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Tracy Fly Fishers - April Club Meeting

John Sherman


John Sherman’s program will be “Elevate Your Delta Fly Game”

John is no stranger to these parts, residing in Discovery Bay. Together with Mike Costello, they put out the first and only fly fishing book dedicated to the California Delta, “Fly Fishing the Delta”.

Fly fishing has been a life long passion for John as he learned to tie flies at Buzz’s in Visalia at the age of 8 and where he grew up. Another passion of John Sherman is photography. His photos in his presentation should provide some pop and dazzle, if not good examples and style of photography for the alert observer.

John is the Simms Fishing Products and Hatch Outdoors Sales rep for California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii. You can check out our guest speaker via the web at the following links: California Fly Fisher article, as well as Simms’ Venturing Angler’s article.

 Tracy Fly Fishers - March Club Meeting


Al Smatsky

  Encouraged by a lifelong friend and fishing buddy over 45 years ago, Al purchased his first fly rod for a trip to the Yuba River for shad.  From that point on, he was hooked for life.  Back then, there wasn’t an abundance of help for the beginner, so during the winter Al would dream up new shad patterns for the next year's run.  Some worked and some didn’t.  Since that time, Al has been fishing from Alaska to South America in pursuit of most fresh and saltwater species.

  In 1977, Al joined the Delta Fly Fishers and quickly made friends with anglers that shared the same interest.  As an active board member and past-president, the club grew to over 100 members, which it still maintains.  As the Program Chairman for over twenty years, he had the opportunity to meet many wonderful and talented fly fishermen which help him expand his knowledge of our sport.  In 2003 he was awarded the honor of “Life Member” for his faithful membership and service to the Delta Fly Fishers.   

  Al has always been an avid traveler and planned trips to Alaska for himself and his friends starting back in the early “80’s”.  In 1989, Al made his first bonefishing trip to Christmas Island and since then he has been  hooked on saltwater fly fishing.  His belief is that a fishing trip should be more than just “fishing”, it should be an experience.  With an inspiring partner, Jerry Neuburger, they started, Al & Jerry’s Excellent Adventures, which they operated until to 2000.  After that time, Al became the sole owner of, Excellent Adventures, specializing in hosted and un-hosted fly fishing trips to affordable destinations from Alaska to South America.  Over the years, hundreds of anglers have used Excellent Adventures for their travel plans.

  Al currently guides solely for American Shad in Central California and considers himself just another fly fisherman with lots of experience that he would like to share with other anglers.

     In the picture above, Al is the guy on the left and that ain't no Shad!  

               Come join us this month for Al's program "Shad on the Fly"

Tracy Fly Fishers - February Club Meeting

This month only, join us on the FOURTH Thursday of February
(the 22nd) 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 23th - Sunday the 25th) at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.


Jeff will be presenting one of his popular programs...

Four Seasons of the Yellowstone Trout Bum

Yellowstone National Park and its surrounding waters offer some of the best trout fly fishing in the world.  For this reason Jeff Currier has made Yellowstone his backyard for nearly thirty years.

Jeff knows where to be in Yellowstone at the right time.  He knows the hatches and the best fly patterns.  Join Jeff as he leads you through the calendar year of a trout bums life on these fabled waters with breathtaking photos of beautiful fish, great scenery and wildlife that most of us can only dream of.

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