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Diablo Valley Fly Fishermen
Friendship | Conservation | Education
Jim McCombs fishing Hot Creek, Sept. 2008


Welcome to the Diablo Valley Fly Fishermen club website. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to the support and conservation of native fish and their environment. The members of DVFF promote the awareness, art and skills of fly fishing, fly tying, rod building, catch and release practices, and related activities.

The DVFF organization exists to serve its members through club activities and resources including a novice seminar, skills seminars, fishing outings, guest speakers at regular meetings, an online forum, a DVD lending library, Facebook page, and fund raising activities, such as our annual auction.

The club sponsors a scholarship for research in Fisheries Biology and/or Riparian or Limnetic Ecology by a student of the UC Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Center of Aquatic Biology and Aquaculture. The DVFF also supports a large Trout In the Classroom program and sponsors a local Project Healing Waters program.

Anyone interested in fly fishing is eligible and welcome to become a member of the DVFF.

Next Monthly Club Meeting & Program

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Heather Farms Community Center
301 N. San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek
7:00 p.m. (Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.)
Casting Practice Starts at 6 p.m.

Fly Fishing for Stripers
i?n the San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay
with Lee Haskin


Lee Haskin began his fishing career in the late fifties, at about 10 years old. Learning how to tie his own flies followed shortly, where he cast his creations to carp on his home waters, the Pajaro River, and as a teenager, fished side-by-side with his fly fishing father, on trout waters throughout the California Sierras.

Haskins Speaker Photo.2015.09In 1967 Lee caught his first striped bass at the mouth of the Pajaro River, just prior to moving to Long Beach to attend college. After settling into college, Lee discovered the many species of fish that would readily come to the fly. His primary target was the Bonita, found in the San Gabriel River, near the college. After reading about Bob Edgley and his blue shark fly fishing in Monterey Bay, in the late 1960’s, Lee was focused on catching yet another species on the fly. Many trips out of Capitola yielded numerous blue sharks.

In the early 1970’s Lee began to fish San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay, with a primary interest in catching stripers with top water bugs. About that same time Lee and old friend and fishing buddy, Del Brown, (talk about good company!) began fishing the South San Francisco Bay for Stripers. Del and Lee fished from Coyote Point to Candlestick Park throughout the 1970’s. Then the Bay’s incredible striper fishing dropped off, and Del began his world record run for permit. Lee concentrated his efforts once again on the San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay, targeting the flats and islands along Highway 156 on the O’Niell Forebay, and also, depending on the season, along the dam and many accessible coves, fishing from a float tube. Lee has fished these areas successfully since the early 80’s.

Lee enjoys telling the story of a great striped bass that he hooked in the O’Niell Forebay, and having no way to secure the monster, finally lost the fish after three attempts to grab the giant fish. The fish pictured here is a 39-lb fish that was hooked while fishing from his float tube, in the main lake, in the late 90’s.

Although Lee enjoys catching stripers throughout the year on his own flies, he is particularly fond of throwing his favorite gurgler patterns along the weed beds of the O’Niell Forebay. Lee found that his Gurgler Series could fill a niche with top-water loving fly fisherman around the world, and enjoys introducing people to this incredible pattern.


Join The Club!

You can join the DVFF online or download a membership application. (The membership form requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.) Print out and complete the form and either bring it to a meeting or send it to the club mailbox (Diablo Valley Fly Fishermen, P.O. Box 4988, Walnut Creek, CA 94596). You may also pick up an application at a meeting.


2014 Member of the Year

2014 Member of the Year Willy George Willy (right) w/President Wayne Hofer


Congratulations to Willy George, DVFF Casting Instruction (and Novice Seminar Instruction, Ret.), who was selected as the 2014 Member of the Year!


The Next Board Meeting

The next board meeting will take place Sept. 15, 2015, at 7:00 p.m., at The Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek in the Rotary Room. 


Our Supporters

The Fly Shop
Creative Sports
Mel Kreiger's Club Pacific
California Fly Fisher Magazine
Confluence Outfitters
Northwest Fly Fisher Magazine
Kelsey Bass Ranch
Montana Fly Company


Novice Class

The DVFF offers Novice Fly Fishing Seminars during the spring and fall. Our next session is in April 2015. Check the Novice Fly Fishing Seminar page for additional information.

Fly Tying Classes

Check the Fly Tying Class page for updated schedules for both classes and one-day sessions. Also see club member Dave McCants' website for additional opportunities

Contact Us 

Diablo Valley Fly Fishermen
P.O. Box 4988
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

A 501(c)(7) nonprofit organization

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