Events

Attention: there are new changes to how events are submitted to the GGACC events calendar. If you would like to host/schedule a lesson, dinner, fish out, Rondy or any other type of Club related event, you must fill out the Event Submission form. Emailing the Events Coordinator or any other Board Member directly will no longer receive a response. Out of respect to the Events Coordinator's time, there will be no exceptions. The form must be completed in full to be considered for the Events Calendar.

Once the Event Submission form is completely filled out and submitted, it will be reviewed by the Events Coordinator -- or applicable party -- on a first come, first served basis. Please note that the Events Coordinator and all other positions at the Club are of a volunteer nature, done in spare time. Please submit your event as early as possible.

Upcoming events

    • 09 Jan 2019
    • 11 Dec 2019
    • 25 sessions
    • GGACC West Pond + Angler's Lodge Board Room

    Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) program classes for disabled veterans are being held by GGACC volunteers, in cooperation with SF VA Medical Center, every other Wednesday from 10:30AM to 1:30PM at the Anglers' Lodge located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park

    Classes include fly casting, fly tying, and other fly fishing related activities, and will utilize the main meeting room in the lodge, the kitchen, and the West casting pond. 

    These classes are open to ONLY those disabled veterans and disabled active service personnel identified, selected, and determined to be qualified "participants" by the SF VA Medical Center, as well as to only those GGACC members who have volunteered their time and skills to assist with the club's PHWFF program. 

    The classes are free for all qualified vet participants, but are limited to 16 registrants.  Registration for this program is by appointment via the contact person:  Henry Little  hplittle@gmail.com

    Club members wishing to volunteer their services to help with, or to make a donation in support of, this PHWFF program should contact:  Henry Little  hplittle@gmail.com

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

    This is the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Directors for the Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club, for which the meeting room in the Anglers Lodge is reserved from 8-9am.  

    GGACC members are welcome to attend.  Please contact the club president (Willy George, busygeorges@aol.com) if you have any new business to present to the Board. 

    • 26 Apr 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 28 Apr 2019
    • 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 26-28, 2019, the fourth weekend of the month 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.

    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.

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

    You may also reserve a spot by emailing Libby Wolfensperger, the 2019 Spey-O-Rama Chairperson, at elwolfensperger@me.com

    • 26 Apr 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 28 Apr 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Park's casting ponds (across from buffalo paddock on JFK Drive)
    Register

    Spey-O-Rama 2019

    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 16th annual Jimmy Green Spey-O-Rama World Championship of Spey Casting held this year from Friday, April 26 to Sunday, April 28, 2019, 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 26-28, 2019; 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 is a $120USD 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 $140USD.

    The overview schedule for the Spey-O-Rama 2019 is:

    April 26: Exhibits, Registration, Competition Casting Practice (and if needed, a possible Senior Qualifying Round)
    April 27: Exhibits; Spey Demos/Clinics/Presentations, and Competition Qualifying Round for the Men's Open Division
    April 28: 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

    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's issues at:  elwolfensperger@me.com

    • 03 May 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 05 May 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Burney, CA
    • 0
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    Rondy:  Pit River Walk & Wade

    Dates:  May 3-5, 2019  

    Leader:  Ryan Stahl  mailto:ryan.w.stahl@gmail.com 

    Number of anglers (excluding leader):  6

    Description:  Camp, walk, and wade the infamous Pit River, a great wild trout fishery.  (It's tough, but not as tough as the rumors make it out to be.)  We'll focus on Pit 3, but may see action down to Pit 4 and 5 flows permitting.  Please note the following:  (1) This Rondy is unguided (although Ryan will take you out to various locations on the river for each fishing session and make recommendations on flies and fishing techniques).  (2)  You need to be ready for some tough wading in which we'll cover a lot of water and get a bit beat up.  (3)  We'll be camping at Ruling Creek Campground and you MUST camp with the group to go on this Rondy.  Communication in the area is spotty, and coordinating meeting locations is not possible outside of the campground. 

    Suggested Gear:  5 wt single handed fly rods, with floating lines.  If you'd like to nymph, then bring a 4 wt 10 footer if you have it.  A more complete gear list - including fly recommendations - will be emailed to registrants separately.

