Fishing Report2017-11-29T21:43:16-08:00

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Fly Tying Contest

We are hosting a fly tying contest to celebrate the flies of Pyramid Lake and its fly tiers. The event is free to enter and everyone has a chance to win several prizes including a full day guided fly-fishing trip to Pyramid Lake. Enter your flies between now and December 15th for a chance to win.

How to enter:

  • Tie your best Pyramid Lake fly. Something from the past, one you caught a big fish on or a new fly you want to try out. It does not matter.
  • Fill out the entry form by clicking on the link here and mail your fly to the address given to you. All entries must be received by December 15th.

 

Prizes: We have many sponsors on board to help out with the event including: Umpqua Feather Merchants, Malo’o, Go Pro, Bucket List Fly Fishing, Adamsbuilt, Simms and more

Not a fly tier? Get a free Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing Sticker – Fill out the entry form above as a non-participant and you will receive a free sticker

Live Broadcasts: Join us for a Zoom fly tying experience on December 5th at 5:00 pm PST with Rob Anderson and learn how to tie the famous Maholo Nymph and how to tie with Bug Bands. Rob Anderson has been a commercial fly tier and designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants for over 15 years.

Live Finale: December 19th at 5:00 on Youtube and Zoom. We will be judging the flies, picking the winners and handing out the prizes. Prizes include: a full day trip for two to Pyramid Lake with Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing guide Chris Hallmark and an Umpqua Feather Merchants Chest Pack loaded with tools and a fly box with over $300 worth of Pyramid flies.

Care&Share Charity awareness

During the event we will be telling a story of an 11 year old boy with Cerebral Palsy living in a village shack in the middle of the Amazon Jungle. Bucket List Fly Fishing has a campaign going to help this amazing kid and his family. All of the flies entered into the contest will be loaded into an Umpqua Feather Merchants fly box and auctioned off during the event. Proceeds will go directly to our campaign.

Fundraiser by Rob Anderson : Care&Share Amazon (gofundme.com)

Fishing Report November 12 2020

The first official report since the lake opened on November 2nd has the lake in great shape. Anglers have enjoyed days with success and some struggles. Sounds like Pyramid! The weather over the past couple of weeks and the weather forecast for the next month should bring some good opportunities to catch some fish.

 

As of November 11th, the surface water temperatures are 57 degrees. The lake is in transition from the warm waters of summer and early fall to the cold-water temperatures of winter. This is a little warmer for this time of year than usual. This has kept the float tube and pontoon bite going. There are some fish still cruising in 20-30 feet of water and stripping Wooly’s and Balanced Minnows along the bottom has been highly effective. This pattern should last for another couple of weeks until the water temperature drops more, and the thermocline breaks up even further. Shore fisherman are also having some great fishing. The water has dropped below 60 degrees around the edges and the Tui Chub minnows have made their fall migration back into deep water for the winter. As this happens fish tend to follow them out and then seem to return once they are gone. The beaches with deeper drop offs have had the best reports which is also normal for the fall. Anglers are catching fish stripping Midnight Cowboy Wooly worms and Loco Tadpoles. The indicator bite is also worth a shot. Maholo nymphs and Midges are doing very well and on days with more wind and chop, Balanced Leeches are also very effective. Look for the fall bite to only get better over the next couple of weeks and continue into December until it starts to really effect the water temperatures.

 

 

 

 

 

Pyramid Lake Pre-Opener Fishing Report for Nov. 2nd 2020

Pyramid is set to open on November 2nd. The pre-opener fishing report is based on years of fishing the lake in the fall since we have not been on the lake since March. With the warm fall we have had the lake water temperatures are sure to still be really warm. In the 60’s for sure. So, for the opener we suggest fishing from the lake in a float tube, pontoon boat, kayak or boat. Most of the fish are going to be hanging out in deeper water that is in the 25-50 range. Fast sinking shooting heads with a sinking running line is a must. Fish with two streamers with at least one with some weight to get down to the bottom in the deeper water. Our Pyramid Lake Balanced Minnows are our #1 pattern for this type of fishing. Deepwater Woolybuggers are also exceptionally good. You can use a dropper fly like a Midnight Cowboy or a Martini Olive and even a Loco Tadpole as long as you have a weighted fly on as well. Strip fast… Extremely fast. The fish are feeding on Tui Chub minnows and are hard to outrun this time of year. Vertical jigging a Balanced Minnow off the bottom is also highly effective. The Tui Chub minnows are most likely already heading for deeper water and the window to fish these techniques is very short. Soon the weather will cool, and the normal pattern of ladder fishing will start to pick up. Probably around thanksgiving. More to come…

Press Release Opening 2020  Click on link to see information on the Re-Opening and the temporary fees during Covid-19

Fishing Report May 18 2020

Pyramid Lake

Pyramid Lake is temporarily closed to fishing and should remain closed for the rest of the season which ends June 30th. The entire Pyramid lake Paiute Reservation is actually closed to Non-Tribal members to all activities until further notice due to the Covid-19 situation.
We are very hopeful that the lake will open to the public and resume normal activities in time for the season opener on October 1st. As always, we will keep everyone updated as more information is available through social media including our Facebook page (Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing), our newsletters and websites.

Please everyone be respectful of the decisions of the tribe to do what is considered right to protect the tribal members, their elders and the non-tribal residents of the Sutcliff area.

Since the lake is closed we included our full fishing report for the area to help with other places to fish.

Truckee River – Open to fishing in both Nevada and California.

The Truckee is in spring run-off mode, however with very little snowpack over the winter the effects are minimal. The latest storm which moved through the area over the past few days has taken its toll on the flows but is most likely a short-term issue. Overall, the flows are fishable although still high from the run-off and high elevation snowmelt. Fish the edges in slower water, deeper pools and tail-outs. The Nevada side, due to its lower elevation usually fishes a little better in the early spring. Midges are already hatching in the slow water areas and fish are feeding and catchable. As the spring rolls on, the flows will continue to drop, the water will start to warm and the normal spring bugs will start to appear. The caddis hatch could start East of town in a week or two. It will then make its yearly migration up the river and last into late June. Nymphing is a great way to go right now. Smaller bugs in sizes 16-18 will match the midge hatch but the fish are very opportunistic right now and eat larger flies as well. The key is getting your flies down to the fish in higher water and a good dead drift. Streamer fishing is also worth a try, swinging larger weighted flies through deep runs and tail-outs. The middle of the day is the best time to be on the water right now. Flows are: Town of Truckee 367 CFS, Boca Bridge 1770 CFS, Farad 1890, Reno 1720 and Vista 1780. These flows are going to drop substantially in the next few days as the effects of rain and snow diminish.

East Walker River

Flows on the East Walker are 120 CFS. This is absolutely perfect for any time of year. The East Walker is a tailwater and has not been affected by the latest storm system. At 120 CFS the river is primed for fishing. These flows make it easy to wade and cross the river and enough water to approach runs without spooking fish. Basically, see you down there!!! High Sticking the edges of larger pools is a great way to go and indicator nymphing is also going to be good. Just make sure you get your flies to the fish and get a good drift. Bead head nymphs in sizes 14-18 should do the trick. Most generic patterns are worth a try and if you have a favorite by all means tie it on. 4X-5X tippet is also a good way to go.

East Carson River

The East Carson is definitely more effected by run-off and storms right now. Before the storm the flows are diving fast and already down to 400 CFS. They should be back to somewhere in that range in a few days. That is still on the high side for the East Carson but fishable for sure. That much water means fishing the edges from dry ground in most cases. The runs will be fast and the fish will be in slower water for a while. High Sticking is a great way to start with some heavier flies and some split shot. When the flows come back down look for the bug activity to take off. Baetis, Midges, caddis and Little Yellow Stones are all coming soon.

Davis Lake

Davis is in early spring mode. Fish are holding close to creek channels and in coves and even shallow water already. We have some warm weather coming again in a few days and as the water warms look for blood midges to appear. This will be the time you want to fish Albino Wino’s under an indicator in 4-10 feet of water. Soon after the Callabaetis will start to pop and then before you know it the Damsels will be on their yearly migration to shallow water. Just like every year at Davis you have to fish the conditions and with the bugs that are available. For now, look to the indicator game and have Midges, Baetis and Damsels all ready to hang.

Frenchman’s Reservoir

Midges are already out in force at Frenchman’s and the Callabaetis are also starting to pop. Frenchman’s has always been more of an indicator lake compared to Davis and right now is no exception. It is really hard to beat a two-fly rig in 6-10 feet of water right now with a Maholo Nymph on top and a Zebra Midge like a Banded Midge in red, olive or black on the bottom. Keep varying your depths until you find where the fish are holding because it can be different on any day.

There are a bunch more fishable waters in our area right now. To name a few there is Boca Reservoir, Stampede, the Little Truckee River, Maryland’s pond, Sparks marina, Hinkson Slough and the West Walker.
Although we are still adapting to our situation due to Covid-19 it is possible to have a safe day on the water if you use good judgement. Please be respectful of others while you are out and get some fresh air and enjoy some outdoor time.

