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
    • 13 sessions
    • Anglers Lodge & West Casting Pond, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

    DUE TO CONCERNS FOR THE CORONAVIRUS AND PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS TO SHELTER IN PLACE, THE FOLLOWING EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.  THIS DECISION BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS IS IN EFFECT AT LEAST THROUGH THE END OF APRIL, 2020

    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. 

    • 29 Mar 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Red Bluff, CA
    • 0
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    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 EVENT LISTED BELOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED OUT OF CONCERN FOR THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE ORDER OF THE SAN FRANCISCO HEALTH OFFICER ISSUED 3/13/20 PROHIBITING LARGE PUBLIC GATHERINGS IN THE CITY UNTIL AFTER APRIL 30TH.  The City has also postponed the Golden Gate Park 150th Anniversary celebration this day.  The decision of whether to hold Free Casting Lessons on the 2nd Saturday of May will be made by the GGACC Board of Directors in their next meeting on 4/4/20.


    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

    NOTE:   THE EVENT LISTED BELOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED OUT OF CONCERN FOR THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE ORDER OF THE SAN FRANCISCO HEALTH OFFICER ISSUED 3/13/20 WHICH RECOMMENDS NOT HOLDING GATHERINGS OF 10 OR MORE PEOPLE THAT MAY INCLUDE ANY HIGH RISK (eg. older or health impaired) INDIVIDUALS UNTIL AFTER APRIL 30TH. The City has also postponed the Golden Gate Park 150th Anniversary celebration on this day. A decision of whether to hold a Skills Building Program class on the 2nd Saturday of May will be made by the GGACC Board of Directors in their next meeting on 4/4/20.


    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
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    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.

    • 07 Apr 2020
    • 16 Apr 2020
    • 4 sessions
    • GGACC Anglers Lodge (Locker Room)
    • 5
    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, April 7, 2020. 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., April 7

    Thurs., April 9

    Tues., April 14

    Thurs., April 16

    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 April 7th 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)

    • 11 Apr 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • GGACC Casting Ponds


    DUE TO CONCERNS FOR THE CORONAVIRUS AND PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS TO SHELTER IN PLACE, THE FOLLOWING EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO A DATE TBD.  THIS DECISION BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS IS IN EFFECT AT LEAST THROUGH THE END OF APRIL, 2020


    Scientific Anglers/Orvis Demo Event

    Hosted by Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club 

    Saturday, April 11th, 9am-3pm

    Sponsored by SA/Orvis

    Schedule for the day:

    9am – Event opens

    9-11am – Open casting with SA’s B.Y.O.R. kit and Orvis rods 

    11am-11:30am – “Loving Your Fly Line”…Fly Line Care – Jeff McGowan

    12:30pm – Lunch sponsored by Orvis

    12:45pm – Lunch Raffle

    1:00pm-3pm - Open casting with SA’s B.Y.O.R. kit and Orvis rods

    3:00pm –Grand Prize Raffle and wind-down

    Featuring Scientific Anglers “Bring Your Own Rod Kit” – Bring your favorite fly rod (or rods) and test drive Scientific Anglers fly lines with this impressive demo kit that includes 150+ reels loaded with ALL of SA’s different tapers and lines in the most common line weights including all of SA’s new for 2020 fly lines.  You’ve never seen anything like 150 loaded reels (plus a full spey and spey lite kits) with everything from 2wt to 12wt lines rigged and ready to be strung up on your rod. 

    Jeff McGowan (National Sales Manager) will be on-hand to help facilitate the BYOR kit and to answer any questions regarding SA’s wide breadth of line tapers.  Darin Elmore (local SA/ORVIS sales rep) will also be available to help you find the perfect ORVIS rod to match.  Representing Costa sunglasses, Capt. Maury Hatch will be available to talk about and help you select the highest performance fishing eyewear for your pursuit.

    Don’t want to pack a rod…no problem.  Just show up and grab an Orvis sample rod off the rack to cast and check out.  Since 1856, Orvis has been improving the experience that people have in the outdoors. Cast-an Orvis…Win an Orvis.  That’s right, simply come to the event and cast one of the supplied Orvis samples and automatically get entered into the "Helios 3 rod-of-your-choice" raffle at the end of the event.  A full assortment of Orvis rods will be available to demo including the Helios 3, new for 2020 Recon, Clearwater, Mission Spey, and Superfine Glass.

