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Trophy fish included for 23rd annual Truckee Kids Derby

Bruce AjariGone Fishin'

I feel that fishing with children is one of the most gratifying things you can do. I had the good fortune of taking my niece and nephews fishing when they were young, then my own children, and now my two nephewsandamp;#8217; boys are up enjoying fishing experiences.I can really see the change in the boys from year to year. The first year, I had to do everything for them. I was pretty worn out by the end of the day. A year later and it is now a piece of cake. I actually have time to relax and take pictures!My own kids began fishing at the local childrenandamp;#8217;s trout derby, held each year at the Coldstream Pond in Donner State Park, beyond the Holiday Inn Express. This year marks the 23rd annual Truckee Kids Derby, as the event returns to Coldstream Pond this Saturday, July 16. The official hours of the event are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sponsors request that no fishing be done in the pond prior to the 9 a.m. start.Since Bob Tilton founded this derby when he was the owner of Truckee Sports and Awards in the 1980s, it has become one of the premier youth activities in our region. Tilton and his family are still deeply involved with this endeavor, along with the Truckee Noon Rotary and the Nevada County Fish and Wildlife Commission.Tilton feels that this is an opportunity to give youth something to do and to keep them out of trouble. He observed that kids who got into fishing seemed to stay out of trouble.With so many things competing for childrenandamp;#8217;s attention these days, a simple connection of fishing and the outdoors seems like a really good one. I have to agree with Tilton that kids who get really involved with fishing seem to do well in life. According to Rotary Event Chairman Jim Dill, this will be the first year that Tilton will not be at the event.The event is free to children 12 and under. Sponsors ask that you sign up at Mountain Hardware and Sports so they can get an idea of how many children to expect so they can have an adequate number of prizes. Mountain Hardware and Sports has been the premier store for all fishing needs in the local area for many years. They have a wide selection of fishing tackle and a great staff.Children will need to have their own tackle in order to fish. There may be a few rods, but there are no guarantees that a child will be able to get loaner tackle.The fish that are supplied by the Nevada County Fish and Wildlife Commission are augmented by a load of trophy fish purchased by the Truckee Noon Rotary and the Tilton family. Dill tells me that trophy fish will be put in by Mt. Lassen Hatchery again this year.Dill says that volunteers are also needed to help out. If you know how to fish, you can be of great assistance in helping some of the neophytes to the sport. Come and volunteer four hours of your time. It is great and the families and kids are very appreciative!The Rotarians also provide a reasonably priced barbecue during the event. Be sure to support them so that they can continue to provide a high-quality event. They do a great job!andamp;#8212; Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.