Fishing Report March 8 2020

March is here and so are the people and the fish. Every year anglers come from all over the country in March to chase the fish of a lifetime. The conditions this year are much drier than the past few years and there are a lot of high pressure sunny calm days. Even though this is the “advertised Peak of the Season” there are plenty of slow days ahead. Pyramid has been going through some changes in the past few years and is turning into more of a trophy fishery. Numbers of fish are way down due to new stocking practices. The same flies are working on cloudy days with some wind and chop. For stripping try White Ghost Tadpoles, Midnight Cowboy Woolybuggers and Chartreuse and White beetles. For the Floating line set-ups, Albino Wino’s, Copper Wino’s and Copper Tigers in size 12 are hard to beat. If you are local play the weather game and fish early and late. If you are coming from out of town then cross your fingers you get some weather while you are in town. Ex Fisheries Bioligist Mike Sevon will be giving a detailed presentation on the fishing at Pyramid Lake and what we can expect in the near future at the 7th Annual Pyramid Lake Celebration on April 10th. If you are not signed up do so soon. This event will surely sell out with Mike once again being the guest speaker.

For More Information on the Event click on this Link

Fishing Report February 18 2020

Late February at the lake and so far, so good. The spring fishing seems to be in full swing already with little or no cold weather and or precipitation soon. The water temperature is already 47 degrees which is probably a couple of weeks ahead of schedule. We could still have a cold snap and slow things down also. Tons of big fish have been caught in February which is normal over the past few years. With more Pilot Peak Strain fish in the lake than ever before the average size of the fish just keeps growing. (No pun intended). The downside of that is there are way less fish in the lake and way way less Summit Lake Strain Cutty’s so numbers of fish being caught is down again and could get worse with only one hatchery raising Summits. Pyramid is turning into a less fish per day trophy fishery. Fish are being caught all over the lake which is one of the benefits of the Pilot Peak Strain Fish. They seem to not congregate lake the Summits. They are all over. It is a matter of putting in your time and being ready when you get the opportunity. For Shooting heads – The old standards are still hard to beat like the Midnight Cowboy, Martini Olive wooly worms and Loco Tadpoles in all white or Chartreuse and white. For Indicator rigs Maholo Nymphs and Midges are working well. Try Albino Wino’s, and UPS’s. Also try Red Wine Banded Midges and GT’s. All of these flies are in size 10-12 and can be found on our online store www.pyramidlakeflyfishing.com

December 27 Fishing Report

We have had a pretty good start to the winter fishing on Pyramid. The numbers of fish being caught are low but there are some nice sized fish being caught. The lake has been going through some changes over the last few years due to water levels and the fish stocking program. It appears the lake is turning into a more trophy fish fishery with way less numbers. The weather is still playing a part in the fishing at the lake with cloudy choppy days being the best. Water temps are approaching the winter lows and there are just not a lot of fish around the shoreline. Maholo Nymphs in Red and Black are working well as are Maholo Midges in Wine and Brown. Stripping Midnight Cowboys and White Ghost Tadpoles are also catching fish. The random big fish are being caught all day and there really is not a certain time to target. Just get out there and fish. The same goes for location. There are fish being caught just about anywhere. Look for this pattern to hold true until at least med February.

 

Fishing Report October 29th 2019

The lake is fishing pretty good for late October. Usually there is a lull in the fishing after the first couple weeks of the season until the water cools in mid November. Everything seems to be happening early this fall. The shore fishing is already picking up and should be good until we start to see the water really cool down sometime in mid December. This is a great time to get out to the lake and target the new Pilot Peak Strain of Cutthroat Trout. For those of you who only fish indicator rigs in the spring it is time to rethink your strategy. We have been getting clients into really nice fish under the indo already. Mid mornings to mid afternoons have been the best time to be on the water for sure. Nymphs and Midges to try include Maholo Nymphs in all colors, Albino Wino’s, Copper Wino’s and UPS midges for a bottom fly as well as size 8 Pyramid Lake Balanced Leeches. For shooting head set-ups try Midnight Cowboy Wooly Worms, Martini Olive Wooly Worms and White Ghost Tadpoles. We have plenty of openings over the next month for anyone wanting a guide and to learn our secrets for this time of year.

 

Fishing Report June 11th 2019

The lake closes for the summer at the end of June. Normally by this time of year we have forgotten about Pyramid and have moved on to other area waters. This season with all the high water on the area streams we have spent way more time on Pyramid later in the spring. WOW have we been rewarded!

The fishing at Pyramid has been outstanding for pretty much all of May and now into June. We have been having 10-30 fish days and catching some really big fish. The new Pilot Peak Strain of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout has really changed the early and late season fishing at Pyramid. The techniques we teach and use in October at the lake are working very well in May and June. The surface temperatures in the lake are warming and the food and the fish are staging in deeper water. Pontoon Boats are the most effective way to attack this time of year with a heavy sinking line fishing in 20-30 feet of water. The Pyramid Lake Balanced Minnow in all 5 colors is our go to fly and a must if you are headed to the lake. Get there early to avoid the heat but fish can be caught all day. Be careful if you are floating in the lake and have an anchor, a whistle and try not to fish alone.

April 22 2019

The lake continues to produce some huge Cutthroat Trout. Like we said in our February event at the Nugget, the numbers this year would be down which has been the case almost all season. This is due to the new stocking format of more Pilot Peak strain fish and less Summit Lake strain fish. There is simply less fish in the lake. The trade off has been the best big fish season probably ever.

The cold March and early April we have had has slowed down the spring fishing but has lengthened the season. The water temperatures are just now above 50 degrees and the conditions are great. That being said, this time of year there are a lot of sunnier blue bird glass days which make the fishing mid-day close to impossible. Windy days are producing good numbers of fish and should for another few weeks at least. The spawn is on at the hatchery and there are plenty of fish in the spawning channel. There are a lot of fish cruising in right near shore in a foot of water and plenty of fish out deeper as well. If you are going to strip flies with a shooting head cut back to one fly and strip really slow. There are a lot of fish getting snagged due to the large numbers of fish near shore. Shite Beetles and Tadpoles are working well. For nymphing and midging it is that time of year to downsize your flies and tippet. 3X tippet and size 12-14 flies will catch more fish for sure. Early morning and late evenings are the best time to be on the lake and will probably be that way going forward except for good windy days.

 

Pyramid Lake February Fishing Report

Pyramid Lake Report 2/5/19:

The Lake has been fishing really well with the mild winter we are having. Lake surface temps are around 43-45*F. But look for it to slow down with the cold snap that is hitting this week and the possibility of the lake turning over when temps hits 41*F on the surface. Fish have been starting to get into early pre-spawn and are cruising mid-day with over cast skies and some chop on the water. On clear days look for the fish in deeper water. The Stripping bite has been really good in the low light hours, pre-dawn and after sun set, while Indicator has been the main productive way to go through out the day.

Midges have been our top producers: Copper Tops, PMS, GT’s have been the most consistent patterns that the fish want. Don’t be afraid to switch up frequently to find out what the fish want!

Balance Leeches and Minnows have been good in the first seeable light (to which you can see the indicator) to about an hour after sunrise. Best Balance Leech has been the Black and Blue or the Olive.

Stripping early morning or after sun set, the midnight cowboy and black beetles or tadpoles have been the way to go. In the shallower waters don’t be afraid to use a floating line or clear intermediate, just a bugger or deep-water bugger to get it down but keeping off the bottom.

Pyramid Lake Celebration Update 2-5-19

February 15th Pyramid Lake Celebration Update

Hey Folks, Rob Anderson here. I just got back from a month in Brazil to find the event in really good shape. Prizes are rolling in, we have a great guest speaker and signups are going well for both the Friday night free Celebration at the Nugget and the Saturday clinic at Pyramid Lake. I sent an email out today to all who have signed up for the event to date. If you did not receive this email from me, I do not have you signed up yet. If you would like to attend either of the events please send me an email to rob@bucketlistflyfishing.com with the names of who would like to attend. The Event starts at 5:00 pm and the Presentations etc. will begin at 6:00 pm

Guest Speaker

the activities on the lower Truckee River as well as a summary of the Pyramid Lake work with the Utah State Fish Ecology Lab. This Presentation is full of all kind of Data and cool info for Pyramid Lake anglers. There will also be some time for questions and answers. We are lucky to have landed Erik Hogan from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Erik will be speaking on

Big Fish Picture Contest(s) There are two separate contests this year

This is our 5th year having this contest and once again we have some great prizes for the winners. Simply email a full-size picture of a released fish caught on a fly rod this season that is between 10-14 pounds for the 1st contest. One entry per person please. The 2nd contest is for fish 15 pounds and over. Multiple entries are o.k. for the 15 pounds and over contest. Email to rob@bucketlistflyfishing.com with weight, date caught and anglers name You must be signed up for the February 15th event and be present to win. (some restrictions apply for both contests) Deadline to send in pics is February 13th.

