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

While the Club is “off for the summer,” we have some terrific trips and programs coming up for you.  If you are interested in one or more of our trips, now is the time to let us know!

Upcoming Fishing Trips

Klamath River Steelhead – August 24 & 25

This is a new club event with guide Albert Kutzkey.  It’s two full days of fishing (August 24 & 25) on the Klamath River for Steelhead.  We will be meeting the guide at Klamath Glenn (near Hwy 101 & the town of Klamath) and he will jetboat us up the river and take us to his favorite fishing spots.  This is a wading trip and not a boat float trip, but the guide says the area is easy to wade and will not require us to be in fast water.  

Since his boat will only accommodate six of us, this will be a first paid first seat trip.  The fishing cost is a total of $400 per person (includes 2 full days on the water).  Outings Chairman Jeff Franzini will be your host so if you are interested in going, please email him at info@mttamflyfishers.org and he will send you further details.

Manzanita Lake – September 20 - 22

Your club announces a "do it yourself" float tube trip to Manzanita Lake on September 20 - 22.  Your host will be Outings Chairman Jeff Franzini who will be staying at Manzanita Lake Campground in Lassen National Park.  You can make a reservation for either a campsite or a cabin at https://www.recreation.gov/camping/manzanitalake/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=74045

Manzanita Lake is a great spot for dry fly, nymphing, and streamering for trout.  There are also several other lakes and rivers within an hour or two drive so you should be able to find just what you’re looking for.  So, dust off your fishing gear and wet your line!  If you’re planning on going, please let Jeff know atinfo@mttamflyfishers.org

Pyramid Lake Float Tube Outing - **Revised Dates** Now October 7 - 8

Everyone loves our early spring ladder trip to catch the huge Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, but now you have an opportunity to fish from afloat tube when the weather is warm!  Come join us on a fantastic two-day outing with guide Rob Anderson on Pyramid Lake.  You can either camp on the beach or stay in a hotel in Reno.  The guide cost is $225 per angler which includes lunches.  If interested, please email Outings Chairman Jeff Franzini at info@mttamflyfishers.org and he will forward you all the particulars.

Fall Programs—put these in your calendar now!

September 24:  Greg Holland, Saltwater Guide Fly fishing local waters for stripers and rockfish.

October 22:  Eric Ettlinger, MMWD Aquatic Ecologist Salmonids of Marin; current status after record winter rainy season

November 26:  Joe Contaldi, Performance Anglers of Mammoth Head Guide & Outfitter Eastern Sierra on the Fly; Mammoth to Bridgeport

Fishing Report

The McCloud, Pit and Upper Sac are all great options right now. Our guides have been spending a lot of time on the Fall River as well and experiencing very good trout fishing. Golden Stoneflies, Yellow Sallies and Caddis have been showing themselves daily on the freestones while we've been seeing very good PMD and Blue Wing Olive activity on Fall River, as well as the famous Hexegenias during the evenings. With the prolonged spring and abundance of cold water, we expect all of these rivers to continue to show great fishing through the summer.   

Bristol Bay and Pebble Mine Update--An Important Analysis from Flyfishers Int'l

Mt Tam Flyfishers is an FFI member club.  This video explains why you and we must continue to protect against the rapacious owners of the Pebble Mine properties.  



Perdigon Fly (Spanish Fly)

This is a competition fly, designed by members of the Spanish FF Team for use in the World Championships after having been out of the top 5 placers in 2014.  In 2015 in Bosnia, the Spanish barely beat the U.S. to win the World FF Championships, with many of their team using this Perdigon fly.  In 2016, here in the U.S. at the World FF Championships, the Spanish eked out a victory over the 2nd place French team to win it all, with the U.S. placing 3rd.  For 2017, the French team all used this fly almost exclusively in the river portions of the competition, and won the championship over 2nd place Czech Rep. and 3rd place Spain.  The following year, 2018, at the World Championships in Italy, the Spanish Team Captain had their whole team using this Perdigon exclusively and again won the championship over the 2nd place Czech team and 3rd place Italy, with the U.S. in 4th.

This is a small (so trout are less discriminating) but weighted fly (so it gets right to the bottom quickly) which is built on a jig hook (with the weight below the eye, this insures the point rides in an up position, thus reducing snags).  As this international competition has taught us, using small competition nymphs tied on jig hooks = far more fish in your net!

Hook:  Competition Jig hook, size 16

Bead:  Tungsten slotted bead 3.3 mm

Wt:     3-4 wraps of .010 or ,015 lead, shoved up into back of beadhead

Thread:  Red, 70 denier

Tail:   5-6 barbs of Pheasant tail or Coq de Leon

Underbody:  small Gold tinsel

Overbody:  ribbing of stripped peacock quill, wrapped about 1/2 quill width apart

Wingcase:  spot of black Sharpie on same side as hook eye

Coating;  2-3 coats of Sally Hansen Hard-As-Nails

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.

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