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1. Fly Tying Basics: This clinic is designed for first time fly tiers. Club members will learn how to use fly tying tools, select materials, and the techniques to tie several different patterns. Equipment and materials will be provided. There is a nominal fee to cover costs of materials.
2. “Beyond the Basics” Fly Tying Class: This class features four sessions on a selected week day evening. At each of the sessions, there is a featured fly tyer who teaches specific techniques for his/her field of specialty. The only cost to members is the required reimbursement to the guest tyers for the materials that they provide to the attendees. The class is normally limited to 15 members.
3. Fly Tying Jam: This is a monthly “get-together” (third Tuesday at the club house) conducted by club members. Members will tie seasonal flies and special requests. Bring your own equipment, or just come and watch.
4. Fishing with Floating Indicators: This is an on-stream class, designed to acquaint members with the proper handling of floating strike indicators. There may be a charge for this class to be determined when the class is announced.
5. Techniques for Swinging Flies: This is also an on-stream class, designed to acquaint members with classic techniques for fly presentations. There may be a charge for this class with the amount to be determined when the class is announced.
6. Fly Fishing 101: This popular class is for members who are new to fly fishing, or those who need some basic assistance. It is a comprehensive course on the essentials of fly fishing.
7. Fly Casting Fundamentals: This free clinic is conducted on three consecutive Saturdays, usually in March, and is available to members only. The six essential elements of a fly cast will be addressed. Instruction includes learning the role cast; the pickup and laydown forward cast; false casting; shooting line to add distance; and introduction to the double haul. The club has practice rods available for people who need them.
8. Advanced Fly Casting Techniques: This free clinic is designed to improve your line control and ability to handle various types of extreme situations while fishing.
9. Rod Building: This class covers basic rod building techniques of spinning blanks, fitting and installing reel seats and handles, selecting and attaching line guides with nylon thread, and sealing the thread wraps with epoxy finish. The rod building is done during 3 classes (7-8 hours total) that are held at L3Rods in Citrus Heights. Costs for kits range from $150 (entry level) to $800 (high end tricked out) and include all parts, building instruction, and equipment. Currently, most common rod kits with high end blanks, guides, and great durability range from $200-$350. **
10. Net Building: In this workshop, club members will build a wooden laminated net from scratch. Each workshop consists of 3 sessions, approximately 2 hours each, with only 5 participants in each. Cost for materials will run between $25 and $50 depending on the net style and options selected. Five workshops are conducted from January through April in a member’s woodshop in Orangevale. This activity is normally limited to 25 members per year. **
11. Fundamentals of Knots: This clinic covers all the knots needed to connect everything from the reel to the fly, and then some. Being able to tie the knots quickly and properly will greatly improve your fishing success. **
12. Introduction to Spey Casting: This free clinic introduces club members to the exciting world of two handed casting with a spey rod. Casts include the roll cast, switch cast, snap T, and single spey. Spey rods will be provided by the club.
13. Introduction to Stillwater and Float Tubing: This on-the-water clinic will introduce members to lake fishing using a float tube or small boat.
14. Short Line Nymphing Clinic: This is an on-the-water clinic that members participate in by attending the Upper Sac fishout in October. It involves all the instruction and one-on-one coaching necessary to be productive with this technique including how to rig your leader, which flies to use, and rod selection. **
15. Workshop on Novelty Flies: In this workshop, members will learn the find art of making very fancy flies like ants, wasps, and humming birds. There may be a small fee to cover the costs of materials.
16. All About Leaders: Will cover the history and evolution of leaders from horsehair through catgut to fluorocarbon. The strengths and weaknesses of both mono/nylon vs. fluorocarbon will be discussed as well as the pros and cons of using bulk material to “roll your own” vs. packaged tapered leaders from the fly shop. In addition, the clinic will cover how to tie up short-line and stillwater leaders, everything you will need to get out on the water and go fishing.
17. Tenkara Fishing Clinic: This clinic will introduce members to the Tenkara method of fly-fishing from Japan, which uses only a rod, line, and fly. The clinic covers care of the equipment, casting, fly presentation strategies, Tenkara flies, and problems that might be encountered. Tenkara is the ideal setup for anyone looking for an intuitive and fun way to fly-fish, something to take along on a backpacking fishing trip or to teach kids the art of fly-fishing, without the complexities. The clinic is limited to 5 members at a time. **
18. Pontoon Boat Clinic: This 4 hour, on-the-water, clinic will be held on the Lower Yuba River between Marysville and Grass Valley. Club members will learn how to safely use their Class II or higher pontoon boats (no float tubes please) to access difficult to reach stretches of the river. In this area, the Yuba is normally a Class 1-3 river, depending on flow. Participants will practice how to control their boats, avoid obstacles, and scout out best passages thru the riffles.
** Denotes a clinic that meets one of the requirements of the Golden Trout Award Program.