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Next Monthly Meeting:

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Monthly Program

Luke Gerarty with a Lower Sac rainbow

Our speaker this month is Luke Gerarty, whose presentation will focus on fly fishing the Trinity River, especially focused on the sections between Lewiston and Pigeon Point, including a variety of methods (indicator, swing, dry fly, & tight line).

Born and raised in Alaska, Luke has been fly fishing for over 35 years and chased fish in eastern Africa, New Zealand, and all over the “lower 48.” Luke regularly guides on the Lower Sac, Trinity, Upper Sac, and a host of other creeks and rivers in northern California. In addition to indicator trips, Luke also specializes in Euro nymphing and loves throwing dry flies to rising trout. He’s a “Jack-of-all-trades” wannabe “renaissance man” with 2 master’s degrees in theology and philosophy, a passion for photography and videography, and a love for great food and good people! A resident of Red Bluff, Luke and his wife have 5 kids, 3 dogs, 2 cats and 1 tortoise. If he isn’t spending time on the river, he’s reading a book and drinking coffee.

Leader’s Line

It has been said that “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty”.  And someone else said “A fool and his money soon go separate ways”.  These sayings make me wonder about access to our home waters.  That is, which of these quotes apply to those of us that fly fish?  Are we vigilant in maintaining our access or do we passively observe as our access is restricted?

This question has been asked because there have been three relatively recent events that have or will restrict access to our home waters.  First, a landowner near Hirschdale has restricted access to several miles of the Truckee River.  Second, the Nevada Irrigation District wants to build the Centennial Dam on the Bear River that will, in turn, eliminate miles of trout friendly habitat.  And third, the road from the Highway 20 bridge to the Lower Yuba has been gated (you calculate the miles of river lost).  What is going on?

This is not a complaint about property rights nor is it a request to change the legal system; I don’t want to go there.  I’m more concerned about what we can do as a club and immediately remember that someone said: “united we stand, divided we fall”.

Let me explain.  As individuals we have little control over “access” issues.  As a fly fishing club, we can apply a little bit of pressure but not much.  However, a group of fly fishing clubs – working in harmony – can develop some clout.

Later in this edition of The Leader you will read about the Yuba Fest.  This is an annual event sponsored by the Northern California Council of Fly Fishers International (NCCFFI).  A couple other fly fishing clubs will be in attendance and there’s a good chance the restricted access to the Lower Yuba will be on their minds.  This event might be a good time for club members to “…be there or be square”.

Tight lines.

Kim Lloyd, GBF President 

New on the GBF site:

  • The new GBF membership management and fishout registration system is now released! Be sure to sign-in under “Member Options” and complete your member profile.
  • A list of all GBF past presidents all the way back to 1985 has been added here.
  • A list of GBF member achievers for the Fly Fishers International Fly Casting Skills Development Program is now available here.
  • Collectors and aficionados of vintage rods and reels will now find contact info for long-time expert Jim Adams of Adams Angling on the GBF Links page under Vintage Fly Gear, Books and More. A good source to check the value of granddads vintage bamboo rod or reel.
  • Check out the GBF Photo Gallery here. Send your best photos to Chris Kight.

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