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

    • 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. 

    • 25 Jan 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge, Golden Gate Park, SF
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    Please join us for an evening of All-You-Can-Eat Dungeness crab at the GGACC's highly anticipated social event, our Annual Crab Feed, on Saturday, January 25, 2020, starting at 5:00pm.  This always great event sells out very quickly every year, so be sure to register early to reserve your seat. Attendance at this event is limited and only available to current* GGACC members and their guests (only one guest allowed per membership).

    Registration will open online on THIS calendar event on a specific date and time to be announced in an email blast sent to the GGACC membership.  At that time a large "Register" button will appear on this event page.  Click the "Register" button to make an online payment for yourself and up to one guest. (You will not be able to register more than one time this year to add any other guests.)

    Paid reservations can only be purchased online and cannot be refunded.  Since the event registration is limited to the most that the lodge can seat, any reservation not completed (paid) within 15 minutes of starting the registration process will be automatically canceled.

    Once this event has been sold out, an online waiting list will become available. If you arrive at this event page and see the button "Join the Waitlist" (instead of the Register button), it means all available seats have been sold. Click on this button to be added to the Waitlist. 

    Any registrant who later learns that they won't be able to attend the Crab Feed is free to sell their spot directly to the next member on the waiting list. To do so, the registrant should send an email to the "Registration Contact" listed below to request the contact information of the next few members on the Waitlist.   

    Time:  Social hour begins at 5pm -- Dinner will be served at 6pm

    Menu:  Caesar Salad & Rouel's Garlic Bread -- Fresh-made Pesto Linguini Pasta with Roasted Pine Nuts -- All-You-Can-Eat Fresh Dungeness Crab with Drawn Butter -- Cheesecake with Grand Marnier Berry Coulis and Toasted Almonds

    Registration price: $60 per person  (Reservations can be purchased online only)

    BYOB:  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own beverages, and, if they do so, their own glassware, since only bottled water (and plastic cups) will be provided at the event.  (The club’s glassware will be locked up to help minimize the clean-up work.)

    If you can kindly volunteer to help out at this event with the set-up, serving, or clean-up, please send an email to Xavier Carbonnet  xcarbonnet@yahoo.com 

    Registration Contact:   John Murphy  jmurphy7599@gmail.com

    *Current Members = Paid up for 2020 (ie. signed up or renewed in 4th Qtr, 2019, or by the start of 2020) Renew now if you haven't done so!  Anyone not renewed before this event will be removed from the reservations list and not be admitted.  

    • 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

    • 01 Feb 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • GG Casting ponds --all 3 ponds are reserved for this clinic
    • 9
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    This "Shooting Head and Sinking Line Casting Clinic" to be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020, is primarily for those registered Intermediate students (and interested Novices) in the club's "Learn to Fly Fish" Program who have already acquired the necessary gear for this and are planning to attend the LTFF Intermediate Class's Pyramid Lake, Shad, Surf, Delta, or Steelhead fish-outs this year where these casting skills are likely or often needed. 

    Rendezvous program participants who plan to attend similar "Rondies" or other club members are also welcome to register for this clinic since it is expected to be the only one offered this year.  Registration has been limited to 45 participants due to pond limitations.

    Clinic attendees are reminded to bring your own fly rod and other gear, including waders if you wish to get in the ponds, but also whatever appropriate shooting head or sinking line gear you own now or intend to fish with. This gear includes rods, reels, lines, leaders, and in particular, shooting heads, running lines, sinking lines, and sink tips.  Don't forget your hats and eyewear for safety reasons.  Even though only yarn flies are allowed for this practice, some of those heavy sink heads and tips can cause harm. 

    Coffee and Q&A on shooting heads and sinking lines/tips starting at 8:00AM:    Come to the ponds early on this morning for both a discussion and Q&A on what some of the various options are for shooting heads, sinking tips, and sinking lines these days with all the available lines and casting styles in use today.  

    Over a cup of free coffee, Willy George will offer his thoughts about what works well for various fisheries and lead a Q&A session to answer some of your questions and hopefully clear up some of the confusion you may have now about sinking set-ups for strictly single-handed rods, which will be the focus of this clinic.  You are encouraged to break out your own sinking shooting head, commando head, sink tip, integrated sink-tip line, or full sinking line set-up (that you plan to cast with later in the casting portion of this clinic starting around 9:00AM) to be inspected and discussed with you about the suitability of this rig for your intended fishing destinations this coming year.  Who knows, you might learn about other options here that may work even better for you.

    There is no fee for this clinic to be hosted by Willy George and some of his volunteer casting instructors, but all participants are requested to BE SURE TO REGISTER for this event in order to plan for the required number of instructors. 