Fly Tying Contest

Also, in its 5th year. There will be some cool prizes as usual. Tie your best Pyramid Fly before the event and bring it in a Ziploc Bag to the Event with your name. We will pic a couple of Judges at the event and pic out the winners.

Saturday February 16th Clinic

As always, our guides will be hosting a day on the lake for our newer Pyramid lake anglers. We still have about 5 spots open for the clinic. We will spend the day fishing the lake and learning tried and true techniques, places to fish, rigging, casting, fly patterns etc. etc. We will have some demo equipment to try as well. This event sells out every year so if you are interested please send an email to rob@bucketlistflyfishing.com to sign up. The cost of the clinic is $125 and includes everything from a hot shore lunch to a goody bag with some fishing supplies for the lake.

Prizes

The list of prizes is big again this year and more are still coming in.
There will be a free raffle for attending if you signed up via email as well as a paid raffle in which the proceeds will benefit a local charity called Amplify life. This is our 4th year working with this fantastic charity. We will except cash or checks for the paid raffle. Tickets will once again be $10 each, 6 tickets for $50 and 13 for $100
to rob@bucketlistflyfishing.com with weight, date caught and anglers name
Here are some of the highlights on the Prize List so far

Grand Prize – Sage Ignitor Rod and Sage Spectrum Max reel and a Rio fly line

Other prizes
Redington Predator 8 weight and a Redington Rise Reel and floating line
Outcast Float Tube and Fins
Galvan T-8 Reel
Winston Kairos 7 weight Rod with and Scientific Anglers Reel and line
A loaded down Fishpond Chest Pack from Blaine Willis

Numerous guided fly-fishing trips as always from a variety of local guides around California and Nevada.
And prizes from other sponsors including Adamsbuilt, Costa, Fly Fishing Specialties, Umpqua Feather Merchants, Simms, Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters and more.

Fishing Report December 9th 2018

The recent cold weather has started to change the conditions at Pyramid. The fishing is starting to slow down for numbers but there are quite a few big fish still being caught. The colder water which is now in the mid to high 40’s has sent a lot of the fish into deeper warmer water. The flats and shallow beaches that were holding fish are getting really slow. The best spots to fish continue to be areas where you can access deep drop offs. Fish in these areas are being caught on just about all the normal Pyramid Patterns either stripping with a fast sinking line or hanging flies such as balanced leeches, nymphs and midges under an indicator. It is still a big fish time of year but the grabs are getting fewer and farther between. There is also a pretty good bite the last 45 minutes of the day after the sun gets behind the mountains. Fish can still be found just about anywhere this time of day and some of the sandy beaches and flats are a great place to finish out the day stripping Wooly’s and Tadpoles on a fast sinking line or balanced Minnows and Leeches on a floating line. This pattern should remain for the foreseeable future at Pyramid. This is very normal for this time of year with the exception of there are more and more big fish being caught. Flies to not leave home without include: Olive Martinis, Bloody Marys, Midnight Cowboys, White Ghost Tadpoles For shooting heads. Size 8 Pyramid Lake Balanced Leeches and size 4 Balanced Minnows in Black and Blue, Olive and Root beer. Maholo Midges and Nymphs in 10 and 12. All of these flies can be found on our website https://www.pyramidlakeflyfishing.com/plfstore/

Fishing Report November 26th 2018

 

Pyramid continues to put out some big fish. This time of year, is maybe the best for a chance to catch that “Fish of a Lifetime”. The fish are very “Hot” right now as well. Fish in the 5-8-pound range are probably the most aggressive and it is not uncommon to have a fish this size take you into your backing. The surface water temperatures are still in the low to mid 50’s but they are steadily dropping. The next few weeks should continue to be outstanding at Pyramid. You need to have both a fast sinking shooting head and a floating line with either an indicator or set up to strip nymphs as well. Fish are being caught on all techniques all over the lake. The only technique that is a little limited is stripping nymphs with a floating line. You really need to be on more shallow beaches to have success here. The South end of the lake continues to produce and be the most popular place to fish. The water is deeper here and it is not much of an issue to be able to fish past the drop off. You need to let your shooting heads sink a little more down south to get near the bottom. For Indicator rigs 9-10 feet down seems to be the way to go. Some of the shallower beaches or beaches you cannot reach the drop off are producing some fish in the early morning or especially the last hour before dark. The most productive flies for shooting heads are Martini Olive Wooly Worms, White Ghost Tadpoles, Chartreuse and White Tadpoles, Midnight Cowboy Wooly Worms and even Balance Minnows in White, Olive or Black. For the Indicator rigs, Albino Wino’s are really working well already as well as Red Maholo Nymphs, Red Wine Midges, Copper Tiger Midges and Black, Olive or White Balanced Leaches. We have all of these flies in stock on our online store and they are all locally designed and tied by our Pyramid Lake Guides. WWW.pyramidlakeflyfishing.com

 

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Fishing Report November 11 2018

Pyramid is on fire after a few weeks of flow fishing. The water temperatures have cooled enough to bring fish back in close to shore. There have been quite a few big fish caught in the last week. It is still day to day but it is worth doing for sure. This week is going to give us some very cold overnight lows and it is going to be really chilly in the early mornings. This time of year, with this type of weather pattern the late morning to last light bite is the way to go. The deeper drop off beaches have been doing the best but fish are being caught all over the lake. Some anglers are stripping Wooly’s and Tadpoles along the bottom but believe it or not the indicator bite has been the best. Hanging a Pyramid Lake Balance Leech just off the bottom or in 9-10 feet down on deeper drop offs is probably the most popular way to go right now. Albino Wino’s, Maholo Nymphs and GT Midges are also catching fish. You can put one of these flies as the top fly in a two-fly rig or use two Midges as well. Look for conditions to remain pretty good until the water starts to get really cold in a month or so.  Go to our online store to see some of the above mentioned flies and to see all our new for this season additions.

Our flies are all tied in the United States by our guides. We use only Tungsten Beads. Our patterns are the best on the market for Pyramid Lake, the least expensive and the patterns date back to the Original Reno Fly Shop days and some of the designs are from some of the best local Pyramid Anglers of all time. Most of our flies can not be found anywhere else.

We are taking reservations for guided trips on the Truckee and Pyramid Lake. Come fish with us while the fishing is so good. Call 775.742.1754 for more info or to book a trip.

 

July News and Fall Forecast including Float Tube Outing

Pyramid is closed until October 1st. There have been more fires in the lake basin and the South West side of the lake is still dealing with a fairly large fire. The road between Nixon and Sutcliff has been closed a few times as well. If you are traveling out to the lake for some recreation or boating be aware of the fire conditions.

Fall Fishing Forecast

We have had a very hot summer. The surface Temperature of the Lake is right around 70 degrees and does not change much until you get into deeper water. This is one of the reasons the lake is closed in the summer. This summer being on the very warm side of summer water temperatures.

The good news is that the fall fishing should be really good. We have developed some really effective techniques to catch these fish in early October and we will once again be holding our October Float Tube Outing on October 5th-6th. It is a public outing and we are currently taking sign-ups. Click on the link below to not only see more information on the Outing but to also see our new website for the first time.

Fishing Report June 25th 2018

With only 4 days left in the season, the report is going to be short. The lake water temperatures are climbing fast now with summer setting in and most of the fish are in deeper cooler water. If you are looking to get in one last trip, fish areas that have access to deeper water or even better use your tube or pontoon boat. Most of the reports are that you need to be in at least 20 feet of water to find the fish. Balanced Minnows, Wooly’s and Leaches fished with a fast sinking line in 20-30 feet of water is a great way to start. The early mornings and evenings have been the best for sure.

 

Fishing Report May 1st 2017

Well May is here and it feels more like Mid-April. The water temperatures are 5-7 degrees colder than normal and the weather has been colder than normal most of the last month. Add the Truckee River flowing into the lake at over 5000 CFS and you have the makings for an extended season. The lake is rising over an inch a day right now and this pattern could go on for at least another month or so. Lake levels are heading for what they were over 10 years ago. This is great news for the long term fishing at the lake and the health of all of the fish that live there. Lake levels have come up over 4 feet so far and could double that before the run-off is over this summer.

The water is not as clear now due to the flows on the Truckee and the amount of silt that was dumped into the lake this winter from the fire last summer and the floods in January. You can see a defined mud line that has crept north to almost the North Nets now and is covering the entire south end of the lake. It has not affected the fishing much and especially not on the Northern end where the water is still only a bit off-colored. Any windy day has created a really muddy shallow water situation from the silt and with the water starting to warm now and an algae bloom on warmer days is not helping.

The fishing has been better than normal for late April-early May due to the water being cooler. There are still a lot of fish cruising the shallows partly due to the water temperatures and also the off colored water. The abrupt shut off that can happen this time of year due to the post spawn has been diluted a little and fish are still in all stages of the spring spawn season. Some are spawned out and some are not even ready yet. Use this to your advantage and get out to the lake and fish. We do not see the fishing this good this late into the spring very often. Fish are being caught on all normal techniques any time of the day. The weather is playing a big role as it usually does this time of year and the best time to fish is on windy or cloudy days and first and last light.