    Questions?  Contact Darin Elmore (local sales rep for SA/Orvis) at dmelmore@att.net or call 775-742-1968   or email Xavier Carbonnet  xcarbonnet@yahoo.com

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

    OUT OF CONCERN FOR THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND THE REQUIRED TRAVELING  AND POTENTIAL LARGE ATTENDANCE FOR THIS EVENT EXPOSING COMPETITORS, VENDORS, VOLUNTEERS, AND SPECTATORS, THE SPEY-O-RAMA EVENT DESCRIBED BELOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR THE YEAR 2020.  WE HOPE YOU'LL ALL BE ABLE TO JOIN US NEXT YEAR WHEN WE NEXT HOLD THIS COMPETITION.  Competitors are being contacted directly with more information. 

    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)

    THIS EVENT HAS  BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC.  POTENTIAL COMPETITORS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED DIRECTLY. 

    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

    • 22 Apr 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge meeting room and kitchen

    The Anglers Lodge meeting room and kitchen are reserved on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 from 9:00AM to 5:00PM for a private PHWFF admin meeting.  For any questions about this, contact Willy George.  

    • 25 Apr 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • GGACC casting ponds, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED ON A FUTURE DATE. Check back in a few months after this has resolved. 

    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 9 - 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, San Francisco, CA
    •  Date:          Saturday, April 25, 2020 
    •  Time:          8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    •  Cost:          $10.00 per session (pay through Eventbrite at time of registration)
    •  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 9 - 12) under EVENTS and CALENDAR!

    There will be NO registration for this event on the GGACC calendar.  Please REGISTER at the BAYFF website (https://www.youthflyfishers.org) link 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
    • 5:00 PM
    • McCloud, CA
    • 0
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    Rondy:  McCloud River Walk & Wade

    Dates:  May 2-3, 2020 

    Leader:  Tony Tredway  mailto:tonytredway@yahoo.com

    Number of anglers (including leader):  5

    Description:  We will be 5 experienced anglers going to the lower McCloud river at Ah-Di-Nah campground, to the Nature Conservancy, and Ash Camp.  Because of their incredible vigor and resilience, the McCloud River rainbow trout have been transplanted and established themselves in many of the greatest fly fishing locations in the world.  For dry-fly aficionados, the McCloud can be surprisingly good. Both high-sticking and long line nymphing also work very well. 

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

    Suggested Gear:  3-6 wt fly rods with the usual lines, leaders, etc., to fish dries, nymphs, and streamers.  You'll also need a wading staff, sturdy waders, studded boots, warm clothing, and a rain jacket.

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $25  

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

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

    • 02 May 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 03 May 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Manzanita Lake, CA
    • 0
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    Rondy:  Manzanita Lake "The Armando Memorial"

    Dates:  May 2-3, 2020  

    Leader:  Gavan Hennessy  mailto:hennessygavan@gmail.com

    Number of anglers (including leader):  6

    Description:  This year we lost our dear friend and longtime GGACC member Armando Bernasconi.  Manzanita Lake was his favorite place to fish.  So we are declaring this Rondy the "The Armando Memorial".  Come see why he loved the place:  Big picky rainbows and browns in perhaps the most beautiful setting in California.  These dates will be near "ice out" when the fish will be very hungry after a winter under the ice.  While you can wade this lake a float tube is strongly recommended/preferred.  

    The accommodations for this trip are still being determined, but you should be prepared to camp or pay for cabins.  More info to follow.    

    Suggested Gear:  4-6wt single hand rods.  Floating and intermediate lines.  A float tube is recommended.  Fish take dry flies, nymphs and streamers

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $25  

    Other expenses will be camping or lodging expenses, 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.

    • 05 May 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Rio Vista, CA
    • 0
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    Rondy:  Delta Stripers #1  

    Dates:  May 5, 2020  

    Leader:  Pete Griffith  mailto:peteg415@gmail.com

    Number of anglers (including leader):  6

    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 be 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 $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.

