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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, October 13, 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.

The Half-Pounder, A Steelhead Trout Life History
& Fly Fishing with Dennis Lee


Dennis’ program will describe the origin of steelhead and half-pounder names, and covers half-pounder evolution and distribution, life history, important half-pounder rivers, fly fishing equipment and presentations, and historical and current flies used for half-pounders. The information presented is based on Dennis’ new limited edition, 240-page, full-color hardback book, The Half-Pounder, A Steelhead Trout Life History and Fly Fishing, released in March 2015. 

Dennis LeeDennis retired from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in 2006 as a supervising fishery biologist. He began his 36-year career in 1970 at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery helping spawn and rear Chinook salmon and steelhead. During his career, he was promoted to various positions and supervised and worked on a variety of programs, projects and studies. This included the Russian River Salmon and Steelhead Study, Trophy Trout Program, North Coast Fisheries Management and Timber Harvest Review, Central Valley and Sierra Fisheries Management, Klamath River Salmon and Steelhead Study, Heritage and Wild Trout Program, Lake and Reservoir Program, and Central Valley Angler Survey. 

He also acted as the department’s liaison to the Klamath and Trinity Restoration Advisory Committee and the Director’s Warmwater Fishery Board, helped promulgate sport fishing regulations, and reviewed legislation pertaining to management of California inland and anadromous fishery resources. During his career, Dennis was awarded the Director’s Superior Achievement Award for his work on northern pike control, and development of an interactive fisheries information system. In 2010, Dennis was appointed by the US Fish and Wildlife to the California Hatchery Review Group, a nine-member science committee tasked with reviewing California’s anadromous fish hatchery programs and providing recommendations for improvement. He continues to work with the Department of Fish and Wildlife as a retired annuitant and is a member of Hatchery Coordination Teams for the Feather River, Nimbus, and Mokelumne River hatcheries. Information about Dennis’ book can be found at, and he can be reached at

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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