2017 Spring Banquet will be on April 29, 2017 Mark your Calendars!!!

Richard Gill Thursday April 6, 2017

Richard was born in St. Louis, Missouri but soon moved to California and his family settled in the outskirts of Clovis, and attended local schools graduating from Sierra High School in 1968.

After high school, Richard attended UC- Santa Barbara graduating in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, with a specialty in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

After getting his undergraduate degree, Richard attended Fresno State (CSUF) receiving his Master’s degree in 1982 in Aquatic Biology.

Upon finishing his Master’s, Richard worked in a number of entomology-related positions, but most recently he retired after 27 years of service as an entomologist at the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Parlier, CA.

Richard has fished the Lower Kings River since the mid-1950s after learning to fish with his father. He has been a fly fisherman for 55 years, and has been a long-time member of the Fresno Fly Fisher for Conservation. Richard is an accomplished fly tier and a true club resource for anything “bug-related” as far as collection, identification, life cycle and why bugs “do what they do”.

Richard says he still holds hope for the Lower Kings in spite of it’s current difficulties, and has seen the fishery prosper at times, and yet struggle at other times. When I asked him a favorite place to fish, he immediately said the Lower Kings, which certainly shows the hope he has for this fishery that is truly in our own back yard.

Upcoming Outings

Date: April 8, 2017


Bob Scheidt and Leo Labbe will host outing
We will BBQ some burgers.
Have you ever caught a double digit fish?
this is a good opportunity as 10+ pounders are very common; heck even a small fish of 2 pounds puts up a good fight!

San Luis O'neill Forebay Presentation

Who We Are

Fresno Fly Fishers for Conservation is the oldest fly fishing club west of the Mississippi River. Fresno Fly Fishers is a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage and assist those who desire to learn more about the art of fly-fishing. Our club includes some of the finest fisherman, fly tier’s, fly casters, and professional guides in the Central Valley, and is comprised of people of all ages, from beginner to expert level.

Our Mission

We are a FEDERATION OF FLY FISHERS affiliated club, a national organization whose goal, like ours, is to promote the wonderful sport of fly-fishing as well as protect our natural resources. We promote catch and release, education, conservation, and above all, encourage and help those who desire to learn more about all aspects of fly-fishing.
Fly Fishers for Conservation (FFFC) was organized in 1961 by a group of devoted fly fishers deeply concerned with the preservation of trout and all game fish, their environment, and the quality of fishing. Our club has maintained two goals since that time: To foster and promote the sport of angling with artificial flies. To protect, conserve and increase our angling resources.


Fly Fishers for Conservation is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit organization. This means you can use your contribution as a tax deduction. The club gets revenue from member-ship dues and the annual fundraiser dinner. We try to contribute to conservation issues in the area and to our youth with our Trout in the Classroom program, the No Child Left Inside program and by holding a Youth Fly-Fishing Academy annually. The club is al-ways in need of funds. Please consider donating. You may send a check to Fly Fishers for Conservation at 100 E. Sierra, PMB 3310, Fresno, CA 93710. Your donations will be greatly appreciated and they will help the club fulfill its obligations.