    • 09 May 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.

    • 09 May 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



    • 13 May 2020
    • 16 Sep 2020
    • 9 sessions
    • Casting ponds at Golden Gate Park, SF

    Note:  This (mostly alternating) Wednesday evening casting event is FREE and open to the public.  No prior registration required.  Just show up each night with your own fly rod and yarn fly (no club rods will be issued for this, but George may be able to provide a loaner rod if arranged in advance-- see contact info below).  The May 13th and June 24th evenings this year are Fly Fishing Crash Courses, which nights will basically be Cliff Notes for fly fishing. Knots, rigging, casting, reading water, and fly fishing techniques will be taught at three different stations. 

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

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

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

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

    May

    May 13, 2020 (Fly Fishing Crash Course)
    May 27, 2020

    June

    June 10, 2020

    June 24, 2020 (Fly Fishing Crash Course)

    July

    July 8, 2020
    July 22, 2020

    August

    August 19, 2020 (skipped 2 prev. wks. due to music festival) 


    September

    September 2. 2020

    September 16, 2020 (the last class)

    • 17 May 2020
    • 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    • Oakdale, CA
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    Rondy:  Kistler Bass Ranch

    Dates:  May 17, 2020 

    Leader:  Ben Scott  mailto:benny.k.scott@gmail.com

    Number of anglers (including leader):  11

    Description:  We are going back to Kistler Bass Ranch - which is a well liked bass fishery just east of Oakdale.  But we moved the dates to a little later than last year so that water temps will be better.  The 3 ponds feature every type of bass holding water for both topwater and subsurface flies.  While this lake can be fished from the bank in waders, it is best fished from your own watercraft (e.g., float tube, pontoon boat, pram, or small motorboat).  Wearing a PFD is required.

    Suggested Gear:  6-8 wt single handed fly rods, with both floating, intermediate and sinking lines. 

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $50  

    Bring your own lunch and beverages.  Carpooling and the meeting place will be discussed in emails to registrants.

    Cancellation Policy:  There are no refunds.  In the event that a member is, for any reason, unable to attend, he may resell his slot (rod) to another GGACC member (by first pulling from the waitlist if one exists).  It is the sole responsibility of the member to manage this transaction.  This is not the responsibility of the leader or club.
    • 18 May 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    • Hamilton City, CA
    • 1
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    Rondy:  Lower Sac Shad Single Hand Rods 

    Dates:  May 18, 2020  

    Leader:  John DiCerbo  mailto:johndicerbo@gmail.com

    Number of anglers (including leader):  6

    Description:  Note new format for this Rondy:  A day of Shad fishing on the Sacramento River with single hand rods.  We will meet in Hamilton City at the Irving Finch boat launch.  Our guides will take us by Jet boats to local sandbars where we will fish.  We will be 3 boats and 6 anglers.  Unfortunately the days of all of us fishing together are no more - that giant sandbar is gone.  So the 3 boats will head off in different directions.  Fishing could be wading or from the boat, depending on flows. 

    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, lunch, and drinks.  Their website is http://www.orlandoutfitters.com/index.html   

    Suggested Gear:  6-8wt single hand rods (fast action preferred). Carry Type 2 through Type 6 shooting heads, or equivalent tungsten sink tips.  If you bring just one shooting head, make it a Type 4.  A regular floating fly line will NOT work!  You must bring shooting heads or sink tips!  Leaders are relatively short 10-12# tippet.  The guides will have shad flies if needed.   

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $275.00.  

    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.

