rainbows.  We will be 4 boats, with 2 anglers per boat.  Our guides will be from AC Flyfishing https://www.acflyfishing.com/ 

    Suggested Gear:  5-6 wt single handed fly rods, with floating lines. 

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $275.  

    Other expenses will be guide gratuities.

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

    • 28 Sep 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Redding, CA
    • 5
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    Rondy:  Lower Sacramento River Drift #4

    Dates:  September 28, 2019  

    Leader:  TBD 

    Number of anglers (excluding leader):  7

    Description:  One day drift boat trip to the amazing trout factory of the lower Sacramento river.  These are prime dates for the "egg drop" and fishing should be good with high numbers of football shaped rainbows.  We will be 4 boats, with 2 anglers per boat.  Our guides will be from AC Flyfishing https://www.acflyfishing.com/ 

    Suggested Gear:  5-6 wt single handed fly rods, with floating lines. 

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $275.  

    Other expenses will be guide gratuities.

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

    • 28 Sep 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 29 Sep 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Mono Hot Springs, CA
    • 2

    Rondy:  Mono Hot Springs Dry Fly - Guided Walk & Wade

    Dates:  September 28-29, 2019

    Leader:  Gavan Hennessy  mailto:hennessygavan@gmail.com

    Number of anglers (excluding leader):  7

    Description:  2 days guided dry fly sight fishing for wild brown trout, with one one of the top guides in California ( www.sierraflyfisher.com ).  Two nearby high elevation lakes host great runs of large brown trout at this time of year, and can be easily seen and cast to in the crystal clear tributaries.  There is also great fishing downstream from the lakes for more plentiful smaller fish of many varieties.  If you like dry fly fishing in remote wilderness areas, then this is the Rondy for you!

    Accomodations will be 3 nights (Sept 27, 28 and 29) at the Mono Hot Springs Resort www.monohotsprings.com with 2 anglers per cabin.  There is a restaurant, general store and best of all, the many hot springs to relax in after a day on the rivers and lakes.

    Anglers need to be comfortable walking and wading rough terrain (similar to McCloud wading). However, you do not need to be an expert angler to go on this trip as the guides are experienced teachers and will be happy to help improve your skills.

    Suggested Gear:  3-5 wt fly rods with the usual lines, leaders, etc., to fish dries.  You'll also need a wading staff, sturdy waders, studded boots, and clothing to manage changeable weather.  

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $575.  This includes 3 nights lodging and 2 days guided fishing.  

    Other expenses will include travel, food, and guide tips. 

    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.

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

    NOTE:  THIS MONTH'S EVENT IS ON THE 5TH SUNDAY OF SEPTEMBER.

    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 Oct 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 07 Oct 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Bend, OR
    • 0
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    Rondy:  Deschutes River

    Dates:  October 5-7, 2019  

    Leader:  Libby Wolfensperger  mailto:elwolfensperger@me.com 

    Number of anglers (excluding leader):  7

    Description:  This Rondy is a 3 day guided float and wade fishing adventure on the scenic Lower Deschutes River in Central Oregon where we will fly-fish for Native Summer Steelhead. Guides will take us through miles of calm and white water and scenic canyons where we will periodically take out to wade and swing for fish (no fishing from boat). Only experienced wading anglers should sign up for this trip. Boots with studs are encouraged. There will be one guide and boat for every 2 anglers. We will be using Spey rods 5-7 wt. depending on your preference. For those of you without two handed rods, guides will have some to try out.

    A camp guide will proceed us each day and haul gear, bedding, set up camp, tents and cook a delicious dinner. In the morning, breakfast and coffee will be ready before we take off each day. All meals and water will be provided while on the river. Anglers will supply sleeping bags, pillows, personal items, liquor, rods, flies, Oregon fishing license and boat permit (for Indian Reservation).

    We will start and end the trip in Bend, Oregon at the Confluence fly shop in the Old Mill district where we can pick up some flies, get a license, meet our guides and park our cars. We will put in near Madras about an hour north and take out near Maupin 3 days later then head back to Bend. Bend is only about an 8 ½ hr. drive from San Francisco. There is also an airport in nearby Redmond for those who prefer not to drive. We should all plan on coming in a day early and staying over the night after in Bend.

    As we get closer, we will have a meeting to discuss more details including equipment, lodging, car pools, room sharing, etc. In the meantime, you can get more details on the Deep Canyon Outfitters website at http://www.deepcanyonoutfitters.com/

    Suggested Gear:  5-7 wt two-handed rods, studded boots, and wading staff.  Anglers must also supply their own sleeping bags, pillow, personal items, liquor, flies, and Oregon fishing license and boater's pass. Guides will supply tents, sleeping pads and cots. 

    There will be a dedicated gear boat that will haul our gear, set up camp, and cook great meals. Personal items that are only needed in camp can be packed in a large dry bag to be supplied by the guides and transported in the gear boat.  Bring your own small dry bag (or waterproof pack) with a change of clothes, rain jacket, fleece, and any small personal items that you may want to keep handy in your boat.  

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $1,172.50  

    Other expenses will be guide gratuities, transportation to and from Bend, and lodging the nights before and after the trip. 

