Peninsula Fly Fishers


Overview of the upcoming fishouts

Fishouts are for all members
From mentor trips for beginning fly fishers to advanced trips for the pro's and ranging from basic backpacking to luxurious lodging outings. The calendar below shows them all.

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Fishout Refund Policy

There are no refunds. In the event that a member or guest is, for any reason, unable to attend a fishout he may resell his slot (rod) to another PFF member.  It is the sole responsibility of the member to manage this transaction.  This is not the responsibility of the fishmaster or officers of the club.

Fishout Data Sheet

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Waiver for Guests

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PFF Fishout Waiver Form 

Upcoming events

    • July 12, 2017
    • July 16, 2017
    • Spicer Meadows Reservoir & Highland Creek
    • 1
    Registration is closed

    Spicer Meadows Fishout July 12-16th 

    FishMaster: Mark Wilson

    Phone: 650-235-0779

    Cost $40

    Due to large snowpack this year, I am pushing out the date of this trip 1 month.  From June to July. 

    Rod Limit 4 You will need to Pay Mark directlly to secure your spot.

    You don’t have to be an experienced wilderness camper or kayaker to join this trip. Nor have all the camping gear and water gear. There are a few personal essential personal items that I will recommend but I have plenty of gear to lend. 

    What: a boating Fishout to Spicer Meadows Reservoir & Highland Creek in Carson Iceburg Wilderness Area, Sierra Nevada with a maximum of 4 anglers. Will require paddling or peddling 8 miles. In and out. Possibility to catch or miss a trout on  almost every cast.

    Hiking with gear ½ mile. Camping and sleeping in tents. Cost: $50 to have first class camping cuisine. And share the gas to get up there.

    When: Wednesday June 14th
    . - Sunday June  18th  Leave Wednesday evening after commute traffic.  Stay at my cabin in Cottage Springs. Thursday Spicer Res. & paddle  to reach Highland Creek. 2 full days fishing. Sunday pack up and return Sunday night.

    Where:  Cabin:. Highway 4 (11 miles beyond Arnold) > 40 minutes to Spicer Res boat ramp. Off Highway 4 past Dorrington and before Bear Valley. 11 miles on Spicer Meadows Road (paved). To boat ramp. Paddle in 8 miles to mouth of Highland Creek. Entering the Carson Iceburg Wilderness Area.,-120.0371621,13z

    Type of Fishing: Classic Sierra Trout Stream at its finest. Deep pools, riffles, pocket water. Wet and dry fly fishing are productive. Dry fly with indicator and bead head dropper is my most common set up.

    Spicer Reservoir- fishing intermediate line for cruising Rainbows and Brook Trout. Average 12 to 15 inches. Fishing shoreline or from kayak. The mouth of Highland is especially productive.

    Skill Level: Any level with some casting experience.  Trout will reward the fly fisher with correct no-drag casts. Water is gin clear. Trout will spook. Stalking trout is
    common. Given the diversity of the creek, you can try & hone most all stream/river FF techniques.


    Boats: I can accommodate 4 other people with my 2 tandem kayaks and 1 single. The single and tandem Hobie Adventure Islands require peddling and sailing. My tandem Wilderness Systems Northstar  will require pretty strong paddling ability. Especially on Sunday into a head wind.

    Fishing: I use a 9’ 4 W rod with floating line on highland creek most of the time. 5/6 W for nymphing larger flies and deep pools as well as in the lake with usually an I line. Normal mix of dry and wet trout flies. I usually kill it with a Compardun #14, Cooper Jackets and beadhead pheasant tails. Size 12 – 14. #16 brassie.. I don’t use nor need waders but have some dry kayaking pants for paddling. Waders can suffice. I generally wet wade into the stream in the June. You will generally be fishing from the bank.

    Clothes: Zip off quick drying pants are what I wear all the time. And an extra pair for the evening. Quick dry LS shirt and quick dry T shirt Long and short sleeve and Polar tech jacket. Wading jacket or water proof jacket for paddling and rare rain showers. I can provide anyone my detailed gear list.

    Camping Equipment: light weight tent, sleeping bag and pad. The Fishmaster will provide the cooking equipment and plan and do most of the cooking.


    3 hour drive to cabin.  Leave after commute traffic about 7 PM  “62 Beatrice Dr. , Camp Connell”  for google maps but it’s actually in Cottage Springs. It’s 32 miles above Angels Camp.  .  Spend night there.

    40 minute drive. Reach Spicer Boat Ramp by mid-morning.

    Pack kayaks and paddle up Spicer Reservoir in about 2 hours. (8 miles) Tail wind.

    Arrive at mouth of Highland Creek. Unload kayaks into backpacks and walk 1 mile to campsite, set up camp and fish the evening.