    • 28 May 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 31 May 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Klamath Falls, CA
    • 6
    Register

    Rondy:  Yamsi Ranch

    Dates:  May 28-31, 2020  

    Leader:  Erik Duisenberg  mailto:erik.duisenberg@gmail.com

    Number of anglers (including leader):  11

    Description:  Located at the headwaters of the world famous Williamson River, Oregon’s premier Fly Fishing Destination for trophy Brook Trout reaching 24” and Rainbow Trout stretching up to 31”.  This rondy includes 3 days fishing (arrive noon on the first day, fish evening, fish two days, fish morning on the fourth day, leave noon on the fourth day), 3 nights lodging, board, and fishing access to the miles of private headwaters flowing out of the springs on the Yamsi Ranch Property. The ranch itself, located 1 hr northeast of Klamath Falls OR, is a working cattle ranch covering some 5000 acres, and the Williamson meanders 7+ miles down the ranch meadows property, all of it private, and all of it fishable. Think of 1⁄2 the width of Hat Creek, with 10x the fish! (http://yamsiflyfishing.com)

    This trip includes:

    • Meals served at the ranch house or down on the river.  Packed lunches for mid day refueling.
    • Beds - in the main house, or in the nearby bunk house.  There are some private rooms and some shared rooms.  We will try to meet everyone's preference while being fair. 

    • First day orientation, arrive noon on the first day, fish evening, fish two days, fish morning on the fourth day, leave noon on the fourth day.  

    • Guides can be arranged for 1-4 people at $250 per day (total - so shared cost)

    The Williamson is fed by six springs, five of which are located on the ranch, producing 45 cubic feet per second year round. The springs stay a consistent 42 degrees and are not affected by snow melt or summer heat. The deep pools and undercut banks created by this slow meandering stream, along with fallen trees, rocks and weeds offer incredible habitat for monster rainbow and brook trout. The river ecosystem lends itself to fine dry fly fishing and excellent nymph fishing. The fishing can be technical, but the fish population is large enough that even a novice will hook up. Fishing is most often done from the banks, although waders are suggested for crossings and navigating the marshland. 

    Note: The ranch is remote, and off the grid. The nearest town is Klamath Falls which is a two hour round trip. Power is generated on site and turns off every night. Cell service can be spotty, and wifi is available but limited. 

    Suggested Gear:  0-6 wt single handed fly rods, with floating lines. Or your favorite nymph rig, waders & boots.  Anglers are also responsible for personal items, liquor, flies, and an Oregon fishing license. 

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $1075.  If 8 or more people sign up (excluding leader), you will receive a $105 refund, and we’ll have the river to ourselves. 

    Other expenses will be travel expenses, guide gratuities, BYOB, and an Oregon Fishing license. Flies are often available at the ranch, although you may want to bring your own. 

    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.

    • 31 May 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Marysville, CA
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    Rondy:  Yuba River Shad - 2 Handed Rods 

    Dates:  May 31, 2020  

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

    Number of anglers (including leader):  6

    Description:  A day of Shad fishing with a Two Handed Rod on the Yuba River below Daguerre diversion dam.  We'll take jet boats up to access the good waters below the dam.  Then wade and swing flies for shad.  Typically this is a super fun high fish count day. 

    In the unlikely event that flows are high, the guides will bring single hand rods in case we need to fish from the boats. 

    Note:  The guides we use for this all have different approaches.  The three boats will go to different places.  All are good - just different.  We can discuss as we get closer.  Also please, if the shad are holed up and you are on the sweet spot, share the spot with your fellow member, so everyone can catch fish.    

    This is a day trip and most people are likely to drive up and back on the day of the rondy (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.kienesflyshop.com/lower-yuba-river 

    Suggested Gear:  6-8 wt spey rods with Skagit and sink tips.  The guides will have shad flies. 

    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.

    • 31 May 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

    • 05 Jun 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 07 Jun 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Burney, CA
    • 0
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    Rondy:  Pit River Walk & Wade

    Dates:  June 5-7, 2020  

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

    Number of anglers (including leader):  12

    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 and two co-leaders 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 Burney Falls Campground (which Ryan has reserved) 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 $45  

    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.

    • 13 Jun 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.