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $25.00.  

    Other expenses will include transportation, camping, and 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.

    • 05 May 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Winters, CA
    • 0
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    Rondy:  Putah Creek Clinic

    Dates:  May 5, 2019  

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

    Number of anglers (excluding leader):  12

    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  

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

    • 09 May 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Rio Vista, CA
    • 0
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    Rondy:  Delta Stripers #2 

    Dates:  May 9, 2019  

    Leader:  John DiCerbo  mailto:johndicerbo@gmail.com

    Number of anglers (excluding leader):  5

    Description:  The Delta is a wonderful fishery for both Black and Striped Bass. It is a truly amazing area, and just 1-1/2 hours from San Francisco.  Striped Bass are "hot" fish meaning that they provide a very noteworthy strike and resulting fight.  We will take 6 experienced anglers for a one-day guided boat trip.  The guides we are using are great their website is http://www.offthehookflyfishing.com/ 

    Suggested Gear:  8-9 wt single handed fly rods, with a variety of lines.  Note:  The guides will supply the gear if needed, which typically includes 9 ft. long 8 or 9 wt fly rods with a variety of lines including floating, intermediate, and T-14 sinking lines. They will also supply the terminal tackle and flies.  Lunch and water is provided by the guides. 

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $275  

    Other expenses will be guide gratuities. 

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

    • 09 May 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Redding, CA
    • 0
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    Rondy:  Lower Sacramento Trout Spey

    Dates:  May 9, 2019  

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

    Number of anglers (excluding leader):  5

    Description:  Second year for this Rondy.  One day jet boat trip to the lower sac for trout/micro spey.  The guides from Confluence Outfitters will jet boat us to the best bars where we will swing for trout.  We will be 3 boats, with 2 anglers per boat.  Here is a link to their description http://www.confluenceoutfitters.com/lower-sac-spey.aspx 

    Suggested Gear:  3-5 wt two handed fly rods.  Note that the guides will supply these micro spey rods if needed 

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $287.50  

    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.

    • 11 May 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Park casting ponds (1232 JFK Dr., across from the Buffalo Paddock), San Francisco
    Register
    The Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club's (GGACC's) Monthly Free Fly Casting Lessons are open to both Club members and the General Public. These free fly casting lessons are generally held on the 2nd Saturday of each month year-round from 9:30 AM - 12 Noon at the Golden Gate casting ponds.  These lessons are followed by a free small lunch courtesy of GGACC.  Free loaner equipment is also available on a first come, first served basis, but please try to arrive by 8:45 AM to take advantage of this limited free equipment.

    A few points to consider –

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

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

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

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

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

    • 11 May 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Angler's Lodge
    Register
    Cost: free.  This event is open to the public to register. 

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

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

    Tight-line Nymphing Techniques:

    Dick Swanson has been a GGACC member for nearly 7 years.   He fishes primarily on the Upper Sacramento River where many of the tight-line nymphing techniques we use today were pioneered by Ted Fay.  Dick will be leading a discussion covering the rationale, rigging, casting, and presentation involved in tight-line nymphing.

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

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

    Mark Donahue  mwdonahue@yahoo.com


    • 19 May 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    • Hamilton City, CA
    • 0
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    Rondy:  Shad Single Hand Rods

    Dates:  May 19, 2019  

    Leader:  Jeff Hutchinson  415-506-6746  mailto:jeff.hutchinson@att.net

    Number of anglers (excluding leader):  9

    Description:  A day of Shad fishing on the Sacramento River with single hand rods only (11' and shorter switch rods are permissible if cast overhead only).  We will meet in Hamilton City at the Irving Finch boat launch.  Our guides will take us by Jet boats to a sandbar where we will wade out to fish.  You need to be able to cast a shooting head effectively to fish for Shad.  Anglers will be expected to rotate positions when wading so that everyone can catch fish.  Boats will leave the ramp at noon and return us to the ramp at dusk/dark.  This is a day trip and most people are likely to drive home afterward (roughly a 2 hour drive time back to the Bay Area).  Our guides will provide flies, drinks, sun awnings, and an early dinner (around 6PM - we fish a few hours after that).  Their website is http://www.orlandoutfitters.com/index.html   

