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Fly Fishers convention in Kings Beach this month

Bruce Ajari, Sierra Sun

The Federation of Fly Fishers is a unique nonprofit organization concerned with sport fishing and fisheries. They support conservation of all fish in all waters. They have also had a long-standing commitment to solving fisheries’ problems at the grassroots.

The Federation of Fly Fishers is comprised of over 260 clubs. Its members believe that fly fishing is the most fun way to catch fish because of its diversity, the continuing need to learn more about all those species and their habitat and the challenge to always improve our fly-fishing skills.

The Federation holds a Regional and a National Conclave to provide education for its members and the general public on fly-fishing. The Northern California Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers will hold their annual conclave, Conclave 2001: A Festival of Fly Fishing, Sept. 28-30 at the North Tahoe Conference Center at Kings Beach.

A conclave has a myriad of fly fishing and fly fishing-related activities. Each year it also has a keynote speaker. This year this speaker is Jim Teeny. Jim Teeny is somewhat of an icon in this sport. He is very well known as an angler, fly tier, and entrepreneur.

Ever heard of a Teeny Nymph or a Teeny fly line? The Teeny Nymph is a pheasant tail style of fly that one of my friends used on the upper Snake River in Wyoming to snare a fish that we referred to as “holding onto a Chevy bumper.” It is an innovative and very effective pattern. Teeny has developed other flies and other products such as his popular fly line. The Teeny fly line is really like a shooting-head line that is more like a normal fly line. In other words, it is not spliced together as in the case of a shooting head system. Because it is a uniform fly line, many anglers find it easier to work with. As a result, this line is quite popular at Pyramid Lake where fly fishermen do shooting-head fishing almost exclusively.

Whatever subject Teeny chooses to talk about will be informative to those attending. He is one of the truly great anglers in the world in my opinion, particularly for salmon and steelhead.

Besides the keynote speaker, there are many other speakers that will discuss fishing techniques, and destinations that will make you a better fisherman or woman. These include Mike Sevon, Craig Ballenger, Ralph Wood, Trent Pridemore, Eric Sherar, Chuck Sterni, Al Smatsky, Chuck Echer, Lois Kilborn, Ben Byng, Dour Ouelette, Rick Clemens, Stew Stewart and more.

You can learn more about our local area from some of the area guides and local Tahoe-Truckee Flyfisher Club members in attendance at the conclave as well. Several of them are among the many excellent fly-tiers that will be there demonstrating their skills for those in attendance.

This is a great opportunity to learn that certain fly, or technique that you have been having trouble understanding. They will even let you tie along if you like. Many new innovative patterns are shown for the first time at these types of events.

Whether you have begun to tie flies or not, you will appreciate the art of fly tying. You will see both flies as a work of art, and flies that catch fish. Want to learn how to fly cast? A casting pool is set up so you can get some help in refining you fly casting skills. Fly casting is the essence of fly fishing. If you cannot cast, you cannot fish. Therefore, this is a skill that you really need to learn under the guidance of a skilled certified instructor.

According to the Federation Chairman three of the finest casting instructors available will be present: Floyd Dean, Al Kyte and Joe Libeau. The conclave also has various vendors in attendance as well. There is everything from art to terminal tackle.

Besides all of this there is a legendary silent auction, general raffle, and another raffle and live auction at the Saturday dinner. There is also a cocktail party on Friday evening. The dinner and cocktail party is not part of your general admission charge. The dinner costs $30 and will be held at the Crystal Bay Club, and the cocktail/reception $8.

Admission to the Conclave costs $20 per individual, $35 per family for the three days or you can pay a daily admittance fee of $10 per individual.

This is one of the premier events put on the Northern California (Nevada) Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers. They put the conclave on to help support the many projects that are important to the fly fishing community, conservation, stream quality, water flows, etc. These interests are important to all sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts.

If you have the time drop by and support this worthwhile fund-raiser, and learn more about fly fishing in the process.

FISHING REPORT

Boca – (8,150 ac. ft.) Boca has been fishing fair and is very low. Water is being released at 129 CFS and 121 CFS is coming into the lake. In spite of the low water levels anglers are still having success. Anglers near the dam are still catching fish. Most anglers use nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Boats that can still be launched are having some success. Most were using a combination of flashers and a nightcrawler or minnow imitating lure. Kokanee fishing is fair to good for those experienced anglers that can get a boat in the water. Flyfishermen near the inlet have experienced fair to good action early and late. Nymphs and streamers have accounted for most of the fish caught recently. When it calms down, midges are very productive.

Donner Lake – Fishing has been fair to good. Anglers fishing for rainbows on the west end and near the launch ramp have had fair to good success. Nightcrawlers and Powerbait seem to be the main bait. Trollers using minnow imitating lures have had fair success.

Lake Tahoe – (Elevation 6224.94) Fishing has been good for mackinaw. Most fish are in the 5- to 7-pound range. A guide is highly recommended if you are fishing for mackinaw for the first time. Toplining and shore fishing is fair overall. No fishing is allowed within 300 ft. of these tributaries.

Martis Lake – (Martis is restricted to artificial lures with barbless hooks. Zero fish may be bagged or possessed) Fishing has been fair. Most activity has been early and late with blood midges and callibaetis imitations. Most anglers are using nymphs such as the Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail, Damselfly imitations or the A.P. Streamers that imitate small fish, and woolly buggers are also good choices. For surface activity, patterns such as the Quigley Cripple, Martis Midge, Parachute Adams, and Griffith’s Knat are good choices.

Little Truckee River – (This area between Stampede Reservoir downstream to Boca Reservoir is now subject to artificial barbless lures with a two fish bag limit of fish 14 inches maximum) – (121 cubic feet per second) Fishing here has been fair in the stretch between Stampede and Boca. Fishing has been fair near the inlet area of the Little Truckee into Boca reservoir. This area changes almost daily. Nymphs and streamers are still the first choice if there are no fish on the surface.

Prosser – (8,886 ac. ft.) Prosser has been fishing fair. Fishing here is mostly with nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Flyfishermen near the inlets have taken a few fish mostly on nymphs and streamers.

Stampede – (163,983 ac. ft.) Stampede is fair. Most use the typical baits, nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Topliners have fair to good success for kokanee salmon. Most use a flasher of some sort and a kokanee bug or wedding ring with a piece of white corn. Kokanee should start to tightly school soon in anticipation of spawning. There is still good trout action, mostly subsurface, with nymphs such as the pheasant tail and the bird’s nest. There is some good surface activity early and late as well. Streamers are also working.

Truckee River – The release from the dam at Tahoe City is 385 cubic feet per second and near Truckee it is running at 377 cubic feet per second. Fishing has been fair throughout the river. Seasoned anglers have been doing well. Prince nymphs, Bird’s nests and pheasant tail nymphs have produced some fish as well as streamers. Dries include a parachute Adams, Quigley Cripples and an E/C Caddis. The key is to go small this time of year. Also, hoppers during the day can still work.

Other Waters – Jackson Meadows has been fishing well. Davis and Frenchman lakes are fishing fair this past week. Cooler nighttime temperatures should start putting fish on the bite soon. Fall fishing is just around the corner.


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