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



On Tuesday, September 24, from 6:30 to 9:00 PM, we will be hosting a presentation in partnership with Golden Gate Trout Unlimited at the beautiful Marin Rod and Gun Club facilities on San Francisco Bay. If you have not been to the MRGC facilities, you should take this chance to visit, the setting and facilities are spectacular marinrodandgunclub.com  There will be a no-host bar.  We will gather in the parking lot at 6:30 when Gregg will give us a detailed tour of his boat and equipment;  then we will head inside for his talk.

Captain Gregg Holland is with Feather Dog Outfitters ( https://www.featherdogoutfitters.com/ ), and will be presenting a talk specifically about fishing for striped bass, halibut, rockfish, and sharks in San Francisco Bay. He will also be bringing down his Steiger Craft center console fishing boat for a bonus show and tell prior to the meeting.

Gregg grew up on a tidal marsh on the San Francisco Bay and got his first skiff at ten years old. He’s been hunting and fishing northern California for over forty years.  Captain Gregg offers nearshore (Sonoma Coast), inshore (San Francisco Bay, Tomales Bay, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta), delta, river and lake. 

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

Fish Manzanita Lake September 20-23  This is a "do it yourself" float tube trip to Manzanita Lake on September 20 - 23.  Your host will be Jeff Franzini who will be staying in site C19 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/manzanita-lake/r/campground  Manzanita Lake is a great spot for dry fly, nymphing, and streamers 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 at jfranzini@comcast.net.

Pyramid Lake Float Tube Outing - October 7 - 8Everyone 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.

Heenan Lake Float Tube Outing - October 11-13  Your club announces a "do it yourself" float tube trip to Heenan Lake, south of Markleeville CA on October 11 - 13.  Your host will be Jeff Franzini who will be camping in forestry area nearby.  The lake is located on Monitor Pass highway 89.  This is a fairly remote lake which has no accommodations close by except for "no services" dry camping.  There are some accommodations about 45 minutes away in the Markleeville area.  A fishing website states "Special regulations apply on this lake. Catch and release, artificial lures or flies with barbless hooks.  The lake is open only Friday Saturday and Sunday for two months of the year, and will close on the last Sunday in October.  Boats are allowed with electric motors only.  You will have to hand launch as there is no ramp.  I would recommend a float tube, kayak or canoe. Shore fishing can be a little tricky due to the weeds along the shore line. This lake is the home of the brood stock for the Lohontan Cutthroat trout, which provides eggs for hatcheries all over the United States."  More information can be found at https://www.norcalfishreports.com/lakes/355/heenan-lake.php  If you’re planning on going, please let Jeff know at jfranzini@comcast.net

Annual Club Trip to Dunsmuir October 26 and 27 Join fellow members for our annual fall run to fish the Upper Sac, McCloud and Pit Rivers.  Last year's October caddis was spectacular; we are hoping for a repeat.  As always, we will retreat to the Mount Shasta Resort for a fun evening of cocktails and dinner.  Let Roy Little know if you are coming roylittle1229@gmail.com

Feather River November 5  Lance Gray & Associates has reserved three drift boats for Tuesday, November 5th, to take six of our members down the river for some "warm weather" Steelhead fishing.  For more information on the Feather River visit http://www.lancegrayandcompany.com/rivers  The cost is only $215 per person and since we have limited seating this will be a “first paid-first seat” trip.  To take advantage of this great offer just email us at info@mttamflyfishers.org stating how many seats you want to reserve, and then mail us a check made out to Mount Tamalpais Fly Fishers.  In the memo section write “Feather River."  Please send it to:  Mount Tamalpais Fly Fishers, PO Box 211, Corte Madera, CA 94976.  Jeff Franzini is your host for this one.

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

Bristol Bay and Pebble Mine Update--An Important Bulletin

The window for action is closing quickly on Pebble as the Trump administration seems determined to press the permits through as quickly as possible. The Army Corps of Engineers is dangerously fast-tracking Pebble, and the Environmental Protection Agency has recently removed important safeguards for Bristol Bay. 

It’s clear politics are overriding science and the public sentiment when it comes to protecting Bristol Bay and now is the time for Congress to step in. 

So, whether you live in Alaska or not, your voice matters. Urge your elected officials to use their power to hold agencies accountable and ensure that steps are taken to protect Bristol Bay. 

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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