    Suggested Gear:  6-8wt single hand rods (fast action to throw shooting heads). Carry Type 2 through Type 6 shooting heads, or equivalent tungsten sink tips. A regular floating fly line will NOT work!  You must bring shooting heads or sink tips!  Leaders are relatively short, no more than 6-7 ft in length. The shad are not leader shy so you can go with 10-12# tippet. In May there is a good chance the shad will be holding higher in the water column in the evening, so a Type 2 or 3 head will work better than a Type 4 or 6.  If you bring just one shooting head, make it a Type 4.  The guides will have shad flies (called "shad darts") if you need them. 

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $200.00.  

    Other expenses will be lunch, parking fee (bring small bills), and 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.

    • 20 May 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    • Hamilton City, CA
    • 0
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    Rondy:  Shad Two Hand Rods

    Dates:  May 20, 2019  

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

    Number of anglers (excluding leader):  6

    Description:  A day of Shad fishing on the Sacramento River with two hand rods only.  We will meet in Hamilton City at the Irving Finch boat launch.  Our guides will take us by Jet boats to a sandbar where we will wade out to fish.  Anglers will be expected to rotate positions when wading so that everyone can catch fish.  Boats will leave the ramp at noon and return us to the ramp at dusk/dark.  This is a day trip and most people are likely to drive home afterward (roughly a 2 hour drive time back to the Bay Area).  Our guides will provide flies, drinks, sun awnings, and an early dinner (around 6PM after which we will fish for a couple more hours).  Their website is http://www.orlandoutfitters.com/index.html   

    Suggested Gear:  Any spey rod with sink tips in various sink rates (intermediate, type 3, 6 & 8).  Six foot leaders of 10# or stronger Maxima.  The guides will have some shad flies (called "shad darts") if you need them. 

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $200.00.  

    Other expenses will be lunch, parking fee (bring small bills), and 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.

    • 25 May 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Marysville, CA
    • 0
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    Rondy:  Yuba River - UC Regents Private Access - Day #1 RESCHEDULED TO MAY 25

    Dates:  May 25, 2019  

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

    Number of anglers (excluding leader):  10

    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 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 Spey 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 transportation and 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.

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

    NOTE:  THIS MONTH'S EVENT IS SCHEDULED FOR THE 4TH SATURDAY OF MAY.

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

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

    There is a $1 entry fee required for each casting event that you choose to compete in -- to be paid to the event host. Registration is by appointment via the contact person below. 

    All GGACC Casting Games will be conducted under ACA rules and will be ACA "registered" events (UON).

    To REGISTER, or for further information or rules explanation, please contact:  Alice Gillibert  alicegillibert@comcast.net  or  Chris Korich  ckorich@gmail.com

    • 26 May 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Marysville, CA
    • 0
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    Rondy:  Yuba River - UC Regents Private Access - Day #2 RESCHEDULED TO MAY 26

    Dates:  May 26, 2019  

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

    Number of anglers (excluding leader):  10

    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 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 Spey 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 transportation and 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.

    • 02 Jun 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • , CA
    • 0
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    Rondy:  Yuba River Shad

    Dates:  June 2, 2019  

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

    Number of anglers (excluding leader):  5

    Description:  A day of Shad fishing on the Yuba River below Daguerre diversion dam.  We'll take jet boats up to access the good waters below the dam.  Depending on the flows we could be fishing from the boat and/or wading.  So this could mean single hand rods and/or two hand rods - bring them both.  You need to be able to cast a shooting head effectively to fish for Shad.  Anglers will be expected to rotate positions when wading so that everyone can catch fish.  This is a day trip and most people are likely to drive home afterward (roughly a 2 hour drive time back to the Bay Area).  Our guides will provide flies, drinks, and lunch.  Their website is https://www.reports.americanflyfishing.com/ 

    Suggested Gear:  6-8wt single hand rods (fast action to throw shooting heads). Carry Type 2 through Type 6 shooting heads, or equivalent tungsten sink tips. A regular floating fly line will NOT work!  You must bring shooting heads or sink tips!  Leaders are relatively short, no more than 6-7 ft in length. The shad are not leader shy so you can go with 10-12# tippet. In May there is a good chance the shad will be holding higher in the water column in the evening, so a Type 2 or 3 head will work better than a Type 4 or 6.  If you bring just one shooting head, make it a Type 4.  The guides will have shad flies (called "shad darts") if you need them. 