    For more info, contact John Murphy  jmurphy7599@gmail.com 

    or Willy George, busygeorges@aol.com



    • 01 Feb 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • East and Center Casting Ponds, GG Park
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    NOTE:  THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO CURRENTLY REGISTERED LTFF STUDENTS ONLY.

    Willy George and a few of Willy's CI program casting instructors have graciously offered to hold a Learn to Fly Fish Casting Practice & Training Session on Saturday, February 1, 2020, starting at 11:30am and running to about 2pm if needed.

    The primary intent of this casting practice and training session will be to help those previously registered 2020 LTFF Beginners and Novice students who have not yet passed all the pre-requisite casting evaluation tasks to prepare for their second scheduled (and the last intended) LTFF Casting Qualifier on Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 1-3pm.  Other current LTFF students are welcome to attend this casting event, but they might not get the same attention as the priority audience. 

    The East and Center casting ponds are reserved for this event as determined to be needed by the casting instructors.  

    Please REGISTER online to RSVP if you expect to attend this event in order to give the casting instructors an idea of how many students to plan for.  Thanks. 

    John Murphy, LTFF Prog. Dir.   (jmurphy7599@gmail.com

    • 06 Feb 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge meeting room, Golden Gate Park
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    Fireside Environmental Speaker Series

    The Conservation Committee is pleased to invite you to our second speaker event.  

    Please join us for:

    "Reviving the Lost Coast" 

    A presentation by Curtis Knight, Executive Director of CalTrout

    Thursday evening, February 6th, 2020 - 6PM 


    Background on the evening's topic: 

    Curtis Knight, Executive Director of CalTrout will be coming to the Anglers Lodge on Thursday evening (6-9pm), February 6, 2020, to present us with an overview of the "Potter Valley Project" and the unique opportunity there to restore fish passage on the Eel River.   

    The Eel River, an iconic keystone watershed for "The Rivers of the Lost Coast", is now ham-strung by the two dams that make up PG&E's Potter Valley Project. The water impounded there is delivered to the Russian River drainage and used for hydropower, irrigation for farmers, and municipal water supply.  These dams also significantly restrict spawning access for the famously large and vital Steelhead and Salmon that we cast flies to each winter. PG&E is planning to walk away from management of the project. Curtis Knight will step off of the front lines of this battle and discuss how a Two Basin Solution can provide fish passage on the Eel and open up over 288 square miles of habitat for spawning in the upper watershed, while also supplying important water to the Russian River system.

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

    Register now for this event.  

    Thursday, February 6th schedule:

    • 6PM Food and Fellowship  (feel free to BYO Beverage)
    • 7PM the Speaker will begin

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

    About CalTrout

    At California Trout, we work to ensure resilient wild fish thrive in healthy waters for a better California. It's our belief that abundant wild fish indicate healthy waters and that healthy waters benefit all Californians. With more than sixty large-scale, "boots on the-the-ground" conservation projects underway, in tandem with public policy efforts in Sacramento, our six regional offices work tirelessly to advance our cause through a three-pillared approach to conservation: science-based solutions with diverse interests, key geography focus for abundant wild fish, and proof-of-concept project successes that establish precedent and influence statewide policy. 

    • 08 Feb 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Marysville, CA
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    Rondy:  Yuba River - UC Regents Private Access - Day #1 

    Dates:  February 8, 2020  

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

    Number of anglers (including leader):  11

    Description:  This Rondy will be to the lower Yuba River where we will be given exclusive access to the University of California private property.  This stretch of the river is by invite only to angling clubs, and we will have the place to ourselves.  The Yuba is a good day trip (only 2.5 hours from SF) so the Rondy is being offered on 2 separate days.  THIS IS DAY 1 SATURDAY.    

    The winter months are a great time to fish the Yuba with opportunities to both nymph, dry fly (think Skwala!) and swing soft hackles.    

    Suggested Gear:  4-6 wt single handed fly rods, with floating lines.  And/or small two handed rods for swinging flies.  A more complete gear list will be emailed to registrants separately.

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $35  

    Other expenses will include your transportation and food.  This is a day trip - there are no accommodations being planned. 

    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.

    • 08 Feb 2020
    • 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 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
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    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:

    Steve Fuerstenau   sfuerstenau@yahoo.com

    Patrick Mullin   patrickcmullin@gmail.com



    • 08 Feb 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • GGACC Casting Ponds

    This second of two LTFF Casting Qualifier events is being held on the GGACC East pond on Saturday afternoon, February 8, 2020, from 1-3pm.  

    The scorers (CI casting instructors) will set-up the dockside casting stations as needed for the expected number (up to 30) of pre-registered Learn to Fly Fish (LTFF) students from the 2020 Beginner Class and only those 2020 Novice students new to the LTFF program, who still need to pass one or more of the required four basic casting tasks.  Others may use the other two ponds not required for this event. 

