Welcome to the Tracy Fly Fishers !            

The Tracy Fly Fishers is a family-oriented, non-profit organization, dedicated to the education of fly fishing and the conservation of fish and fisheries


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October

October 3 Board Meeting - 7 pm at PERKO's Cafe.  The meeting is held in the "back room" and all members are welcome to attend

September

September 5 Board Meeting - 7 pm at PERKO's Cafe.  The meeting is held in the "back room" and all members are welcome to attend

August

August 1 Board Meeting - 7 pm at PERKO's Cafe.  The meeting is held in the "back room" and all members are welcome to attend

July

July 8 Board Meeting - 7 pm at PERKO's Cafe.  The meeting is held in the "back room" and all members are welcome to attend

July 20 TFF Picnic - Tracy Wildlife 11:00 - 3:00

June

June 6 Board Meeting - 7 pm at PERKO's Cafe.  The meeting is held in the "back room" and all members are welcome to attend

June 12-16: Davis Lake Outing - Chuck Sterni is your host


May

May 2 Board Meeting - 7 pm at PERKO's Cafe.  The meeting is held in the "back room" and all members are welcome to attend.

May 4: - Kistler Ranch Outing


May 16: Club Meeting - 7 pm at the TRACY CITY HALLCouncil Chambers

                        Guest Speakers - Delta Bass Bugs - Brian Pultz

Come join us at Helm's Ale House for drinks or dinner 
before the regular meeting at 5:15 pm

600 North Central Ave. Tracy, Ca 95376

May 30-31: Costa Bass N Fly Tournament - Sugar Barge, Ca


April

April 4 Board Meeting - 7 pm at PERKO's Cafe.  The meeting is held in the "back room" and all members are welcome to attend.

April 18: Club Meeting - 7 pm at the TRACY CITY HALLCouncil Chambers

Guest Speakers - Lance & Kirsten Gray

April 25: Central Valley Feather Benders "Tying and Lying"  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Morgan Territory Brewing. Even if you don't tie flies, comes join us for a beer a fish story. That's the Lying part!

April 27 White Pines Outing 

 

~ March ~

March 7 Board Meeting - 7 pm at PERKO's Cafe.  The meeting is held in the "back room" and all members are welcome to attend.

March 13: Central Valley Feather Benders "Tying and Lying"  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Morgan Territory Brewing. Even if you don't tie flies, comes join us for a beer a fish story. That's the Lying part!

March 21: Club Meeting - 7 pm at the TRACY CITY HALL. Council Chambers

Guest Speaker - Guide Maury Hatch

~ FEBRUARY ~

February 7: Board Meeting - 7 pm at PERKO's Cafe.  The meeting is held in the "back room" and all members are welcome to attend.

February 21: Club Meeting - 7 pm at the TRACY CITY HALL.  This month's speaker is Kristján Páll Rafnsson coming all the way from Iceland to let us know what it's all about to catch Ice Age Trout and more!

February 22 - 24: The Fly Fishing Show - Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.  Click HERE for complete information


                                                     

October Meeting


September Meeting 

SEPT. 19TH PROGRAM for this month is California Heritage Trout - Northern State
Stephen Holtzclaw will share his successful pursuit of the California Heritage Trout Certificate last summer. This journey started the previous summer and covered Northern California from East to West.
Along the way, he will explain the origins of these varied trout species, where to find them, and what are the current threats to these unique subspecies of trout. The Heritage Trout Program is not just about catching small trout in their native habitats, but the journey to new and interesting places along the way and a greater appreciation of these threatened trout and their habitats.
This will be a great program from Steve as I have fished with him many times over the yr's and his knowledge and passion is unsurpassed.

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August Meeting

Come join us for a Movie!!
By Josh "Bones" Murphy


Artifishal: The Road To Extinction Is Paved With Good Intentions

June 

No club meetings in June and July
But here's something we can all do to help...





May 's Guest Speaker Is

                Brian Pultz - DELTA BASS BUGS               

Winner of the 2016 Costa Bass-n-fly event; Brian has been bass fishing the California Delta his entire life. He has over 30 years experience tournament bass fishing California waters, but his home and true love is the California delta.  

 Brian has been fly fishing for largemouth Bass for over 20 years and has developed strategies and flies for fly fishing the California Delta based off his vast knowledge of the conventional fishing world. The first fly he developed for Delta Bass Bugs was the Delta Stage Diver. Based off of a double wooly bugger with the addition of a rattle and a deer hair head. This fly suspends in the water column just like your conventional rip bait; one of the most productive baits on the California Delta from fall to spring. The second conventional bait conversion he tackled for DBB was the topwater Frog his answer to that was the DBB Howitzer Popper this fly was designed to be our 4x4 fly to be fished through and over anything. This fly has multiple largemouth over the 8lb mark in the last year including a 9.87lb largemouth taken in June of last year by Brian.

 

In recent months Brian’s passion for swimbait fishing for Bass has leaked into our fly world with the development of some of our largest and most complex flies such as the Shell Cracker and the Crowd Surfer. The wool shellcracker is our go to subsurface swimbait available in multiple size form the tiny 1.5 inch size 6 all the way up to a 10in double 5/0. The largemouth bass in the California delta and all over the world eat birds and our Crowd Surfer is our answer to that.

