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Area organizations contribute to popularity of fly fishing

Sierra Sun Staff

The interest in fly fishing remains very high. It seems that more people have discovered the sport. While the rapid growth of the past several years may have peaked, there are still many people anxious to learn.Why have so many people have taken up fishing with a fly rod? Fly fishing itself is a more active form of fishing. Contrary to long waits between doing something in other forms of fishing such as bait casting or trolling, each cast creates an opportunity to catch a fish. Therefore, it seems to maintain the angler’s interest. Spin casting with lures provides this same form of fishing and opportunity.Fly fishing is also a very productive way to fish. If you are an experienced fly fisherman, you can be extremely successful. Many new fly anglers that I know have tried fly fishing just for this very reason.Another reason that many have tried the sport is because of the artistry involved in the fly casting. The movie, A River Runs Through It, really began piquing people’s interest in this element. The segment where the son did his “shadow casting” was what most remembered about the fly casting.The main reason that the sport remains so inspiring for those that are involved is the constant learning that goes on, and the fact that the fly fisherman must know so much about what goes on in the lake or stream that he or she fishes.To be successful, the angler must learn about the lake or stream, the aquatic insects that reside there and their habits, what flies to use during certain hatches, and finally how to present those flies to the fish.It seems like quite a bit to learn, doesn’t it? Take heart. The great thing about fly fishing is that there are places that you can go to cut down on the learning curve. First there are clubs such as the local Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers. They meet the fourth Thursday of each month at the Crystal Bay Club at 7:30 p.m.The club offers classes in fly tying, fly casting and even an occasional rod building class. In addition, they provide speakers who help the beginning or expert angler better understand a particular water or technique.For more information of the Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers, call this year’s president, Al Schwartz, at 583-6629.Another avenue of picking up more on the sport of fly fishing comes in the forms of various shows or conclaves. On Sept. 25-27 we are fortunate to have some of the best fly fishermen in the region and the world gathering at Lake Tahoe for A Festival of Fly Fishing, presented by the Northern California Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers. It will be at the North Tahoe Conference Center in Kings Beach.The program is open to the general public. Cost of the main program is $25 for an individual and $35 for a family (two adults and children under 17) for the entire weekend. Registration does not include after hours cocktails or dinner functions, raffles or auctions, which are priced separately.You can learn or sharpen your fly casting, fly tying and learn about specific areas in which to fish and how to fish those areas from guides who work those waters daily. There are also many exhibitors such as rod and reel manufacturers, shops, guides, and area information booths.The fly tying area will have 40 of the best tiers in the entire country. These local and regional tiers can really help the novice or the expert tie more effective patterns.A fly casting area which will feature casting games and instruction is available. You can also pick up a rod from one of the manufacturers to try out. This is a great way for you to find out just which type of rod feels comfortable in your hands.There will also be youth programs in fly casting and fly tying available. This is a great way to introduce that youngster into the sport. Both disciplines are really important to the overall fishing skills necessary to become a successful fly fisher.You can learn so much at a show such as this one. If you are interested, the NCCFFF encourages you to bring your family and friends to A Festival of Fly Fishing.The program on Friday typically begins sometime after lunch. For more information or to sign up call Tom Smith in Reno at (702) 673-4042.Fishing reportWith the warm weather most lake fish have headed for the comfort of deeper water. As a result anglers fishing early or late in the day, or those fishing deeper water have been most successful. Keep this in mind for your fishing outing.Boca – (38,102 ac. ft.) Boca has been fishing fair. Anglers fishing from shore near dam are having some success. Most anglers use nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Boaters are having fair success on Kokanee. Most are using a combination of flashers and a wedding ring or Kokanee Bug with a piece of white corn. Those trolling for trout are using a combination of flashers and a nightcrawler or minnow imitating lure. Flyfishermen near the inlet should have fair to good action using a variety of nymphs, streamer, and emergers.Donner – Fishing has been fair. Most anglers fishing for rainbows on the west end and near the launch ramp have had some success. Nightcrawlers and Powerbait seem to be the main bait. Trollers using minnow imitating lures have had fair to good success. Kokanee fishing has also been fair to good. Most are trolling Ted’s Bugs, Kokanee Bugs or wedding rings with a piece of white corn behind a flasher.Lake Tahoe – Fishing has been good for mackinaw. Most fish are in the five to seven pound range. A guide is highly recommended ~if you are fishing for mackinaw for the first time. Toplining and shore fishing is fair. Remember tributaries to Tahoe will close on Sept. 30.Martis Lake – (Martis is restricted to artificial lures with barbless hooks. Zero fish may bagged or possessed) Fishing is fair. Most use nymphs such as the Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail, Damselfly imitations or the A.P. Small midge patterns have also been good at times. Streamers that imitate small fish, and woolly buggers are also good choices. For surface activity, patterns such as the Quiqley Cripple, Martis Midge, Parachute Adams, and Griffith’s Knat are good choices.Little Truckee River – Fishing has been fair to good. Most anglers are using nightcrawlers, powerbait or salmon eggs at the inlet of Boca reservoir. Flyfishermen are taking fish on nymphs, emergers and streamers.Prosser – (19,106 ac. ft.) Fishing here has been fair. Bank fishermen using nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Most trollers are pulling a combination of flashers and nightcrawlers or a minnow imitating lure. Flyfishermen near the inlets have taken afew fish mostly on nymphs and streamers.Stampede – (207,994 ac. ft.) Stampede is fair to good. Most shore anglers are taking a few fish. Most use the typical baits, nightcrawlers or Powerba it. Those throwing lures are also having some success. Topliners have fair to good success for Kokanee salmon. With the warm weather the fish are being found in deeper water. Most use a flasher of some sort and a Kokanee bug or wedding ring with apiece of white corn.Truckee River – The release from the dam at Tahoe City is at 343 cubic per second. Fishing has been fair to good on the river between thundershowers. Bait, lures or flies have been successful in the river between Tahoe City and Truckee. In the wild trout section below Truckee fly fishermen are using nymphs such as the caddis larva, prince, birds nest, hares ear, or pheasant tail with good success. For dries try a humpy, elk hair caddis, or a parachute adams are hard to beat. Grasshoppers are abundant and imitations can take some fish during the day. Streamers can be good as well.Other Waters – Frenchman fished fair this past week. The latest reports indicate that the fishing has slowed a bit. Davis lake has been fair. Jackson Meadows is fishing fair. Milton Reservoir has been fishing fair to good for flyfishermen. Middle Fork of the Feather River & Portola Area – The Middle Fork of the Feather River and many of the smaller streams in the area have been heavily stocked and are fishing fair to good.Sierra Sun E-mail: sun@tahoe.comVisitors Guide | News | Diversions | Marketplace | Weather | CommunityCopyright, tahoe.com. Materials contained within this site maynot be used without permission.About tahoe.com… 


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