    Friday and Saturday: fish Highland Creek. Optional Hike:  short paddle back to trailhead of Sword and Lost Lake, under the Dardenell Cones. Approx. 4 hours.

    Sunday: break camp, hike back to boats, pack kayaks and paddle back. Usually into a strong head wind. 3 people will be sailing on Fishmaster’s Hobie sail/yaks.

    Arrive boat ramp, pack cars (probably late afternoon) and drive home.

    This is my favorite fishing spot that I want to share. I wouldn’t go there and paddle 16+ miles r/t 2 to 4 times a season if it wasn’t special.

    If you have questions Please give me a call or drop me a note.

    Looking forward to a good time,

    Mark Wilson

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    • July 13, 2017
    • July 16, 2017
    • Castle Crags State Park (Dunsmuir)
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

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    Upper Sac & McCloud Weekend in Dunsmuir

    July 13 -16 2017

    Fish Master: EJ Melzer

    Just like last year, we are planning to use the Castle Crags campsite and camp on the side of the river. Fish from your tent if you want.

    EJ will be doing a show and tell for European style nymphing and will be tying his specialty, the woven nymph, on Saturday. We try to reserve the max. amount of tags for the Nature Conservancy section on the McCloud for Friday for those that want to fish this beautiful stretch of river.

    We will make reservations for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at the campground. We have several BBQ pits and have access to hot showers on the campground.

    Food and drink schedule: TBD at a later date

    Some of us will go up on Thursday afternoon to fish Friday and Saturday. If you don't like campgrounds there are reasonably priced lodging options nearby in Dunsmuir.
    Cost: $30/angler for food and supplies + campsite fee (depending on amount of tents)

    Questions? Contact EJ Melzer


    • August 10, 2017
    • August 13, 2017
    • Hi Sierra Mountains
    • 3

    In Search of Liquid Gold: A PFF High Sierra Backpacking Trip.

    Date: August 10-13, 2017

    Cost: $6 per person at signup, plus an optional donation for gas on the trip TBD.

    Fish Master Gary Trott


    In all the legends from the Sierra high country there is no higher calling than exploring California for liquid gold. This includes searching for gold in high mountain sunsets, golden nuggets, and the evening glow reflected off friends around a high alpine lake exchanging fishing stories. Exploring every mountain creek, lake, and waterfall will test your rock dancing, photography, and fishing skills. Any mis-step will alert the Liquid Gold, trout natives and dash any possibilities of catching the wily quarry. The alpine glow at the favorite, targeted campsite is reminiscent of the mountain paintings by Thomas Kincaid .

    A Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita relative.

    This short trip is to encourage beginners and the less experienced. Preference will be given to new PFF members and those beginning fly fisherpersons young in heart. It will be a 4 day long weekend trip into the John Muir Wilderness area in the heart the high Sierra National Forest.

     We will get the reserved permit at the Prather Ranger Station in central California and proceed up the bumpy Kaiser pass road. Anyone signing up for the trip must be physically fit enough to carry a multi-day pack of food and equipment (~35-50 lbs) uphill to 10,500ft over one and a half days in August.

     There are maintained trails and light use, non-maintained trails. At a minimum, each person will need their own clothing, sleeping bag, fishing rod, and able to provide their own water supply. Extra camping equipment is available if needed. Transportation, food planning, and fishing experience, Q&A will be shared pre-trip by email and at the PFF workshop on 3-August.

     Everyone is guaranteed to catch a fish and return warm, safe, and sound with stories to tell. A maximum of four people can be accommodated in the beginning. If there are more on the waiting list perhaps another high clearance vehicle and permit can be arranged. Cost will be $6 per person plus, optionally a share of the vehicle gas depending on final driving arrangements. For more details contact fish whisperer, Gary Trott

    • August 25, 2017
    • August 27, 2017
    • Trinity River & Lewiston Lake
    • 8

     Trinity River/Lewiston Lake MENTOR fishout Date August 25th & 26th 2017*

    Member Cost $100 per rod

    Fishmaster Ron Beltramo Alt. Patrick Stauter

    Phone 415-999-8348 Phone 415-509-2731

    e-mail e-mail

    Meeting Place: Barnes Ranch, Salt Flat Road, Lewiston, CA. Time Friday Morning, August 25th (or come Thursday night (August 24th). Stay Friday Night & Saturday Night (Depart on Sunday)

    Directions link: Barnes Ranch from San Francisco Bay Area--Map--3-2-17.docx

    Notes: This is a Mentor Fishout on the Trinity River & Lewiston Lake – that means that new members and novice fly fisherman will get the first shot. Event hosted by Tom & Kris Barnes at the Barnes Ranch. This Fishout includes tent space at the Barnes ranch, breakfast (KK-B’s delicious baked goods) and dinner on Friday & Saturday (breakfast on Sunday). A packed lunch will also be provided on Friday & Saturday. Fishing options include time on the upper Trinity River (Fly-Fishing only water – catch & release only), with club & local mentors/guides. Additional fishing opportunity on Lewiston Lake (kayak & aluminum boat rentals available). Tentative Plan noted below.