    This is a Pre-requisite casting qualification event for 2020 LTFF Beginners and only certain Novices/  It is a repeat of the LTFF Casting Qualifier held on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, for those still needing to pass one or more casting tasks.  No others may participate.   For more information about this event, see the January 11, 2020 description.

    Contacts for this event:   John Murphy, LTFF Prog. Dir.    jmurphy7599@gmail.com 

    or  Willy George, GGACC Casting Program Dir.   busygeorges@aol.com

    • 09 Feb 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Marysville, CA
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    Rondy:  Yuba River - UC Regents Private Access - Day #2 

    Dates:  February 9, 2020  

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

    Number of anglers (including leader):  11

    Description:  This Rondy will be to the lower Yuba River where we will be given exclusive access to the University of California private property.  This stretch of the river is by invite only to angling clubs, and we will have the place to ourselves.  The Yuba is a good day trip (only 2.5 hours from SF) so the Rondy is being offered on 2 separate days.  THIS IS DAY #2 SUNDAY.    

    The winter months are a great time to fish the Yuba with opportunities to both nymph, dry fly (think Skwala!) and swing soft hackles.    

    Suggested Gear:  4-6 wt single handed fly rods, with floating lines.  And/or small two handed rods for swinging flies.  A more complete gear list will be emailed to registrants separately.

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $35.00.  

    Other expenses will include your transportation and food.  This is a day trip - there are no accommodations being planned. 

    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.

    • 15 Feb 2020
    • 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 primary goal is to teach anglers how to swing a fly with a two-handed rod for steelhead and other species.   Preparing a student to fish from a boat with a two-handed rod using such tackle as strike indicators is NOT part of this program.

    A “signature” of GGACC’s Spey training is that we train students to cast with both hands, from both sides of their body.  Maximum class size is 6 in order to give each student lots of personal attention. 

    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.

    On Sunday, river conditions permitting, we head to the American River in the Sacramento area and learn to fish the casts practiced on Saturday.  Midday we add sink tips to replicate real world conditions. Also covered are rotation fishing, river etiquette, and fighting and landing steelhead as well as other species. On Sunday, we start at 8:30AM sharp ready to cast (rigged up, waders on, etc.) at one of several locations to be provided on Saturday. We finish at approximately 2PM.

    You must be a current GGACC member to register, and there is a $150 registration fee for this class.  The fee must be paid with credit card or PayPal when you register online.  Failure to make this payment within 15 minutes of starting the registration process will cancel your registration.

    Your FFI certified instructors are Bill Gallogly, Bob Pauli, Steve Morikawa and Willy George.

    Please note the following!  The most successful Spey students possess certain casting abilities!   With a single hand rod, you should to be able to false cast a straight top leg of a loop @ 35’ (both forward and back cast) and have the final forward cast roll out the line, leader and fly above the water.  One also needs to be able to roll cast a loop @ 35', having the fly line, leader and fly “turn over” while airborne.  For best success, we strongly encourage prospective students to develop these single hand casting abilities before taking this Spey Angler class.  If you are uncertain as to your readiness for this class, one of the four Spey Instructors or any FFI CCI (certified casting instructor) you approach will be able to watch you cast and quickly determine your readiness.  FFI CCIs wear printed name tags at the monthly free casting lessons.   If you don’t possess the above abilities, please attend the free Saturday classes and develop them.  

    The club has loaner Spey rods, reels, and lines available. 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. Students are responsible for their own transportation to both the GGACC casting ponds and to the American River training site.  Arranging on Saturday for carpools to get to the river on Sunday is encouraged since parking may be limited at the river, and often requires a small local park use fee. 

    Registration for this two-day class is accomplished online using the GGACC Event calendar on the Saturday event only.  Registration requires GGACC membership and paying a $150 fee. When the class is full (maximum 6 students), you will have the option of joining a waitlist for that class (any cancellations may be filled from the waitlist, and those waitlisted may be advised first of new class dates).  Registrants and any members on the waitlists will be emailed an attachment containing Bob Pauli’s Spey Casting Manual and encouraged to purchase Simon Gawesworth’s 3-DVD set on “Modern Spey Casting”.  These two resources are the corner stones of our education program.  As such, the instructors expect you to read the manual and watch the DVDs multiple times.  Students who don’t prepare are often frustrated and can fall behind.

    Cancellation: If you 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 classes. There will be at least two Spey Angler classes in the spring and two in the fall. 

    Bill Gallogly, Chairman, GGACC Spey Education Program, FFI certified THCI & CCI

    Slazanger2@icloud.com

    • 16 Feb 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • GGACC center casting pond or 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, EITHER in the GGACC's Center Casting Pond -- OR, if the river conditions permit, at a place on the American River in the Sacramento area to be announced in the previous day's class.

    This 2nd session should wrap up around 1-2pm that Sunday afternoon.

    Bring camp chair (to river) 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.  

