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Fly Fishing Entomology - Session 1: Beginner & Intermediate Level

  • February 09, 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Livermore Rod & Gun Club
  • 5


  • Payment must be received within 14 days of registration
  • Includes credit card fee


Entomology - Session 1

This class is designed for the beginner to intermediate levels of entomology with the objective of educating attendees to be more effective fly fishers. It will be comprised of three Wednesday night classroom sessions of 2.5 hours each, finalized with a full day (Saturday) session on Putah Creek for a practical discovery session including four hours of fishing.

Please note that you only need to register for this first session, which includes all other sessions and the practical on-stream event. Also note that it will require a minimum of 6 students to support the class. You will be notified in the event of postponement.

Tuition costs cover the costs of sample vials, sample nets, and use of identification trays, tweezers, and magnifying glasses for on stream insect identification.

Registration and Costs:

Registration is only available here on the TVFF website. Registration for the first class will cover your enrollment for all four sessions.

Cash price: You may pay by check or cash directly to the Club Treasurer within two weeks of registration and not pay the credit card surcharge of 3.0% if you desire. If you do pay cash you will be put into "Pending Registration" until your payment is received within the two weeks. Late payments will require you to register once again if there is space still available. The cost for this class is $45 for TVFF members and $90 (includes an annual membership to TVFF) for non-members and guests. 

Credit Card price: Price of $46.35 includes the payment by credit card with the 3.0% surcharge. Guest cost is $92.70 (includes an annual membership to TVFF) for non-members and guests.

Class Curriculum:

Session 1: Classroom (Wednesday January 26, 2022) – Time 7-9:30pm

  • Introduction to Entomology and class goals
  • Entomology reference sources and guides
  • Water quality, habitat and biological classification
  • Metamorphosis process, generations, and Taxonomy.

Session 2: Classroom (Wednesday February 9, 2022) - Time 7-9:30 -pm

  • Session 1 quick review
  • Taxonomy
  • Mayflies (Emphemeroptera), and Stoneflies (Plecoptera)
  • Clingers, swimmers, burrowers, and crawlers
  • Behavioral drift
  • Understanding and imitating sub surface bug movement

Session 3: Classroom (Wednesday February 23, 2022) – Time 7-9:30pm

  • Session 2 quick review  • Midges (Diptera), and Caddis (Tricoptera)
  • Other orders and terrestrials
  • Understanding hatch charts (Truckee, Hat Creek, McCloud rivers, etc.)
  • On the stream collection techniques
  • Collection tools
  • Collection tray examinations (stoneflies, mayflies, midges, caddis, others)
  • Arranging your fly box
  • Final review and quiz

Session 4: On Stream practical session at Putah Creek– Time 8:30--5:30pm (Saturday, March 12, 2022).  

This is the practical session on how to effectively source bug life in a stream; identify different bugs, maturity and hatch considerations: and to capture bugs for TVFF sample educational vials. This is a full day (Saturday) session on Putah Creek for a practical discovery session followed by four hours of independent fishing.


Fishmeister/Instructor: Rob Farris, (925)286-5502,

TVFF Cancellation Policy

To sign-up for a TVFF Event  that is currently open for registration and chargeable (as set by the Fishmeister), you must both register and pay online, or via check or cash, within two weeks of registering (sent to the TVFF Treasurer) whatever fee is described for that particular Event (trip) at the time of registration. There may be multiple payments required before the trip is actually taken (usually in the case of expensive trips), but it is necessary that you do make payment in the above timely fashion for the initial amount to secure your position on the trip.  However, please note that you are still responsible for the entire amount of the trip if you should need to cancel. 

Once you are registered, there are no refunds for chargeable Events and trips.  In the situation that a member is, for any reason unable to attend, they may resell their registration slot to another TVFF member (by first pulling from the waitlist if one exists).  New participants must come first from the waitlist in the order they signed up.  The member cancelling is fully and solely responsible for contacting potential members to replace them and notifying the appropriate Fishmeister.

If an event/trip is fully registered and closed to registration, you may still sign up on the Wait List to be notified if there are any cancellations.  In such a case of registering provisionally on the Wait List, you do not have to pay until such time that you clear the Wait List and are confirmed for participation.

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