WELCOME TO MTFF

MTFF is a fly fishing club in Marin County, CA.  Since 2004, we have been bringing together fly anglers to share knowledge, experience, and good times. We host monthly meetings, fishing trips, casting clinics, and social dinners and events.  Our members span all skill levels from beginner to veteran.  We offer membership to anyone interested in fly fishing regardless of the skill level.  Prospective members are welcome to attend our monthly meetings,  meet current members, and learn more about us.  If you would like more information please email info@mttamflyfishers.org.

Upcoming events

CLUB MEETING NOVEMBER 9--FLY FISHING THE SIERRA FOOTHILLS WITH GREG VINCI

Greg Vinci will be the presenter at our Joint NBTU/MTFF meeting on Thurs, Nov 9, 7:00 p.m. in rm 201 of the Town Center of Corte Madera.  Greg is one of the most experienced, knowledgeable guides in Northern California.  For the past quarter century, Greg has been learning about, fishing, and writing books and articles about the best fisheries in the Northern Sierra.  Besides writing numerous articles in fly fishing and outdoor magazines, Greg’s latest book, Flyfisher’s Guide to California is a ‘must have’ for any serious fly fisher.  His all-inclusive website, california-flyfishing.com is a treasure trove of outstanding information,  to include info about every major stream in NorCal, maps, stream flows, fishing regs, weather, fishing reports, bugs and best patterns to use, etc., which is why our program director knew on a recent trip to the East Carson, that the flow rate (125 cfs) was substantially higher than the mean for that stream (65 cfs) so I knew we’d need heavier weighted nymphs to be successful at ‘high sticking’.

Greg will be presenting “California’s Central Valley Tailwaters.”





FRIDAY NIGHT FLYTYING NOVEMBER 10

Join Larry Lack on Friday, November 10 at the Club at McInnis at 6:30.  Materials and vises are available for those who don't have their own stuff.

The Slumpbuster

This is a fly that’s got it all; a bit of weight, a little flash, a moving tail, and a profile that pushes lots of water.  Particularly useful in high or off-color water, this fly is famous for taking some of the largest trout in the system.

Hook:       TMC 5262, size 8
Thread:     Olive or brown, 140 denier (6/0)
Head:       Brass Cone
Weight:     20 wraps of .020 lead wire, pushed up into the head to stabilize the cone
Body:       Braided crystal flash; silver or copper
Rib:        Brassie wire, chartreuse
Wing:       Strip of Squirrel zonker, brown or olive
Collar:     Strip of Squirrel zonker, 3 wraps behind cone


FALL FISHING PLANS

We still have a few spaces for the Klamath--let Jeff Franzini know if you are interested.  (Contact Jeff at mailto:info@mttamflyfishers.org ) 



Klamath River Trip - October 26 and 27, 2017

This is a two day Steelhead trip on the Klamath River.  I have not fished there before but several people have told me it is an excellent spot to catch Steelhead, and Larry Lack said fishing there is "better than either the Trinity or the Klamath below Irongate, as ALL the Steelies for both those streams are going past Weitchpec".  We will stay at Guide Tom Wilson's place right on the Klamath river (link to his website is http://klamathriveradventures.com ).  Tom has three small separate full service cabins that can accommodate up to a total of 8 people.  We will also look at using Tom's guide service and he will take us up and down the river to his special fishing spots (most spots are fished while wading, so this is really not a float fish trip).

In summary, this trip is:
  • 2 trip during October 26 and 27, 2017
  • We are staying in small cabins
  • We are using a guide at least one day to take us up and down the river to fishing spots
  • It's located by the city of Weitchpec CA off Why 96 - North West of Redding - about a 6 hour trip from Marin
    
          
If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Franzini mailto:info@mttamflyfishers.org

       

  

Pebble Mine Would Put America Last

In a shocking about-face, the EPA has agreed to drop proposed restrictions that would have banned construction of the Pebble Mine in Alaska.  This move paves the way for Northern Dynasty Minerals, - the Canadian company behind the mine and which has a terrible record of devastating spills and toxic releases – to seek permits for building the massive copper and gold mine in the pristine headwaters of Bristol Bay, where it would imperil the world’s largest run of Sockeye Salmon.    The EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, made this decision after a half-hour meeting with the mining company CEO, and shocked all the remaining scientists in the EPA who have spent years researching this proposal and have unanimously concluded it would be a disaster and would ‘irreversibly’ destroy one of the most pristine and productive locations on the planet.

Just weeks after the EPA reversal, fishermen in Bristol Bay were reporting near-record levels for this year’s Salmon run, a testament to the strength of the $1.5 billion sustainable fishery that supports 14,000 local jobs and is central to the culture of Native peoples in SW Alaska.  The colossal open pit Pebble Mine, which would be as deep as the Grand Canyon and generate 10 billion tons of toxic mining waste, was stopped in 2014 when the EPA study (twice peer reviewed) said the mine posed catastrophic risks to the Bristol Bay watershed.  One of the main problems lies in the fact that the huge earth dam which will hold most of the toxic tailings lies almost on top of an active Earthquake fault.   “In keeping with the Trump Administration’s pro-polluter, pro-extraction agenda, the EPA has utterly abandoned sound science and the people of Bristol Bay”, said Taryn Heimer, a scientist with NRDC’s Land and Wildlife program, which organization partnered with hundreds of grassroots organizations to convince the government to stop it in 2014.   More than 80% of local residents oppose the Pebble Mine.   To push the message, “No Pebble Mine.  Not now.  Not ever.”  go to <nrdc.org/stoppebble

The fish thank you.


The Federal Clean Water Rule needs your help--This item is from our friends at Trout Unlimited

Clean Water RulePlease take a moment to express your opposition to EPA's proposal to rescind the Clean Water Rule and your support for protecting the Nation's headwater streams and wetlands. In a very busy year, this is one of the most important actions we are asking you to take.

Earlier this month the EPA announced a proposed rule that would rescind the 2015 Clean Water Rule. The 2015 Clean Water Rule did a good job of clarifying and restoring Clean Water Act protections for headwater streams and wetlands. President Trump directed his EPA to rescind the 2015 Clean Water Rule and revert back to a far less protective standard. The new proposal includes a very short comment period for public feedback on the rollback process.

Check out our interactive map to learn about what streams may be at risk in your own backyard.

Clean Water RuleProviding less protection for America's headwater streams and wetlands, and allowing them to be more vulnerable to pipelines, gas development, and other forms of development, makes no sense.

Headwaters are the genesis of our country's iconic rivers. The Clean Water Rule was designed to ensure that our nation's small waters remain intact, and that the water flowing from them is fresh and clean. These waters are the spawning and rearing waters for trout, salmon and other wild and native fish that contribute greatly to the $50 billion recreational fishing industry in the United States. What's more, these streams send clean water downstream, where it's used to water our crops, cool our industrial generators and provide clean, fresh drinking water for our cities and towns.

Clean water is not a political issue. Protecting our watersheds and ensuring that clean, fresh water is available for fish, farms and communities is not an option - it is a responsibility.

It is critical that we let EPA know how important clean water and healthy watersheds are to sportsmen and women. Please contact the EPA and oppose its proposal to rescind the Clean Water Rule and support the 2015 Clean Water Rule in order to protect the Nation's headwater streams and wetlands.

For questions about this action, please contact the government affairs team at takeaction@tu.org.


2017 Fishing Plan Now Posted

MTFF's monthly fishing plan now has its own page.  See the top nav bar for where and when we plan to fish!

Coming up next are a steelhead trip to the Klamath and a few day trips to Putah Creek!

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