Feather River Steelhead Guided Float Trip
This is a one day guided float trip to the Feather River for fresh steelhead guided by Ryan Williams of North Valley Fly Fishing. Note that this trip has an early start time of meeting up in Oroville at 6:15 AM the day of the trip. Maximum participants are two on October 27, 2020. An additional day is also scheduled for an additional two participants on the following day October 28, 2020, and is on the event list for registration.
Please ensure that you read and adhere to the TVFF COVID-19 Protocols at the end of this description and on our website.
Ryan was Born and raised in Vacaville CA, Ryan obtained a high level of fly fishing experience at a young age on Putah Creek. Ryan began fly fishing and tying in 2003 and guiding in 2006, also having worked retail in two fly shops. After fishing nearly every fly destination and every freshwater species Northern California has to offer, Williams has since been able to narrow down his favorite options, settling down in the center of it all, next to Lake Oroville. Rather than guiding a few choice rivers hard for trout/steelhead throughout the year like most independent guide businesses, Ryan bounces around to many different areas, hitting all the prime seasons. Staying on top of the many different species, and hot bites found as far south as Lake Berryessa, and far North as Redding.
Additional costs include Steelhead and Salmon licenses, and food (not included by guide due to Covid-19 requirements).
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 trip is $250.00 each for TVFF members and $290.00 for non-members and guests (that includes an annual membership to TVFF), plus an applicable guide tip based on two angler occupancy per boat. If an individual requests a solo guided experience, the total cash cost is $500.00 plus the normal guide tip.
Credit Card price: Price of $257.50 includes the payment by credit card with the 3.0% surcharge. Guest cost is $298.70 for non-members and guests that includes an annual membership to TVFF.
Fishmeister: Dave Fontaine, (925)899-2734; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accommodations and Food:
Each angler should bring their own lunch and drinks due to TVFF COVID-19 protocols.
Gear and Tackle Recommendations:
Rod & line weights/types: 6-8 wt traditional fly rods & reels (or spey). Floating or intermediate/sinking lines.
Leaders and tippet: Usually short tippets no 1-3X of 4-6' are used. The fish are not leader shy this early in the run so it is more about your ability to hold a fish in a quick downstream run. Ryan will help setup your rigging.
Other gear: Standard waders, usually with spikes to navigate the gravel bars as you will be exiting the boat occasionally to fish the riffles and runs, and normal fishing wear including warm clothes (layers). Hat. Waterproof jackets. Dress for wet and/or dry weather, air temps. 25-55 degrees. You know, typical Steelhead weather.
Flies: Flies will vary but can include eggs, mayfly nymphs, alevins, leeches, and various other streamers. Most fishing will be with eggs and indicators.
Tri-Valley Fly Fishers
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Protocol
TVFF Outings Policy as of September 20, 2020
As a club, the Tri-Valley Fly Fishers have developed and agreed to a set of required guidelines, protocols and rules in order to help direct our members on ways to stay safe on one-day outings, multi-day outings, or individual “Tag-Alongs”.
These protocols were developed by the TVFF Board of Directors as well as input from other local clubs which included a member virologist, various safety committees, and member experts. We feel that these protocols and guidelines are consistent with public health information and experts. These protocols are assured, observed, and enforced by outing leaders as well as members themselves. Extra masks, spray disinfectant and sanitizer are available from the outing leaders.
Please note that the Tri-Valley Fly Fishers accepts no liability for inadequate protection or the transmission of Covid-19 among members or guests. Therefore, each member should review the following protocols that the Club subscribes to and make an individual decision of whether to participate in an activity or not, based upon their individual circumstances and personal safety.
TVFF Outings protocols are as follows:
- If you are sick with cold/flu symptoms then we ask you to please stay home
- All attendees should drive up and back alone unless you are in mutually agreed social bubble where both parties have been tested negative and agreed to the risk (such as family members)
- On all outings the Club will have available and use an infrared thermometer for temperature checks
- We believe in social distancing and require that all members keep a full fly rod distance of at least 6’ distance between parties
- We ask that all parties wear masks if within 6’; even if only briefly. Note that the CDC has not recommended the use of buffs or gaiters as the material is not thick enough for adequate protection.
- Everyone will be responsible for making, bringing, and consuming their own separate food and drinks
- When camping all members and guests are required to use separate camping tents or rooms, when hotels are arranged
- Please handle your own gear (and your own fish!) only. No sharing for doctored fish pictures.
- In the event that there are common surfaces (i.e., car surfaces, door handles, etc.) please wipe them down with sanitizer or hand wipes
- All attendees should wash and sanitize their hands frequently
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.