    • 22 Feb 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge meeting room

    The PHWFF-SF Program's luncheon meeting for hosting members of the Commandery of St. Francis, Order of St. John -- the GGACC program's largest supporter -- to be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020, from 10am to 3pm in the Anglers Lodge meeting room. 

    For more information, contact Henry Little  hplittle@gmail.com

    • 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

    • 25 Feb 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 26 Feb 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Burney, CA
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    Rondy:  Baum Lake 

    Dates:  February 25-26, 2020  

    Leader:  Bill Corkery  billcorkery@att.net  

    Number of anglers (including leader):  7

    Description:  This will be a two-day Rondy at Baum Lake.  This is a premier fly fishing lake for trout. There is very little wading and anglers must have your own watercraft (e.g., float tube, pontoon boat, or kayak) and a PFD is required.  A good anchor is also needed since there is a fairly strong current in this small lake (which is really just a wide spot on Hat Creek).  We will be staying in Burney at a local motel. Gear & logistics will be emailed by leader.

    Suggested Gear:  5wt single hand fly rod with floating and/or intermediate line and sink tips.  It is still likely to be cold and possibly rainy, so bring multiple layers and good rain gear. 

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $25.

    Other expenses will include transporation, cost of the motel, and all food.   

    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 Feb 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge, Golden Gate Park
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    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 and shooting 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)
    • 1

    REGISTRATION IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR THE NOVICE CLASS.  Contact the LTFF Prog. Dir. if interested in joining this class after reading the entire description below.  

    The meeting room of Anglers Lodge is exclusively reserved this day for LTFF instruction.

    The February 29th and March 1st "Novice Class Day 1" dates are the two 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 students 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 fly-fishing 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 either indicator nymphing or dry-dropper fishing; enough knowledge of entomology to identify the major categories of bugs serving as trout food and be able to select flies accordingly; and to have learned to safely wade in and to fly fish on small streams or rivers for trout (or a similar species) without a guide doing all the required tasks to successfully hook fish and land fish.

    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 who were NOT in the LTFF program in 2019 are expected to have already been promoted to the "Intermediate" casting level group 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 both 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.  All NEW students 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 of their two class days 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 -- if expressly requested -- also bring 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).  In addition to providing your own fishing gear as required for the fish-outs, 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
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    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 and shooting 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)
    • 1

    REGISTRATION IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR THE NOVICE CLASS.  Contact the LTFF Prog. Dir. if interested in joining this class after reading the entire description below.  

    The meeting room of Anglers Lodge is exclusively reserved this day for LTFF instruction.

    The February 29th and March 1st "Novice Class Day 1" dates are the two 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 datesafter 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 students 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 fly-fishing 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 either indicator nymphing or dry-dropper fishing; enough knowledge of entomology to identify the major categories of bugs serving as trout food and be able to select flies accordingly; and to have learned to safely wade in and to fly fish on small streams or rivers for trout (or a similar species) without a guide doing all the required tasks to successfully hook fish and land fish.

    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 who were NOT in the LTFF program in 2019are expected to have already been promoted to the "Intermediate" casting level group 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 both 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.  All NEW students 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 of their two class days 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 -- if expressly requested -- also bring 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).  In addition to providing your own fishing gear as required for the fish-outs, 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
    • GGACC center casting pond or American River near Sac., site TBD
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Spey Improver Program

    The GGACC's Spey Improver Program's next class, likely on the American River, is scheduled for Saturday, March 7, 2020, starting at 8:30 AM.  Registration fee is $50. 

    This is a one-day class directed at those GGACC members who have previously taken the GGACC Spey Angler program, or who have experience swinging a fly with a two-handed rod. This is a more advanced class than Spey Angler (which is meant for beginners).  It is important to understand that students are expected to be able to safely and productively perform (with a two-hand rod) dead-line roll casts, overhead casts, double Spey, and snap casts.  Additionally, you should be able to shoot one rod length of line performing these casts.  If you have any concerns about your readiness for the Spey Improver class, please contact one of the GGACC Spey Instructors.  Their contact info is on the GGACC website.  When you are enrolled in a class you will be sent Bob Pauli’s manual and a recommendation for Simon Gawesworth’s DVD set for your study.  They are the cornerstones of our teaching.

    Items covered will include Single Spey, Snake Roll, Perry Poke, and reset casts.  We will use both Skagit and Scandi set-ups.  Expect to focus on non-dominate hand casting.

    Spey Improver 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 15’ tapered steelhead/salmon leader (Scandi set up).  Use 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 (rigged up, in the water) at 8:30AM.  The class will end between 2 and 3 o’clock.  Students are responsible for their own transportation (carpooling is encouraged). 

    Your FFI certified instructors are Bill Gallogly, Bob Pauli, Steve Morikawa and Willy George.

