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July 2016 Flyline

Dick Gander  | Published on 7/1/2016

July 2016

The 11th annual Cliff Frazier Memorial Youth Fly Fishing Program was another huge success!

Jan - Fly Tying Class

Jan 21- General Meeting

Feb 18 - General Meeting

Feb 20 - Pyramid Lake

Mar 19 - Pyramid Lake

Mar 24 - General Meeting

Mar 26 - Yuba River

Apr 21 - General Meeting

Apr 25 to 26 -Lower Sacramento

Apr 29 - Fishmas eve

May 19 - General Meeting

May 21 - Davis Lake

Jun 9 to 11 -Manzanita Lake Camping

June 20-22 Cliff Frazier Memorial Youth Program

Jul 9 - Milton Lake

July 23 - Day on the River!

Aug 13 - Annual BBQ!

Aug 25-28 -Virginia Lake Camping

Sep TBD - Kirman Lake

Sep 22 - Webber Lake

Oct - 7-9 Pyramid Lake Camping

Oct 16 - Truckee River Day

Oct 20 - General Meeting

Nov 19 -Pyramid Lake

All General Meetings at the Truckee Rec Center


President’s Message

Logo Fleece Order

Manzanita Lake Groupfish – Weekend of June 10

TTFF Youth Fly Fishing Program – Best Yet!

Milton Lake GroupFish, July 9

TTFF’s ‘Day on the River’, July 23

TTFF Moving Water Workshop – Wednesday, July 20

TTFF 31st Annual BBQ and Fundraiser, August 13

Virginia Lakes Groupfish – Weekend of August 26

Advance Notice May 2017 GroupFish

Special Feature – Tri-Tip Recipe?

President’s Message

President’s Message – Summer!

The 11th annual Cliff Frazier Memorial Youth Fly Fishing Program was another huge success!Mike Brugh once again led an outstanding program where we taught 12 area youth all of the basics to get them on their journey as fly fishers.This is a 2 ½ day program that covers the gear needed to fly fish, understanding trout and their behavior, casting, bugs and what trout eat, tying flies and actually catching fish!The last item is due to our partnership with the San Francisco Fly Casting Club on the Truckee River.

The program requires a one on one adult to kid ratio while on the water so we had many club volunteers working the event.I think it is safe to say that the adults had as much fun as the kids.I thank all of the club members and spouses that helped out and many thanks to the SFFCC and their members for the great lunches and fantastic venue.Next year’s program is

scheduled for Tuesday, June 20 through Thursday, June 22 so mark your calendars now!  See more on the program and pictures later in The Flyline.

The club added Manzanita Lake to our Groupfish schedule this year and the trip over the June 10 weekend was a great time.  Twenty members/spouses made the trip to the beautiful Lassen National Park for four days of fishing, hiking, camping and camaraderie.  We had an outstanding tri-tip dinner on Saturday night – see the Monthly Special below for the marinade recipe.  It is my favorite.  These are all wild fish so it was technical fishing but the reward was beautiful brown and rainbow trout.

I am looking forward to our next GroupFish to the lovely Milton Reservoir on July 9.  This little gem is set in the canyon below Jackson Meadows Reservoir.  It receives water from the bottom of Jackson Meadows so it is always cold even in the height of summer.  In other words, plan to wear some fleece under your waders!  There are lots of browns with midges, ants, beetles, buggers and other lake fare usually working.  They are not big fish, so this is a good spot for your 4 or 5 weight rods.  A float tube or pontoon is required.

Your board is working on making the 32nd Annual BBQ and Fundraiser set for Saturday, August 13 the best ever.  Chef Paul Dillon is planning his outstanding grilled salmon and chicken lunch with sides, salads and dessert.  Larry Heywood has arranged for Jeff Putnam, renown casting instructor, to give demonstrations on both single and two handed rods, the raffle committee is gathering lots of great swag for the raffle – including a couple of rods and reels, chest packs, fanny packs and tons of items.  Adamsbuilt, a fairly local manufacturer from Fernley, NV will be on site to show us their wares.  We will be at the Truckee River Regional Park at the River Pavilion from 10:30 am to 4 pm.  Tickets are $30 paid at the gate, but please pre-register (click HERE) so we have a count for food purchases.  Please consider volunteering to help at the BBQ too.

