Upcomming Outings


June: San Joaquin
Shad Fishing

June 23, 2018

Back in the 1970’s, the Department of Fish & Game- thinking they were planting tiny Threadfin Shad- put American Shad in Millerton Lake by mistake. The rest, as they say, is history. Millerton Lake is one of only two freshwater lakes in the United States that have a sustainable American Shad population. Every year between late May & late June the Shad begin their journey from Millerton Lake up the San Joaquin River to spawn. Spawning American Shad from Millerton range in size from 12”-24” long. The action can be fast & furious for these feisty fish as we intercept them on their way up the river. Come with low expectations, however, if we catch it just right, 15 to 20 fish days are possible. This year’s outing will be hosted by Bob Papazian. Coffee, juice, & donuts will be provided in the SJ River Gorge parking lot from 8-8:15, prior to the walk down to our fishing spot.

*if there is interest, we will tie the “Wet Pinky” Shad fly on Thursday June 14th at Bob Papazian’s home.

Directions to the Shad Outing: From Auberry, go thru town & turn left just past the Elementary School. The sign will say “to North Fork”. Continue for about two miles & turn left on Smalley Road (at the “San Joaquin River Gorge” sign). Continue until the road dead ends at the parking lot next to Kerkoff II Powerhouse (about 6 miles). It’s just a ten minute walk down the paved PG&E road from the parking lot to the river. Bring PLENTY OF WATER, sunscreen, & a lunch.
Bob will also grill Sausages and Hot Dogs!

Note: Don’t forget to bring a side dish or desert to share!

Hex Hatch with Lance Gray from Lance Gray and Company

June: Lake Almanor
Hex Hatch

June 29, 2018

Lance Gray will guide us on the infamous Lake Almanor Hex-Hatch. 


We still have a few openings, To reserve your spot you must submit $100 payment ASAP!

Note: cost of $100.00 includes tri-tip dinner, salad, pasta and more.

Upcoming Meeting - August 2, 2018

Lance Gray Fishing 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.

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.