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 APRIL 23--HOGAN BROWN ON FLY FISHING FOR LARGEMOUTH and SMALLMOUTH BASS

Corte Madera Town Center Room 201.  7:00pm.

Fly fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass with world-class guide Hogan Brown. Hogan Brown has spoken to our club several times over the years, and every presentation gets rave reviews!

After deciding to start rowing a drift boat and guiding the lower Yuba instead of living in the woods, Hogan Brown now guides for anything that swims, from trout to bass and carp to steelhead; he is at home in a drift boat or poling a mud flat for carp. Guiding the Lower Yuba River, Feather River, and Lower Sacramento River for stripers, trout, steelhead, shad, carp, and bass has made him one of the most versatile and experienced guides in Northern California. His trout, bass, carp, and striper flies have become staples in his home state of Northern California and throughout the West. Hogan is also co-founder of the California Bass Union, dedicated to developing, sharing, and growing fly fishing for bass in his home state of California. Hogan is also a connoisseur of fine ales and fermented grains, a home gardener, die-hard San Francisco Giants baseball and Notre Dame Football fan, along with being a husband and father to two young boys. 

According to Hogan, the Lower Sac and Northern California in general offer all sorts of options for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. From giant flats on valley lakes to mangrove-esque coves on the Lower Sacramento River there many options to try different types of fishing in a given day.  Also, Lake Oroville is one of the premier spotted bass fisheries in California. Spotted bass fishing on Lake Oroville is best during the winter months and fishes during the time when most rivers are blown out.

@calbassunion is live and website is up! Head on over to their Instagram and meet the union ... featured member today john sherman @johngsherman #scottflyrods #calbassunion #traegergrills #airflousa #seewhatsoutthere #airflo #simmsfishing #waterworkslamson

Fish Sugar Creek May 4 and 5

May 4-5.  Sugar Creek.  Spring fed ponds for big rainbows.  Private water--$140 per angler.

Sugar Creek Sugar Creek Ranch  property's  unique  114  acre  landscape was dug  up  from the adjacent  Scott  River  during  the  gold mining  days.  This cold, gin-clear water provides ideal habitat for the large rainbow trout that call these lakes home.  Sugar Creek itself winds through the property.  Set at 3,000 feet, the ranch remains relatively cool in the summer and the climate and fishing is simply majestic during the spring.  Sugar Creek  Ranch  is  located  at  the  confluence  of Sugar  Creek  and  the Scott River in the Scott Valley of Northern California's Siskiyou County.  Private water--about $140 p.p. per day.  A cabin is available to share.  For more information contact Jeff Franzini at info@mttamflyfishers.org 


Fish Wild Horse Reserve May 14-16

May 14-16.  Wild Horse Reserve.  Fully guided--$225 per angler.

Wild Horse Reserve is a new venue for the Club.  This is a guided trip from Rob Anderson, who does our annual Pyramid Lake outing.  Eastern Nevada has some of the most prolific Stillwater Fisheries in the West. Most of them are still relatively unknown and have very little fishing pressure. The outing costs $225 per angler for a 2 ½ day experience covering Stillwater techniques, proper rigging, and shore line wading as well as float tube, pontoon boat and small pram techniques.  There will be lots of free time to practice and catch some big trout and bass.  Jeff Franzini is your host and contact for this one.  Contact Jeff at info@mttamflyfishers.org


Shad Fishing on the Yuba June 15

June 14 and 15.  Shad on the Yuba.  Fully guided and a club favorite.  ~$200 per day. 

Shad with Frank Duarte is in its 6th year for the club.  Two spots left for Saturday, June 15.  Frank takes five anglers on his jet boat up the Yuba.  You will fish where others cannot get in, and the scenery is beautiful.  This should be a great year considering all the water we've gotten.   Cost is about $200 per angler.  Reservations are required--contact Roy Little info@mttamflyfishers.org for more!



Bristol Bay and Pebble Mine Update


In southwest Alaska, rivers, lakes and wetlands combine to provide some of the best wild salmon habitat on earth. Bristol Bay continues to produce the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery and is one of the most prolific king salmon runs left on the planet. 7500 Native Alaskans who live in the Bristol Bay region rely on strong salmon runs for their subsistence way of life that have sustained them for generations. The Bristol Bay fishery supports over 14,000 jobs and is valued at $1.5 billion annually. Bristol Bay's rivers attract anglers from all over the world who seek the “once in a lifetime” Alaska fishing experience. The proposed Pebble Mine threatens all of this. 
The Pebble deposit is a massive storehouse of gold, copper and molybdenum, located in the headwaters of the Kvichak and Nushagak Rivers, two of the eight major rivers that feed Bristol Bay. If built, Pebble would be one of the largest mines in the world. Because of its size, geochemistry and location, Pebble runs a high risk of polluting Bristol Bay.

Pebble officially filed for their key, phase-one permit application in December 2017. In response, the federal government has laid out an unprecedented, fast tracked 2-year permit review process, which is ongoing today. Following the release of an incomplete and rushed Draft Environmental Impact Statement in late February, the American public will have an opportunity to tell the Army Corps of Engineers to stop the permitting process for this disastrous project beginning March 1, 2019, for 90 days. Far from “just another comment period,” this is potentially the last opportunity to stop Pebble’s most important permit, which, if issued, would open Bristol Bay to becoming essentially an industrial mining district in the next five years.

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FLY OF THE MONTH

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

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