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What's Up 2017

What's up? 

New 2017 Club Meeting location is the

TRACY TRANSIT STATION at 50 East 6th St Tracy, CA

Club Meetings have moved to the 3rd THURSDAY of each month    

Congratulations to Paul Gamache and his award of being named the 2016 Fly Fisher of the Year!

Congratulations also to Dave Hiromoto for being named the recipient of the 2016 Dry Fly Award!

~ JANUARY 2017 ~

January 14: Installation Dinner (Crab Feed) at the Tracy Community Center - 4 pm

There is no Club Meeting this month.  See you next month on the FOURTH THURSDAY at the Tracy Transit Station... yes, our "old" digs... we're moving back... and yes, refreshments will once again be served!

~ FEBRUARY 2017 ~

February 4:  Annual Planning Meeting - 9 am at the Banta Inn.  All members are welcome.

February 23: Club Meeting - 7 pm at the TRACY TRANSIT STATION.  This month's speaker is Jeff Currier presenting "Fly Fishing Warmwater - Bass, Pike, Carp and More".

February 24 - 26: The Fly Fishing Show - Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

Tracy Fly Fishers - February Club Meeting

This month only, join us on the FOURTH Thursday of February
(the 23rd) for the monthly club meeting. 

This month's guest speaker will be Jeff Currier who is in town for the Fly Fishing Show (Friday the 24th - Sunday the 26th) at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.


Join us for Jeff's presentation on:
Fly Fishing Warmwater - Bass, Pike, Carp and More

Despite all the different species of fish out there to catch on a fly most anglers only fly fish for trout, salmon and char.  They’ll drive right past the neighborhood bass pond and then travel four hours to fish a crowed river on opening day.  Just the thought doesn’t make sense to Jeff and because of this he’s made it a personal campaign to share his passion of fishing for warmwater fish species.

“Warmwater Fly Fishing – Bass, Pike, Carp and More” not only encourages you to give some new fish species a try but also teaches tactics for many fish such as smallmouth and largemouth bass, pike, carp and more.  Learn the best flies, what rods to use and what leaders work best.  You’ll be amazed at Jeff’s gorgeous fish photos and entertaining stories about some incredible fish that very possibly live down the street from you!

Tracy Fly Fishers - March Club Meeting

This month's guest speaker will be Lance Gray
Join us for Lance's presentation on:
"Breaking Down Stillwater"

This is Lance's newest presentation and is 100% different than any of his others you may have attended.  Lance will show us how to breakdown stillwater, look for the transition zones and pick which weapon out of your tool bag to use to get to the fish to eat. A great new concept in providing fly fishers the information they need.

Lance and Kirsten Gray 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, Lance 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, Lance and Kristen 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.

May's Guest Speaker Craig Gittings

How in the world does one get sucked into a such a deal? A trip to the forbidden Caribbean country of Cuba would be a trip of a lifetime for most of us.

Craig’s daughter had studied in Havana via a study abroad program at Davis.  Matt Herron had also provided the club with his perspective with his trip to southern Cuba. How difficult could a fishing trip be?

When a fishing buddy suggested the trip as a father son trip, it was all down hill from there. A Santiago, Chile travel agency hooked us up. Monies were sent, then the added costs were presented. A donation to Oceans Foundation was sent off for an authorization letter to fish the waters in Cuba under a research and monitoring program. Then the voice of reason kicked in. I am referring to my money manager and better half. As far as she was concerned the money was pissed away via an internet scam. How could I be so gullible?

There was a Facebook page that promoted his company with years of trips under his belt. My wife claimed anyone could doctor up Facebook page as such. It was money lost and the ship had sailed. How could that be the case as no Nigerians were involved or so I thought?

Avalon Fly Fishing, an Italian venture in Cuba was the avenue to participating in such a wild scheme. But monies wired to a New York banking account that got bounced because the numbers did not jive. Were we taken as my wife suggested? Even I had my doubts and regrets prior to the trip. The other anglers were father and son teams from Santiago, Chile and Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina. When we got to the Miami International Airport, we felt we were in a different country already. Thankfully, I knew how to say, “ Lo siento. No hablo espanol,” when approached at the airport.

What had we gotten ourselves into?  Find out at the next club meeting.

August's Guest Speaker is Mark Cottrell

Mark is a flyfishing guide from Sonora, Ca. He
will speak on fly fishing the Stanislaus River
and surrounding area from Kennedy Meadows to

Mark has been building rods and tying flies since he enrolled
in a class in high school. He has taught fly tying and tied
commercially for more than 35 years.

An all around fly angler, Mark fishes for tarpon in Florida,
salmon in Alaska and jacks, mackerel, and rooster fish in