Event Description: Day Trip to the Headwaters of the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus at Kennedy MeadowsEvent Skill Levels:
- River: small to medium stream depending on where you fish. Easy access with easy to moderate wading.
- Wading: beginner to intermediate. Wet wading is possible.
- Hiking: 1 to 2 miles for beginner to intermediate.
- Catch success rate: high
This is a weekday one day up and back trip to Kennedy Meadows to fish for wild browns and rainbows. Located East of Sonora on Hwy 108 on the Stanislaus River, this area is both breathtaking and a welcomed break from the heat. It is a walk and wade trip, typically involving easy crossing of the river in shallows while fishing dry flies, emergers and small nymphs. Wet wading is also a possibility. It is suggested that you do bring along a wading staff.
The Stanislaus River can be a productive and exciting water that offers a nice day trip being only 3 hours away from Pleasanton/Livermore. Our day will encompass a full day of fishing with a streamside break for lunch; you will need to bring your own food and beverages.
Cash price: The cost for this trip is $25 for TVFF members and $70 for non-members and guests that includes an annual membership to TVFF.
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.
Credit Card price: Price of $25.75 includes the payment by credit card with the 3.0% surcharge. Guest cost is $72.10 for non-members and guests that includes an annual membership to TVFF.
Fishmeister: Denis Haire
Accommodations and Food:
Each angler should plan to bring and carry their own lunch and drinks and plan to eat with the group on the streamside. With an elevation of 6400 feet, water consumption will be important so be prepared to carry enough for the day.
Drinks and dinner are available for additional cost in Sonora at the conclusion of the day.
Members and guests are responsible for their own transportation costs as well. Carpooling is encouraged.
Gear and Tackle Recommendations:
Rod & line weights/types: 3-5 wt traditional fly rods & reels with floating line.
Leaders and tippet: Usually leaders of 9 foot with tippets of 5x – 6x are used. Fishing is typically closer with shorter cast.
Other gear: Standard waders, boots usually with spikes to navigate the rocks, and normal fishing wear. Due to the warm weather, wet wading is also an option. Hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, are also suggested.
Flies: Flies will vary but can include midges, mayfly nymphs, and caddis. Typical sizes are 16 to 22, using single to three flies rigging. Recent activity suggests small parachute Adams and small Elk Hair caddis have been effective.
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 day, 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 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.