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $250.00.  

    Other expenses will be transportation and 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.

    • 04 Jun 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 05 Jun 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Dunsmuir, CA
    • 0
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    Rondy:  Upper Sacramento River Walk & Wade #1

    Dates:  June 4-5, 2019  

    Leader:  Mike Downing  mailto:mdowning1567@aol.com

    Number of anglers (excluding leader):  8

    Description:  The Upper "Sac" is everything a freestone trout stream should be:  It has riffles, pocket water, long runs, and deep pools. It is a wonderful "walk and wade" river that flows 37 miles from Lake Siskiyou to Shasta Lake. Rondy leader Mike Downing will lead 8 club anglers to show them good places to enter and fish the river on June 4 and 5.  We will meet on June 4 at 7:00AM at the Ted Fay Fly Shop, located in downtown Dunsmuir.  We will make a short drive to the river, where Craig Nielson, Shasta Trout Outfitters, will conduct a Pre-Fishing Clinic.

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

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $25  

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

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

    • 04 Jun 2019
    • 13 Jun 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • GGACC Anglers Lodge (Locker Room)
    • 6
    Register

    The 1st of 4 sessions of this repeated Beginner Fly Tying class (the first class this year), to be offered to GGACC club members only, begins on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Classes will be held on four consecutive Tuesday and Thursday nights beginning at 6:30pm. 

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

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

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

    Tues, June 4, 2019

    Thurs., June 6 

    Tues., June 11

    Thurs., June 13


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

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

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

    Contact for further information:  

    Fred Virgilio (fredvirgil01@gmail.com)

    • 08 Jun 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Park casting ponds (1232 JFK Dr., across from the Buffalo Paddock), San Francisco
    Register
    The Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club's (GGACC's) Monthly Free Fly Casting Lessons are open to both Club members and the General Public. These free fly casting lessons are generally held on the 2nd Saturday of each month year-round from 9:30 AM - 12 Noon at the Golden Gate 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 Jun 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Angler's Lodge
    Register
    Cost: free.  This event is open to the public to register. 

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

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

    The program description will be posted here as soon as it has been set.

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

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

    Mark Donahue  mwdonahue@yahoo.com


    • 15 Jun 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • GGACC casting ponds in Golden Gate Park
    Register

    Thanks to Rajeff Sports' founder Tim Rajeff who's sending their rep Matt Callies and pro staffers Hogan Brown and Chris King to this event, the GGACC is pleased to offer another Echo / Airflo Demo Day with Rajeff Sports.  For some info on these special presenters, see their brief bios at the bottom of this event description. 

    Here's your big chance to hear from some renowned experts about new fly lines and fly rods, and tips for fishing them too!  

    This free all-day affair will be held on Saturday, June 15 starting at 9:00AM, and include a special BBQ lunch prepared by Xavier Carbonnet and his crew. 

    The goal of this event is to provide anglers with a chance to test the newest gear and to hear about some of the latest ideas in the fly fishing industry!  Knowing how hard it is to check out a new fly line at a fly shop based on the parking lot cast, the team from Rajeff Sports wants you to come test their new Airflo lines and learn about some new fishing tricks and casting techniques at the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club! 

    Current line-up of activities and presentations planned for this year

    9:00am:  Welcome and Introduction to the day's plans 

    9:30am Matt Callies:   Demo of Single-hand and Trout Spey

    10:45am  Matt Callies:   A brief discussion of Rod Weight vs. Line Weight 

    11:00am:  Hogan Brown: Lines for fishing for Stripers in dynamic waters

    12:00pm  Lunch break and the Echo / Geiko Casting Challenge!

    1:00pm Chris King:  Spey Casting

    1:45pm:  Distance competition with sink tips; open casting, etc. 