It really sucks that no more of the lake is opened and we are not able to access some of the major spring time beaches. This is making fishing a little more crowded but the crowds are dying daily. It is starting to feel like a late season at a ski resort where the only people there are the pass holders.

 

 

Pyramid Lake Clinic April 22nd 2017

2017 Pyramid Lake One Day Clinic with optional 2nd day guided fishing

This clinic is a re-scheduled event. Our regular clinic in February that is in association with our Pyramid Lake Celebration in February was canceled due to lake closure during the floods. The clinic will be a one day event covering everything you need to know to become a better Pyramid Lake angler from rigging, tying knots, fly selection, techniques, where and when to fish and much more. This outing will be a shore based event including wade fishing and ladders. Hot lunch is provided as well. We look forward to sharing our knowledge of the lake with our participants.

Day two is an optional 2nd day of fishing with our guides at the lake. We realize anglers come from out of town and may want to spend the entire weekend on the water and we do as well. On day two we will continue to work with our guests and give them a 2nd day on the water to practice their skills and catch more fish. We always encourage our clients to spend two days or more with us on the water at Pyramid to give us a better opportunity to put them in the right places in the right conditions. Come join us at our signature local water and have some fun.

April 22nd is the first day and is $125 per angler.

April 23rd is the optional 2nd day and is $100 an angler.

Lunch included both days. Tribal permits and gratuities not included.

Contact Rob Anderson  775.742.1754  rob@bucketlistflyfishing.com

Fishing Report March 5th 2017

Pyramid Lake

Spring season and the spawn rolls on into April. There have been 3 successful spawns at the hatchery on the lake so far. Even with all of the water and the lake coming up everything seems to be right on time. Water temperatures are approaching 50 degrees and the weather has been pretty normal as of late. Each week seems to have some warm days and some minor weather and a windy day or two. The Truckee River is coming into the lake at an average of around 4000 CFS over the past few weeks and this has helped the lake to come up over three feet this season. It seems to be coming up inches a day right now. Don’t be surprised to see the lake come up another few feet before the season is over.

There are still plenty of beaches closed due to the floods in January and it seems as though we may not see to many more openings this fishing season. The road to Monument has a 10 foot deep and 25 foot wide crevice down the middle of it just north of the Ranch properties and plenty of water still coming out of the mountains through it into the lake. We don’t have much to report on Dago and Howards but with the Truckee running so hard they are probably muddy anyway. The South Nets is a mystery. We were told that the Tribe has the O.K. to allow access even though there is damage to the beach there as well. It is going to be tight and crowded for the next month so if you come to the lake accept the crowds and the lack of access right now.

As far as the fishing goes, it has been a mixed bag. As the water continues to rise in the lake look for conditions to change frequently. Stripping the normal patterns like Midnight Cowboy Wooly Buggers and Martini Olives in tandem with a Bright colored Beetle or Tadpole like chartreuse and white or all white is hard to beat. For Indicator rigs the Albino Wino and the Copper Wino have been the top producing fly for us for the umpteenth year in a row with over thirty 10 pound plus fish caught on these flies in March alone. https://www.pyramidlakeflyfishing.com/product-category/flies/ Fish these flies on the bottom with a Red or Black Maholo Nymph on the top. Early mornings and late evenings are the best time of day, especially during light winds and clear skies. As the water warms up in the mornings it seems to help with a mid-day bite as well. Keep checking your depth on Indicator set ups even on your favorite beaches. You will be surprised how fast the water is changing and rising in the lake. It is going to be tougher to find big fish in the coming month as more and smaller fish show up in the shallows as the spawn continues.

Not to mention the road access is still limited due to snow on the road. Your guess is as good as ours because we have plenty of other places to fish when it is this high. On the same note the flows could stay high like this for a while. Plenty of run off and a dam project on the way at Stampede Reservoir could keep the flows over 500 CFS for a month or more.

 

 

 

 

As of March 4th 446 heading south is open. This has also allowed more beaches to open up. Tamaracks Beach heading south to Popcorn is now open to fishing. There are still three areas that are closed. Everything to the North of Shot Dog beach including Warrior Point and Monument as well as the South Nets heading south to Washout beach. Also Dago and Howards beaches remain closed. There are some severe gouges in the roads and beaches in these areas due to flooding and we may not see these open this spring.

The lake has slowed down some since the re-opener. There have even been some really tough days. The water is only 44 degrees which is only a degree or two from the normal wintertime low. High Pressure over the past few days has made it tough going. The other important thing to know is the lake has come at least two feet since the beginning of winter and it has made it impossible to wade out to the normal spots near the shelves on almost all of the lake’s more shallow beaches. This spring is going to be way different than in most years when we do not have this huge influx of water in February and March. We had this situation back in 2005 when the lake came up fast in March. There are two possible scenarios that can change the situation on our more shallow beaches. Either we can have a big wind event out of the East or North and the shelves could get reset or we will have to wait until the lake comes up another foot or two with more run-off to bring the fish into the more shallow water. The beaches with a steeper drop off on the South end of the lake are more fishable and the drop offs are easier to get to. Stormy days are going to be important to good fishing this spring as well as low light situations in the early mornings and evenings for sure. Check your depth on your indicator rigs at any of the beaches because they have all changed. Float Tubing and Pontoon Boats are going to play a key role in our spring this year, especially as the water warms up in April. We will try to keep the report up to date as often as possible as situations change at the lake.

March 30th Fishing Report

Pyramid Lake

Spring season and the spawn rolls on into April. There have been 3 successful spawns at the hatchery on the lake so far. Even with all of the water and the lake coming up everything seems to be right on time. Water temperatures are approaching 50 degrees and the weather has been pretty normal as of late. Each week seems to have some warm days and some minor weather and a windy day or two. The Truckee River is coming into the lake at an average of around 4000 CFS over the past few weeks and this has helped the lake to come up over three feet this season. It seems to be coming up inches a day right now. Don’t be surprised to see the lake come up another few feet before the season is over.

There are still plenty of beaches closed due to the floods in January and it seems as though we may not see to many more openings this fishing season. The road to Monument has a 10 foot deep and 25 foot wide crevice down the middle of it just north of the Ranch properties and plenty of water still coming out of the mountains through it into the lake. We don’t have much to report on Dago and Howards but with the Truckee running so hard they are probably muddy anyway. The South Nets is a mystery. We were told that the Tribe has the O.K. to allow access even though there is damage to the beach there as well. It is going to be tight and crowded for the next month so if you come to the lake accept the crowds and the lack of access right now.

As far as the fishing goes, it has been a mixed bag. As the water continues to rise in the lake look for conditions to change frequently. Stripping the normal patterns like Midnight Cowboy Wooly Buggers and Martini Olives in tandem with a Bright colored Beetle or Tadpole like chartreuse and white or all white is hard to beat. For Indicator rigs the Albino Wino and the Copper Wino have been the top producing fly for us for the umpteenth year in a row with over thirty 10 pound plus fish caught on these flies in March alone. https://www.pyramidlakeflyfishing.com/product-category/flies/ Fish these flies on the bottom with a Red or Black Maholo Nymph on the top. Early mornings and late evenings are the best time of day, especially during light winds and clear skies. As the water warms up in the mornings it seems to help with a mid-day bite as well. Keep checking your depth on Indicator set ups even on your favorite beaches. You will be surprised how fast the water is changing and rising in the lake. It is going to be tougher to find big fish in the coming month as more and smaller fish show up in the shallows as the spawn continues.

Our April 22nd clinic will be awesome and teach anglers how we catch so many fish at the lake. Space is limited and we only have 4 spots available. http://renoflyfishingoutfitters.com/education/

 

Truckee River

As stated above the Truckee is running hard and fast, especially on the Nevada side of the river. The best fishing is up stream in the upper stretches of California down to about Boca Bridge. After that it is hard to get in the water and can be dangerous. Fishing the edges or in any slower water is the way to go. Fish are hiding from the heavy currents right now. Nymph Rigs should have plenty of split shot and streamers can be fished with a sink tip. There is not much in the way of dries. The flows will probably stay really high for the next month and even more depending on the pace of the run off. Flows are: Town of Truckee 1160 CFS, Boca Bridge 3030 CFS, Farad 3560 CFS, Reno 3500 and Vista 3580.

 

Little Truckee River

Flows are 774 CFS. Humming! The river is out of the banks and running hard. Not to mention the road access is still limited due to snow on the road. Your guess is as good as ours because we have plenty of other places to fish when it is this high. On the same note the flows could stay high like this for a while. Plenty of run off and a dam project on the way at Stampede Reservoir could keep the flows over 500 CFS for a month or more.

 

East Walker River

Ditto! 856 CFS. Look for the flows to stay really high for most of the spring.

 

Davis and Frenchman’s

The water is coming over the spillway and the lakes are full. Should be a good spring once the weather warms up. It has been many years since either of these two fisheries have had this much water. Plenty of coves and places to fish this year. Both have limited access still and are mostly iced over.

