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Flyfishers annual conclave Sept. 26-28

Bruce Ajari

The Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers will be supporting the Northern California Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers Annual Conclave this weekend, Sept. 26-28, at the North Tahoe Conference Center in Kings Beach.

One of the scheduled speakers is Andy Burk, an excellent flyfisherman and noted author. Andy works for the Fly Shop in Redding, ties flies and fishes.

The Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers will have him as a guest speaker at its September meeting at the Crystal Bay Club on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. He will be there Thursday, Sept. 25, tentatively at 7:30 p.m.

Burk has had more experience at the vise and on the water than most anglers could dream. He will present his program on Stillwater Secrets.

This program should be of interest to any fly fisherman who fishes lakes, be they man-made or natural. It is an excellent program.

Have you had difficulty fishing Martis or Milton lakes? Burk can help you understand what is going on in these and other waters.

If time permits, Burk will do some tying prior to the meeting at the Crystal Bay Club. Apparently there is a problem with getting the room before 7:30 p.m. this month so this is tentative. You can call club president Mike Ramicone, who should have an update on the evening schedule, at 583-1209.

Burk is an excellent fly tier. In fact, he has developed many patterns for trout fishing. Two of them that come to mind are the Burk’s Damsel and Dragon, both of these are very well thought out patterns that work.

As an author, you will see his regular column in California Fly Fisher about fly tying titled At the Vise. He writes about particular flies that work and then tells the readers how to tie the fly. I read it religiously.

He also contributes feature articles to that publication. An article appeared in the most recent issue on Dry Flies and Tactics for Autumn which everyone should read prior to fishing this fall.

Although Andy is young, do not let his age fool you. Andy has more fly fishing knowledge than most experts three or four times the age. He is a highly accomplished fly fisherman, and can really help any angler become a better fly fisherman.

The Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers monthly meeting is open to the public so bring a friend and drop by to see this talented individual talk about fishing lakes. It is a program that you will not want to miss.

Burk has indicated that this program will not be offered at this year’s Conclave. This is all the more reason to not miss this Thursday meeting of the Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers.

Upcoming Events

— Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers Monthly Meeting, Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Crystal Bay Club on North Lake Tahoe. Andy Burk will speak on Stillwater Secrets.

— Northern California Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers Annual Conclave in Kings Beach. Friday, Sept. 26, through Sept. 28, at the North Tahoe Conference Center. Individual admission – $25; Families – $30; or a daily rate of $10 per person. Kids under 18 were indicated as being free.

— Truckee River Day cleanup is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Granite Flat Campground on Highway 89 south of Truckee. More than 300 people attended last year’s event. Twice that are anticipated this year. Call Sarah Trebilcock of the Villager Nursery at 587-0771 or the U.S. Forest Service at 587-3558 for information.

— Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers Annual Dinner will be held Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Crystal Bay Club. World renown angler Rick Hafele will be the keynote speaker.

Fishing Report

Boca Reservoir – Boca is at 31,533 acre-feet. Shore fishermen are doing fair. Most are using inflated nightcrawlers, power bait and salmon eggs. Trollers using minnow type lures or a flasher/worm combination are have fair fishing for the rainbow and brown trout. Fly fishermen are doing

fair to good using woolly buggers, nymphs, or midges near the inlet.

Donner Lake – Shore fishermen are taking mainly planted rainbows. Most are dunking nightcrawlers, power bait, or salmon eggs near the boat ramp or west end beach. Trollers are taking some nice mackinaw. Jigging for mackinaw has also produced a few as well. Topliners should try the shallower water with flasher/worm combinations or minnow imitating lures.

Lake Tahoe – (6227.81 Lake Elevation) Mackinaw fishing is good. The majority of fish are still being taken in water over 200 feet deep. Most fish are in the three to five pound range. Rainbow fishing is improving, particularly on the east side of the lake. Toplining has been fair. Most use inflated nightcrawlers from shore or troll minnow imitating lures such as a Rapala. Tributaries are open through September 30.

Martis Creek Reservoir – Martis is a zero kill lake – catch and release fishing only with only artificial lures with barbless hooks. No bait is allowed. Fishing has been improving with the cooler nights. Vegetation near the inlet is thinning out so those with float tubes can now access this area. A variety of nymphs, midges, and streamers have been successful. Seasoned anglers have found steady action. Try woolly buggers, bead head nymphs, midges, and emerger patterns. Blood midges and small midges have been good early and late. Callibaetis have been effective about mid-morning. Damselfly imitations can still be effective as well.

Prosser Creek Reservoir – Prosser is at 15,891 Acre Feet. Fishing has been fair for shore fishermen. Most are using power bait, nightcrawlers, and salmon eggs. Trollers are having fair success. Most are trolling flasher/worm combinations or minnow imitating lures. Flyfishermen are having success with olive or black, woolly buggers, nymphs and midges.

Stampede Reservoir – Stampede’s lake level is 181,864 Acre Feet. Shore fishermen have been taking some nice rainbows and browns. Most are using nightcrawlers, power bait or salmon eggs. Some nice fish are still caught near the dam. Kokanee fishing still remains the main draw for trollers. The traditional flasher/wedding ring and white corn combination has been a good producer recently as have Ted’s Bugs and Kokanee Bugs. Fish are still schooled up around the dam, and anglers are having fair success with jigs such as the Buzz Bomb. Flyfishermen have been taking a few fish on woolly buggers, nymphs, and midges near the inlet streams.

Truckee River – The Truckee river is in great shape and fishing has been good. The section between Truckee and River Ranch is rated fair. Bait and lures have accounted for most of the fish. Good numbers of small fish have been reported. Fishing from Tahoe City to Truckee has also been fair. The Wild Trout Section below Truckee has been fishing fair. Try standard nymphs such as the Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear, Prince, Birds Nest, and Zug Bug. For dries and emergers try an Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, Humpy or Quigley Cripple. Soft hackles and streamers can also be very effective on the Truckee.

Other Waters – The Little Truckee River is fair. Most success has been by the fly fishermen working nymphs, streamers, and some fairly good dry fly action. Jackson Meadows level is low and the fishing is only fair. Frenchman Reservoir and Davis Lake are fair. Fish are beginning to move into the shallows. Bright woolly buggers and snail patterns should begin to produce now.


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