    Registration is accomplished on the GGACC website Events calendar.  Registration requires GGACC membership and paying a $50 fee, which must be paid online by credit card or PayPal within 15 minutes of starting the registration process.  If the class is already full, you will have the option of joining the waitlist.  We strongly advise signing up for the waitlist, if only to be potentially advised first of the next scheduled class.  Any cancellations made inside a 30-day window may result in fee loss.

    Two Spey Improver classes are planned each year (Spring and Fall).  Depending on instructor availability, an additional class may be offered when a waitlist contains 6 or more members.  

    Bill Gallogly

    GGACC Spey Education Chairman, FFI certified THCI & CCI

    slazanger2@icloud.com

     




    • 08 Mar 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Angler's Lodge

    The club's Annual Membership Meeting will be on Sunday, March 8, 2020.  This meeting is being held on the 2nd Sunday in March in accordance with the club's bylaws. 

    NOTE: This is also the first day of Daylight Savings Time so be sure to account for the time change (Spring forward) in order not to be late for the meeting.  

    The annual membership meeting is a chance for the Board to share with you the highlights of the previous year, introduce anything that needs Membership approval, submit the slate of nominated Board Members for the 2020 (& partial 2021) year for Members' approval and to get input and feedback from Members.


    It's one of the best ways to know more about what's happening at the Club and what you can do to help make it more successful. The event is FREE and no reservation is required. Every attendee will receive a free GGACC decal.

    Agenda
    9:30am-11am   Annual Membership Meeting

    11am-12pm   Social Hour

    12 Noon        Free BBQ (pending cooperative weather)

     

    • 14 Mar 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.

    • 14 Mar 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:

    Steve Fuerstenau   sfuerstenau@yahoo.com

    Patrick Mullin   patrickcmullin@gmail.com



    • 15 Mar 2020
    • 6:00 AM
    • 16 Mar 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Pyramid Lake NV
    • 8
    Register

    Rondy:  Pyramid Lake 

    Dates:  March 15-16, 2020  

    Leader:  Tony Tredway  tonytredway@yahoo.com

    Number of anglers (including leader):  12

    Description:  This will be a guided two-day Rondy at Pyramid Lake, Nevada. We will be fishing for big Lahontan cutthroat trout, while guided by Rob Anderson. We will be primarily fishing from ladders, which are provided and placed by Rob. There is an opportunity to do some wade fishing too.  We will be staying at a Reno, NV hotel (special rates) and car-pooling from there to the lake. Breakfast & lunch are provided by the guides.  Rob Anderson's website is pyramidlakeflyfishing.com/group-and-club-outing/. There is a lot of good information on his site. 

    Gear:  Nymphing:  6-7 wt single handed fly rods, with floating lines.  Stripping streamers:  7-8 wt single handed fly rods with shooting heads.  In the last few years anglers have started using two handed rods as well to cast nymph rigs.  

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $250.  

    Other expenses will include guide gratuities, a small tribal fishing permit fee, and the cost of the hotel and dinners. 

    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 Mar 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge meeting room, GG Park

    The 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. 

    This event is the 2nd Class Day of Step 1 "Beginners" Class instruction for Section A  registered students in the "Learn to Fly Fish" Program, taking place in the clubhouse meeting room ONLY from 8:30am to 12:00 noon. (There will be a Novice class in the meeting room from 12:30pm to 4:00pm.)  This event is open to only those eligible club members who signed up and paid for this class on the 1st Class Day event posting for Section A on Saturday, February 29, 2020. 

    Since this is a half-day class only, there will be no lunch offered to students.

    For further information regarding this event, see the calendar event on either February 29 or March 1, 2020 for the LTFF Step 1 "Beginners" Class Day 1.

    Contact for questions:  John B. Murphy, LTFF Prog.Dir. (jmurphy7599@gmail.com)


    • 21 Mar 2020
    • 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge meeting room, GG Park

    The 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. 

    This event is the 2nd Class Day of the Step 2 "Novice" Class instruction for Section A  registered students in the "Learn to Fly Fish" Program, taking place in the clubhouse meeting room ONLY from 12:30pm to 4:00pm. (There will be a Beginner class in the meeting room from 8:30am to 12:00 noon.)  This event is open to only those eligible club members who signed up and paid for this Novice class on the 1st Class Day event posting for Section A on Saturday, February 29, 2020. 

    Since this is a half-day class only, there will be no lunch offered to students.

    For further information regarding this event, see the calendar event on February 29, 2020, for Step 2 "Novice" Class Day 1.

    Contact info:  John B. Murphy, LTFF Prog.Dir. (jmurphy7599@gmail.com)gmail.com)




    • 22 Mar 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge meeting room, GG Park

    The 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. 

