Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers welcomes new members
The Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers (TTFF) is a local club dedicated to promoting the sport of fly fishing and conservation of our natural resources. Founded in 1985, the first president was renowned fly fisher and author, Ralph Cutter. The current president is Vicki Fenner.The Federation of Fly Fishers is a 43-year-old international non-profit organization dedicated to the betterment of the sport of fly fishing through conservation, restoration and education. The club and its councils make up the only organized advocate for fly fishers on a national and regional level.The local club is part of the Federation of Fly Fishers Northern California Council, which has 32 clubs within its jurisdiction, one of which is TTFF.Its a great way for anyone who is interested in learning or improving their skills as a fly fisher, as the club includes both beginner and experienced anglers.If you want to improve your casting, learn to tie flies or just want go fishing with someone, the club is a great avenue for accomplishing these desires. There are also projects, such as Truckee River Days, to help out our local fisheries. Project examples have been the spawning gravel projects on Martis and Prosser Creeks.The club also holds an annual class for children through the Truckee-Donner Recreation andamp; Park District each year. It is called the Cliff Frazier Youth Program for children ages 11 to 15 to learn the sport from A to Z.The club has regular meetings on the fourth Thursday of the month at OBs Pub and Restaurant on Commercial Row in Truckee. Typically, it involves a short general meeting, a speaker and a great raffle. Prior to most meetings, a fly-tying session begins at 6:30 p.m., with the general meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m. Many members get there early and grab a bite to eat off the bar menu and then go upstairs for the meeting.You will meet some of the nicest people in our community by dropping by to one of these meetings. Many of the members are also from out of the area and attend when they are up visiting.The club offers its members a number of activities throughout the year, such as classes on various aspects of the sport. An example would be fly tying, fly casting and rod building.In addition, the club has an annual barbecue and an annual fundraising dinner. It also has regular club outings to various locations to fish. Each outing is led by a Fish Master. The next outing will be at Pyramid Lake on Saturday, March 22. The outings a great way to learn an area that you have not fished before and to meet some fellow club members. It is also a lot of fun.The cost to join the club is $35 for the first year for a new member, with renewals costing $25 per year. A family can join for $40 the first year, with renewals of $30 per year thereafter.The club publishes a monthly newsletter for members and has a Web site at http://www.ttff.net. If interested in checking out the club, take a look at the Web site or drop by one of the monthly club meetings at OBs on the fourth Thursday of the month. Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.