    Bring your favorite rod and test drive it with an Airflo fly line

    3:00pm:  Raffle and wind-down session 

    PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT TO GIVE US AN IDEA OF HOW MANY WE NEED TO SET-UP FOR AND EXPECT FOR LUNCH.  Simply click on the large "Register" button to include yourself and any guests in the count. 

    For questions, contact:  Xavier Carbonnet  (xcarbonnet@yahoo.com)

    Matt Callies:  Matt was born and raised in San Diego, chasing bass in water hazards since he was five. When he moved to Northern California in his early twenties, fly fishing got a solid grip on him and his imagination. He started tying because flies were spend-y and moved into his truck because houses are spend-y too!  Matt soon figured out how to create flies that mimicked what was on the bass market currently. When his truck was about to explode with materials and gear, he was re-introduced to civilization out of necessity and started to guide and work as a sales rep for some of the best companies in the fly-fishing industry. Matt is now the Director of Product Development for Loon Outdoors, as well as managing sales for eight companies in the southwest, including Rajeff Sports (Airflo fly lines, Echo rods, and Airlock indicators), Abel reels, and other rod and reel mfrs.  He maintains that his family still gives him total support since his wife, his fish-bum kids, and his two labs never hesitate to spend a day on the water with him exploring new areas to fish! 

    Hogan Brown:  Growing up on the Lower Yuba River as an only child who had a bug collection, and really liked catching fish using imitations of those bugs, didn’t make Hogan the coolest kid growing up.  Good thing he got over it and persevered. He finally decided to start rowing a drift boat and guiding the lower Yuba instead of living in the woods bitter and resentful.  Now living in Chico, CA, Hogan guides for anything that swims -- from trout to striped bass and carp to steelhead.  He is equally at home in a drift boat or poling a mud flat for carp. Guiding the Lower Yuba River, Feather River, and Lower Sacramento River for stripers, trout, steelhead, shad, carp, and bass has made him one of the most versatile and experienced guides in Northern California. His trout, bass, carp, and striper flies have become well-known staples in his home territory of Northern California and throughout the West. Hogan is a Scott Fly Rods, Lamson - Waterworks Reels, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, Stealth Craft Boats, Airflo Fly Lines, and Echo Rods pro-staffer along with being a Simms Ambassador and Montana Fly Co. contract fly tier. Hogan is also co-founder of the California Bass Union dedicated to developing, sharing, and growing fly fishing for bass in his home state of California. Hogan happens to be a connoisseur of fine ales and fermented grains, a home gardener, a die-hard San Francisco Giants baseball and Notre Dame Football fan, along with being a husband to his lovely wife and a father to two young boys. 

    Chris King:  Chris was introduced to fly fishing at a young age. During his high school years in New Jersey, he traveled the eastern seaboard in search of trout with his father. Planning to take only a semester off from college, he then spent 8 years in Colorado where he turned his fly fishing passion into a career. From there, he made his way West where he found a home in Redding, CA.  Chris soon met up with GGACC's famed casting instructor Mel Krieger and was mentored by him for 6 years in fly casting and casting instruction. This led to his pursuit of becoming a certified casting instructor with the International Federation of Fly Fishers (now FFI).  Chris is currently FFI Master Certified, Two-Hand Certified, and an emeritus member of that organization's Casting Board of Governors. Chris still resides in Redding with his wife and two children and has been both guiding and teaching casting in Northern California for over 20 years. He continues to exhibit the same passion for sharing his love of the outdoors and for fly fishing as he did in his first year of guiding back in Colorado so many years ago. 


    • 18 Jun 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Rio Vista, CA
    • 0
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    Rondy:  Delta Smallmouth Bass #1 

    Dates:  June 18, 2019  

    Leader:  Jeff Hutchinson  415-509-6746  mailto:jeff.hutchinson@att.net

    Number of anglers (excluding leader):  3

    Description:   Come join a first time Rondee offering for smallmouth bass fishing on the Sacramento River by way of the Delta. These fish are very aggressive in the spring and feisty on light weight rods. This is a 3/4 day guide.  If you have never fished for smallmouth then you're in for a treat.  You may also run into a striper or two.  The guides we are using are http://www.offthehookflyfishing.com/ 

    Suggested Gear:   4 or 5 weight rods. 