 

South Fork Reservoir

South Fork is fishing great from both shore and from boats and float tubes. The water is still really cold but fish are getting active. There has been a really good midge hatch late mornings and the fish are hungry. Albino Wino’s fished under an indicator is hard to beat right now for Rainbows, Cutthroats, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass. South Fork has become one of our spring go to spots and we are currently running guide trips and outings in the month of May. South Fork is located near Elko Nevada and is probably the best public trout fishery in Nevada. See our Education page for more info.

Pyramid Lake is really the only local fishery worth talking about this week. Other area lakes are still frozen and the rivers are all blown out due to high water, rain and flooding. We have a huge snowpack in the Sierra’s and stormy weather just keeps coming. All of our area lakes are reservoirs are either full or going to be soon. This means that the rivers could remain too high to fish for a month or two.

Pyramid re-opened on February 18th after over a month of being closed due to rain, mudslides and road damage to both paved and beach access roads. The lake is only open between Shot Dog Beach and the North Nets. This means that popular beaches to the North including Monument and Warrior Point remain closed as well as the entire lake from and including the South Nets all the way to Dago Bay.

Pyramid Lake has come up around 2 feet since the fall and it looks like it could rise another 5-7 feet by the end of run off season. There are not too many years most of us can remember when the lake came up this much. 1997 and 2005 are the only other two in recent history. This is going to change the spring fishing season a lot. It has already made an impact on most of the sandy beaches that are open. It is either difficult or impossible to wade out to be able to fish to the shelves. This is a common occurrence on big water years and it will take a big wind event from the East to sort of re-set the ledges and redefine the drop offs. On windy days the fish will move in on top of the deeper ledges but on calm days it is going to be tough. It can change any day with the amount of storms and windy days we are having.

The fishing was fantastic all weekend and many anglers caught fish over 10 pounds. Long casts with Indicator rigs and Maholo Nymphs and Balanced Leeches were as good as anything. Stripping Midnight Cowboys and Martini Olive’s also caught a ton of fish with a fast sinking shooting head.

 

 

Fishing Report December 6th 2016

We have spent the better part of the last month at Pyramid. We have seen the good the bad and the ugly! This is one of the best times of year to catch a fish of a lifetime at Pyramid for sure. There are plenty of big fish pics being circulated all over the internet coming from Pyramid Lake. That being said the fishing is tough for numbers and you have to put your time in. The water is cooling down rapidly now with the cold overnight and daytime temperatures in the area and with the cold forecast this pattern is not going to change. All this means for now is everything is pretty normal for this time of year. Fish are spread out. The minnows are in deep water and the fish we are catching are the occasional cruiser or school of smaller fish. Stripping Wooly Worms, Beetles and Tadpoles has been the most effective but anglers putting in their time with Balanced Leeches and Maholo Nymphs are also doing o.k. On nicer days with less wind and sunny skies it is important to fish first and last light. Cloudy, windy days are the best and fish can be caught more frequently during the day. For stripping flies try Olive Martinis, Bloody Marys and Midnight Cowboys for Wooly Worms. White Ghost or Northern Lights Tadpoles are also catching fish as well. Under the Indicator it is hard to beat either a Black Maholo Nymph or an Olive Martini Balanced Leech right now. You can fish both at the same time with the Maholo nymph fished on top.

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Fishing Report November 29th 2016

Pyramid is fishing pretty much right on par for Late November – Early December. The fish are really spread out, tough to catch but there are some good days in the mix and plenty of big fish being caught. Two weeks ago the water was 57 degrees from the surface to down around 80 feet. This constant temperature this time of year is one of reasons why the fish are spread out. Recent storms have cooled the water to about 50 – 52 degrees. The normal pattern for this time of year is first light and last light on calm sunny days and throughout the day if there is any wind and or clouds and storms. Fish are eating flies fished under an indicator like Pyramid Lake Balanced Leeches and Maholo Nymphs but most anglers opt for shooting heads this time of year. Fish are still chasing fast moving lures and flies and a faster retrieve is still important. Fly selection is all over the map. It is more about getting your fly in front of some fish than the exact pattern. To narrow it down a bit try Olive Martini Wooly Worms and Tadpoles and Beetles in White or White and Chartreuse. Don’t over think it this time of year. Get your flies in the water and put in your time and the odds will go up. This is a great time of year to catch a big fish just not a great time to catch a lot of fish. Those days do exist but you can’t count on it. The next couple of weeks should continue to produce some real picture takers at the lake. Dress warm, layer up and keep your flies in the water.

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Fishing Report October 10th 2016

The lake continues to fish really well. The surface water temperature is around 61 degrees which is down 6-8 degrees from last year. This has really spread the fish out and anglers are catching fish all over the lake. Boaters and shore anglers are doing well. The bait balls are also spread out all over the lake. If you find bait you usually find fish so it is not quite as easy as just going to a spot that fished well last week. The bait and the fish are constantly on the move.

Shore anglers are doing well fishing beaches with deeper drop-offs using a variety of techniques and flies. The key is to get to an area where the grass in not a problem or has died back already. In some cases it could simply mean moving 50 yards over on the same beach. Root Beer Wooly Buggers have been really good as well as Midnight Cowboy or Olive Martini colors. White Ghost Tadpoles are also working well and can help with the grass problem a bit. There are not as many fish being caught under the indicator because most of the fish are keying in on fast moving Tui Chubs. The really nice weather we had last week kept the chop off the water and also played a part in the tougher Indicator bite.

Anglers fishing from Tubes and Pontoon Boats are also doing well in 20-30 feet of water. Fast stripping Pyramid Lake Balanced Minnows in every color has been effective. Deep Water Wooly Buggers are also catching fish. The speed of the retrieve is very important right now. More fish are being caught on a very fast erratic retrieve. Make sure you have a really fast sinking line and start your flies out on the bottom. There are plenty of fish also following the flies all the way to the boat so do not get in a hurry to make another cast. Look for the fishing to stay like it is now for a few weeks at least until the water starts to cool off more.

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Pyramid is closed for trout fishing until October 1st 2014.

We had our best year ever and we hope you did as well. We are already working on our guide schedule for the coming season. We do more guide trips each year than any of the other guides have done in their history of guiding at Pyramid. We also have not gotten skunked with clients in three years (over 200 trips)

Hear is part of a fishing report from one of our competitors from last February (their last fishing report of the season)

“Pyramid can be tough most of the time but when you “strike it rich” it is well worth the time and effort.  Lots of skunks and some absolute trophies! The fish are still  up and down and in and out of the shoreline beaches.  Pick your favorite spot and fish! You never know!”

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With under a week to go in the season, things have come to a screeching halt. The water has gotten really warm and most of the fish have headed for deep water for the summer. Shore fishing with either a fly rod or spinning gear is really slow. Boaters still have a chance to catch some fish in deeper water but the problem is that bringing them out of 50 degree water into 70 plus degree water on the surface is very dangerous for the fish. It is time to put the ladders and the down riggers away and give the lake a rest until the fall opener on October 1st.

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The fishing season ends at Pyramid on June 30th. The water is really getting warm and the fish have really moved out into deeper water for the summer. There are still a few fish being caught but mostly by float tubers who are fishing in deeper water. There are also a few fish being caught from shore in areas with access to deeper water as well. Try to get yourself in 15-30 feet of water and get your flies near or on the bottom. Really fast sinking Shooting Heads are a must if fishing Wooly Buggers, Beetles or Minnow Patterns. Let your line sink for at least 30-40 seconds before starting your retrieve. Nymphs and Midges are really working well for anglers who can get them into deep water. Umpqua Feather Merchants Deep Water Lake Leader is the way to go for fishing in water over 10 feet deep with an indicator. This system allows you to hang your flies under an indicator in up to 20 feet of water. Mark Fore and Strike and Scheels in Reno have these set ups as well as Fly Fishing Specialties in Sacramento. Maholo Nymphs and Midges are a couple of great flies to try as well. Note: Keep an eye on the weather and be careful when float tubing at Pyramid. The wind can come up quick and make float tubing un-safe.

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June and we are still catching fish at Pyramid. The Tui Chubs have shown up in the shallows around the lake and there are some really big fish chasing them. Warm or even hot weather is on the way and the great fishing we have had over the past month could end anytime. This is the time of year when we really start to use our floating devices and try to get out in a little deeper water. The water temps. are in the high 50’s and will be in the 60’s before long. This usually drives the bait and the fish into a little deeper water. There has been a tremendous Callabaetis hatch by mid-morning each day and there are also some fish really keying in on those as well. With so many other places to fish right now in the area, Pyramid has no pressure. Nymphing from a float tube or pontoon boat is a great way to go right now. Maholo Nymph’s and Midges fished with Umpqua’s Deep Water Indicator Leader is the way to go for indicator fishing in 10 plus feet of water at Pyramid or any other lake. Mark Fore and Strike in Reno and Fly Fishing Specialties in Sacramento has these leaders in stock among others currently. Stripping Minnow patterns on the bottom with a fast sinking shooting head has also been very effective of late. Some of the larger fish are really keying in on Minnows right now.