    Friday Plan (tentative) – Fish Trinity River (wading the fly water) in the morning/ Lewiston Lake in the afternoon (from kayak or pram)

    Friday Night Dinner – Pasta Feed 7:30 PM

    Barnes Ranch (backyard area)

    Saturday Plan (tentative) – Fish Lewiston Lake in the morning (from kayak or pram) /Trinity River in afternoon (wading the fly water)

    Saturday Night Dinner – BBQ Tri-Tip 7:30 PM

    Barnes Ranch (backyard area)

    There is limited cell phone coverage in Lewiston, so plan on being “off the grid” while on this trip. For emergencies, calls can be made to/from the Barnes home.

    Species: Trout Trout/Bass

    Water Trinity River Lewiston Lake

    Rod 4 – 6 wt. Line Float and/or Sink Tip

    Skill level Beginner - Expert Physical Challenge Moderate


    See Directions to Barnes Ranch, Lewiston, CA attachment

    (off Goose Ranch Road, on Salt Flat Road) – to be provided.

    *Date may change depending on Trinity River flows. If flows are high, likely will move event date (TBD).

    Don't miss this Fishout!!!


    • September 09, 2017
    • September 10, 2017
    • Indian Creek Campground (Markleeville)
    • 1
    The East Carson fishout actually provides access to a host of streams and lakes including (drum roll please) the West Carson.

    The Indian Creek Campground is very nice, located right on a lake. The week after the Labor Day weekend the campground should be almost empty. For those of you who prefer something a little more luxurious there is Sorensen's just up the road.  Very nice place and a great place for an upscale dinner.

    This is all about trout fishing on relatively small water (of course, this year it may be a little different). So bring you 3-5wt, Tenkara or Czech rig.

    The river access ranges from very easy to challenging so there is something for everyone regardless of fitness or skill level - beginners are definitely welcome.

    I will plan on being in the Campground on Friday evening. The last time we did this outing we ate the majority of our meals in town but I am open to any suggestions.

    Dave Peterson

    • October 07, 2017
    • Delta, Stockton Ca
    • 7

     PFF Fishout with Bill Beckett – Headwaters Kayak & Fly Fishing 

    Location: Delta Fishing – Stockton CA Date October 7, 2017

    Cost $80 per rod, Directions Village West Marina, 6649 Embarcadero Drive, Stockton, CA

    Sign up Deadline: April 30 to hold the October Date.

     6 rod minimum, 12 maximum. If 12 rods signup, there will be two guides for the day.

    Fishmaster Ron Beltramo Alt. Patrick Stauter

    Phone 415-999-8348 Phone 415-509-2731

    e-mail e-mail

    Plan for the Day:

    Meet Bill at 5:30 AM to get set up with kayaks and gear (if needed) and head out on 14 Mile Slough to fish for Bass and Striped Bass. Fish in morning till about 11 AM, return to launch area for lunch, than go back out for afternoon.

    Meeting Place Village West Marina, 6649 Embarcadero Drive, Stockton, CA – Meet Bill Becket (Headwaters Kayak & Fly Fishing) Time Saturday Morning early October 7th - Will want to be there by 5:30 AM (my want to stay at local motel on Friday night.

    Notes: This is a guided Fishout by Bill Beckett of Headwaters Kayak & Fly Fishing. It will be a one day trip. Bill Beckett will provide kayaks for all rods and will have some fly fishing gear (up to 8 set ups) available for those of you that will needs rods for the  trip. Plan to fish for stripers early, come back for lunch at a local restaurant at the launch area, then go back out in the afternoon to focus on bass. 

    Species: Bass/Striped Bass

    Water: Delta (14 Mile Slough)

    Rod 6-8 wt Line Float or Sink Tip or Sink Line

    Skill level Beginner - Expert Physical Challenge Moderate

    Note: This Fishout can take up to 12 people. Need minimum of 6. Best if we can get 12 (two guides).