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $212.50  

    Other expenses will be guide gratuities.  And lunch (which is not provided) 

    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.

    • 20 Jun 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Rio Vista, CA
    • 0
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    Rondy:  Delta Smallmouth Bass #2

    Dates:  June 20, 2019  

    Leader:  Steve Swett  mailto:steve@libertypainting.biz

    Number of anglers (excluding leader):  3

    Description:   Come join a first time Rondee offering for smallmouth bass fishing on the Sacramento River by way of the Delta. These fish are very aggressive in the spring and feisty on light weight rods. This is a 3/4 day guide.  If you have never fished for smallmouth then you're in for a treat.  You may also run into a striper or two.  The guides we are using arehttp://www.offthehookflyfishing.com/ 

    Suggested Gear:   4 or 5 weight rods. 

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $212.50  

    Other expenses will be guide gratuities and lunch (which is not provided)

    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.

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

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

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

    There is a $1 entry fee required for each casting event that you choose to compete in -- to be paid to the event host. Registration is by appointment via the contact person below. 

    All GGACC Casting Games will be conducted under ACA rules and will be ACA "registered" events (UON).

    To REGISTER, or for further information or rules explanation, please contact:  Alice Gillibert  alicegillibert@comcast.net  or  Chris Korich  ckorich@gmail.com

    • 12 Jul 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • 16 Jul 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • Missouri River at Craig, Montana
    • 0
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    This extremely popular fish-out is what most of you have waited your 3 years in the LTFF program for:  The Intermediate Class's trip to Montana always seems to be the highlight for most students in the program and is the one trip that just about everyone who goes each year ends up pleading to get the chance to go again.

    But we can never promise that and I can never take more than at most 11 from the class each year.  So, if you can possibly be one of the lucky 11 students that gets to go this year for 3 days of fabulous guided drift fishing (after arriving Friday, July 12, and not leaving before Tuesday, July 16), you'll want to do it.  These dates are a little later than in past years, but still on the weekend following the July 4th weekend (which is never a good time to fish this river due to the crowds). This year we had to slide back a few days as needed to avoid the extended July 4th weekend.  

    We will be float fishing on a famed tailwater stretch of the upper Missouri River for 3 days (on Saturday -- Monday this year) out of Craig, Montana each day.  The dry fly and nymph fishing for the big strong rainbow and brown trout in this incredibly abundant fishery is world renowned. (Our club president Willy George loves this place and often stays in his camper there for up to 2 weeks to fish the "Mo" at this time of year, as he has done for many years.)

    We will be fishing with the HeadHunters Fly Shop's guides, some of the very best you'll ever experience. They will supply all the gear required including fly rods, leaders, flies, etc. However, you are welcome to bring your own gear if you desire, especially if you can stick around to fish this river and one or more of the other famous rivers in the area on your own, or with a guide that maybe a couple of you will line up afterword to float or wade/walk with.  

    Sandals or water shoes, rather than waders, are advised on these Missouri River drift boats for most of the warm sunny days at this time of year which, like most areas flanking the Rockies, may offer also a brief afternoon rain shower. However, if you don't bring waders (only bring them because you need them for something else), DO remember to pack a pair of rain pants along with a good-quality rain jacket. One cold, all-day-long rainstorm on our first day on the river a couple years ago taught us this lesson, and there's always the possibility of a cold hailstorm blowing through. 

    There will be an initial Pre-fishout Meeting on Sunday, February 10, at 12:30PM for all those current LTFF Intermediate students who may be interested in this trip.  For those unable to make this Sunday meeting, due to the late email announcement of it, I will be at the club lodge also on Tuesday evening, February 12, at 6:30pm to cover the pre-meeting info again prior to the next day's Montana Fish-out Online Registration Opening on Wednesday, February 13, at 12 noon. The transportation options, logistics, gear, licensing, the fish-out rules, etc. will be covered at these meetings, so do try hard to be there if you can.  I will send out some notes to those who can't make it, but you should look at the pre-meeting as a good opportunity to coordinate your travel plans or to team up for traveling and fishing in the area, or for arranging to share a car rental from one of the local airports. 

