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Author archive for Bruce Ajari

  • Fish alternative species

    By Bruce Ajari on July 1, 2015
    By Bruce Ajari ·  The drought has hit us hard and the Truckee River is showing the signs of it. Recent rains had pushed the level of Lake Tahoe briefly over the 6,223 ft. level so a trickle of water was put into the river. However, this was short lived as the level has again dipped below the rim. With […]
  • Hurricane Odile comes ashore, Part II

    By Bruce Ajari on June 24, 2015
    By Bruce Ajari ·    Damage caused by Hurricane Odile ·  Editor’s Note: Part I may be found at TheTahoeWeekly.com. The winds gradually increased through Sunday evening. We were looking at winds of around 56 mph. We turned in for the night when the power went out around 8:30 p.m. At 1:30 a.m. Monday, we awoke to a deafening roar. […]
  • Baja Peninsula and Hurricane Odile, Part I

    By Bruce Ajari on June 17, 2015
    By Bruce Ajari ·  I made my annual trek to the East Cape of Baja California Sur, Mexico, with some friends last September. It would prove to be a memorable trip, not for the fishing, but rather the storm that would hit us Sunday into Monday morning. We had been aware of the storm, “Odile,” was coming our direction, but […]
  • Derby introduces kids to fishing

    By Bruce Ajari on June 10, 2015
    By Bruce Ajari ·  Fishing has been a big part of my life since I was a child. It is hard to believe that it has been 27 years since the first Kids Fishing Derby. It was sponsored by the old Truckee Sports and Awards store that used to be next to the 7/11 store on Donner Pass Road. Owner […]
  • 2015 drought impact to our fishery

    By Bruce Ajari on June 3, 2015
    By Bruce Ajari ·   There is no flow coming out of Lake Tahoe into the Truckee River at the Tahoe City dam.  The winter of 2014-15 was the driest one that I have experienced since I moved here in the fall of 1977. Unfortunately, the impact of each of these seems to become more severe. The first one that […]
  • Fall outlook

    By Bruce Ajari on September 17, 2014
    By Bruce Ajari ·   Above, the low Alder Creek arm of Prosser Reservoir ·  We are entering the fall season and the effects of the drought have our streams and reservoirs in a sad state of affairs. Fall is typically one of the best times of the year for anglers. It is spawning season for a number of species.Brook, Lake […]
  • Ants abundant terrestrials

    By Bruce Ajari on September 10, 2014
    By Bruce Ajari ·  A selection of ant imitations ·  When fly-fishers talk about matching the hatch, aquatic insects such as Mayflies, Stoneflies, Caddisflies and midges are the primary ones that they concentrate on. However, terrestrial insects such as ants, beetles and grasshoppers are an important food source for consideration. Terrestrial, unlike aquatic insects, live primarily on land. As a […]
  • Simple maintenance

    By Bruce Ajari on September 3, 2014
    By Bruce Ajari ·  Bob Jajko of Truckee is pictured with a Smallmouth bass; note the stripping basket ·  Simple maintenance of one’s fishing gear is important for optimum performance. One of the most neglected areas that I see is cleaning gear after using it. I had been fishing for Smallmouth bass recently in some of our local lakes from […]
  • Tahoe Truckee Fly Fishers promotes fly-fishing

    By Bruce Ajari on August 27, 2014
    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 […]
  • Fish rescue on the Truckee River

    By Bruce Ajari on August 20, 2014
     By Bruce Ajari · Volunteers moving up the dewatered section of the Little Truckee River below Boca Reservoir ·   With the drought lowering our lakes and reservoirs to extremely low levels, what happened recently seemed bound to occur. The flows coming out of Boca Reservoir were at 266 cubic feet per second and then reduced to a mere .63 […]