    If you have questions please give one of us a call

    Ron or Patrick

Past events

June 17, 2017 Hex Hatch Tour, Lake Almanor with Lance Gray June 17 2017
May 31, 2017 Shad Fishout - Sac River
May 27, 2017 Yuba River Fishout CANCELLED
April 09, 2017 Two Day Pyramid Lake (NV) Fishout April 9 -10, 2017
March 19, 2017 Eagle Canyon Trophy Trout March 19 2017
February 16, 2017 Pinelli's Trinity River Fishout NEW DATES February 16,17,18, 2017
December 10, 2016 LUK LAKE December 10th
October 27, 2016 Marble Mountain Ranch Klamath River 2016 Fishout
October 01, 2016 Truckee River - Last Chance Fishout
September 09, 2016 Crowley Lake Fishout September 9th, 10th 11th
June 23, 2016 Backpacking for California Gold: The Higher the Fewer.
June 13, 2016 One Week in Mexico
June 04, 2016 Shad Fishout
June 01, 2016 Spicer Meadows Reservoir & Highland Creek
May 28, 2016 Jeff Putnam Spey Camp
May 21, 2016 Spey Casting Tune-Up for Shad Fishing on the American River- May 21st
April 17, 2016 Two Day Pyramid Lake (NV) Fishout April 17th-18th
March 12, 2016 SURF Fishout -Palm Beach/Pajaro Dunes March 12
February 27, 2016 Eagle Canyon Trophy Trout February 27
February 11, 2016 Pinelli's Trinity River Fishout February 2016 NEW DATES
December 19, 2015 LUK Lake Fishout December 19th
October 22, 2015 Marble Mountain Ranch Klamath River Fishout
September 19, 2015 FISHOUT: Crowley Lake
September 12, 2015 FISHOUT: Single & 2-Hand Spey Casting Class
July 11, 2015 Upper Sac Weekend in Dunsmuir
June 25, 2015 Spicer Meadows Reservoir & Highland Creek
June 19, 2015 Lake Davis Fishout June 19th-21st
June 09, 2015 One Week in Mexico
April 26, 2015 Two Day Pyramid Lake (NV) Fishout
April 11, 2015 Yuba River Private Waters
February 28, 2015 Yuba River Walk and Wade Tour February 28th
February 21, 2015 Boys and Girls Club Fishout
January 22, 2015 Pinelli's Trinity River Fishout
December 13, 2014 LUK Lake Fishout
November 15, 2014 Trinity River Steelhead on the Swing with Andrew Harris
November 15, 2014 Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area-Fremont
October 23, 2014 Klamath River Fishout
October 21, 2014 Mexico Fishout
October 04, 2014 Truckee River Fishout
July 12, 2014 Fishout: Upper Sac (Dunsmuir)
June 28, 2014 Kern River Backpack Fishout
June 12, 2014 Fishout: Spicer Meadows Reservoir & Highland Creek
June 07, 2014 Surf Fishout - Aptos
May 30, 2014 Fishout: Spey casting & Shad fishing
May 10, 2014 Middle Fork Feather River Graeagle CA
April 27, 2014 Two Day Pyramid Lake (NV) Outing
March 08, 2014 Eagle Canyon Trophy Trout
January 23, 2014 Trinity Fish Out
November 16, 2013 Truckee River Fishout
October 24, 2013 Klamath River Fishout
October 07, 2013 Mexico Fishout
September 21, 2013 Fishout: East Carson
August 25, 2013 Fishout: Kern River Backpack
July 20, 2013 Fishout: Small Stream & Tenkara
July 13, 2013 Fishout: Upper Sac + Ron Rabun Clinic
June 30, 2013 Fishout: Surf fishing with Loren Elliott
May 04, 2013 Fishout: Wilm's Ranch
April 13, 2013 Eagle Canyon Trophy Trout
January 24, 2013 Trinity Fish Out
December 08, 2012 LUK Lake Fishout
October 27, 2012 Truckee River - Mentor Fishout
October 25, 2012 Klamath River Fishout
September 14, 2012 Dardanelle's fishout
August 26, 2012 Going for the Gold--PFF Backpack Fishout 2012
July 13, 2012 Trinity Fly-Only Fishout
May 05, 2012 Fishout: Kistler Ranch
April 28, 2012 Fishout: Wilms Ranch
January 26, 2012 Trinity Fishout
October 27, 2011 Klamath Steelhead Fishout
October 15, 2011 Surf Fishing - Cal Fly Shop
October 13, 2011 Fishout to O'Neill Forebay for Stripers
October 01, 2011 Fishout - Truckee River
August 20, 2011 Fishout - Tenkara
August 07, 2011 Backpack Fishout
July 08, 2011 Fishout Trinity Fly-Only Section
June 25, 2011 Fishout Lake Almanor
May 28, 2011 Kistler Ranch
November 17, 2010 Trinity Steelhead
October 01, 2010 Yosemite Backpack
September 25, 2010 Truckee & Little Truckee
September 01, 2010 Baja Trip
August 22, 2010 Fish Creek Backpack
August 21, 2010 Tenkara Fishout
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