    This event is the 2nd Class Day of Step 1 "Beginners" Class instruction for Section B  registered students in the "Learn to Fly Fish" Program, taking place in the clubhouse meeting room ONLY from 8:30am to 12:00 noon. (There will be a Novice class in the meeting room from 12:30pm to 4:00pm.)  This event is open to only those eligible club members who signed up and paid for this class on the 1st Class Day event posting for Section B on Sunday, March 1, 2020. 

    Since this is a half-day class only, there will be no lunch offered to students.

    For further information regarding this event, see the calendar event on either February 29 or March 1, 2020, for the LTFF Step 1 "Beginners" Class Day 1.

    Contact for questions:  John B. Murphy, LTFF Prog.Dir. (jmurphy7599@gmail.com)


    • 22 Mar 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

    • 22 Mar 2020
    • 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge meeting room, GG Park

    The 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. 

    This event is the 2nd Class Day of the Step 2 "Novice" Class instruction for Section B registered students in the "Learn to Fly Fish" Program, taking place in the clubhouse meeting room ONLY from 12:30pm to 4:00pm. (There will be a Beginner class in the meeting room from 8:30am to 12:00 noon.)  This event is open to only those eligible club members who signed up and paid for this Novice class on the 1st Class Day event posting for Section B on Sunday, March 1, 2020. 

    Since this is a half-day class only, there will be no lunch offered to students.

    For further information regarding this event, see the calendar event on March 1st, 2020, for Step 2 "Novice" Class Day 1.

    Contact info:  John B. Murphy, LTFF Prog.Dir. (jmurphy7599@gmail.com)gmail.com)




    • 24 Mar 2020
    • 7:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Golden Gate Casting Ponds

    This year's Pond Cleaning will be TUESDAY, March 24, 2020, starting at 7:30 AM.

    Along with the SF Rec & Parks Dept., we again need lots of good help from the club's membership to get the ponds in shape for Mel’s Day and the 2020 Spey-O-Rama Competition.

    Please consider giving the GGACC a few hours of your time. In return, we will start you out with coffee and breakfast, give you a broom or a shovel to use, or a wheelbarrow to push, or maybe you'd like to be part of the hose crew. We will break from our work for a delicious lunch and, if need be, finish the job up afterward.

    If we get enough helpers, we should be able to wrap up our work by 12:30 PM or so, and then take a few "Team" photos and enjoy a nice meal. SF Rec & Parks Dept. will provide the tools and a handful of employees to help out. After the ponds are thoroughly cleaned, they will also coordinate or perform: removal of any aquatic growth in the ponds and repair of cracks in the concrete.

    All you need to bring is your waders or a pair of rubber boots, maybe a pair of work gloves, and the willingness to get the job done. That being said, this is necessarily on a weekday and most members who are available on a weekday are retired and perhaps a little less able-bodied. So we really hope that some of our younger members will take the day, or just that morning, off from work to join us.

    We need at least 30 solid commitments to help. To volunteer for this activity on Tuesday, March 24 th from 7:30 AM until early afternoon, please send an email to this year's Pond Cleaning Coordinator: Pete Howes petehowes@comcast.net

    Feel free to contact Pete with any questions -- he'll be very glad to hear from you.


                                  

    • 28 Mar 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Redding, CA
    • 2
    Register

    Rondy:  Lower Sacramento River Drift #1

    Dates:  March 28, 2020  

    Leader:  John DiCerbo  mailto:johndicerbo@gmail.com

    Number of anglers (including leader):  8

    Description:  One day drift boat trip to the amazing trout factory of the lower Sacramento river.  These are prime dates when the river should be "going off" with high numbers of football shaped rainbows.  We will be 4 boats, with 2 anglers per boat.  Our guides will be from Confluence Outfitters https://www.confluenceoutfitters.com/

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

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $300.  

    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.

    • 29 Mar 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Redding, CA
    • 5
    Register

    Rondy:  WOMEN'S Lower Sacramento River Drift #2

    Dates:  March 29, 2020  

    Leader:  Lisa Pardini  mailto:ljpardini@yahoo.com

    Number of anglers (including leader):  8

    Description:  A Rondy exclusively dedicated to our women members.  One day drift boat trip to the amazing trout factory of the lower Sacramento river.  These are prime dates when the river should be "going off" with high numbers of football shaped rainbows.  We will be 4 boats, with 2 anglers per boat.  Our guides will be from Confluence Outfitters https://www.confluenceoutfitters.com/

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

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $300.  

    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.

    • 29 Mar 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Red Bluff, CA
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Rondy:  Eagle Canyon

    Dates:  March 29, 2020  

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

    Number of anglers (including leader):  8

    Description:  New for 2020.  We're going to check out Eagle Canyon for some stillwater fishing for big ole rainbows.  From the website http://www.eaglecanyontrout.com/ :  "These exclusive waters offer unsurpassed private angling for rainbows that consistently rank as California's largest. Approximately 20 miles from Red Bluff, California, our spring-fed stillwaters are located in the foothills west of Lassen National Park. Trophy rainbows from 4 to 15 pounds inhabit these intimate ponds and flourish in the fertile 55-degree habitat. It's a perfect home for trophy trout." 

