Our Club newsletter, The Barbless Hook, is available for download 10 months out of the year to remind members of upcoming events, and to pass on new fly patterns and tips from members who have found a better way of accomplishing some aspect of the sport, from tying tips to casting techniques. For the latest Barbless Hook click here.
TVFF offers its members varied opportunities to participate in club-sponsored fishing experiences, from mountain rivers, streams and lakes, to fly-fishing for perch in the ocean surf or stripers in the Delta. Spring time brings fresh water bass and pan fishing on private waters about twenty minutes north of Oakdale. We rent three large ponds for our exclusive use for a day of catch-and-release fishing. Summer time opens opportunities for Sierra river and lake fishing, usually over a weekend to accommodate working club members. There are many favored destinations - to the Stanislaus and upper and lower Sacramento Rivers, some professionally guided and others with just a group of TVFF members getting together. Lakes Davis, Fuller and Manzanita are popular destinations for stillwater anglers. Each of our trips is coordinated by a Fishmeister, a member who volunteers to collect and distribute contact info to members interested in the trip. Members team up to make driving and lodging arrangements. The Fishmeister is usually one who has fished the area previously, and can provide insight as to equipment necessary, and lodging available. Trips are usually announced a month or more in advance in the Barbless Hook, our monthly newsletter.
The first Monday of the month, the club has a get together to tie flies and discuss a variety of fly fishing subjects. An assortment of flies and tying techniques have been demonstrated. We've spun deer hair, used the dubbing loop, learned various posting techniques, and overall have had a great time. The questions and shared knowledge are informative which helps to broaden our fly fishing skills, and enjoyment of the sport. This is a drop in meeting held in the Livermore area. When a person picks up this activity they never stop learning. Please check the newsletter to confirm the specifics.
Our main fund-raising event is the annual Silent Auction, usually held at the time of the regular monthly meeting in April. The auction features items donated by many local and national makers of fly-fishing equipment and supplies, along with guided trips and resort/lodge accommodations. Equally important, most TVFF members donate new and slightly used gear and supplies as well as time at their mountain or streamside cabins and
buddy trips that result in new friendships and good fishing. Auction proceeds fund our many conservation and education programs throughout the year. These include fly fishing programs for veterans with disabilities, support of California Trout, Trout Unlimited and the Federation of Fly Fishers, and conservation programs such as the Alameda Creek Alliance and Trout In The Classroom.
Tri-Valley Fly Fishers has a Video Library that consists of 150 DVD titles available to members at each monthly meeting. The DVD's are checked out from a list of titles that cover all elements and locations of the sport of fly fishing. Included are equipment, discussion on gear and line set-up, technique, locations, bugs, fly tying, how to identify and work streams and stillwater hotspots, and how to position yourself on them to catch fish, fishing spots vary from salt-water, delta, rivers and streams, and lakes and species in those fisheries. The variety of DVD's is continuously up-dated and offer viewing that is easily a better choice than television programming.