    • 13 Jun 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



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

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

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

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

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

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

    • 29 Jun 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 30 Jun 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Fall River Mills, CA
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    Rondy:  Fall River  

    Dates:  June 29-30, 2020  

    Leader:  Steve Swett  mailto:steve@libertypainting.biz

    Number of anglers (including leader):  6 

    Description:  This will be a guided 2-day Rondy on the Fall River in California.  The trip is set up to provide a good intro to Fall River fly fishing, to connect people with a group of excellent guides, and to others from the club who might want to go back in the future on their own. The Fall Riverfed by aquifers coming from the snows and glaciers of Mount Shasta, is the nation’s largest spring system, and one of the richest spring fed rivers in the world.  It is also the finest spring creek fly fishing opportunity in California, and one of the best in the United States. Nearly impossible to wade, and bordered almost entirely by private land, we will be fishing from 3 boats with two anglers and an experienced guide in each.  Participants will switch boats and fishing partners each day to get to know each of the guides, and more of the club members. Information on lodging options will be sent out to participants, who will make their own arrangements, and we will meet for dinner together each night after fishing. Those that wish to share a room should have a good chance to communicate with the others in the group beforehand. 

    Suggested Gear:  5 or 6 wt single handed rods, ideally two rods, one rigged up to fish dry flies and the other with a very slow sinking line for fishing below the surface. The guides themselves can provide gear if needed.

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $500.  

    Other expenses will be lodging, food 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.

    • 10 Jul 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 12 Jul 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Arnold, CA
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    Rondy:  North Fork Stanislaus River Backpack

    Dates:  July 10-12, 2020 (although dates could change to August 7-9 due to snowpack)  

    Leader:  John Anderson  mailto:jca35otl@gmail.com

    Number of anglers (including leader):  9

    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.

    • 10 Jul 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • 14 Jul 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • Missouri River at Craig, Montana
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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 10 and not leaving before Tuesday, July 14), you'll want to do it.  These dates are the weekend following the July 4th weekend (which is never a good time to fish this river due to the crowds).   

    We will be float (or drift) 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 at a time to fish the "Mo" at this time of year, as he has done for probably 20 plus 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 walk/wade fish this river with some of us for a few days more and fish 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. 

    The online registration for this fish-out will be opened on Wednesday, February 12, at 12 noon. 

    There will be an initial information meeting on Saturday, Feb. 8 around 3PM for all those current LTFF Intermediate students who are possibly interested in attending his fish-out and a subsequent more official Pre-fishout Meeting on Saturday, February 15, at 12:30PM for all those who registered for this fish-out on Feb. 12 and anyone waitlisted.

    The transportation options, logistics, gear, licensing, the fish-out rules, etc. will be covered in this second Pre-fishout meeting, 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 discuss teaming 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 10, (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 14, 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 if there's enough interest, or locate other nearby lodging that's smaller.  Additional nights will be charged accordingly.  

    We will cook our own group dinner on Friday night, but our 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 again $1,450, which covers the all 3 days of the 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. 

    For lodging reasons, this trip is limited to only 11 Intermediate students, 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 12

    Cost:  $1,450.00 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)



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

    A few points to consider –

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

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

    • Beginner 
    • Novice
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

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

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

    • 11 Jul 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



    • 13 Jul 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 19 Jul 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Emigrant Wilderness
    • 3
    Register

    Rondy:  Emigrant Lake Backpacking Rondy

    Dates:  Monday July 13 through Sunday July 19, 2020 although DATES COULD CHANGE DUE TO SNOWPACK  

    Leader:  Richard Gamer  415-321-0545  mailto:rishgamer45@gmail.com

    Number of anglers:  3

    Description:  This high country backpacking Rondy spans seven days, which includes driving to and from the trail head.  Emigrant Lake, the largest lake in the Emigrant Wilderness, is 3 miles long and at approximately 8500’ elevation. There are plenty of wading access points and the trout are a good size, with most being over 12” long.

    The first night will be spent near the trailhead. Two days each way are required for hiking to and from Emigrant Lake. We will spend 3 nights at Emigrant Lake providing 2 full days of fishing. The trail is very well maintained, and the round-trip total distance is approximately 32 miles. Elevation gain is approximately 3000’ from the trailhead.

    The trip is open to experienced backpackers only and participants should be in good physical condition.  Your leader (club member Richard Gamer) is a very experienced backpacker, having backpacked throughout the Sierras during summers for the past 40 years.

    A pre-trip meeting will be schedule for mid June. This meeting will cover the logistics of where to meet, possible carpooling, what to bring, more about what to expect, etc.