    That sounds pretty good to me!  Who's in?  

    There are no guides.  We will be on our own and have the place to ourselves.  This is a day trip.  No accommodations will be organized.  

    Suggested Gear:  5-6wt single hand rods (nothing less than a 5 wt is allowed).  Floating and intermediate lines.  A float tube is optional and there are 2 for rent on the property for $20/day.  But a tube is NOT needed.  Most anglers wade.   Flies:  I will get the guide intel before the trip, but fish will take dries, nymphs and streamers depending on conditions.

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $160.00.  

    Other expenses will be transportation.  

    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 Apr 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Park casting ponds (1232 JFK Dr., across from the Buffalo Paddock), San Francisco
    Register

    NOTE:  THE "FREE PUBLIC CASTING LESSONS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ON THE GOLDEN GATE PARK CASTING PONDS" WILL BE HELD ON THE FIRST SATURDAY OF THIS MONTH, ON APRIL 4TH, TO HELP CELEBRATE THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF GOLDEN GATE PARK.  This month's casting event is also "Mel's Day" in honor of our distinguished honorary club member and renowned casting instructor, the late Mel Krieger.  

    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.

    • 04 Apr 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:

    Steve Fuerstenau   sfuerstenau@yahoo.com

    Patrick Mullin   patrickcmullin@gmail.com



    • 05 Apr 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Winters, CA
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Rondy:  Putah Creek Clinic #1

    Dates:  April 5, 2020  

    Leader:  Patrick McDermott  mailto:patmacster.fishing@gmail.com 

    Number of anglers (including leader):  13

    Description:  This Rondy will be structured as a "clinic", where Patrick will share what he knows about his favorite local river.  This is not a fishing trip (although you will have time to fish it on your own after the clinic).  The plan is to meet at the river where Patrick will share techniques, tackle choices, and the various access points.  After the talk, you will have time to fish on your own.  We'll also meet for a BYOB lunch midday.   

    About Putah Creek:  Putah is a catch and release tailwater fishery located about 1-1/2 hours from San Francisco.  It is the closest wild trout fishery to the Bay Area and has some of the largest wild Rainbow trout in California, where 30+ inch fish are caught every year.  The following are helpful links:

    https://putahcreektrout.org/fishing/

    http://www.yolocounty.org/general-government/general-government-departments/parks/parks-information/putah-creek-fishing-access

    https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv/?site_no=11454000&agency_cd=USGS

    Suggested Gear:  After the presentation, should you want to fish on your own, you will need:  5 or 6 wt, 9' or 9-1/2' fly rods with floating fly lines.  3, 4 & 5x tippet, split shot, indicators, wading staff (mandatory as some of the wading is difficult), sturdy waders, wading boots (felt soles with studs are recommended), rain jacket, plenty of water, and your lunch.  Patrick recommends the following flies: Two-Bit Hooker size 16-18, Bead head Pheasant Tail Nymph 16-18, Zebra Midge 20-22, and any Soft Hackles 16-18.  

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $25

    Additional costs will be your lunch and parking fees  

    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.

    • 17 Apr 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 19 Apr 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Park's Casting Ponds

    The GGACC will again be hosting their annual World Championship of Spey Casting. This international distance casting competition using two-handed Spey rods will be held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 17-19, 2020, the third weekend of the month again this year.

    Bring a blanket or folding chairs to sit on the lawn while you enjoy the beauty and spectacle of this amazing fly casting, or wander around the exhibitors' tables when you need a break. 

    Both club members and the public are invited to attend this event for FREE to watch the world's best Spey Casters compete. As in past years, there will be Men's, Women's, and Senior's Divisions of competition with casters representing many countries and team sponsors.

    Registration and practice sessions for the competitors will be held on Friday, with quite possibly a first-ever Senior Division qualifying competition to be held on Friday as well if the registration numbers warrant this. 

    Men's Qualifying competition will be held on Saturday starting at 8:00am and should finish up around 1:00pm.  Following the casting competition on Saturday, there will be an in-lodge presentation and an on-pond casting demonstration for the benefit of the membership and public starting at 3:00pm that afternoon.

    Finals competition in the Senior, Women's, and Men's Open divisions will be held in that order on Sunday starting at 8:00am, with an Awards Ceremony immediately afterwards at about 12:45pm. 

