Click on a link in our activities table below or scroll down to find an activity of interest.
We have suspended many activities due to the Covid pandemic. Go here for more info.
The San Diego Fly Fishers meet on the first Monday of each month at the Southwestern Yacht Club in Point Loma (see map). Meetings open with a "Bull Session" at 7 P.M. followed at 7:30 by announcements and then the evening’s speaker; show up a little earlier to enjoy the SWYC's restaurant and bar.
NOTE: Our meetings are now held in person, however we continue to provide zoom access to meetings. Check our Zoom Directory for zooming our monthly meeting.
In addition to presentations by guides on "Blue Ribbon" trout waters, we have experts on fly fishing for other species, conservation efforts and fly fishing techniques. The meetings are open to the public. Click here to find out about the speaker at the next monthly meeting!
Free Fly Casting Lessons
Every Sunday SDFF offers a free flycasting clinic at Lake Murray. The clinic begins promptly at 9AM. Plan to arrive a little early so you won't miss the beginning of the clinic. You can use your own equipment or borrow club equipment from one of the certified instructors. SDFF is very proud that it is one of the few clubs in the country that offers this service free to the general public.
To get to the clinic, exit I-8 at Lake Murray Blvd and drive northest to Kiowa drive where you turn north. A little ways up Kiowa is the entrance to the Lake Murray road/parking system. Stay on the main road around the 1st little bay (see map) which will take you to the main parking lot. Find your way to the northerly side of the parking lot and locate the little covered patio area where the clinic meets.
Questions? Contact our fly casting clinic leader.
Fly Tying Congress
Club members who are avid fly tiers meet once a week to help each other learn how to tie new patterns. Though we do not offer formal tying classes, anyone wishing to learn or improve their fly tying skills should contact our fly tying congress coordinator who will advise them on materials and preparation you would need for an upcoming session.
The fly tying congress is held at the San Carlos Recreation Center near Lake Murray. The address is 6445 Lake Badin Ave. The congress meets every Thursday beginning at 6:30 PM. To get there from Hwy. 8, take the Lake Murray Blvd. exit just like you were going to the lake. Instead of turning into Kiowa, keep going on Lake Murray Blvd another 1.6 miles. When you come to Lake Adlon Drive, (first corner past Jackson Dr.) turn left. Go down three blocks and the recreation center will be on your right. It is on the corner of Lake Adlon and Lake Badin.
And .... if you tie your own flies .... check out our Fly of the Month Archive where you might find a new fly pattern you'd like to learn!
SDFF plans both long distance and local trips for our members. Past club sponsored trips include 3-day trips to the Eastern Sierra and longer jaunts to places like the Flaming Gorge of the Green River and similar western "blue ribbon" fisheries. For more information, contact the club's travel coordinator.
A member’s nominal annual dues includes a subscription to the club’s monthly newsletter, the Finny Facts. Finny Facts tells members about all of the upcoming events. It features articles from our president, regular reporters, and biology & conservation experts. In addition, the phone and address list of all members is annually distributed with the newsletter. The club welcomes articles from any of its members. (Contact our newsletter editor to submit articles). Members may elect to receive the Finny Facts over the Internet! If you are a member, contact the club's membership chairperson and ask to be signed up for the Internet version of Finny Facts. Archived issues of the monthly newsletter may be found online here. Only members are able to receive the latest few editions, but anyone may access older editions going back many years. Fly Tiers !!! Our monthly newsletter often has a 'Fly of the Month' article and many of these may be found on this website in the Fly of the Month Archive.
Conservation & Public Service
The club’s conservation chairperson organizes interested club members for a variety of projects. Here is a sample of some of the club’s conservation activities.
SDFF donates funds to support:
the Hubbs Sea World Research Institute’s white seabass and halibut recovery projects
the Living Coast Discovery Center’s native trout exhibit
Trout in the Classroom
the South Coast Steelhead Recovery Project., a joint project with Cal Trout, Trout Unlimited, CDFW and NFWS
The club is also active in many hands-on conservation efforts in San Diego County, organizing and participating in a variety of projects:
Restoration of local streams designated as potential steelhead recovery habitat, including the upper tributaries of the San Diego, San Luis Rey and Santa Margarita Rivers
Assisting in genetic surveys of local wild trout populations.
