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 NOVEMBER 27--MASTER NORCAL GUIDE JON BAIOCCHI

7:00 TO 9:00PM, ROOM 201 TOWN CENTER MALL

Jon Baiocchi will be our presenter at our Joint meeting in Rm 201.  His presentation is titled "High Water Tactics", which focuses on winter and the spring runoff. Tight line nymphing, swinging streamers, reading water, presentations, rigging, and fly selection will be covered. The program is based around the Truckee River but everything covered can be applied to any western freestone stream.

Master fly angler Jon Baiocchi has been fly fishing and tying flies since 1972, and is a California licensed fly fishing guide (#2847), published author, educator, innovative tier, and an award winning public speaker giving fly fishing presentations to clubs and expos across the state of California, and the west coast.

Born in San Jose, Ca in 1965, his Dad moved the entire family to Paradise, Ca in 1967 to be closer to prime fly fishing venues, and to raise his family in the spectacular conifer forests of Northern California.

After finishing high school, Jon opted out of college to pursue a career as a professional snowboarder, competing at a national level, starring in feature movies, and working with manufacturers in their research and development programs. After his career ended in 1993, Jon focused entirely on fly fishing, and honing the intricate details of his home waters.

Jon now owns and operates Baiocchi’s Troutfitters guide service in Northern California where he has been guiding for the last 21 years. He has a reputation as a very hard working guide that’s been trained by some of fly fishing’s best known anglers, both past and present. His enthusiasm for the sport is contagious, and combined with his simple approach to teaching gives students the skills needed to be successful on all types of water. Moved by all things flora and fauna his passion for such is never ending. Sharing the knowledge with others is of the greatest importance to him now, and too see others progress with their skills, and reach the next level in fly fishing fulfills his life. It’s the legacy his father left him, and a cherished tradition that Jon will continue in his honor.

Luk Lake in December???

 

 

Jeff Franzini and Roy Little recently learned that a club favorite--Luk Lake off Interstate 5 in Corning--can fish well in December.  Bass are active and king-sized trout will have been planted as soon as the water cools in this 65-acre, easily accessed, lake.  Jeff and Roy are going to look ahead at the weather forecasts for December and settle on a date when the temperatures are nice and the winds are low.  We would love to have some members join us and we will release an eblast announcing the date as far in advance as possible.  THIS IS A SELF-GUIDED DAY TRIP and the fee will be around $135 per person.  Let us know if you are interested at mailto:info@mttamflyfishers.org


Golden Gate TU Willow Planting to Improve Habitat: Postponed due to Smoke Conditions!

Unhealthy air quality conditions in Marin County have forced the postponement of our volunteer willow planting event scheduled for Thursday this week on Walker Creek.  We all are looking forward to improving the environment for salmon and steelhead, but in order to do that, we ourselves need to stay healthy!

We will schedule a new date as soon as possible.  Thank you so much for your support and understanding, and we hope your schedule will permit you to join us on the rescheduled date.

Golden Gate Trout Unlimited

(Original Announcement...)

This will be a lot of fun - cutting and planting about 300 willows on the banks of Walker Creek in West Marin County (near its mouth on Tomales Bay). We are limiting this opportunity to 35 people. Sign up here!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/help-save-steelhead-trout-and-coho-salmon-creekside-planting-on-walker-creek-in-marin-county-tickets-51446225044

Walker Creek Volunteer Opportunity
Walker Creek flows through bucolic rural Western Marin County in California. It includes over 67 stream miles of critical habitat for both steelhead and coho salmon. In the early 1900’s coho salmon were abundant, but today, they are near extinction.  Both steelhead and coho in Marin County are listed under the Endangered Species Act, and the watershed has been identified as a restoration priority by both the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

 At its mouth, Walker Creek flows into Tomales Bay. Near that mouth, a landowner owns creekside property that is potentially ideal habitat for both steelhead and salmon. However, this property is missing the vegetation along the creek that is beneficial for fish. In particular, it is lacking willows, which provide shade and cover that keeps creek temperatures cool and provides the necessary ecosystem that creates food and protection from predators. Planting willows will also reduce erosion and the flow of sediment into the creek, which harms reproductive spawning.
 
That landowner has reached out for help in restoring their section of Walker Creek. They would like willows to be planted on the banks along the creek, and would love volunteers to assist.
A partnership of Marin Resource Conservation District, STRAW (Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed) and Trout Unlimited has combined efforts and will be providing tools and supervision. All we are lacking is volunteers to help cut the willow sprigs and plant them.
 
This opportunity has been scheduled for Thursday, November 15, and will begin at 10 AM. At noontime, a speaker will talk about steelhead, coho salmon, the importance of the Walker Creek watershed, and how strategic partners like the Marin Municipal Water District, STRAW (Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed), Trout Unlimited, and others are working together to improve habitat for steelhead and coho. This event will be alot of fun, and those volunteering will be making a real difference in the recovery of native fish populations in Marin County.

ANNUAL BANQUET AND MEMBER MEETING JANUARY 27, 2019

SAVE THE DATE!

Always a fun event, we have scheduled our annual banquet and officer installation for Sunday evening, January 27.  We will again gather at the Club at McInnis for an evening of fine dining, fun and bidding on wonderful door prizes.

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

The fish thank you.

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