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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.

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

Next Monthly Club Meeting & Program

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
7:00 p.m. (Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.)
Heather Farms Community Center
301 N. San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek

American River Steelhead 

with Greg Vinci

Northern California’s American River is one of the southern most reliable trophy Steelhead fisheries in the northern hemisphere. These are large fish that return each winter like clockwork. The American River also hosts annual runs of “half-pounder” Steelhead and good runs of American Shad. All of this takes place in one of the most densely populated cities in the state.


Greg Vinci’s presentation will consist of over a hundred photos taken over the past 10 years to illustrate stories he’s written for major fly fishing and outdoor magazines. His tour begins at the most downstream access point and continues upstream with visits at each of the other popular spots upstream to Nimbus Hatchery near the dam. He will discuss fly patterns and techniques and will include lots of maps. This presentation will offer a great introduction to those who have never fished the American and will provide new information for regular visitors who haven’t had a chance to explore the entirety of this fishery.


Growing up in Southern California during the 1950s and 1960s, Greg looked forward each year to his annual fishing trip to the Sierra’s with his dad. Because he had so few opportunities in SoCal to fish for freshwater fish such as trout, trying to do so became a passion. When he moved to attend college in Sacramento, he found himself residing in a college dormitory only 75 yards from one of the most prolific Steelhead waters on the West Coast. It was the first time in his life that all the stars were aligned: he had a place to live, a swimming pool, a dorm with about two hundred co-eds, and trophy trout fishing.


In the 23 years that Greg has been in the fly tackle industry, his career has taken him down many diverse paths. In 1989, he started Sierra Pacific Products which became a major wholesale distributors in the fly tackle industry. Greg developed several best-selling product lines that are still being sold today. Greg sold the business in 2010 and since then he has been able to re-establish a relationship with his first loves, writing and photography. Examples of his work can be seen in many fly fishing and outdoor magazines such as Fly Fisherman, American Angler, Flyfishing & Tying Journal, Salmon & Steelhead Journal, Northwest and Southwest Fly Fishing magazines, California Fly Fisher, Sierra Heritage and Runner’s World. His photography has appeared on the covers of California Fly Fisher, Fly Fishing & Tying Journal, and Sierra Heritage. He also has kept his foot in the door of the fly business by continuing to develop fly tackle product lines on a consultancy basis for clients in the fly tackle industry. In 2011 his product Insta-Set Indicators was selected by Field & Stream magazine as the best fly tackle accessory of the year. One of his most recent endeavors has been to develop the web site which is a portal to California's most popular waters. As a signature fly tier for Umpqua Feather Merchants, the fly tackle industry’s most prominent fly manufacturer, he has developed fly patterns that can be found in most fly shops around the country.

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.


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2013 Member of the Year

Congratulations to Ted Shapas, DVFF Conservation Chair, who was selected as the 2013 Member of the Year!


The Next Board Meeting

The next board meeting will take place Nov. 18, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. at the Concord Sizzler at 1353 Willow Pass Road. DVFF members are encouraged to attend!


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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