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

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Fish the Caddis Fly Like a Pro with Dave Dempsey

October 14.  7:00pm.  Marin Rod and Gun Club.


Mt Tam Flyfishers celebrates our return to live programs!  

Join club founder Dave Dempsey as he explores the West's most versatile insect: the ubiquitous Caddis.  Trout are manic about this bug, whether it's a fluttering dry fly, an emerging nymph, a bottom-rolling pupa or anything in between.  You can cast to rising fish, swing an emerger or nymph for aggressive strikes, or use any technique you choose to present a nymph or pupa underwater.  Generally, the action starts as early as ten in the morning and goes until the moon is on the water.  

Here's what Dave has to say "As a long-time  Northern California fly fishing instructor, former guide and developer of several closely guarded fly patterns, I will speak to Mt Tam Flyfishers and Golden Gate TU on fishing Caddis Patterns. It's a presentation that is guaranteed to be anything but dry; covering the insect life-cycle, effective patterns, and techniques for how and where to fish them.

How many times have you been on the water and the fish are rising for some unseen insect? The rises are fast and furious—slashing at the surface—but given the number of fish rising, you are having some pretty mediocre results. Your best patterns seem to be ignored…You finally get a good look at the bug. It’s definitely NOT a mayfly.

Is it a caddis? ……and why aren’t MORE fish taking your fly?

This presentation introduces the novice and intermediate level anglers to the Caddis fly with some basic biology, strategies and patterns that should put you on more fish!"

Later...We'll have lake expert Skip Morris in November, club favorite Max Garrison in December, and noted guide Greg Vinci in January.  And on January 30 we will have a party at McInnis for our annual banquet and auction.

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Let's go fishing--Mt Tam's annual fishing outing on the rivers of Northern California October 15, 16 and 17

Join your club for our annual fall fishing expedition to the Upper Sac, Pit, McCloud and other great waters.  Maybe catch the October caddis.  Join us for  a group dinner on Saturday evening at Mt Shasta Resort.  This trip has been celebrated by your club for 16 years.  

This trip is suited for the intermediate or occasional fly fisher.  The Upper Sacramento alone has 20 miles of blue ribbon, catch and release fly fishing.  Roy Little is your host and he and other experienced club members will meet anglers at 9:00am on Saturday in Dunsmuir's city park.  You will learn about the numerous access points, what flies to use, and how to adjust your technique to the river and the weather.

Although registration is not required, please let us know if you are thinking about coming so we can send you an info packet and plan for Saturday's dinner.  Just shoot a quick response to info@mttamflyfishers.org


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The Silent, Stunning Disaster off California's Coast

In just a few years, a warm water sea urchin has destroyed 90% of California's kelp forest.  This disaster is just as if the forested Sacramento and McCloud Rivers were clear cut to their banks in 5 years.  Yet hardly anyone is aware of this.  Click on this short video, compliments of the Nature Conservancy.

https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2021/07/saving-californias-kelp-forests-cte-spc/?src=e.ch_ca.eg.x.gpn.0908.n.sas.loc_ca&en_txn8=NewSch.WJEMSA2109NPNZNZZE04Z00-ZZZZZ-ST00&lu=8aa09633-ccf4-4f20-a679-edf9c7e1ce05

California Posts Stream Restrictions Due to Drought and Heat

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is requesting that anglers voluntarily avoid fishing after 12 p.m. on select waters throughout California. This approach directs anglers to focus their angling during the cooler “hoot owl” periods of the day when water temperatures are lowest. These voluntary angling recommendations will be triggered by ongoing monitoring of select fisheries across California. When these select fisheries begin to achieve sustained afternoon water temperatures exceeding 67° Fahrenheit, CDFW will add the water(s) to a “Hoot Owl” watchlist below and will work with local stakeholders and CDFW staff to help with outreach to inform anglers. Although these are not legal angling closures, CDFW strongly recommends adhering to the recommendations for the specific waters listed until removed when conditions for those waters improve. Note: this list is not static and will be updated as conditions change with waters being added and removed.

Current list of waters:

  • The Lower Owens River (Pleasant Valley Dam downstream to Five Bridges)
  • Hot Creek
  • Mill Creek (Walker Basin)
  • Lower Rush Creek (From Grant Lake to Mono Lake)
  • Bridgeport Reservoir
  • Deep Creek
  • Crowley Lake
  • Truckee River (From Lake Tahoe to Nevada Stateline)
  • East Walker River (From Bridgeport Reservoir to Nevada Stateline)
  • Upper Truckee River (From Lake Tahoe to headwaters, including tributaries)

You can monitor changes here https://wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing/Inland/Hoot-Owl?utm_medium=email&utm_source=CA_ALDS&utm_campaign=CAanglerupdate_202108&utm_content=hootowl-button

Here is an update on Eastern Sierra waters.

  • Lower Owens River Wild Trout Section:

Open to fishing. No restrictions.

  • Hot Creek:

Interpretive Site:  Closed to fishing per Inyo National Forest closure.

  Hot Creek Ranch:  Open to fishing. No restrictions.

Hot Creek Canyon Section:  Closed to fishing per Inyo National Forest closure.
  • Upper Owens River:

Big Springs:  Closed to fishing per Inyo National Forest closure.

Above and Below Benton Crossing Bridge:  Open to fishing. No restrictions.

  • Bishop Creek Canal Behind the Ford Dealer:

Open to fishing. No restrictions.

San Joaquin River:  Closed to fishing per Inyo National Forest closure.

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Manzanita Lake – September 24 - 27 CANCELLED

WE HAVE BEEN INFORMED THAT FIRES AND DROUGHT HAVE LED TO THE CLOSURE OF MANZANITA LAKE AND CAMPGROUND.

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The Klamath Dam Deal is Finally, Completely, Absolutely Done!