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This has been one of the best late seasons at Pyramid in a long time. The water temperature is hanging in there for late May and that has really helped a ton. The water temps. are still in the upper 50’s to low 60’s in the shallows. There are some windy days ahead of us which help keep the temperatures down this time of year. We could get another few weeks of good fishing if this keeps up. A few days in the 90’s and no wind could also turn it around quickly. 20-30 fish days are not uncommon for anglers moving around and finding the right wind conditions and pods of fish. There is a strong Callabaetis hatch mid-day and that is also helping the fishing. Nymphing has been the most effective way to go for sure. Maholo Nymphs in Red, Black or Wine are a good bet to imitate the Callabaetis right now. Two fly rigs with the bottom fly fished close to the bottom and the upper fly about 2-3 feet up is a great way to go. There are plenty of places to get Maholo Nymphs if you are headed to Pyramid including Mark Fore and Strike in Reno, Keines Fly Shop in Sacramento and Scheels in Reno. The best places to fish this time of year are ones with less boat and Jet Ski traffic. Try going to the North or the South end of the lake to stay away from summer traffic.

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The fishing continues to hang on at Pyramid. The water temperatures are around 56 degrees in the shallows and there are still plenty of fish cruising the shelves. Some larger Pilot Peak strain Cutthroats are starting to show up again and there have been some really big ones caught in the last week. This is the same pattern we saw last May. As the Summit Lake strain fish lose their urge to spawn and start heading for deeper water, the Pilot Peak strain seem to take their place in the shallows. Beaches with deeper drop-offs should start to produce more and more in the coming weeks and shallow areas will start to slow down. Weather is the number one factor on a good day at the lake for sure. It is becoming more and more important to fish on days when there is some wind. Nicer blue bird no wind days continue to get tougher and tougher. There is still some time to get out and catch some fish at Pyramid and this is a great time to get a really big one. Red and Wine Maholo nymphs are really starting to produce again for floating lines. There is some growth starting to happen on the bottom and foam Beetles and Tadpoles are a good choice for shooting heads.

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The spawning season is in full swing at the lake. The hatchery is full of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout and the Fisheries folks at the lake are working hard to make sure there are plenty of fish to put back into the lake for next season and beyond. When you see the efforts that are put in by members of the tribe and U.S fish and wildlife to ensure the future of Pyramid Lake you start to understand why it is important to treat these fish with the utmost respect.

Fishing has been really good over the past couple of weeks with a few tough days thrown in there as well. Weather plays a bigger and bigger role out at Pyramid as the spring goes on. Sunny Blue Bird days with no wind can create some tough conditions. The fish are cruising in really shallow water and can get spooked by ladders and fishermen, especially on crowded beaches. It can become really important to be aware of the situation and if fish are in really tight to the drop-offs back up 5 to 10 feet. This pattern has been the case at some of the more popular fishing spots like the nets and Pelican. If you are in an area where he fish are tight and there are fishermen too far out in the lake then it can be best to look for a spot on the beach with less anglers. This is a great time of year to take off the indicator and fish nymphs on a long leader and a Hover line. Albino Wino’s continue to be hard to beat for midges and Red and Wine colored Maholo Nymphs are still the way to go for nymph style flies. For shooting heads, Olive Martini’s and tan or chartreuse Beetles are working well.

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The lake has gone through some major changes in the last week. The water temperatures have gone from 44 degrees to 50 degrees in 6 days. There is some really off colored water on both the North end and the South end of the lake due to this. It appears that the lake wants to turn over soon. High pressure has dowsed the wind and made the fishing really tough over the last two days. It is really a good time right now to fish the first and last light until we get some more weather. The hatchery is packed with fish and the spawn is on. Fishing should be really good over the next month weather permitting.

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April is here and we are in the middle of the peak season at Pyramid Lake. Unsettled weather over the past few days has really helped the fishing. There have been a few days with some good onshore winds and some overcast that have resulted in some really good days. The fish are really spread out and there is not just one spot to find them. Fish the wind and try to pick a spot with the wind in your face. You can both move a lot to find fish or stay in one place and wait it out. The fish are really getting in good spawning shape and they are ready to do their thing. The water is still really cold for the first of April at around 44 degrees. It is supposed to get warm starting next week and the water temperatures should start to climb. Shooting head set ups are working well in the early mornings with Olive Martini’s, Midnight Cowboys and Pink and White Wollyworms. Nymphing either under an indicator or with a Hover line has also been picking up a lot of fish. Red Maholo Nymphs and Albino Wino Midges are hard to beat. Go to the beaches page at pyramidlakeflyfishing.com to get an idea of how deep to fish your flies under the indicator if you have not been out in a while or are unfamiliar with the lake. Mark Fore and Strike in Reno has a good stock of Pyramid Flies.

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This is the time of year that angler come from all over the West and even the Country to fish for Giant Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. March and April brings a little warmer weather and the migration of these fish into shallow water looking for a stream to splash their eggs into for a new generation of fish to begin their lives of the World’s largest Cutthroat Trout. The spawning channel at Pyramid Lake is the perfect place for this phenomenon to take place. Fish are geared up to run the artificial stream right now in search of the perfect place to lay their eggs. The Hatchery water is on but most of the fish are not quite ready to spawn. There are many beaches that fish are cruising the shallows and plenty of fish are being caught by shore fisherman. There have been some slow days and some really good days. Most of it is weather based. Stormy weather patterns over the next week or so should really help the fishing at Pyramid. We should be in a good fishing pattern for the next few weeks. Nymphing will be working well for the remainder of the season. Red, Wine and Black Maholo Nymphs continue to be a great choice for flies. The Albino Wino Midge is also a must have. Mark Fore and Strike, Keine’s Fly Shop, Orvis of Reno and California Fly Shop are all places to purchase these flies. Shooting Heads are also working well. Olive Martini’s and Bloody Marys have been tough to beat.

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It is that time of year again at Pyramid Lake. In the middle of March each year thousands of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout make their way into shallow water around the lakes shoreline in search of moving water. It is spawning season. Not only do the trout start their migration but so do anglers from all over the country. The next 6 weeks at Pyramid will undoubtedly the best and busiest place to fish in the area. We have a few trout of over 20 pounds that have been caught and lots of fish in the 10-20 pound range already this season. The numbers of fish caught is starting to go up as well. There have been a few 20-30 fish days and plenty of 10-20 fish days. You still have to look out for the occasional blue bird sunny no wind day here and there that makes the fishing tough. Nymphing rigs and shooting head set-ups are both working well. It is best to have both rigs set up and be ready to switch at any time. Fish are spread out all over the lake and can be caught from Popcorn Beach on the South end of the lake to Monument Rock on the North end. For the Nymphing rig Red or Wine colored Maholo Nymphs, Copper Tops and Albino Wino’s are working well for sure. Midnight Cowboy’s, Olive Martini’s and Popcorn Beetles are tough to beat fished on the bottom. Mark Fore and Strike and Orvis both have these flies locally in Reno. There is a new section on the beaches page, www.pyramidlakeflyfishing.com/fishing/beaches/ that helps out with depth to fish your flies under an indicator on most of the beaches at the lake. Contact Rob Anderson 775.742.1754

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The lake continues to fish well. Summit Lake strain Lahontan’s are starting to move in to some of the popular beaches looking for moving water for their annual spawn. The water temperature is starting to climb out of its winter lows and the fish can sense the beginning of spring conditions at the lake. If this year is anything like last the shift is on to a few more fish being caught and without a doubt more Summit Lake Strain fish over the next month. The beauty of having two strains of Lahontan’s in the lake now is that they are showing up at different times of the year. The Pilot Peak Strain is a great addition to making our fishing season better at Pyramid and last much longer. The Summit Lake strain is more likely to school up and run the shallows in the spring months when we see an increase in angler days in March and April and when it seems to become more difficult to catch some of the larger Pilot Peak Cutty’s. Another year of fishing for this new amazing fish will undoubtedly reveal more about what they are all about. The best times to fish still remain to be days with chop on the water. 10-20 fish days are happening already and you just have to be there on the right day with the right weather at the right time. Nymphing continues to produce the most fish. Red and Wine colored Maholo Nymphs fished either under an indicator or stripped slowly with a hover line is hard to beat along with the Albino Wino. For the shooting Head set-up Olive Martini’s and Bloody Mary Wooly Buggers are working well.

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The lake continues to pump out some big fish. There have been some tough days and some good days and that should continue right through the middle of May. The water is starting to warm a little with the warmer weather we have had. It is still around 44-45 degrees unless you are fishing in the shallows where it can reach 47 degrees. The beaches that offer access to deeper water have still been fishing the best but the fish are really spread out and can be caught all over the lake. Follow the wind on calmer days. There are already some female Summit Lake fish with eggs and the spawn is just around the corner. Red Maholo Nymphs and Albino Midges have been working well for the indicator rigs and Midnight Cowboys and Popcorn Beetles for the shooting head set ups. Locally in town Mark Fore and Strike has a great assortment of these flies at great prices. Go to pyramidlakeflyfishing.com for more info.

