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Our club has lost our dear Harvey Hamlow. Harvey was funny, kind and a dear friend to many for over 70 years- plus a great angler and committed member of DFF. So many people have shared stories of Harvey reaching out to them on outings and showing them and supporting them in fly fishing. His family has generously chosen Delta Fly Fishers as the recipients of memorial donations made on behalf of Harvey. Click below for more information.
Harvey's memorial service on Tuesday afternoon, June 8, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Rd, Dixon, CA 95620.
Every summer, DFF doesn't hold monthly meetings or fly tying classes. This allows our members to get out and fish! Topwater bass on the Delta is picking up and the local rivers are all open. If you have any questions about what and where to fish, send a message to this website and we will connect you to the information.
We will have our casting practice and some outings for you to fish with other club members and enjoy the fun of fly fishing! Look for the email updates every week! See you on the water!
June 25th; 2:30 to 5:30, Open Tying with Leo! We meet up in Leo's garage Friday afternoon and Leo shares the secrets of braided leaders, balsa poppers, El Salto flies and crease flies. You can also come and bring your own tying supplies and patterns or just join us for some great company and awesome fish stories! Send Amy an email for the address at email@example.com
WSP Line Receptacles and River Clean Up at Lodi Lake
When: Sat, June 26, 9am – 1pm
Join us as Delta Fly Fishers joins forces with the Watershed Stewards Program to complete a waterway cleanup and install fishing line recycling stations at Lodi Lake. Delta Fly Fishers is joining conservation forces with Watershed Stewards Program to place fishing line recycling receptacles at Lodi Lake. Look for a collaborative Watershed Awareness Volunteer Event (WAVE) on June 26th from 9am to 1 pm. Small groups will be placing the fishing line receptacles at designated spots and then completing a watershed cleanup. All DFFers are welcome to meet at the tent at the entrance to the wilderness area at 9 am. Five groups will be formed to place the receptacles at the locations indicated on the map. Dena Mason, Sam Thompson and Mike Dempenwolf will be pre assembling the receptacles and FFI has provided us with identification stickers. The subsequent trash clean up will focus on the wilderness area of Lodi Lake. We are hoping this event will serve as the first of many local conservation efforts for our club. Hoping to see lots of our club members on the 26th!
July 3rd: 9 am to 2 pm, Walk and Wade the North Fork
This is a favorite adventure for my son and I. There is a small creek that runs through the campground that has hungry small trout. Upstream from the campground there is a small creek with pools and runs that produces numerous dry fly takes. Downstream, the river transforms into larger runs, waterfalls that plunge into deep pools that hold larger fish and is fishable with nymphs and streamers. However you fish it- you have to be stealthy- the crystal clear water makes this an angler's challenge with the potential for a fun day! The campground is located off of I-80 on a small paved road with some serious potholes. It is a 2 hour drive from Lodi. I have seen all kinds of cars make it to the campground but please drive slowly and carefully as the potholes sneak up on you in the shade of the trees. Drive to the North Fork campground and park outside of the campground along the fence on the right side of the road for day use. I will be there at 9 to show people some access points. This is a popular area for day use swimmers so an early start for fishing is key to accessing several great spots. There is potable spring water and port-a-potties available in the campground. Bring a lunch or snacks. I will be stopping at Ikeda's on the way home for a burger! Recommended gear: If you are fishing for the smaller fish at the campground and upstream, a 3 weight or small Tenkara set up with a variety of dry flies sizes 14 to 20. (The fish generally aren't picky!) If you are looking for bigger fish downstream, stealth will be key so no indicator swinging or small or yarn indicator is key. There are significant numbers of stoneflies in the area (shucks are on all the rocks in the creek) so rubber legs or stonefly nymphs can be productive as well as the standard caddis patterns as caddis hatches are evident throughout most days. Dry fly fishing is also an option although it can be more difficult to coax the larger fish to the surface.
July 7th: Wednesday night on the Moke.
https://goo.gl/maps/KxHiivoNS9pJwCMT6 Parking Lot #1- first driveway on your left after you turn right into the day use area at the end of McIntire Road.
Meet at the Van Assen Day Use area Parking lot 1 at North Mcintire Road, N Mcintire Rd, Ca. below Comanche Dam around 6:30pm. Dry fly window has been about 7 pm for about 30 minutes. The park closes at dusk but people are welcome to come when they can for as long as they can!
July 9th: Casting Practice at Legion Park in Lodi at the corner of Hutchins and Vine
Meet at 5 pm behind the tennis/pickleball courts in the opening near the redwoods. We will be working through the fundamental casts of the bronze FFI casting challenge! We will cast until around 7 pm.
July 11th: Lodi Lake/Mokelumne River fishing
We will put in at the kayak launch at Lodi Lake near the wilderness area entrance. Pontoons, kayaks, SUP, canoes are all recommended floatation devices. PFD's required! We will meander up the Mokelumne River in search of bass. They can often be found around structure and docks. 6 wts. with topwater flies recommended!
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