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

All, please read the attached message from the Northern Calif. Guides Assn. on fishing during the COVID-19 health crisis.  I've received several questions on what is recommended about guided fishing and club outings during this crisis.  I think the message communicated in this notice by the NCGASA is consistent with the reality of this moment in time.  If we follow the Governor's guidelines now, we will be able to get out and fish together sooner than if we don't.  Better safe than sorry.  Keep yourself and friends safe, and know if we do life will get back to normal faster.


The California Department of Fish and Wildlife posted the following on their Facebook page:

Now more than ever, we understand the public’s need to enjoy the benefits of nature. Spending time in the outdoors is beneficial to our overall health and wellness, but it’s everyone’s responsibility to practice social distancing of 6 feet. This means avoiding crowded trails and parking lots. To help reduce crowds, State Parks has closed some parking lots to avoid inadvertent congregation and reduce the density of visitors. More closures are anticipated. Fishing is allowed, as long as anglers can maintain #socialdistancing of 6 feet or more from other people. If you find that your favorite fishing hole is crowded, please do not risk your health and the health of others! Be smart and stay safe – we are all in this together and we must #flattenthecurve.

That said, some counties have begun enforcing STRICTER closures on various lakes, park systems, and other outdoor spaces in their area of jurisdiction. NCGASA does not currently have the capacity to monitor and track each of these regional / local actions. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILTY, as anglers, to understand if the area you recreate in is subject to a tighter restriction than what the State has ordered.

We are further not aware of any distinction between bank and boat fishing. If you fish on the bank, maintain social distancing. If you fish on your boat, maintain social distancing. You have the RESPONSIBILITY to determine how many people you can safely accommodate on your boat. Maybe for the time being its just you and your family members that you live with. We are simply recommending that you use common sense and abide by social distancing measures that are being imposed.

We have heard that various boat launches may be closed. This could be because the state or local jurisdiction is not staffing launch ramps or invasive species check points (Tahoe) at this time. It could be that some local jurisdictions have taken a harder line on closures. Some public and private marinas are open, others are closed. The City of Sacramento Marina, for example, is not accepting new berth applications, but if your boat is already in the water the Marina is not closed and you can take your boat out. Marinas in the Delta are mostly open, but there have been a few closures of ramps. The same on the Sacramento and Feather Rivers. It is your responsibility to check to see if a launch ramp is open before attempting to launch.

In Summary: This should not be construed as legal advice. Also remember, that one bad actor (a boat jammed full of people) could ruin opportunity for EVERYONE and result in more heavy handed closures, as have been done in WA recently. Be smart, be safe, maintain social distancing and don’t do something that would result in the entire community getting a black eye. We do NOT want to see a directive similar to WA that closes all recreational fisheries for a period of time. Please remember that each and every one of you represents a community. We are all in this together.

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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!

THE APRIL 7 & 8 PYRAMID LAKE TRIP IS CANCELLED.  The Paiute Tribe, which controls the lake, has shut down fishing with no reopen date.

May 1-3--Sugar Creek

This trip is subject to cancellation for Covid 19 reasons.  Watch this space for updates.

  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 per day.  A cabin is available to share.  For more information contact Jeff Franzini at info@mttamflyfishers.org 

May 18-20.  Wild Horse Reserve is back for a second year.  This is a guided trip to please all stillwater anglers. 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

June 3 and 6.  Shad with Frank Duarte is in its 7th year for the club. 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 given the early spring we've had.   Cost is about $200 per angler.  Reservations are required--contact Jeff Franzini info@mttamflyfishers.org for more!

June 21-27--Montana's Missouri River The club's premier annual trip to America's premier dry fly river.  Guided fishing for 3 days; two days on your own.  Meals, lodging and guide fees all for about $1,500.  Roy's your host.  info@mttamflyfishers.org

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Discounts Available to Members

Red Truck is the private label equipment arm f Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters.  They are offering attractive discounts to members,  Might be worth your time checking them out.

"At Red Truck Fly Fishing Co., we appreciate all that your club does to promote the sport that we love as well as the other things you do for your community!  We'd like to share with all your club members an exclusive discount that they can share with friends and family.  To receive this discount, please have members email us (info@redtruckflyfishing.com) with the club name in the subject line and we'll be sure to extend 20% off (retail price) on fly rods and reels."

www.redtruckflyfishing.com

info@redtruckflyfishing.com

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Congratulations to Paul Wilson, recipient of the 2020 President's Award!

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WRONG PLACE, WRONG MINE

In spite of a deeply flawed permitting process, the United States Army Corps of Engineers is on track to finish their review of the proposed Pebble Mine before the end of the year. If approved, the mine would put Bristol Bay—the greatest intact salmon ecosystem in North America—at risk. The Corps has heard from us, the United States Senate has heard from us, and now it's time for the White House to hear from us. We signed Save Bristol Bay's petition telling President Trump to deny the permit, and we think you should too!

(from The Native Fish Society)

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TU and CalTrout are teaming up to protect states' powers to defend clean water.  Historic rights of California are being stripped.  See this short appeal.

https://mail.yahoo.com/d/folders/1/messages/AKs907A73t_TXdbRmw8yoCBK2CQ

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