Barbecue supports Tahoe fishery protection

This year marks the 33rd Tahoe Truckee Fly Fishers (TTFF) annual barbecue and fundraiser on Aug. 12. TTFF is a nonprofit sportsman group dedicated to promoting the sport of fly-fishing and protecting the trout-rich waters of the North Lake Tahoe area. Founded in 1984, the Tahoe Truckee Fly Fishers is a club for all anglers who care about the places in which they fish and who want to learn more about the art of fly-fishing from experienced fly-fishers or beginners.

Recent accomplishments of the club include working on Trout Unlimited and Truckee River Watershed Council projects on Prosser Creek, the Little Truckee and the Truckee River; helping with the local Trout Unlimited Chapter on the Little Truckee River; advocacing for better land-use management to improve wild trout habitat on the Little Truckee River; and annual contributions to the Truckee River Watershed Council.

By supporting the annual barbecue, you also help support this great program. It is a great time for a great cause.

The fundraiser on Aug. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. is at Truckee Regional Park’s Riverside Pavilion site. Tickets are $30 before Aug. 9 or $35 after.

The event includes live entertainment, a raffle and demonstrations. You do not have to be a member to attend and all ages are welcome. It is recommended that you register early.

Fly-casting instructor Jeff Putnam will be there to show attendees how improve his or her casting.

The Cliff Frazier Memorial Youth Fly Fishing Program has given many children the opportunity to learn the basics of fly-fishing. Twelve children, between the ages of 9 and 14, are offered the program, which covers basic entomology, knot tying, fly tying, reading water, water safety and fly-casting.

By supporting the annual barbecue, you also help support this great program. It is a great time for a great cause. For more information or to register, visit



Boca Reservoir | The road over the dam is closed until further notice. Inflow is at 165 cfs and the outflow is 129 cfs. Powerbait, nightcrawlers and lures are all working. Fly-fishers have been catching some fish near the inlet with nymphs, streamers and dries.

Donner Lake | Fishing has been fair to good. Kokanee fishing has been fair to good. Nightcrawlers and Powerbait seem to be the main bait. Mackinaw fishing has been good. Fly-fishers are catching some fish with streamers.

Lake Tahoe | All tributaries are open to fishing until 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 anglers use inflated nightcrawlers.

Little Truckee River | The flow is at 165 cfs. This flow is up slightly from last week. Nymphing and dries should both work at this level. Dry dropper rigs are also recommended. Hatches are similar to the main Truckee.

Martis Lake | Zero kill. Catch and release only with barbless artificial lures or flies. Fishing is best early in the season and the fall. Smallmouth bass are part of the fishery.

Prosser Reservoir | Fishing has been fair. Anglers using bait, lures and flies have all caught fish. Fly-fishers have done well near the inlet areas. Bass fishing has been fair.

Stampede Reservoir | The road will be closed over the dam for construction this season and next. Access to the boat ramp will be through the Hobart Mills side. Fishing has been fair from shore. Nightcrawlers, Powerbait and lures have all produced from shore. Fly-fishers have been doing well near the inlets with nymphs and streamers. The kokanee fishing has slowed. Smallmouth bass fishing has been fair.

Truckee River | The flow out of the dam in Tahoe City is at 86 cfs. The flows through Truckee are at 253 cfs. The flows are now fishable. Fishing has been fair for those working hard. Lots of bugs are appearing now. Golden Stones and Green Drakes still are around. Caddis, PMD and Little Yellow Stones should also be on the menu. Still mostly a nymphing game, but there should now be more fish looking up for dries with the current flows. Streamers are also good this time of year. This water is special regulation, artificial only with barbless hook. Catch-and-release fishing is encouraged, but an angler may keep two fish with a minimum size of 14 inches during the regular trout season.

Davis and Frenchman lakes | Both are full. Reports from Davis are only fair at best. I suggest not fishing at either until the waters cool.

Bruce Ajari

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