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  • November 13, 2022 3:55 PM | Anonymous member

    I am interested in going for Dungeness crab now that the recreational season is open and the commercial season has been delayed.  I am rel. new to the sport.  would appreciate any tips, hints, options, suggestions, invites or advice.  Thanks, John  

  • November 01, 2022 10:01 AM | Anonymous member

    I am signed up for the Luk Lake event and would like to use an electric trolling motor.  I have not used one and am trying to learn about them I am overwhelmed by the large selection and numerous "add-ons".  I would like to get a little on the water experience with one before buying one.  I would like to rent one if any are willing to do so.  Also open to any suggestions.  Much appreciated, Thanks, John

  • September 02, 2019 9:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Members please note this festival in Atherton starting this Saturday 6:30 pm. You can save $5 off the $15 admission fee by buying tickets in advance.

  • September 02, 2019 9:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Lots of locations around San Mateo County, both on the Bay and the Pacific.

    Maybe I'll see you out there!

  • August 12, 2019 3:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PFF members -- this is a very brief request of your time for a very worthy cause:


    On Friday afternoon CNN released a story explaining the latest inner workings at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). CNN learned that the "Environmental Protection Agency told staff scientists that it was no longer opposing a controversial Alaska mining project... just one day after President Trump met with Alaska's governor." 

    This is now the second time that the EPA officials have directed staff to remove protections for Bristol Bay. What has become completely clear is that the decision to permit the Pebble Mine is no longer based on science, but politics. 

    That's why we need you to contact your elected officials and ask them to step in.

    (Note: Based on your home address you're required to enter on the form, the form will automatically be sent with your info to the offices of senators Diane Feinstein and Kamala Harris, and your US Congress representative.) 

    This summer Bristol Bay recorded the second largest sockeye harvest on record, and we need to do everything we can to protect this amazing place. 

    Thank you!

    Defend Bristol Bay
    707 A Street
    Anchorage, AK 99501

  • March 27, 2019 3:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For those who partake in social media and discussion groups, the club has created our own PFF Facebook Group.  You must have a Facebook user account (free, of course) and be a current PFF member to join.  Access is limited to PFF members only and we encourage group members to share and comment on fish stories, favorite fly patterns, trip plans, or other topics relating to PFF, fly fishing and conservation.  Those who wish to join can go to our PFF Facebook Group or search on "PFFGroup" in Facebook and request access to the group.  Group admins will review and approve your request in 1-2 business days.

  • August 31, 2015 2:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings everyone. Just want to remind everyone about this month’s work shop. We will be having Mike McGuire at the tying bench. He will be teaching those of intermediate and advanced fly tying skills a fly of his choice. It promises to be a challenging evening.

    Secondly, the clubs fish out to Crawley Lake is fast approaching. Dan Mendoza will be on hand for a round table discussion on the trip. He will be describing flies, appropriate equipment and the agenda for the week end. Looking forward to seeing everyone there.


  • February 14, 2015 8:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Last year the staff of Nueva School in San Mateo contacted me in an effort to obtain some casting instruction for their students. For those of you that are not familiar with Nueva, it is a new, modern, progressive alternative for High School freshmen and sophomore classes.

     Once I made arrangements I contacted Dave Turner to assist in teaching the classes, January 7 & 8th this year.

     Neither of us were thoroughly prepared for what we found. Housed in new facilities in the Bay Meadows area of San Mateo we discovered that the school offered many alternatives and was an exciting atmosphere for learning. The students were bight, intelligent and eager to learn. A real motivational experience for both Dave and myself.

     My thoughts after leaving the school was that it was refreshing to work with these individuals and see the future of the sport growing. One of the students already has a fly fishing book in print and on retail shelves. Perhaps with “Trout in the Classroom" and events like this we will attract younger members in the club.


    Rich Catanzaro

  • February 02, 2015 3:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It’s difficult to start talking about a place like this without the beginning ,“a clear blue sky”, although that is almost unnoticeable in comparison to the surrounding environment. The gentle swells in the morning are mixed with colors like scales of some giant gently breathing fish. A spear fisher who spent the whole day diving and only caught parrot fish insisted, “Any day is a good day, as long as it’s here.”

    Personally, perfecting my Spanish with our pangaro was an excellent pastime and I was introduced to a whole selection of words describing ocean life that I still have no claim to in English (this includes four different names for different tropical fish, puffer fish, and the process by which turtles lay eggs).

    When you’re out on the boat, emerald flashes surfing on the inside of swells catch your eye, scouring bait and flies alike with an occasionally ominous black striped fellow, darting between his flawless, inevitably smaller brethren. The giant is scarred and ready to pounce. These are the ones you play games with. While smaller dorado snatch flies before the mob of their kin can, the older, wiser dorado wait on the perimeter. This goes without saying that the small dorado are 3-4 kilo. Once the fly is hooked, they must have a wide-eyed mental implosion of shock, only demonstrated by them jettisoning out along the surface of the ocean into the horizon. They fly just below the surface of the water, flinging their selves into the air as if to let you mark how far they have run and to challenge you with their size.

    It surely is a strange place when days are marked by “Can we go catch something else besides Dorado?” or “I have caught enough gallo (rooster) for the day.”

    While I have been spoiled in finding the opalescent sheen of Dorado mundane from the daily launches off of Palapas Ventana’s beach, I have had my first opportunity to snag a rooster here, and I have to say that it snagged me.

    Their jagged dorsal fin’s expression of anger began to be followed by a rendition of the Jaws’ theme song on our boat.

    They grab your line and, no matter the size, they fight, spitting and kicking (their tail), until they are forced to lurch aboard your ship.

    Unfortunately, there are a limited number of pictures as whenever we had a fish, someone else would be reeling one in, and the capitan would have one arm wrapped around a fish ready to be released while launching a civilization of sardines with the other hand. This kept the frenzy, not at bay, but at starboard.

    There were days with wind, days with some fish, days with few fish, days with too many fish, days with big fish, days with small fish, but every day had the victory of a fish well-caught.

    Note: We are heading out again this June see: One Week in Mexico fishout

  • November 20, 2014 6:30 PM | Anonymous member

    This Thursday, November 20th, Trout Unlimited will launch the Wild Steelhead Initiative, an ambitious and hopeful project to protect and restore wild steelhead and the incredible fishing opportunities they provide throughout their native range in Alaska, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

    Please join TU to kick-off the Initiative in California. Come to the Moss Landing Marine Laboratory, in the Santa Cruz/Monterey Seminar Room, at 6:30p.m. on November 20th.

    The marine laboratory is located at 8272 Moss Landing Rd., Moss Landing, CA 95039.

    For more information, contact host Sam Davidson, The event is free and open to the public.

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