2-12-14

Pyramid continues to spit out some big fish. There are plenty of slow days out there about twice a week the fishing is pretty good. That is normal this time of year with the water temperatures around 43 degrees and the weather changing daily. This past weekend saw some 70 mile an hour wind events on Friday and Saturday and the fishing was really tough. Sunday the wind calmed down and the fishing was way better. There are not too many secrets this time of year. The beaches with some access to deeper water are normally doing a little better. On calm days fish the windy part of the lake. There is the 2nd weekend of a tournament this weekend so the normal hot spots should be crowded. There are plenty of places on the lake that are completely empty of anglers. Nymphing, Jigging and stripping Wooly’s and leaches are all worth a shot. If you are coming from out of town plan a couple of days on the lake to have a better chance at getting the weather right. Red Maholo Nymphs have been really good as are Albino Wino’s and Copper Top’s. For Shooting Heads try Olive Martini’s and Bloody Marys. Any day you get out to Pyramid you could catch the fish of a lifetime.

2-4-14

January at Pyramid was about as good as could be expected. The water is cold at its normal wintertime lows of 42-43 degrees but there have been some really big fish hanging around and feeding all winter. The numbers of fish are down which can be expected this time of year but when or if you catch a fish it has the potential to be huge. There have been lots of fish caught between 10 and 20 pounds over the past month. The beaches with access to deeper water continue to be the hot spots. Places like Blockhouse, Sand hole and other areas on the South end of the lake have been pretty good. It looks like we are in for some weather over the next couple of weeks and that should help the fishing out as well. The best days have been when we get some wind and some chop on the water. There have been some really good early mornings and late evenings but it is really cold out there so dress warm.

Nymphing in 9-20 feet of water with Red, Wine or Black Maholo Nymphs has been working well. Stripping Wooly buggers and Beetles in deeper water with a fast sinking shooting head is also the way to go. Olive Martini’s, Bloody Mary’s, and Loco Beetles and Tadpoles are great choices.

 1-21-14

Fishing has really slowed down at the lake. This is pretty common for this time of year. The water is very cold at 41-43 degrees. There has not been much wind at the lake lately and the thermoclines are building up and sending fish into deeper warmer water. There are still some big fish being caught over the past week including a fish over 20 pounds and one in the 15 pound range. Both fish were caught from float tubes in 20-30 feet of water. Shore fishing has been pretty slow all over the lake except for first thing in the morning and after the sun gets off the water in the evening. The lake really needs some weather to churn up the water and mix some of the cold and warmer water again. Maholo nymphs and midges are still working for Nymphing and Bloody Marys, Olive Martini’s and Loco Beetles and Tadpoles with fast sinking lines. The fishing should continue to be about how it is for the next couple of weeks unless we get a storm or two.

12-2-13

Wow! What a fall at Pyramid. This has been the best fall fishing out at the lake in recent history. The new strain of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout continue to grow and offer anglers the chance to catch a fish of a lifetime. Several fish over 20 pounds and a couple in the 25 pound class have been caught over the past month or so. Lots of fish in the 10-20 pound range have also been caught. There are several beaches that continue to produce fish but the fish are really spread out. Spots with access to deep water have been the best places so far. www.pyramidlakeflyfishing.com/fishing/beaches lays out the variety of spots to try at the lake and the ones that have access to deep water. All sorts of techniques have been working. Shooting head set-ups with Midnight Cowboys, Bloody Mary’s and Olive Martinis have been working well. Dropper flies like white Wooly Buggers and Chartreuse Loco Beetles are also worth a try. Nymphing has also been catching fish. An estimated 24 pound fish was caught last week on a size 12 Black Maholo Nymph. Albino Wino Midges are also doing well.

There is a bunch of really cold weather headed our way and the water temperatures are bound to plummet. This could change the fishing conditions and drive fish into deeper water sometime soon. It should remain pretty good for a while however if you can handle the cold. Fish have been biting seemingly any time of day so as the cold weather sets in it might be a good idea to get a little later start.

 

10-8-13

Opening Day at Pyramid was as good as it has been for several years now. There were some really good reports of anglers catching 10-15 fish. The good fishing has continued for most of the first week. It is really important to find schools of bait near shore this time of year to have the best chances. Minnow patterns fished with a fast sinking shooting head that sinks 6-8 inches a second on beaches that offer chances to get your flies into 15-25 feet of water are your best areas to try. There are not too many spots around the lake that shore fishermen can do this but those types of beaches were awesome on the opener. The beaches page does a great job of explaining which areas offer access to deeper water around the lake. The fishing should only get better as the water cools and fish creep into the shallows over the next month. Midnight Cowboys, Olive Martini’s, Bullet Head Streamers and just about any minnow imitation in size 2-6 is worth a try.

The best story of opening day goes to Lauren Dunn of Truckee who caught and released the new Junior Female World Record Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. This is a category for anglers under the age of 17. The fish was Lauren’s first fish of the day and weighed slightly over 9 pounds. Congratulations to Lauren! Go to https://www.pyramidlakeflyfishing.com/2013/10/03/new-world-record-lahontan/   to see the story.

9-3-2013

Opens to Trout Fishing October 1st. This is going to be an interesting and hopefully another great year at Pyramid. We now have two sustainable strains of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout in the Lake. The Summit Lake strain which has been the main strain in the lake for the last 20 years or more and the Pilot Peak Strain which was introduced back into the lake in 2006-2007. Both strains of fish play an important role in the fishing at Pyramid Lake. We are still learning a lot about the Pilot Peak strain and some of what we think we know is based on only a few years of experience catching these fish. There is much more recent history with the Summit Lake strain.

In years past most of the Summit Lake Cutthroats are still in deeper water on opening day. It has a lot to do with water temperatures. The boaters usually do very well in October catching these fish in 20-40 feet of water or more. Trolling is a great way to fish this time of year. Shore fishermen usually try to fish near fast drop-offs where deeper water can be accessed. Looking for Tui Chubs and Perch Fry are also important to finding fish. As the fall wears on and water temperatures drop more and more fish can be caught from shore in more like 8-15 feet of water. The fish can be really spread out and moving around is important to finding fish. This should be very close to how the fishing goes for the Summit Lake strain of Lahontan Cutthroats again this fall.

It is going to be interesting and fun to experience another year with the new Pilot Peak strain which is believed to be as close to the original strain of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout that used to roam the lake 100 years ago. These fish do not act like the Summit Lake strain. They are more aggressive, tend to grow faster and may even live longer. They also seem to hang out in different water. Last spring after most of the Summit Lake fish were out in deep water and the hatchery was shut down a large school of Pilot Peak fish showed up in shallow water and there were a few weeks of excellent fishing in May and June because of it. These fish seem to spend a lot more time chasing Tui Chubs and smaller Trout and will move in and out with the schools of bait. There are usually more Tui Chubs near shore in the fall so there may be some really big fish close enough for shore fishermen to catch as early as Opening day. We still have a lot to learn about these fish and what the future holds for the largest Cutthroats on the Planet.

6-1

What a great day on the lake. Started out with a couple begginer clients in the morning and we caught some nice fish. We went through a slow spell around lunch and then it was on again. 10 Pilot Peak fish to hand up to 5 pounds in about 2 hours. Fish were deep. We were fishing the new deep line breakaway indicator rig in 12 feet of water. Developed by Rob Anderson. Awesome set up. Anyway then we get a last fish of the day story.

a couple of fish over 8 pounds today with this monster fish. Maybe 12-14 pounds. Lots of Pilot Peak fish being caught right now.

5-22

 

Pyramid can be tricky for shore anglers this time of year. The fish have moved on from the spawn and warmer water moves most of them back into 30-50 feet of water. However cooler weather has stalled the warming of the water and the fishing has picked up. The fish seem to have moved to the North end of the lake and places like Monument and Warrior have been best. First light has been the time to be there for sure. It looks like the wind is going to blow for a few days and this should help the fishing. There is no one fishing Pyramid from shore right now. You can have just about anywhere to yourself. The boaters are really doing well. Korey Farnsworth has been hammering fish from a boat the last few weeks.

5-8

Water temperatures have jumped into the high 50’s over the past week. The Pyramid Lake fisheries reading at Sutcliff on May 5th was 56 degrees. The water is still in great shape for May and there are still some really nice fish being caught. There was a 14 pound Pilot Peak fish caught at Warrior Point on May 3rd. There was an 11 Pound Pilot Peak fish caught around Popcorn on the same day and a 10 pound fish caught at Dago Bay as well. Although numbers are a little on the low side there are still some big fish cruising the shallows. The next couple of weeks should be pretty good at Pyramid. There have been a ton of Chronomids or Midges hatching as well as a few Callabaetis as well. Nymphing rigs continue to produce with red or black Maholo’s. This is also a great time of year to fish Olive colored flies right on the bottom to imitate Dragon Fly nymphs and sand beetles.