    We have rented the Jumping Rainbow Lodge, a large house that is situated right on the river about 8 miles from Craig. We have rented this house for many years now because it makes a great home base for us and there is nothing in town or in the area nearly as big. 

    The tiny town of Craig, MT is located on Interstate I-15 about halfway between the cities of Helena and Great Falls (it's about a 50 mile drive northeast from Helena and a little shorter drive southwest from Great Falls).  If you are planning to fly there, the airports in those two cities are the closest possibilities, but there is also Bozeman, MT which is about a 2-1/2 hour drive away and Missoula, MT, which is probably just about as far. Flights fill up quickly, so start looking at your options and checking available flights and prices now before the first pre-meeting to be able to discuss your preference for driving there or flying to one of these airports. 

    If possible, you want to arrive at the rental house sometime on Friday afternoon, July 12, (since I should be able to get us into the house around 3PM) and you won't need to leave there until 10AM, Tuesday morning, July 16, since we've also rented the house for that Monday night to allow for a full day's fishing on Monday.  Some of you may wish to stay on for a few days of wade fishing the Missouri or local creeks and other rivers, in which case, we'll try to extend our reservation in Jumping Rainbow Lodge, if possible and enough interest, or locate another nearby lodging that's smaller.  

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

    The total fee for this event this year is $1450, which covers the 3 full days of top-notch guided fishing and gear, 4 nights in the lodge, and all meals and beverages (including wine and beer) for most of those 4 days. It DOES NOT cover your transportation expenses, a Montana fishing license (with a req'd. small conservation fee), or the guides' gratuities. 

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

    This trip is limited to 11 Intermediate students now, so sign up as quickly as you can so that you don't miss out!  Registration will open at 12:00 NOON on Weds., FEBRUARY 13

    Cost:  $1450.00 payable online as a non-refundable registration fee (unless there is someone on the waitlist to replace you).

    Contact for more info: 
    JOHN MURPHY (jmurphy7599@gmail.com) 650-799-1695




    • 13 Jul 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Park casting ponds (1232 JFK Dr., across from the Buffalo Paddock), San Francisco
    Register
    The Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club's (GGACC's) Monthly Free Fly Casting Lessons are open to both Club members and the General Public. These free fly casting lessons are generally held on the 2nd Saturday of each month year-round from 9:30 AM - 12 Noon at the Golden Gate casting ponds.  These lessons are followed by a free small lunch courtesy of GGACC.  Free loaner equipment is also available on a first come, first served basis, but please try to arrive by 8:45 AM to take advantage of this limited free equipment.

    A few points to consider –

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

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

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

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

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

    • 13 Jul 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Angler's Lodge
    Register
    Cost: free.  This event is open to the public to register. 

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

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

    The program description will be posted here as soon as it has been set.

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

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

    Mark Donahue  mwdonahue@yahoo.com


    • 19 Jul 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 21 Jul 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Arnold, CA
    • 0
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    Rondy:  North Fork Stanislaus River Backpack

    Dates:  July 19-21, 2018 although DATES COULD CHANGE DUE TO SNOWPACK  

    Leader:  John Anderson  mailto:john_anderson@lanset.com

    Number of anglers (excluding leader):  8

    Description:  

    The goals of this North Fork of the Stanislaus Backpacking Rondy are to:  Give anglers a chance to catch some beautiful wild Rainbow & Brown trout; fish in an area that gets very little pressure; backpack through some really gorgeous terrain; have fun together; sit around a campfire (five miles from the nearest road) and tell fish stories; and sleep on the hard ground -- unless you bring a pad! 

    This two-night backpacking trip starts Friday at 12 noon with a 5 mile hike down into the (North Fork) Stanislaus River Canyon. There are no hiking trails in this area that are maintained by the Forest Service, so anglers will have to do some bushwacking. The camp site is located on the river and overlooks a 100 yard pool that holds some nice trout. There is surplus fire wood, so we can have a camp fire. We will camp at the same site for two days. 

