I take Big Red into the Golden Gate Park to sniff around. Actually my main purpose was to find out more about the Fly Casting Basins. Fly fishing is a pastime at which I have a desire to be good. I have done a bit and it usually goes like this: cast – fly gets stuck in tree behind, cast- six feet of tangled line splashes down on top of fly and fish leave, cast- step off rock in excitement and waders fill up with water. I need help.
Yea, salvation is a hand in the form of the Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club.
There are 3 huge basin in the middle of the park where you can go and practice your casting at any time of day or night – day is better. It is open to everyone. It is free. When I went there was one solitary fisherman gently casting away his time. Very tranquil.
If you join the club for a measly $40, you can get instruction , sign up for fishing trips, go to lectures, learn to tie flies, etc.
Here is some history.
The GGACC was organized in June 1933 as an offshoot of the San Francisco Fly Casting Club. The San Francisco Fly Casting Club, the second oldest casting club in the U.S., was founded in 1894, when the first tournament was held as Stow Lake, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. The world’s single-handed fly casting record of 133 ft. was established by club president Walter Mansfield in 1899, and held for 35 years to 1934. He also cast a 5 oz. fly rod 129 1/2 feet at a 1902 tournament.
I am joining.
10 minutes ride and you are on the beach. Beautiful day and lots of birds.
Remember you can click on these photos to get uber big version.