Thursday, March 9, 2023
Clay Hash has been fly fishing for over 35 years and operates a licensed educational guide service, Fly Fishing Traditions, based in Grass Valley. He also maintains an educational website focused on fishing Northern California rivers, streams and lakes. Clay is the current President of the Gold Country Fly Fishers and Vice President of the Northern California Council of Fly Fishing International.
Program: Clay’s home water is the Lower Yuba River and his program, “The Lower Yuba Through the Seasons” will cover fly fishing tactics associated with the 5 seasons of the Yuba he defines as:
- The Fall – September, October and November
- The Winter – December and January
- The Early Spring
- The late Spring and Early Summer
- The Summer
The program will cover the insect hatches for each of the seasons as well as providing information on fishing techniques and fly patterns to match the hatch. This information is applicable for most Northern California rivers and streams. A handout will be provided listing the information covered in the presentation.
The Annual Dinner is only a couple weeks away. It will be held on Saturday, March 25th at the Rocklin Event Center. This venue is located at 2650 Sunset Blvd. in Rocklin, the same location used for many previous dinners. The Event Center is easy to find, it has loads of parking, plus its interior is large and spacious. A big interior is important because lots of room is needed for tables displaying the Silent Auction and raffle prizes.
Speaking of raffles, there will be four “Special Raffles” at this year’s dinner: 1) new members; 2) women; 3) those that purchased a $50 block of raffle tickets; and 4) those that purchased a $100 block of raffle tickets. Separate tickets will automatically be issued for each Special Raffle. They will be included in the “Welcome” packet each member receives when they enter the building on the night of the dinner. Special Raffle ticket prizes will be in the form of gift certificates (from Kiene’s and/or Fly Fishing Specialties) and will range in value from $25 to $100.
Oh, and did I mention the Grand Prize? It is a 5-weight, Sage X rod that has been custom built and tricked-out by Larry Lee (e.g., titanium guides, fighting butt, custom cork hand grip). But wait, there’s more: a Sage Spectrum reel is also part of the Grand Prize package. This rod and reel package will allow a guy to target most any fish in California … except a Delta striper with a bad attitude. And, BTW, the Grand Prize drawing is limited to club members (or guests) that bought a dinner ticket – no separate purchase is necessary.
Now is the time to buy your dinner ticket and support the club and all its endeavors. A modestly priced ticket of $50 will get you a dinner catered by Back 40 Texas BBQ plus a chance to win the Grand Prize. Purchase a second dinner ticket for a spouse or friend and double your chances to win. Click here to buy your ticket now.
Kim Lloyd, President
New on the GBF site:
- 2023 clinic and fishout dates are shaping up. Click links for details then sign up for something at the next meeting or by contacting the event leader.
- A list of all GBF past presidents all the way back to 1985 has just 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.
- Learn how to contribute free to GBF using Amazon Smile – (learn more – setup)
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Annual Dinner is Near Full – please call Chris Kight at 916-813-8008 to see if availability exists
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GBF Board Meeting
Tuesday, Mar 7, 6:30 PM – via Zoom
Thursday, Mar 9, 7:00 PM – at the Club House
Fly Tying Jam
Tuesday Mar 21, 6:30 PM at the Club House
Knot Tying Clinic – Fundamentals (Raley’s)
Thursday Mar 16, 6:30-8:30 PM
Knot Tying Clinic – “Tune-Up” review (Raley’s)
Thursday Mar 23, 6:30-8:30 PM
Knot Tying Clinic – Fundamentals Repeat (Raley’s)
Thursday Apr 12, 6:30-8:30 PM
Annual Dinner at Rocklin Center
Saturday Mar 25, Doors open at 4:00 PM
GBF/SJ Joint Fishout Rancho Seco
Wed Mar 28-Thurs Mar 29
Article of the Month
Confessions of a Lazy Fly Tyer – by John Byron
GBF and Youth Fly Fishing
Learn about GBF and the annual TU Trout Camp for kids