    Exhibitors will be set up around the ponds -- and there will be a buffet breakfast starting at 7:00am and a mid-day lunch served to both members and the public for a $10 fee per meal payable at the door (but free to competitors) -- on all three days. The price of admission to dinner in the lodge on Saturday evening is $30, also payable at the door. A silent auction of equipment and other items will start at 10:00am on Saturday and end at 1:00pm on Sunday (high bidders will be contacted). 

    Competitors will have exclusive use of the ponds on Friday as a practice day (except as may be needed for Senior Qualifying) and for the duration of the competition as held each day that weekend. Competitors may register for this event on the separate calendar posting provided for this or under the Spey-O-Rama icon on the club's homepage (www.ggacc.org).

    For more information about this big event including the detailed daily schedule, last year's competitors and results, past winners, rules, etc., please go to the Spey-O-Rama pull-down tab on the club's home page.

    The casting ponds are located in Golden Gate Park (across from the buffalo paddock) just off John F. Kennedy Drive (use 1232 John F. Kennedy Drive, San Francisco for nav input).

    If you wish to compete, the registration form is here.

    You may also reserve a spot by emailing Libby Wolfensperger, the 2020 Spey-O-Rama Chairperson, at elwolfensperger@me.com

    • 17 Apr 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 19 Apr 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Park's casting ponds (across from buffalo paddock on JFK Drive)
    Register

    Spey-O-Rama 2020

    The World Championship of Spey Casting

    THIS PAGE IS FOR COMPETITOR'S SIGN-UP ONLY

    The Golden Gate Angling and Casting club is pleased to invite competitors to the upcoming 17th annual Jimmy Green Spey-O-Rama World Championship of Spey Casting held this year from Friday, April 17 to Sunday, April 19, 2020, at the world renowned casting ponds located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

    The GGACC cordially invites competitors of all nationalities to register here for this Spey casting distance competition. For more information and a detailed schedule for this year's event, see the second (public) posting for this Spey-O-Rama event on the club's calendar for April 17-19, 2020; or click on the "Spey-O-Rama" pull-down tab on the club homepage. 

    Meals (all breakfasts and lunches, and the Saturday dinner) are complimentary to each of the pre-registered competitors.

    There's a $125 USD registration fee for each competitor, if you register before March 31 for this year's Spey competitions in any one of the three divisions:  Men's Open, Women's, and Seniors (age 55 and older, male or female) .  If you register after April 1st, the fee increases to $150 USD.

    The overview schedule for the Spey-O-Rama 2020 is:

    April 17: Exhibits, Registration, Competition Casting Practice (and if needed, a possible Senior Qualifying Round)
    April 18: Exhibits; Spey Demos/Clinics/Presentations, and Competition Qualifying Round for the Men's Open Division
    April 19: Exhibits; Spey Casting Competition Finals for all 3 Divisions, Awards Ceremony

    See the full schedule here

    Spey-O-Rama Rules Page

    Spey-O-Rama Lodging Page

    Please read and review the GGACC General Release and GGACC Participant Release

    You aren't required to register online.  HOWEVER, if you DO plan on competing, please email Libby Wolfensperger IN ADVANCE to reserve your spot.  Contact her for this and any other competitor questions at:  elwolfensperger@me.com

    • 25 Apr 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • GGACC casting ponds, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

    Want your child to learn the FUNdamentals of fly fishing???

    Bring your kids and attend the…

    FUN-damentals of Fly Casting, Gear, & Knots for Kids! 

    Chris Korich, World Casting Champion and U.S. Team Coach, along with fellow volunteer instructors from GGACC, are helping prepare Bay Area kids (ages 8-12) for future fly fishing opportunities!

    FUN youth casting sessions will emphasize the following foundational fly fishing skills, fish conservation and safety information:

    Grip & Stance Alignment (at targets!)

    Roll Casting

    Pick Up & Lay-Down casts

    Line Extending & Retrieving

    Fish hooking, fighting, & releasing

    Eye, skin, and water safety

    While this pre-teen instruction will focus on basic fly casting skills by performing FUN drills and playing games, we will also be teaching your child about proper tackle use, set-up/take-down, maintenance, and basic knot tying.

    Upcoming location, date, time, and cost:

    •  Location:     Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club pools, Golden Gate Park, SF
    •  Date:          Saturday, April 25, 2020 
    •  Time:           9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    •  Cost:            $5.00 per session (cash or check paid on-site)
    •  Includes       All equipment and lesson supplies

    Please Note: All BAYFF and GGACC sponsored casting sessions, require full-time adult parent or legal guardian supervision and the signing of liability and photo release forms, before or at beginning of each event.

    For more information and to REGISTER, go to:

    https://www.youthflyfishers.org and register your child (ages 8-12) THERE ONLY under EVENTS and CALENDAR!

    There will be NO registration for this event on the GGACC calendar.  Please REGISTER at the BAYFF website (youthflyfishers.org) linked above. 

     

     

     

    • 26 Apr 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

    • 02 May 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 03 May 2020