Summer 2004 children’s activities | SierraSun.com

Summer 2004 children’s activities

Bruce Ajari, Gone Fishin'

The 16th Annual Truckee Kids Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, July 17. According to Rotary Club spokesman, Jim Dill, this years derby will be much the same as it has in the past. The primary focus is letting the kids have fun. Judging from the smiles that you see on their faces each year, this program certainly accomplishes this goal.The location will be the Donner State Park pond beyond the Holiday Inn Express, Madigans, Chevron and Unocal stations on Coldstream Road. The official hours of the event are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.About 1,200 pounds of fish are to be supplied by the California Department of Fish and Game and the Nevada County Fish and Wildlife Commission. Another 600 pounds of trophy-sized fish in the three to five-pound range from the private Mt. Lassen hatchery are being provided by the Truckee Rotary. The big fish add some more excitement to the event.The sponsors of the event would appreciate advanced sign up at one of the following locations: Buds Sporting Goods & Fountain, Longs Drugs and Mountain Hardware & Sports. Advanced sign ups allow the sponsors to get an idea of how many children to expect so they can have an adequate number of prizes.When it comes to children and fishing, particularly when it comes to their first experiences, they need to have some success or they will lose interest. Derbies such as this are great ways to introduce youngsters to the fishing experience.I can remember when my two children were young and religiously attended the derby. In fact, my daughter asked when it was this year so she could stop by and watch the kids having fun. She had fond memories of our time spent at them. She still likes to fish, although we cannot seem to make as much time as we like in order to share that experience these days. My son still loves to fish as well.Fishing is a sport that they can do well into their senior years, so starting them out right is very important.As a parent, here are a few things that you can do to insure a good experience for your child:1. Make sure that they are well rested the night before.2. Arrive early to get a good spot to fish and park.3. Have plenty of snacks and liquids to keep them hydrated. If you forget them, not to worry since the Rotary will have a snack bar selling drinks and lunch items. This money helps fund this event, so it is important to support them.4. Have some other things, like board games, for them to do to keep them occupied prior to the beginning of the event.5. Patience on the part of your child and you is a very necessary component. The more of this that you have, the better the experience will be for you and your child.According to Dill, it is strongly advised that kids have their own equipment. There will be some equipment available for use, but this should not be counted on.Prior to the event, check out the fishing tackle. One of the most common problems that I see at events like this is not having an adequate amount of fishing line, or old line on the reel. Not having enough line will cause lots of problems in casting, and your child will not be able to reach the fish. Most people place four to eight-pound test line on their reels. Any one of the locations listed for sign ups can provide more tips.While lighter line casts further, it is not as strong when it comes to playing a fish. Six-pound test was always a good compromise for me.Having old line can cause immense problems as well. Old monofilament line tends to be very brittle. In fact, it breaks so easily that you can actually break the line while casting out your bait. Even worse is that it can break when your child has hooked a fish. Believe me, you do not want to hear the questions, Daddy, why did we lose that fish? or Daddy, why did the line break?A spool of lighter line than the main line is recommended for a leader, along with some weights (split shot and egg sinkers are good), hooks (#8 to #12 are a good option) and simple baits (Berkeley Powerbait & salmon eggs are the easiest).In closing, take the time to thank the various sponsors of this great community event for your children. Some of those whose involvement is crucial are Bob Tilton (the founder of the event and continued supporter), Jaime Lyle (he supplies flies for the kids), the three stores mentioned earlier (Buds, Longs and Mountain Hardware) and the Truckee Rotary.With deep budget cuts, the fact that the Department of Fish and Game and Nevada County Fish and Wildlife Commission have been able to support this event this year should also be appreciated. While there are no guarantees for future events, events such as these take priority when it comes to fish allotments in my humble opinion.Get out there and enjoy this great annual event. You and your kids will have a great time and generate some fond memories. I know that my children and I have many such memories.Bruce Ajari, a Truckee resident, is a regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.Other upcoming childrens activities include:

On Tuesday, July 13, the Tahoe Rim Trail is hosting a hiking event for children ages 5 to 12. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at the Tahoe Meadows Trailhead and end by 12:30 p.m.The hike will cover the one-mile interpretive loop on Mt. Rose Summit. In addition to hiking, participants will see and learn about native wildlife and explore the rich life of local animals and taste edible plants.For more information on the Tahoe Rim Trail or to sign up, contact the Tahoe Rim Trail Association at info@tahoerimtrail.org or (775) 298-0012.

On August 3-5 (Tuesday-Thursday) from 9 a.m. to noon daily, let your little ones enjoy a three-day ropes and rock course led by Chris and Jenny Fellows of Sierra Mt. Guides (and NASTC) and Kristi Keith. The course is for children ages 5-10 and costs $95.On day one, the group will meet at the Ropes Course in Squaw Valley. On day two, the group will climb indoors, and on day three the group will climb on Donner Summit. Children will learn beginning and/or intermediate climbing movements and technique, a little bit about climbing equipment.Climbing is a sport that improves focus, self-esteem, self-reliance and coordination. It provides very tangible goals, and in that way, allows a great feeling of accomplishment.Kids only need to bring active clothing, tennis shoes, sunscreen, water and a snack. Sierra Mt. Guides will supply all climbing equipment, shoes and harnesses. No prior experience is needed.E-mail ski@skiNASTC.com for more information.