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Stillwater angler highlight of Tahoe-Truckee flyfishers’ dinner

Bruce Ajari

On Saturday, Nov. 7, the Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers will host their Annual Dinner at the Crystal Bay Club in Crystal Bay, Nev.The dinner and program is open to the general public and should be a very good one this year.A short business portion of the meeting to elect new board members and conduct other items of business will occur prior to the main program. This year’s program is being presented by Denny Rickards from Klamath Falls, Oregon. Rickards is a well known guide, fly tier and author of a book and video titled, Flyfishing Still Waters for Trophy Trout. The program will cover his areas of expertise, fly fishing, still waters and trophy trout.Some area residents may remember Rickards from his days in South Lake Tahoe. While there, he hosted a radio fishing report and wrote for the South Lake Tahoe paper about fishing. He did this for about seven years.When he moved north to Oregon, he purchased the Rocky Point Resort on Klamath Lake. This lake is an excellent trophy trout fishery. I had an opportunity to fish this lake with a group of anglers from the Tahoe-Truckee Flyfishers in the early ’90s.This lake was truly a trophy trout fishery with rainbows in excess of five pounds fairly common.As the number of fly fishermen has increased, stillwaters (lakes and reservoirs), have become attractive options. I started fishing stillwaters fairly recently, in 1983.Prior to that all my experience had been on streams. While streams are still my favorite, stillwaters have become an increasingly important part of my own fly fishing experience. Rickards will give beginners and experts some great tips and tactics on these important waters.In addition to his success as a guide, fly tier, author and video personality, Rickards has also developed a series of rods. These rods are marketed as the Crystal Creek Series Fly Rods. These rods were developed to fit the stillwaters that he fishes and the trophy fish that he seeks.This annual event is always a great one to attend. If you like raffles and silent auctions, the flyfishers typically have some great merchandise donated by many manufacturers and local businesses. Funds raised from the general raffle and the silent auction support such projects as the “Trout in the Classroom Project” in local schools. Presently, the club has started a program in nearly every school within the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District.As an added incentive for attending this year, a beautiful Sage RPL rod will be given away as a door prize. My son won a rod in the raffle a couple of years ago and was really tickled.There is also a popular ladies’ raffle.Each year more ladies attend this event and the raffle is a great incentive to do so. Each lady gets a ticket put into the raffle when they check-in at the door.Cost for the evening is $25 for adults and $12.50 for children under 12.The main course is prime rib, but if you are a vegetarian or prefer something other than red meat you can make arrangements when you purchase your tickets by calling or sending in the money.Call Al Schwartz at 583-6629 or send a check made out to TTFF to P.O. Box 5704, Tahoe City, Calif., 96145 if you want to attend.The room limits the number of people that can attend, so make reservations as soon as possible or risk missing out. It really is a very entertaining evening and you could get lucky in the raffle.Fishing ReportThe colder weather, rain and snow should spur the activity in local lakes, streams and reservoirs.Boca – (34,394 ac. ft.) Boca has been fishing fair to good. Anglers fishing from shore are having good 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, streamers and emergers.Donner – Fishing has been fair to good. 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 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. Tributaries are now closed.Martis Lake – (Martis is restricted to artificial lures with barbless hooks. Zero fish may bagged or possessed) Fishing is fair to good. 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 gnat 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 (10,057 ac. ft.) Fishing here has been fair to good. Bank fishermen using nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Most trollers are pulling a combination of flashers and nightcralwers or a minnow imitating lure. Flyfishermen near the inlets have taken a few fish mostly on nymphs.Stampede – (204,695 ac. ft.) Stampede is fair to good. Most shore anglers are taking a few fish. Most use the typical baits, nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Those throwing lures are also having some success. Kokanee are beginning to school. Best bet is to troll some form of flasher and a Kokanee bug or wedding ring with a piece of white corn. As Kokanee school up near the dam jigs such the Buzz Bomb will work well.Truckee River – The release from the dam at Tahoe City has been cut to 203 cubic per second. Fishing has been fair to good. Bait, lures or flies have been successful in the river between Tahoe City and Truckee. In the wild trout section below Truckee, flyfishermen are using nymphs such as the caddis larva, prince, birds nest, hares ear or pheasant tail with good success. For dries, a humpy, elk hair caddis, Quigley cripple or a parachute adams are hard to beat. Also with the October Caddis showing, some anglers are doing well with a Stimulator.Other Waters – Frenchman fished good this past week. Davis lake has also been good Jackson Meadows is fishing fair to good. 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 Pyramid Lake northeast of Reno is open and fishing is good though most fish are still small. Bigger fish should start to show as the water temperatures cool off.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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