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California Fishing Clubs: Golden West Women Flyfishers

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Golden West Women Flyfishers

The centerpiece of our club is our 501 c3, not-for-profit foundation benefitting women in fisheries studies and kids programs.

Not being the all-business-and-no-play types, we take great pride in our frequent social gatherings and spectacular fishing outings. We started out in 1983 when two friends who enjoy fly fishing got together and decided to start a club. In the intervening years, the club has grown both in members and purpose. We currently have a membership of over 115 women.

In addition to our foundation activities, we are deeply involved in conservation issues. Our activities range from political involvement on a state and federal level to on-the-stream participation to financial support of other organizations. In keeping with our conservation ethic, we strongly believe in, practice and encourage catch and release.

With the exception of July and August, we meet in the evening on the second Tuesday of every month in San Francisco or the East Bay. A typical meeting starts with a dinner arranged by our hospitality committee and moves on to a guest speaker. The speaker is either a well known personality in the fly fishing world or an advocate for stream and fisheries preservation. The ambiance is casual. Members typically use the meeting time to exchange fishing stories, set up smaller side trips and share fishing tips with each other. A short business meeting ends the evening.