    This rondy does involve a challenging hike down a steep river canyon so participants should be experienced backpackers and be fit enough to climb out of a 1000' canyon with a pack. The hike in and out should take about 3 hours each way.

    Participants must bring their own gear and already know: How (and what) to pack for a weekend; how set up your own tent; how to cook outdoors; how use a water filter; and how to read a map and use a compass. There will be a pre-meeting to discuss the needed gear and other logistics (date tbd). 

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

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $25  

    Other expenses will include your own transportation and food/supplies. 

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

    NOTE:  THIS MONTH'S EVENT IS ON THE 3RD SUNDAY OF JULY.

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

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

    There is a $1 entry fee required for each casting event that you choose to compete in -- to be paid to the event host. Registration is by appointment via the contact person below. 

    All GGACC Casting Games will be conducted under ACA rules and will be ACA "registered" events (UON).

    To REGISTER, or for further information or rules explanation, please contact:  Alice Gillibert  alicegillibert@comcast.net  or  Chris Korich  ckorich@gmail.com

    • 27 Jul 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • East Casting Pond, GG Park

    The East Pond is reserved for a Cal-Trout/ Calif. Academy of Sciences Youth Camp event on Saturday, July 27, from 12:30-3:30pm.  This event is currently closed to sign-ups and more information will be provided here when received from Libby Wolfensperger. 

    • 05 Aug 2019
    • 7:00 AM
    • 13 Aug 2019
    • 11:30 PM
    • Anglers Lodge & Casting Ponds, Golden Gate Park

    The Angler's Lodge, casting ponds, and both the lower and upper parking lots are CLOSED for the period from Monday, August 5 to Tuesday, August 13 to allow for the set-up and takedown of the Outside Lands Music Festival held over the 3-day weekend of August 9-11 this year.

    Note that this closure of our GGACC facilities is being enforced by park police, with clear signage of this closure expected to be posted this year at each entrance. 

    http://www.sfoutsidelands.com/the-park/neighborhood

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

    NOTE:  DUE TO GG PARK CLOSURE FOR THE OUTSIDE LANDS MUSIC FESTIVAL ON AUG. 9-11, 2019, THE GGACC'S AUGUST FREE CASTING LESSONS WILL BE HELD ON THE 3RD SATURDAY (August 17) FOR THIS MONTH ONLY

    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.

    • 17 Aug 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Angler's Lodge
    Register

    NOTE:  This month's Skill Building Program is on the 3rd Saturday of August since the Anglers Lodge and Casting Ponds are closed on the 2nd Saturday due to the Outside Lands Music Festival that weekend.   

    Cost:  free.  This event is open to the public to register. 

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

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

    The program description will be posted here as soon as it has been set.

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

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

    Mark Donahue  mwdonahue@yahoo.com


    • 24 Aug 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Casting Ponds

    The casting ponds are reserved for this annual event on this Saturday, August 24, 2019, date.  More info to follow when provided by Willy George. 

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

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

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

    There is a $1 entry fee required for each casting event that you choose to compete in -- to be paid to the event host. Registration is by appointment via the contact person below. 

    All GGACC Casting Games will be conducted under ACA rules and will be ACA "registered" events (UON).

    To REGISTER, or for further information or rules explanation, please contact:  Alice Gillibert  alicegillibert@comcast.net  or  Chris Korich  ckorich@gmail.com

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

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

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

    Number of anglers (excluding leader):  5

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

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

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

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

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

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $25  

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

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

    • 14 Sep 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Golden Gate Park casting ponds (1232 JFK Dr., across from the Buffalo Paddock), San Francisco
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    The Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club's (GGACC's) Monthly Free Fly Casting Lessons are open to both Club members and the General Public. These free fly casting lessons are generally held on the 2nd Saturday of each month year-round from 9:30 AM - 12 Noon at the Golden Gate Park casting ponds.  These lessons are followed by a free small lunch courtesy of GGACC.  Free loaner equipment is also available on a first come, first served basis, but please try to arrive by 8:45 AM to take advantage of this limited free equipment.

    A few points to consider –

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

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

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

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

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

    • 14 Sep 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Angler's Lodge
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