SDFF has adopted an alpine meadow and headwater stream in the Golden Trout Wilderness. Our volunteers maintain the USFS cattle exclusion fence with twice yearly work trips. for this activity, SDFF has been awarded a
Certificate of Appreciation from the USDA
Teaming with CDFW and the San Diego River Park Foundation we sponsor dozens of Trout in the Classroom projects each school year; assisting teachers with set up and operation, delivering the trout eggs and assisting with the fish release.
And finally, some of our past conservation efforts:
Successful lobbying of state regulators to reduce the catch limit from five to two on local streams.
Support of a plan to restore steelhead trout to San Mateo Creek. Includes sponsorship of state legislation to enable restoration of the creek, and assistance to "San Diego Trout", a local conservation organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of trout fishing in San Diego County streams.
Planting juvenile trout and trout roe in local streams.
In 1997, San Diego Fly Fishers was very proud to make a major donation to the City of Chula Vista Nature Center to help it create a live steelhead trout exhibit.
"The Salty Bunch"
In times past, a group of very long standing members of the club would meet to gab and fish together at Lake Morena or Lake Cuyamaca. They called themselves the "Wednesday Bunch". They always welcomed any SDFF members who wished to join their circle of lawn chairs, fish a while and then come back in to share stories and opinions over coffee and lunch.
Sadly, we've seen many of the old bunch move on to heavenly waters now, but during warmer months we still have a group that meets every week or so to ply our local salt water bays; usually on Coronado Island at either the Tidelands Park marina or Glorietta Bay. They start early when it is still dark and the tide is right ... their fishing schedule varies from week to week, so the group connects via our online forum.... guess you could say they've become the "Salty Bunch". They still welcome all club members to join them.
SDFF has an online forum exclusively for members. The forum is divided into subforums where members can swap gear, plan fishing trips, give or seek advice, talk about fly tying, talk about conservation issues ... or talk about other specific activities related to fly fishing. There are many online public forums for fly fishing, but the SDFF forums give members a chance to engage exclusively with people they know through SDFF. If you are an SDFF member and wish to know more about how to use the forums, contact the SDFF Website Administrator.
Project Healing Waters Program
SDFF is proud to be part of the national Project Healing Waters program in San Diego. This program serves the wounded members of our armed services. We teach them to fly fish.
Our program consists of a two session lecture course on fly tying and knots, then a fly casting clinic and finally a fly fishing outing. We also provide an 'Evening Fly Fishing Program' on the 1st Wednesday of each month that will explore the sport of fly fishing in depth and allow those interested in fly fishing to become more skilled and knowledgable.
Check our calendar for upcoming PHW activity dates, and for more information, or if you'd like to volunteer to help our course leader help our wounded warriors, contact our PHW program leader.
Annual Banquet, Fishing BBQ's
and Prize Drawings
SDFF holds many events to help raise money for the club and to enhance the social benefits of being a member. The Annual Banquet is a party for members at one of San Diego's fine dining venues. As of 2010, the club has added "Fishing/BBQ/Potluck" outings to local bays and shores both as a social attraction and to encourage members to enjoy and/or learn about marine fly fishing. SDFF holds prize drawings at its monthly meetings. In addition, we host our Annual Fundraiser at our June program meeting which includes a Raffle & Silent Auction where attendees may go home with high quality fishing gear or guided fly fishing trips. The proceeds from the Annual Fundraiser are the major basis for the club's ability to support its conservation goals and to fund its activities.
Rod Building Class
Periodically one of the rod building experts in our club conducts a rod building class. Our current rod building class leader is Jack Duncan.
For more info or to sign up, send email to Jack at email@example.com or call him at 619-460-1222.