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Fly Fishing Entomology Classes - Beginner & Intermediate Level

  • January 10, 2024
  • March 09, 2024
  • 4 sessions
  • January 10, 2024, 7:00 PM 9:30 PM (PST)
  • January 24, 2024, 7:00 PM 9:30 PM (PST)
  • February 21, 2024, 7:00 PM 9:30 PM (PST)
  • March 09, 2024, 8:30 AM 12:00 PM (PST)
  • Livermore Rod & Gun Club
  • 11


  • Payment must be received within 14 days of registration
  • Includes 3% credit card fee

Registration is closed

Entomology Classes

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 the Yuba River for a practical discovery session including four hours of fishing.

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: $50 per person. 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. Non-members will need to join TVFF prior to signing up for this class.

Credit Card price: $51.50 which includes the 3.0% credit card fee.

Class Curriculum:

Session 1: Classroom (Wednesday January 10, 2024) – 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 January 24, 2024) - 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 (February 21, 2024) – 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 Hammon Grove, Yuba River, Marysville – Time 8:30--5:30pm (Saturday, March 9, 2024).  

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 the Yuba River for a practical discovery session followed by four hours of independent fishing.


Fishmeister/Instructor: Mitchie McCammon, Director of Education,, 925-819-2039

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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