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How to Fish Lakes for Trout

  • September 13, 2023
  • September 20, 2023
  • 2 sessions
  • September 13, 2023, 7:00 PM 9:30 PM (PDT)
  • September 20, 2023, 7:00 PM 9:30 PM (PDT)
  • Livermore Rod & Gun Club
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  • Payment must be received within 14 days of registration.
  • Price includes 3% credit card fee.

Registration is closed

As we've seen in high-water years like 2023, when rivers are unfishable it's always good to have a backup plan. These sessions are designed for those wishing to improve their stillwater fishing skills. We'll be using Phil Rowley's excellent book as a guide, and the course will cover specific tactical skills used in our lakes.

The course is a two-part series beginning on September 13, 2023, with a second session the following week on Wednesday September 20, 2023. All sessions will be held at the Rod & Gun Club facility on Dagnino Road in Livermore.

The course includes the following beginner to intermediate topics taught by our resident lakes specialist, Mark Spruiell:

  • Why fish lakes?

  • Equipment including rods, reels, types of fly lines for most effective uses

  • Watercraft alternatives and tradeoffs (tube vs pontoon vs pram)

  • Use of anchors and anchoring situations

  • Leaders, knots and tippet for most effective use

  • Use and types of indicators for shallow and deep water

  • How lakes work; thermoclines and depth zones

  • How to fish weather and lunar changes

  • Understanding and finding structure

  • Getting a "grab", and keeping it

  • Types of retrieves and when to use

  • Lake fishing Entomology

  • Finding fish and where they live seasonally

  • Stillwater techniques including how to fish deep water and use of sinking lines

  • On the water safety

Registration and Costs:

Registration is only available here on the TVFF website.

Cash price: The cost is $45 for TVFF members. You may pay by check or cash directly to the Club Treasurer within two weeks of registration. 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: The cost is $46.35 for TVFF members (includes 3% credit card surcharge).


Instructor: Mark Spruiell

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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