Finally, the TTFF logo fleece jacket order has gone in for those that put in an order.  We will let you know when they arrive.

         Enjoy our great July weather and rip some lips!  Tight Lines, Dick Gander, President

Logo Fleece Order

The Logo Fleece Order has been sent in.We should hear soon on when they are ready.

Click HERE to check your order.

Manzanita Lake Groupfish – Weekend of June 10

The Groupfish was a great time as usual.  Twenty members attended from Thursday to Sunday at beautiful Lassen National Park.  The lake is managed for wild trout and includes mainly browns with some rainbows.  The club used a variety of methods to catch – from dries to nymphs to streamers.  Saturday night’s group dinner was a hit with marinated tri-tips as the main course.  Everyone brought great dishes to go along, including Dean’s now famous fried zucchini, mushrooms and French fries.  For those not fishing, the hiking was terrific through Lassen’s volcanic terrain.  

Dinner was GREAT!

Grilled Tri-tip was the star

Great hikes for those not fishing

The lake has fantastic views of Mt. Lassen

Paul Warmerdam with a nice brown

A Creative dessert!

TTFF Youth Fly Fishing Program – Best Yet!

The 11th Annual Cliff Frazier Youth Fly Fishing Program sold out again this year.  The group of 12 kids were very serious about learning and the club volunteers had a great time teaching.  All of the kids caught fish over the 2 days on the river at the San Francisco Fly Casting Club (SFFCC).  SFFCC also provided terrific lunches for everyone.  Their partnership has become central to this outstanding event.  

Next year’s event is scheduled for Tuesday, June 20 through Thursday, June 22.  

Happy Fisherman

On the Truckee River

Observing Aquatic insects

Fly Tying with the Pros

More pictures at the TTFF

Milton Lake GroupFish, July 9

The Club is going to return to Milton Lake on Saturday, July 9.  Milton is an afterbay to Jackson Meadows reservoir about an hour north of Truckee.  It is a relatively small lake that is a prolific trout fishery because it gets cold water from the bottom of Jackson Meadows just above it.  It is very float tube friendly with both dry fly and nymphing available.  Click HERE to sign up and HERE to see who is going.


TTFF’s ‘Day on the River’, July 23

Our Day on the River returns this year.  This is an introduction to Fly Fishing covering everything from how to string your rod to knots to bugs to flies to casting and reading the water.  It is open to the public as a membership drive event and also to beginners in the club.  We typically meet at the Glenshire bridge area.  More information will follow.  If you would like to sign up to attend or to volunteer to help with the class, Click HERE.  See who else has signed up HERE.


Frank Pisciotta is our primary instructor

TTFF Moving Water Workshop – Wednesday, July 20

This is a TTFF Sponsored event for anglers wanting to hone their skills on streams and rivers.  We have arranged for veteran fly fishing guide and Tahoe Truckee Fly Fishers member Jon Baiocchi to lead an all-inclusive introduction on how to approach fly fishing on Freestone Rivers. The location for the workshop will be located on the North Fork Yuba River, a magnificent watershed that is very beautiful, and has a high population of wild rainbow trout, with the occasional brown trout.  Click HERE to learn more about Jon.

Topics covered will include equipment requirements, rigging for surface and sub surface presentations, knots, casting mechanics, entomology, fly selection, reading water, and proper handling and safely releasing trout. Handouts on entomology, flies, and a map included.

Typical North Fork Yuba rainbow

The river tumbles!

The North Fork Yuba is the best classroom for the aspiring fly angler. You’ll have a very good chance of hooking into a wild trout, and gain the confidence to fish and explore the Sierra and other waters on your own!

Space is limited to 2 people minimum at $400 ($200 each), up to 4 anglers for $600 ($150 each).  2 spots are currently available.  Reservations and deposit required by June 30.  Click HERE to sign up and HERE to see who else has signed up.  

