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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 group of men and women who share a common interest in the sport of fly fishing. The members of the DVFF help each other develop their skills and knowledge in the pursuit of this fascinating sport.

The DVFF serves its members through club activities and resources including a novice seminar, a Youth Fly Fishing program, skills seminars, fishing outings, guest speakers at regular meetings, an online forum, a DVD lending library, Facebook page, and an 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 the local Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing-Martinez, CA program.

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


Next Monthly Club Meeting & Program

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
The Gardens at Heather Farm, Camelia Room
1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek

Doors Open 6:30 p.m.
Meeting Starts 7:30 p.m.

The Rogue River & the Impressions Left Behind
with James and Kait Sampsel

Humble Heron Fly Fishing owners James and Kait (Bailey) Sampsel will share their passion for the zen of the fly swung to illusive steelhead. Though they launched Humble Heron during the fall of 2016, James and Kait have collectively guided rivers all over the west and Central America for the better part of 24 years. Now they guide guests on many of southern Oregon’s premier rivers and consider the Rogue River their bread and butter.

“To be found by a steelhead and chosen is nothing to be taken lightly. We are honored and graced by each steelhead encounter.” – James.

“Fishing for steelhead is about the moment and time on the river. Feel your cares lift away and the river flow through your soul. If we’re lucky we might bump into one.” – Kait

Speakers Sampsel 2018.06The focus of this program will be on steelhead and the swung fly presentation. Flies, lines, tips, tactics, experiences, imagery, and, finally, the impressions of James’ art from time spent with their guests on the water.

Humble Heron, based out of Grants Pass, Ore., takes pride in facilitating “whole river” experiences. Beyond seeking and catching a fish, the hunt for a steelhead can leave you changed forever. Locked in memory and replayed time and again.


DVFF Member Paul Bradley's Drift Boat Build

Paul's Drift Boat Project

Click here to view Paul's Drift Boat Project Album

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

2017 Member
of the Year

Griffis.Larry.Fly Tying

Congratulations to Larry Griffis, the 2017 Member of the Year!

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

Join The Club!

You can join online or 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.


Novice Class

The DVFF offers Novice Fly Fishing Seminars during the spring and fall. Check the Novice Fly Fishing Seminar page for additional information.

Fly Tying Classes

Our fly tying course can introduce you to some of the most commonly used patterns. You should check the Fly Tying Class page and Windknots for updated information and schedules.

Contact Us 

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

A 501(c)(7) nonprofit organization

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