    Suggested Gear:  All the backpacking gear to support yourself including tent, sleeping bag, pad, stove, cooking gear and utensils, water filter, light, etc. Your favorite mountain lake/steam fly rod and reel with flies. Wading shoes and staff. Clothes for all possible weather (think rain and cold). All the food and beverage for yourself. 

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $25 which does NOT include the cost of your own food, transportation, and other consumables. You will need to provide your own equipment. Some items may be shared.  

    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.

    • 19 Jul 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Marysville, CA
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Rondy:  Yuba Stripers  

    Dates:  July 19, 2020  

    Leader:  Steve Swett  mailto:steve@libertypainting.biz

    Number of anglers (including leader):  4

    Description:  New for 2020 we are going to chase the big stripers up into the Yuba river.This is an exciting different experience than the Delta.  It can be more sight fishing for bigger fish.  Striped Bass are "hot" fish meaning that they provide a very noteworthy strike and resulting fight.  We will be 4 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 $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.

    • 19 Jul 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

    • 03 Aug 2020
    • 7:00 AM
    • 11 Aug 2020
    • 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 3rd to Tuesday, August 11 to allow for the set-up and takedown of the Outside Lands Music Festival held over the 3-day weekend of August 7-9 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

    • 06 Aug 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 09 Aug 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Bridgeport, CA
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Rondy:  Upper Owens River & Hot Creek Walk & Wade

    Dates:  August 6-9, 2020  

    Leader:  Paul Kromhout  mailto:pkromhout@comcast.net

    Number of anglers (including leader):  7

    Description:  Walk & Wade on the Upper Owens and Hot Creek near Mammoth Lakes, CA.  The Upper Owens is a meandering stream running through meadows just south of June Lake Loop, running through the valley east of Mammoth.  Hot Creek runs below private waters just east of the Mammoth airport.  This is much more walking, rather than wading, as these streams are fished from the bank and at Hot Creek, wading is actually prohibited.  This is catch and release fishing only. 

    The Upper Owens in summer as it flows through cow pastures, may offer grasshopper dry fly fishing, as well as dry-dropper opportunities.  Rainbows and browns are resident and migrate back and forth from Crowley Lake to the Upper Owens.  3, 4 and 5 weight rods are suitable.  Waders are recommended, but wet wading with boots is okay as muddy, wet sections need to be crossed.

    Hot Creek is a small creek fishable below private waters down to the thermal springs below.  Dry fly and nymph droppers work well on this water.  The creek is small and relatively shallow, but holds some excellent fish.  Again, rainbows and browns. 

    These waters do not require long casts. Precision is rewarded as streamside vegetation is present and with the very clear waters, spooking fish is a concern.  Stealthy approaches and sometimes casting from a crouch are helpful.  At both Upper Owens and Hot Creek one needs to be able to do some hiking over rough terrain and through sometimes marshy meadows. 

    We plan on camping in semi-primitive campgrounds on Upper Owens Road off Highway 395 near Mammoth Lakes.  This location is a significant drive from the SF Bay Area.  You should consult your regular sources for the routes and driving times that best suit your needs.  Allow most of a day for a drive from San Francisco over Donner-Hwy 80, Echo- Hwy 50, Sonora Hwy 108 or Tioga- Hwy 120 passes. 

    While we plan to camp, there are many lodging options including motels and condos available in nearby Mammoth Lakes and possibly, June Lake.  For those who prefer restaurants to camping food, Mammoth offers many choices.  For campers, you will need to provide your own tents, food and supplies.  There are places in Mammoth to secure any provisions you may need. 

    Suggested Gear:  

    3, 4 or 5 wt rods, floating lines, tippet and flies.  Wading staff unlikely to be needed on these waters.  There are some fine fly shops in Mammoth for any required supplies.

    Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $25  

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

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

    • 15 Aug 2020
    • 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. 7-9, 2020, THE GGACC'S AUGUST FREE CASTING LESSONS WILL BE HELD ON THE 3RD SATURDAY (August 15) 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.

    • 15 Aug 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Angler's Lodge
    Register