    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 Oct 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge meeting room, Golden Gate Park
    Register

    Fireside Environmental Speaker Event

    The Conservation Committee is pleased to invite you to a very special speaker event. Please join us for:

     

    "To Russia and Back Again: The Journey to Protect Wild Salmon, Giant Taimen and Our Own Future"

    A presentation by   

    Guido Rahr, President of the Wild Salmon Center


      In the Shadow of recent events surrounding the Pebble Mine, the re-direction of the EPA, and eroding protections for wild environments, we are excited to invite you to come to a presentation focusing on the Salmon of the Pacific Ocean, their habitats, and what we can do to preserve and protect these precious resources.  There will also be some pictures of seriously big fish caught on a fly.

      For 25 years, fly fisherman Guido Rahr has been adventuring to the Russian Far East, Alaska and British Columbia to study and protect the last great salmon Stronghold Rivers on Earth. The subject of a new book from Random House, Rahr will take us on a visual journey, describe the future of salmon, steelhead and their ancient cousins, taimen, and articulate just how important salmon are to our own lives on the Pacific Coast.  

    We are going to serve some great food and have a toast together before the speaker. Space in the clubhouse is limited so please RSVP on this calendar event site as soon as you can. We expect to fill the room. 

    Wednesday October 9th

    6PM Food and Beverages  (feel free to BYO Beverage)

    7PM the Speaker will begin

    For more information about this event please contact member Stephen Starke at sstarke@comcast.net

    About Wild Salmon Center
    The mission of Wild Salmon Center is to promote the conservation and sustainable use of wild salmon ecosystems across the Pacific Rim. Working across the entire range of Pacific salmon, from California to the Russian Far East, we lead the protection of strongholds, the North Pacific's last, best salmon rivers. Over 25 years, we have worked alongside local partners to protect 3 million acres around salmon stronghold rivers and prioritize 71 of those rivers for wild fish. More at 
    wildsalmoncenter.org  

    • 12 Oct 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 13 Oct 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Dunsmuir, CA
    • 0
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    Rondy:  Upper Sacramento River Walk & Wade #2

    Dates:  October 12-13, 2019  

    Leader:  Greg Someson  mailto:gregsomeson@hotmail.com

    Number of anglers (excluding leader):  8

    Description:  The Upper "Sac" is everything a freestone trout stream should be:  It has riffles, pocket water, long runs, and deep pools. It is a wonderful "walk and wade" river that flows 37 miles from Lake Siskiyou to Shasta Lake. Rondy leader Greg Someson will lead 8 club anglers to show them good places to enter and fish the river on October 12 and 13.  We will meet on October 12 at 7:00AM at the Ted Fay Fly Shop, located in downtown Dunsmuir.  We will make a short drive to the river.

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

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $25  

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

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

    • 12 Oct 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.

    • 12 Oct 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Angler's Lodge
    Register
    Cost: free.  This event is open to the public to register. 

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

    Unless there will be no program offered in a particular month, this event is typically held on the 2nd Saturday of each month following the free public casting lessons that month. Attendance may be limited to the maximum seating available for a particular program, so please register in advance of the event. 

    The Skills Building Program on this day from 1 - 3 PM will include a special demonstration on “How a Bamboo Rod is Made”.  Afterwards attendees can cast both bamboo and graphite rods provided by Tom Morgan Rodsmiths.

    All participants are requested to register for this event beforehand (whether or not there is any limit shown on the registration for this event) in order to gauge the expected size of the audience.

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

    Mark Donahue  mwdonahue@yahoo.com


    • 12 Oct 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Angler's Lodge & Center Casting Pond

    Title: Tom Morgan Rodsmiths Presentation & Demo Day

    When: Saturday October 12, 2019 from 1 - 6 PM
    Location:  Angler’s Lodge & Center Casting Pond

    The Angler’s Lodge and the Center Casting Pond are reserved for this special event.  The Skills Building Program on this day from 1 - 3 PM will include a demonstration on “How a Bamboo Rod is Made.”  Afterwards attendees can cast both bamboo and graphite rods provided by Tom Morgan Rodsmiths.  More info to follow when provided by Willy George.

    Please REGISTER for the bamboo rod building demonstration portion of this event (i.e., from 1-3pm) on the "Fly Fishing Skills Building" event posted on the calendar for this date. 


    • 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. 

    • 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.

    • 26 Oct 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Angler's Lodge

    Title: Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures and Simms Special Event

    When: Saturday October 26, 2019 from 12 Noon - 8 PM
    Location:  Angler’s Lodge

    This special event presented by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures and Simms features two 45-minute presentations each by Camile Egdorf on "Fly Fishing in Alaska" and Ian Davis on "Fly Fishing in the Bahamas, Belize, and Mexico".  More info to follow when provided by Willy George.
    • 02 Nov 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Weaverville, CA
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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

    • 03 Nov 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Weaverville, CA
    • 4
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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.

    • 04 Nov 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Weaverville, CA
    • 7
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    Rondy:  Trinity River Steelhead Drift #3

    Dates:  November 4, 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 Monday, November 4, 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.

    • 09 Nov 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


    • 13 Nov 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 14 Nov 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Weaverville, CA
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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

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