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Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers to hold fundraiser

Bruce Ajari

The Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers, a group of local fly fishing enthusiasts, is holding its annual fundraising dinner on Friday, Oct. 26 at the Tahoe Biltmore.

The club’s primary focus is promoting fly fishing in the region through its youth program and by supporting conservation efforts in our region ” and the dinner is its major fundraiser.

One example of things done well by the club is its Boy Scout Merit Badge program, which was one of the first in the country. The Federation of Fly Fishers ” an international organization ” has used the Boy Scout Merit Badge program in its current presentation for solicitation of new members and funding. The Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers is a member club of the Federation of Fly Fishers.

This year’s fundraiser will have a great raffle and silent auction, which will include everything from fishing gear to fine wines. It is a great event that provides a great opportunity for club members and the general public to meet in an informal setting.

The guest speaker this year is a fly fisherman who needs little introduction ” Andy Burk, a manager at the Reno Fly Shop and one of the most well-known fly fishermen in the country.

Burk gained his notoriety as an accomplished fly tier and fisherman while working at the Fly Shop in Redding, and most recently at the Reno Fly Shop. He is also well-known for the various programs that he puts on and the writing that he does as a regular contributor to California Fly Fishing Magazine, which is published here in Truckee. His column, “At the Vise,” is one that few fly tyers miss.

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Most recently he has become one of the leading authorities in this country on Czech nymphing. Czech nymphing is a technique that uses three heavily weighted nymphs that allows the angler to feel most of his or her bites. It is a great technique that can be a very productive method. Burk has even developed and marketed a Czech nymphing leader through Umpqua that allows the angler to easily set up for this technique.

He does several Czech nymphing clinics each year and they are typically booked far in advance of the event.

Please set aside Friday, Oct. 26 for an evening to support fly fishing in our region. The Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers will appreciate your attendance at this great event. Come and check out and support what the club does, and come hear one of the best speakers in the sport ” Andy Burk.

Members and the general public are welcome. The evening will start at 6 p.m. with no-host cocktails.

Cost for the event is $40 per person in advance and $45 at the door. A registration form is available on the Truckee Tahoe Flyfishers Web site. Go to the tab that says “Newsletter” and click on the September newsletter. The form for the dinner is located on Page 8 of the newsletter.

You can also just send a check made out to TTFF for the appropriate amount along with the names of those attending to the Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers, P.O. Box 5704, Tahoe City, 96145.

Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.