Great work at Trout Unlimited


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I had the good fortune to attend the first local Truckee Chapter of Trout Unlimited General Meeting Barbecue. Chapter #103 has been around now for about two years and this barbecue was a get-together of local membership to celebrate the good that has been done over the past two years.

Under president Stefan Mcleod, the club has been active on the conservation front. Trout Unlimited’s mission is: “To conserve, protect and restore North America’s trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds.”

TU accomplishes this mission on local, state and national levels with an extensive and dedicated volunteer network. TU’s national office, based outside of Washington, D.C., and its regional offices employ professionals who testify before Congress, publish a quarterly magazine, intervene in federal legal proceedings, and work with the organization’s 142,000 volunteers in 450 chapters nationwide to keep them active and involved in conservation issues.

Some of the local projects that the chapter has been involved with include restoration work in Perazzo Meadows, the Little Truckee River and Prosser Creek.

Other great projects include an annual river clean-up in the Donner Creek area, and an annual fundraising event called Fishmas Eve, the night before the annual General Trout Season Opener. Fishmas Eve was the brainchild of Mcleod, which began well before the local chapter was formed. It will be going on the ninth year on the next opening day in 2014.

While Mcleod has brought a tremendous amount of energy to his role as president, he is stepping down this year and another member will acquire the reins with large shoes to fill. Mcleod says that he will always be an active member because he truly loves this watershed where he was born and raised. Knowing him, you can take that to the bank.

The board members are all dedicated individuals. Not all are from the local area, but all share the passion for this watershed. Members like vice president Morgan Thalken and George Walker are from the Sacramento Valley and work for Fly Fishing Specialties down there. Adam Butler is from Reno, and locals like Brian Slusser, a local guide who owns Four Season’s Fly Fishing; Matt Heron of Matt Heron Fly Fishing at Resort at Squaw Creek; and Dan Lecount, a guide with Truckee River Outfitters, to mention a few, are terrific.

Dave Lass is the Northern California Field Director for Trout Unlimited in Truckee and was instrumental in forming the local chapter and in project funding and selection.

Many of you have probably seen the great hats floating around town with Tahoe Trout Bum and the TU logo prominently displayed or the Tahoe Trout Bum bumper stickers. These are available along with other gear on the local chapter’s Web site at

While you are there, checkout the group and the events that are coming up and join them, if you support the cause. There is always strength in numbers and volunteers at their projects are always welcome.

This enthusiastic group is passionate about improving things. I enjoy each and every one of them. As I have gotten older, I cannot do things that I once physically did, but I can support them in other ways. It always brings a smile to my face knowing there are young people with the energy to physically work on projects important to them.

Bruce is a long-time area fly fisherman and past president of Tahoe Truckee Fly Fishers.



Boca | Inflow is at 84 cfs and the outflow is 107 cfs. Try powerbait or nightcrawlers. Throwing lures from shore also has been working. Fly fishers have been catching some fish near the inlet mostly nymphing.

Donner | Fishing has been good. Nightcrawlers and Powerbait seem to be the bait of choice. Mackinaw and Kokanee fishing has been fair. Fly fishermen are catching some fish with streamers.

Lake Tahoe | (Lake Tahoe is closed to within 300 feet of a tributary. Tributaries are open to fishing from July 1 to Sept. 30.) Fishing has been fair to good for mackinaw. A guide is highly recommended, if you are fishing for mackinaw for the first time. Toplining and shore fishing is fair. Most shore fishermen use inflated nightcrawlers.

Little Truckee River | The flow is now at 84 cfs. Lower flows will mean that small flies are generally the rule on the Little Truckee. Baetis , PMD, Green Drake and Baetis nymph imitations and midge patterns as trailers. Also a fair amount of surface activity.

Martis Lake | Zero kill. Catch and Release only with barbless artificial lures or flies. Some small cutthroats and an occasional large brown and rainbow can still be caught here. Smallmouth bass have been introduced in this water.

Prosser | The lake is fishing fair to good. Powerbait and nightcrawlers are the best bait. Lure and fly-fishermen are taking some fish from shore and near the inlets.

Stampede | Fishing has been fair to good from shore. Kokanee fishing has been fair. Mackinaw fishing has been good. Fly fishermen have been doing well near the inlets with nymphs and streamers.

Truckee River | Flowing out of Lake Tahoe at 311 cfs at Tahoe City. These flows have increased over the past week. The flow through Truckee is at 323 cfs as of June 30. Fish have been caught on nymphs, emergers, dries and streamers. The main hatches now are Caddis, PMD and Little Yellow Stones. Nymphs and dries imitating these hatches have been the most productive. Streamers also have been good.

Other Waters | Davis and Frenchman have been fair to good. Damselflies are now beginning to show is good numbers with the recent warm weather. Fish also are being caught on blood midge patterns and Callibaetis imitations.