 In the future he plans to continue the chase of big bass with new and innovative fly fishing techniques and to educate current and new fly fishermen that largemouth bass should be on the list of top game fish on a fly. His presentation will break down specific locations hoping to teach people why fish live in these areas and the different fly fishing techniques that can be used to catch them.


April's Guest Speakers Are
Lance & Kirsten Gray

Streamers

This is our newest and I believe our best presentation.  Streamer fishing has become a tactic that recently has been pigeon holed only for big nasty fish; which is bad, because all fish of every size eat streamers. Fish eat other fish. It is the way their world works. They also eat sculpins, crayfish, tadpoles and other big protein meals.

We cover the latest in streamer tactics, equipment, rigging and flies. We also breakdown water and match the tactic need for that water. We will have the equipment at the presentation for fly club members to get hands on experience.

This presentation is animated for the audience to enjoy and to fully understand the what, how and why of streamer fishing.


Lance and Kirsten have more than 50 years combined experience in fly fishing. Lance started fly fishing with his father and brother Lincoln at age 7. In his teens, he began tying flies commercially for shops all around Northern California. At 17, he went to work at Powell's in Chico, working in the fly shop and building rods. He guided for Powell’s, conducted fly-tying and fly-fishing schools, and traveled.

In 1993, Lance and Kirsten started Saltwater Innovations, a company that manufactured and distributed products for saltwater fly fishing. Lance’s Crystal Popper, Gray’s Billfish Fly, the KO Charlie line and the Raghead Crabs are all Saltwater Innovations products. Kirsten worked behind the scenes, handling the day-to-day operation running the manufacturing floor of the company.

In 2003 they launched Lance Gray & Company, a full-service outfitter offering guided trips, fly-fishing schools, workshops and a travel agency. Lance conducts presentations at fly clubs and outdoor shows and supports local groups like Cub Scouts and 4H. He's a signature tier for Aqua Flies, pro staff member for Sage and Rio and is a featured writer, with articles published in Angling Trade Magazine, California Fly Fisher, Fly Fishermen, Sierra Fisherman and Northwest Fly Fishing.

Kirsten is a fantastic photographer who's had images published in periodicals and on websites throughout the outdoor industry.


March's Guest Speaker is
Guide Maury Hatch
 
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Maury has been fly fishing the western United States and Mexico for 30+ years. After honing his skills with trout, he hooked his first striped bass in 1995, and has been chasing, catching, and releasing Stripers ever since. As a Captain, he guides both out of the San Joaquin Delta in a center console bay boat in the fall and spring, and then on a jet sled on the Feather and the American Rivers in the summer for Stripers, Small Mouth and Shad. All trips include top of the line equipment as well as custom tied flies. He is an ambassador level pro staffer for the following products: Costa sunglasses, Simms clothing, Sage rods, RIO lines and Galvan reels.

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February's Guest Speaker is
Kristján Páll Rafnsson

If you have looked into fishing in Iceland you have probably heard the term "ice age brown trout" and seen people rave about their size and strength. But what exactly is an ice age brown trout, how do they differ from a regular brown trout and why are they so highly praised and sought after? 

The short answer... ice age browns is the name given to the strain of brown trout inhabiting Lake Þingvallavatn, Iceland's largest natural lake. The reason people get obsessed with these beasts is quite frankly their incredible size, as well as fighting strength, not to mention the beauty of this creature. Fish over 30 lbs are caught each year. 

For the long answer, we need to go back 11 thousand years when the ancestors of the ice age trout moved in from the ocean and colonized the area.

Those ancestors were anadromous brown trout that moved back and forth between Lake Þingvallavatn and the open ocean. Roughly 9 thousand years ago reciting glaciers and volcanic activity made passage between Lake Þingvallavatn and the ocean impossible, in effect trapping these previously sea-run fish in the lake. In the time that has passed since then, the trout have made some remarkable adaptations to their new surroundings, one of which is the fact that the ice age trout only reach sexual maturity between the ages of 5-8 years old.

In a research done by biologist Jóhannes Sturlaugsson, an ice age brown trout that had reached over 20 lbs in size but was not yet sexually mature, was found. Another remarkable adaptation that the strain shows is the fact that unlike most other brown trout in Iceland, the strain does not spawn every year once reaching sexual maturity, but in fact, each fish only spawns every 2-3 years. Those years that the fish do not expand their energy at spawning they pack on weight and size fast. With remarkable growth rate up to 5 lbs a year has been documented in tagged fish.

The main food sources for these fish are threefold, the 3-spined stickleback which is a small fish inhabiting the shallows of the lake, any of the 4 sub-species of Arctic char that inhabit the lake but mainly the Murta sub-species (Salvelinus Alpinus Murta) as well as insect life mainly in the form of midges, Chironomidae and caddis in all life cycles. These feeding patterns make them perfect to target with a fly rod as they will take streamers, nymphs and dry flies when presented to them. 

The fishing season for them last from 15 April until September, with primetime usually being 15 April-15 June.



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