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Dine and learn with the flyfishers

On Friday, Oct. 28, the Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers will have their annual fundraising dinner at the Tahoe Biltmore in Crystal Bay. The dinner is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., with no-host cocktails and dinner served between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Cost for the dinner will be $30 per person in advance (payment must be received prior to Oct. 21) or $40 at the door. The general public is encouraged to attend.

This year’s founding member and former president of the club, Ralph Cutter, will be presenting a very interesting program for fly fishermen and women.

Cutter does a tremendous amount of underwater observation of trout in their environment. He has done a considerable amount of filming and will be presenting some never-before-seen footage at this year’s banquet. It promises to be a tremendous program that members and the general public alike should find extremely interesting.

Cutter and his wife Lisa are co-owners of the renowned California School of Fly Fishing, which they began when they were Truckee residents. The Cutters moved off the hill to Grass Valley a couple of years ago, but still frequent the area for their classes.

Cutter is the author of the Sierra Nevada Trout Guide and has a brand-new book out entitled “Fish Food: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to Bugs and Bait.” The first book has become a bible to many who have fished the Sierra Nevada, and the most recent book promises to be another great one.

According to a description on Cutter’s Web site written by him, the book is, “a thorough examination of the foods trout eat, by a master of observation and adaptation whose curiosity has led to innovations in fly design and angling techniques. Fish Food covers specific meals ranging from aquatic moths to winter stoneflies and everything in between. Natural histories, identification and imitation (patterns and presentation). Rather than accepting point-blank the traditional views of insect hatches, the author has donned his diving gear and studied species underwater, adapting his fishing to reflect his findings. Fish Food will change the way you fish, and even more importantly, change the way you view the foods fish eat.”

Because this is a fundraiser for the Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers, a huge general raffle is being planned along with an equally impressive silent auction.

Some of the early items that have been donated include an Orvis Mid-Arbor Reel (new to Orvis this year), hand crafted fly boxes by Rudy Knudsen, day ski passes at local ski resorts, a trip for two to fly fish Webber Lake and some terrific flies tied by some of the club’s premier fly tiers.

Proceeds from the annual dinner fund such projects as the Trout in the Classroom project, which is in many of our local schools, the Boy Scout Merit Badge program and conservation programs. In addition, the club is an active participant in Truckee River Day and also has some great outings for their membership and guests.

If you want to learn more about fly fishing, have an interest in conservation, want to help out community projects or just want to network with other fishermen, the Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers is a great place to start. Come to the annual dinner and help support a great group of guys and gals who have a keen interest in our local waters and fly fishing. It promises to be a great evening.

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

Dinner reservations may be made in advance through the Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers Web site, at http://www.ttff.net. Go to page four of the newsletter to find the reservation form.

For additional information contact Fred Wickman at 583-2628.

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