GGACC Launch Event:  Saturday, May 19th, 2018    9:15 am to 3:00 pm

Anglers Lodge & Casting Pools, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

(GPS Address 1232 John F. Kennedy Dr.)

The Bay Area Youth Fly Fishers (BAY-FF) is a collaborative partnership of Bay Area Fly Fishing and Conservation organizations dedicated to enabling a new generation of fly fishers and conservation minded youth. 

Girls and boys will be introduced to a sport they can enjoy for a lifetime with family and friends.  The age range for this May event is narrow by design (2017-2018 school grades 4-7). It’s aimed at drawing younger families who value fun learning activities for their children and reward patience and practice.  This event is the first in a year round program of activities with rewards designed to reinforce accomplishments and skills progression.  Kids will learn about Fly Casting, Knots & Rigging, Fly Tying, and Conservation – all they’ll need to fish with family, friends, mentors and guides.

Event Schedule

Time              Activity                    

09:15 am        Check-in opens

10:00              Welcome, BAY-FF Overview, Event Schedule, Activity Sessions

10:30              Morning Activity Sessions

12:00 noon     BBQ Luncheon

12:45              Afternoon Activity Sessions

  2:15              Treats, Refreshments & Wrap-up

  2:30              Free time to practice & re-visit Activity Areas

  3:00 pm       Event Closing


Register youth participants and adults on Eventbrite using the “Register Here” link on our website

This event will be limited to the first 60 youth participants to register, so don’t delay!

Tickets are open to the public for event registration.

Youth must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and a liability release will be required.

Adults will be able to observe their kids, and in small groups learn fly fishing skills. 

What to bring? Clothing layers, rainwear, sun/safety glasses, hat, sunscreen, notebook/pen.

Questions? Please inquire on our website and we’ll reply.



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Rene Henery with a fine Central Oregon steelhead.

Rene Henery, Science Director for TU’s California Program, has many highlights on his resume. Program Manager with in the company’s start-up years. PhD in Eco-Geography from the University of California at Davis. Part-time Research Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. Big taimen on the fly in Mongolia. Prominent role in award-winning author Landon Cook’s marvelous treatise on salmon, Upstream: Searching for wild salmon from river to table.

You can add this honor to this list: Henery has been appointed to the inaugural Cohort of California’s Water Solutions Network.

The Water Solutions Network is dedicated to expanding public understanding of the water management field and bringing the myriad needs and perspectives of water stakeholders to bear on development of new or improved water solutions.

The network’s Cohort is a diverse group of experts and thought leaders who will meet and correspond over six sessions of a “leadership and network development experience.” The 24-member Cohort represents multiple sectors and communities across California and a variety of stakeholder interests, including farm bureaus, water districts, environmental advocacy nonprofits, and others. The Cohort met recently for the first time.

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(L) Rene Henery testifying at a hearing of the California State Water Board on the benefits for salmon and steelhead of boosting streamflows at opportune times in the lower Merced, Tuolumne, and Stanislaus rivers.

This era of water management—defined largely by aging supply infrastructure, persistent water quality issues, and the effects of a warming climate—calls for collaborative, systems-based approach to ensure an equitable water future for Western states’ economies, ecologies, and communities. Henery and the other members of the Cohort will cross boundaries, connect resources and propose and purse “bold actions” to ensure California’s water future is both sustainable and equitable.

Henery noted, “Among the obstacles to sustainable and equitable water management in California is a lack of diverse engagement and effective cross-cultural dialogue in the water management decision spaces. California’s expanding diversity is one of its greatest resources, but the inclusivity necessary to leverage that resource hinges on expansion of interpersonal connection, care and mutual respect across differences. Perhaps above all else, the Water Solutions Network offers a forum in which to explore how to connect with others working on water, reconcile different perspectives, and find common ground.”

For more information, go here.