TTFF 31st Annual BBQ and Fundraiser, August 13

Our premier event of the summer!  Saturday, August 13 is the day of our big event at the Truckee River Regional Park.  Chef Paul Dillon will be preparing outstanding grilled salmon and chicken with side dishes, appetizers and dessert.  Water and soft drinks are included, bring your adult beverage of choice.  Jeff Putnam, master casting instructor, will demonstrate and discuss both conventional and spey casting, Fire in the Kitchen will return with live music and, of course we will have our massive raffle.  The cost is $30 and will be collected at the door.  To help us plan, please pre-register for the event by clicking HERE.  Pre-registered attendees will be entered in the door prize drawing for $100 at The Lodge at Tahoe Donner, $50 at The Fly Shop and $50 of Tahoe Donner Mountain Money.  It takes a big effort to make this happen, so please consider volunteering for a role as you register.

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Jaime Lyle Casting at 2014 BBQ

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Fire in the Kitchen performs

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Loaded raffle tables!

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Fantastic salmon and chicken on the grill

Virginia Lakes Groupfish – Weekend of August 26

The club is returning to Virginia Lakes near Bridgeport, CA on the weekend of August 26.We had a large group last year and had a great time.There is camping in tents or RV/trailers as well as cabins for rent at Virginia Lakes Resort (cabin rentals are up to you to reserve).

Details and directions can be found HERE. Check your calendars and sign up HERE.See who else is going HERE.

Advance Notice May 2017 GroupFish

The GroupFish to the Lower Sacramento River in April was so successful; we scheduled another one for next year with a new twist.  We have arranged a special trip through Lance Gray & Company to rent the Digger Creek Ranch ( for the trout opener on April 30 and May 1.  This property is located near Manton, CA.  It has 3 stocked lakes and a short section of Digger Creek to fish.  The house has four bedrooms and 5 baths and sleeps 8.  There is a full kitchen.  We can also accommodate a few campers with up to 8 additional anglers.  Then on May 2, we have 5 drift boats reserved with Lance and his crew on the Lower Sacramento.  

The costs for the trip are as follows: (fishing and accommodations).

Digger Creek House (up to 8 anglers in 4 rooms)

$160 per night

Digger Creek Camping (up to 8 anglers in campers)

$125 per night

Lower Sac Float (May 2) up to 10 anglers

$425 per boat/$212.50 per angler

Reservations will be separate for Digger Creek and the Float – you can do one or the other or both.  A deposit of 50% will be required to hold your space.  Lance has a refund policy up to 30 days ahead but most likely, we would be able to fill your spot from the waiting list.  Click HERE to sign up.  Click HERE to see who is going.

Special Feature – Tri-Tip Recipe

As promised, here is the recipe for the Tri-tip at the Manzanita Lake dinner.

Shiraz-Soy Tri-Tip

Wine:  A fruity Shiraz or Syrah (the same grape) with a hint of sweet pipe tobacco smoke

1 beef tri-tip (about 2 1/2 pounds) fat trimmed, rinsed and patted dry

3/4 cup Shiraz wine

2/3 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup lemon juice

2 tablespoons Worcestershire

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic

1.     In a gallon size zip lock plastic bag, combine Shiraz, soy sauce, oil, vinegar, lemon juice, Worcestershire, mustard, and garlic.  Add ti-tip and seal bag.  Chill at let 2 hours or up to 1 day, turning occasionally.

2.     Lightly oil barbecue grill over a solid bed of medium coals or medium heat on a gas grill (you can hold your hand at grill level only 4 to 5 seconds).  Lift tri-tip from marinade and lay on hot grill; discard marinade.  Close lid on gas grill.  Cook tri-tip, turning every 5 minutes, until rare in center of thickest part (still pink; cut to test), 125 to 130 degrees on a thermometer, about 25 minutes or until as done as you like.

3.     Let meat rest 15 minutes, then cut across the grain into thin, slanting slices.

Notes: Brush some of the marinade on bell peppers and onions; grill them next to the meat for about 15 minutes (stop brushing on marinade at least 5 minutes before veggies are done, so heat can kill any bacteria from meat.)

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