4-30

The full moon is behind us now and the water temperatures are still in the low 50’s. The month of May could really be a good at Pyramid. We have had some really good reports even through the full moon cycle. It looks like we are going to have some really warm days in the coming week and the water could warm up fast. It is perfect right now though and if you are thinking of going to Pyramid now is the time. Weather will start to play an even bigger part as the water gets warmer. Wind and chop on the water will become more and more important. Early mornings and late evenings when the sun is off the water will also be a factor. There are more and more midges hatching at the lake now and there are even some Callabaetis showing up. Fishing with nymphs and midges under an indicator or simply stripping them in without an indicator with a long leader and a floating line is hard to beat right now. Black Wooly Worms like the Midnight Cowboy and the bloody Mary have been really good fished with a shooting head as well. Fish the wind and move often. Fish really tend to school up this time of year.

4-23

The lake has been pretty tough for the last week or so. This is very normal due to the moon phase. Pyramid has always been a little tough around the full moon. The water temperatures are creeping up into the low to mid 50’s and the next few weeks should be really good overall. As we get passed the full moon the fishing should keep getting better until the water gets to about 60 degrees. The spawning channel is full of fish and there are some huge Summit Lake and Pilot Peak fish in there. This should be a really good year for the hatchery. Fish are spread out all over the lake and it is really important to follow the wind and conditions out there right now. As we get more and more nice days, early morning and late evening should also be good times to fish. Maholo nymphs and Midges are still catching lots of fish either under an indicator or fished on a long leader with a floating line and retrieved really slow. Midnight Cowboy’s and Bloody Mary’s are great flies to use with a shooting head.

Keines fly shop has the only remaining Maholo nymphs in stock for this season. They are getting low. If you need to restock give them a call soon. As far as I know evryone esle is out.

4-16

Now is the time to go to Pyramid if you have been waiting for the magical report. We have had a North wind for most of the last 9 days and it has kept the lake from getting warmer for sure.  April has looked much more like winter than March. This time of year is the time to be there but you can’t assume everyday will be great. Weather plays a big role. There are plenty of fish close to shore so get out there and fish. Nymphing with Red Maholo Nymphs has still been awesome with a floating line either with or without an indicator. Loco Popcorn Beetles with a Midnight Cowboy is a great way to go for fishing on the bottom. Conditions look great for fishing over the next month.

4-10

The fishing over the past week has been up and down. It is just about what we excpected for this spring. We had a couple of brutal days of wind and snow on Sunday and Monday. Normally the wind is a good thing but it blew so hard it created some really muddy areas and it was hard to get into the water. A few anglers who stuck it out on monday did pretty well in the afternoon. The water dipped back into the mid 40’s on Monday but it is climbing fast again. Shallow areas like the South Nets is around 50-54 degrees depending on who’s thermometer you look at. The hatchery is full and the first spawn of the season happened yesterday. The next few weeks should have some really good days and some slower days mixed in.

4-2

With the Full Moon behind us now the fishing has already started picking up. The water temperatures are slowing climbing into the upper 40’s in the last couple of days. There are way more fish in shallow water now and good reports have come from all over the lake. Schools of fish have been seen cruising the shelf at places like Windless Bay, Pelican and the Nets. The water at the hatchery is scheduled to be turned on any day now. Most of the females being caught still look a little “green” or not quite ready to spawn yet. As the water warms up into the 50’s over the next couple of weeks they should be ready.

Weather is still going to play a part in the day to day action at the lake. It is important to fish the mornings and evenings on those sunny Blue-bird days. For shooting head set-ups, Olive Martini’s and Midnight Cowboys have been working well on the back and Lime Green Tadpoles have been hard to beat as a dropper. It is a great idea to fish a bright fly on the front of your rig so you can see the fly as it gets close to you on your retrieve. Don’t get in a hurry to re-cast. Fish have been following all the way to the ladder. For nymphs and midges, Red Maholo Nymphs are still hard to beat as either a top or bottom fly. The males are really keying in on red this season. Maholo Midges are a good way to go for the bottom fly. Good Maholo Midges to try are Copper Tops, J.W.’s and for Maholo Stretch Midges try the P.M.S. or the Albino Wino.

3-28
The afternoons have been the only real bite again. We caught almost all our fish between 2:00 and 4:30 today. The fish seemed to move in and then just dissapear after 4:30 ish. The Moon is reaking havoc. We did the dawn patrol again today and it was beautiful at Dago Bay for sunrise but the fish were not there. Reports were basically the same for other anglers as well.

3-26-3-27

Full Moon syndrome at the lake the last couple of days. The morning bite has been tough overall for sure. The afternoons have been way better. The fish seem to be eating Wooly’s and Beetles better the last few days than midges and nymphs. We have some stormy weather coming in tomorrow and hopefully that will get the fish going again. The water is still off at the hatchery and the water is still on the cold side. I got to spend some time with U.S. fish and Wildlife at Marble Bluff dam. It looks like we are getting another 140,000 Pilot Peak fish this year. The future looks bright for the Mid.

March 20th

The approach of spring has the Cutthroats thinking spawn at Pyramid. The weather however is a little behind. The water is still pretty cold for the middle of March. The Pelicans have just started to appear on their yearly trip to the lake as well. Fish are being caught all over the lake and are very spread out right now. As of 3-18 the water at the hatchery was not on yet.  The weather usually plays the biggest role in the fishing this time of year. Cloudy, windy days are the best and if you can get some chop on the surface it is a plus. Early mornings and late evenings when the sun is off the water can also be a factor. There are some really nice Red male fish starting to show up in the shallows. Pick a spot and give it an hour and see what the wind is doing. Fishing the beaches with a little chop or some rollers is best. Red Maholo nymphs fished under an indicator has been the most consistent bite so far. Mark For and Strike, Scheels in Reno have them and Keine’s in Sacramento also. Casey Ryan of Dallas caught an 11# 14 ounce Male on Sunday using this fly.

March 12th

The fishing at Pyramid has been just about as I expected it for Early March. We have has some really cold weather in the Reno area and that has kept the lake water temps. down in the low to mid 40’s. There have been some fish around for sure. It is very hard to predict however. The best days have been when there is some chop on the water or at least some cloud cover. Today the bite was slow until the wind picked up around 11:00 am and then it seemed to turn on for a while.

Warmer weather over the next week is going to really increase the water temperatures and it should bring more fish into the shallows. There have been some big fish caught over the past week. Jay Clark of Portola caught a 16 Pound Summit Cutthroat on Friday while fishing Midges and there were several more fish over 10 pounds caught as well. Maholo Midges and Nymphs in Red and Black have been working well. There are several Fly Shops like Keine’s in Sacramento and Mark Fore and Strike in Reno that have these flies in stock.

March 1st

I Spent the entire morning on the South end of the lake. It was a sunny blue bird day but the wind was blowing out of the North and making the chop on the water perfect. 12 fish to hand by 11:00 am and missed a few more. One female Pilot Peak fish that was around 7 pounds. The bite was on for sure. It seemed as though I got a grab every 10 minutes or so. Most fish were caught retrieving a Midnight Cowboy and a few came on the Loco Popcorn Beetle. Late in the morning I switched to the Indicator rig as the wind came up and started getting grabs right away. Good day to be at the lake for sure. The Albino Wino was the hot fly but then again it was the fly I had on the bottom the whole time. I can’t wait to go back out in two days. It seems as though I found a bunch of fish and I hope they stay put until I get back.

As far as the overall report. The water is still in the low 40’s. There are fish around and most of the beaches are reporting 2-5 fish days with some scattered better days in between. The water has come down about 18 inches from last year and just about all of the popular spots have great access to the drop-offs and ledges. It should be a much better year than last year. some of the beaches still have weeds and muck issues on the bottom for sure but there are also a bunch of really clean spots where you can drag your flies in with no issue. The water is not on at the Nets yet and the fish are spread out all over the lake.

 

February 4th 2013

A long cold spell in the Reno area has the lake water temperatures down to around 41 degrees. This is usually about the coldest the lake gets in the winter. It is supposed to be a little warmer over the next week or so with sunny skies. The fishing at Pyramid is pretty average for this time of year. Cold water in December-January tends to move most of the fish into deeper water in search of a little warmer conditions. There are however a few fish being caught from shore anglers. This year continues to produce some large fish. There was an 18 pounder caught last week and Reno local Adam Heuer caught and released an 11 pound fish on Saturday.  The fish are really spread out and the reports are coming from all over the lake. It is pretty much a given that you are not going to catch more than a few fish a day right now but the chance to catch a fish of a lifetime keeps anglers coming.  February is a great month to catch big fish at Pyramid. There are less little fish in shallow and the larger fish make a pass through shallow water from time to time. There are fewer fishermen and more chances when the fish come by.  A bunch of different flies are also catching fish. Bloody Mary’s, Midnight Cowboys, Olive Martini’s are always good and White Wooly Worms and Popcorn Beetles are great options for droppers.

Note: Use 12-15 pound tippet on your shooting head set-ups. If you do get the chance to hook into one of these monsters don’t take a chance with light tippet. Go to pyramidlakeflyfishing.com for more info

Pyramid Lake Cutthroat Trout

Adam with an awesome 11 pounder last weekend