TheYouth Academy is now underway. We have 15 participants who will learn the craft of Fly Fishing.

Ryan Johnsnston June 1, 2016

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Ryan Johnston started guiding in 2002 and has spent every day since then living and breathing fly fishing. He started guiding at the early age of 20 for trout and steelhead on the Lower Sacramento River, Feather River, Yuba River, and Putah Creek in Northern California. From 2007-2011 he spent 5 years guiding on the South Fork of the Snake River throwing big dry flies in Eastern Idaho. In 2012 Ryan ventured into warm water fishing and started guiding his clients for striped bass, shad, and largemouth bass on the Sacramento River. Ryan now guides year around in Northern California as there is always some kind of fish to throw a fly at. Whether it is nymphing for trout, trying to find chrome steelhead, feeling the endless pull of shad schools, or looking for that Monster striper there is always a good time to be had. If you want to book a trip with Ryan then you can find him here -

Through all of this fish crazed passion Ryan learned at an early age that there isn't enough young people in the sport of fly fishing. So in 2009 he started a fly fishing nonprofit organization called Cast Hope for at risk kids in Northern California. As an organization it is our desire to bring kids and mentors together outside through the sport of fly fishing. In this day and era it seems that our lives are constantly bombarded with screens, whether tvs, computers, ipads, ipods, and gaming systems. Here at Cast Hope we want to break that pattern by immersing people into the environment. Through guided fly fishing trips, fishing clinics, fly tying events, camp outs, road trips, and conservation outings we are trying to create a healthy hobby that kids and mentors can do together. We believe if you provide a positive experience for kids where they grow deeper in their relationship with the mentor, learn how to effectively fly fish, receive free necessary equipment, find out that the outdoors has much more to offer than their latest gadget, and learn about how to conserve and sustain our natural resources, then they will naturally want to become outdoor enthusiasts. As an organization it is important for us to provide an environment where kids can become stewards of the outdoors and fly fishing. Currently Cast Hope serves between 400-500 kids each year from Northern California and Western Nevada. If you would like to contribute or find more information on Cast Hope then you can find that here -
For those of you who liked Richard Gill's Presentation on insects, he gave us permission to post his research papers on our website. Please follow the links and download or view the ones you want. The files are in PDF format.

Who We Are

Fresno Fly Fishers for Conservation is the oldest fly fishing club west of the Mississippi River. Fresno Fly Fishers is a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage and assist those who desire to learn more about the art of fly-fishing. Our club includes some of the finest fisherman, fly tier’s, fly casters, and professional guides in the Central Valley, and is comprised of people of all ages, from beginner to expert level.

Our Mission

We are a FEDERATION OF FLY FISHERS affiliated club, a national organization whose goal, like ours, is to promote the wonderful sport of fly-fishing as well as protect our natural resources. We promote catch and release, education, conservation, and above all, encourage and help those who desire to learn more about all aspects of fly-fishing.
Fly Fishers for Conservation (FFFC) was organized in 1961 by a group of devoted fly fishers deeply concerned with the preservation of trout and all game fish, their environment, and the quality of fishing. Our club has maintained two goals since that time: To foster and promote the sport of angling with artificial flies. To protect, conserve and increase our angling resources.


Fly Fishers for Conservation is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit organization. This means you can use your contribution as a tax deduction. The club gets revenue from member-ship dues and the annual fundraiser dinner. We try to contribute to conservation issues in the area and to our youth with our Trout in the Classroom program, the No Child Left Inside program and by holding a Youth Fly-Fishing Academy annually. The club is al-ways in need of funds. Please consider donating. You may send a check to Fly Fishers for Conservation at 100 E. Sierra, PMB 3310, Fresno, CA 93710. Your donations will be greatly appreciated and they will help the club fulfill its obligations.