Tahoe Truckee Fly Fishers promotes fly-fishing

By Bruce Ajari · 


Jamie Lyle conducts his fly casting clinic. | Courtesy Tahoe Truckee Fly Fishers · 

Recently, the Tahoe Truckee Fly Fishers held its annual barbecue at Truckee Regional Park. The Tahoe Truckee Fly Fishers is an organization of anglers that promotes fly-fishing in the region through education and conservation.

The barbecue is its biggest fundraiser of the year. It was a great barbecue and raffle, and included a great casting demonstration by Jamie Lyle, regional representative of Sage, Redington and Rio fly lines.

Lyle, a master certified casting Instructor of the Federation of Fly Fishers. provided a great demonstration on both single- and two-handed casting. Single-hand casting involves casting with a conventional fly rod. Two-handed casting, also called Spey casting, has gained popularity recently and is the fastest growing segment in the industry. It involves casting longer rods know as switch and spey with two hands.

Lyle’s presentation was sure to make you a better fly caster whether you were a beginner or experienced angler. He explained common casting faults that we could all relate to and the method to correct them.

In addition, we were able to try the latest rods, reels and lines that Sage, Redington and Rio had available. We got to cast anything from a two weight to two-handed Switch or Spey rods; a great experience, particularly if you were in the market for a rod, reel or line. These companies represent some of the best equipment on the market today.

The barbeque itself of planked salmon and chicken was great thanks to the chairman Paul Dillon of Truckee and his great group of volunteer members and wives.

The annual barbecue provides a great opportunity for old friends and new members to see each other at least once a year. A group of more than 70 people gathered at the river site and had a great time.

A great amount of funds were raised for projects that the club supports as a result of the raffle. If you are interested in finding out more about the Tahoe Truckee Flyer Fishers, visit ttff.net or attend one of its monthly meetings. If you are new or an experienced fly-fisher, the club offers many opportunities in the way of classes and outings in which you may participate.

The outings are particularly fun and many, such as the recent Antelope Lake Fish Out, are well attended. Twenty people, members and some wives, were in attendance at that one and in spite of some heavy thunderstorms and slow fishing, the group had a great time camping, fishing and socializing for several days.

If you are interested in becoming a better angler, joining this club and fishing with its many members will help you improve. There are some talented fly fishermen in the group.


(For water levels visit troa.net)

Boca | Inflow is at 47 cfs and the outflow is 40 cfs. Fishing has been fair. Most anglers have been using powerbait or nightcrawlers. Throwing lures from shore can be productive. Fly anglers are doing fair near the inlet with nymph and streamers.

Donner | Fishing has been fair. Shore fishing has been fair. Nightcrawlers and Powerbait seem to be the main bait. Fly-fishermen are catching some fish with streamers.

Lake Tahoe | Fishing has been 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 | Winter season regulations artificial lures with barbless hooks and a zero fish limit (strictly catch-and-release) are in force. The flow is at 47 cfs. Keep an eye on water temperatures here at these low flows. Fishing is tougher at these levels. A dry dropper rig works well in these conditions.

Martis Lake | Zero Kill Catch and Release only with barbless hooks. The water is probably too warm to fish right now. Small cutthroats and a few large browns are available here. Smallmouth bass also are in this impoundment.

Prosser | Fishing has been fair. Most anglers are using powerbait or nightcrawlers. Fish are being caught in deeper water. Smallmouth bass fishing has slowed down.

Stampede | Stampede fishing has been fair. Shore fishermen have found action fair. Most are using nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Fly-fishermen are using a combination of nymphs and streamers with fair success. Smallmouth bass fishing has been fair to good.

Truckee River | The upper section from Tahoe City to River Ranch flow is 124 cfs and through Truckee at 125 cfs. Keep an eye on the water temperatures. There is a voluntary closure on fishing the river by local industry fly-fishers and regular anglers. The water is too warm, folks; afternoon temperatures are exceeding the mid 70s.

Other Waters | Davis and Frenchman have been fishing fair. Warm water is driving the fish deep. Blood midge and Callibaetis mayflies are the hatches most prevalent right now. Imitate these and you have a chance.