Pyramid Lake Update 4/6/17- The Yo-Yo Diet

At Pyramid, we have had plethora of ups and downs and the last couple weeks have been the same. Fishing has been amazing some days and then slower on others, but the fish are there and  sticking to your guns and fishing hard is still the trick to ensuring a good day with fish caught and the chance at that big boy you've been hunting for. For some, it might not be the typical day you are used to for this time of year but we need to remember we have had a huge influx of water that the lake level is continuously rising and the water is a little cooler than it has been in the past years so things have been changing on a daily basis. The fish are there and they have been closer to shore than most people would think.

The indicator bite has been the more productive of the fishing methods.  Midges and nymphs in black, wine, and red have been great.  A very close competitor has been the balanced leech in black olive and grey. Check our store for some great midges that will be sure to put you on the fish. Vary your depths through the day to find the feeding fish.

Stripping has been good with darker flies in the lower light and brighter flies during the day.  A contrast of a black and a white fly combo is the best start. The beaches are changing fairly rapidly so please be careful wading even in the familiar spots.


Always stay confident as our last 4-day Trophy Pursuit trip we hosted offered a mix of host and slow days, but we stuck to our guns. Casey was able to put his clients on 4 fish over 10 pounds in just one day! These clients were stoked to say the least and it will be a day that was never forgotten!

Again, fish hard with confidence and you will be rewarded. Don't get discouraged and wait for the schools of fish to come and take advantage of all opportunity.  Tight lines 

Brendan Best
Reno, NV
Balanced Leech.

John Gierach fished with us and caught his share of fish.
No hog, but these 24" Cutts are gorgeous

Fishing Report 3/13/2017 - Numbers on the Rise

The lake level at Pyramid is rising and so are numbers of fish being caught. We have caught and received reports of more big fish than we ever have seen before. Also now with most of the south end being open, the numbers are up even more. Multiple fish 20 pounds and over have been caught just in the last week. For us the hot bite has been on the indicator but not to say that the strip bite isn't catching fish. Both methods have brought in countless trophy fish.  The water temp is still pretty cool (45-46 degrees) for this time of year but we are seeing a lot of midges.  Chironomids in variations of black, wine, and red have been the hot ticket. Followed closely pheasant tails and copper johns. Balanced leeches have been good on nastier weather days with larger swells. Vary your depth to find the fish. On the stripping end, it's still hard to beat the popcorn beetle or boobie paired with any of your favorite minnow pattern usually between sizes #2 and #6.

Photo: Chris Nicola

Photo: Chris Nicola

It's time to go explore and check out the changes in the beaches you might just find your next favorite hole.  Most of the change happened down south and there has been some great newly made spots.  Good beaches to fish are North Nets, Spider Point, Blockhouse, Popcorn, Pelican, and Shot Dog. 

Having your flies in the water is the key to catching numbers and big fish. If and when you can, get out there fish hard and you will be rewarded. Hope to see you on the water!

For all the spin gear guys on the beach and trollers, marabou jigs, spoons, and carolina rigged flies have been producing great results aslo. We'll say it again, whether you fly fish, spin fish or troll, keep whatever fly or lure you are using in the water. The next cast or pass may be a 30lber.

Crosby Lodge located on the lake has all the gear you need to catch your trophy fish. Stop in and see the new Pyramid Fly Co. patterns that Casey Anderson and Capt. Rob have tied up. Conditions change hourly, make sure you have the flies you need to cover all basis. For up to date info on where and what the fish are eating call us at 1-877-PFC-FLYS and we will point you in the right direction for success.

Tight Lines,

Casey Anderson

Casey Anderson (Head Guide, Pyramid Fly Co.) on his well needed day off.

20 lbs. - 36"

Caught on #10 Chocolate Midge.

Fishing Report 3/5 - More Beaches Open For Fishing

During the closure many anglers were getting stir crazy waiting for the re opening of the land of the giants. The break the lake and monster fish that live within got from the closure played out in favor for the fishery. Almost two feet of vertical feet of fresh water was much needed and the fishing has been very much worth the wait. The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe did a great job in doing all they can to get the lake back open early as possible. Even if it meant a partial opening.

The lake was open from North Nets to Shotdog and all the beaches are fishing tremendously with big fish coming from all beaches. Just yesterday, Saturday, March 4th, the Tribe opened the beaches from Popcorn to Tamarack, and North Nets to Shot Dog. The area north of Tamaracks to South Nets, Warrior Point and all points north, and Dago Bay and Howard’s Beach on the south end of the Lake remain closed to the public until further notice. Here is a map to ensure that you head to the open beaches.

We have over 30 reports of fish over ten pounds being caught since the re opening. Indicators and stripping have both been producing numbers and trophies equally. For the indicator, midges in black and also wine are fishing well and then, balanced leeches in black, olive, grey, and brown, have all caught big fish this last week. Vary your depth until you find fish. Each beach will be different.Stripping flies with beetles or a boobie paired with your favorite wooly, clouser, leech, etc. will get you some fish to hand as well. They haven't been particularly picky, so don't be afraid to change colors and depths to find the fish it will be different day to day and beach to beach . With that said, many of the beaches have changed from the flood and the quick rise and water so just be observant when driving, walking, and wading.

Stay warm and dry, the water temperatures are about 46.5 degrees. It may be a little chilly but the fishing has been plenty worth it.  With all the new fresh water and high flows of the Truckee, were are starting to anticipate the water staying a little cooler longer. Hopefully prolonging the time of year we all love to fish. From now for the next couple months is the time to get out. We will see you on the water!

No scale for this one, but Austin's fish was certainly pushing 20#! Great day for the team.

No scale for this one, but Austin's fish was certainly pushing 20#! Great day for the team.

Client fish with Casey. Can't beat running into a face like that!

Client fish with Casey. Can't beat running into a face like that!

Casey with a freckled lady.

Casey with a freckled lady.

The Captain taking a few hours off the computer to stick one.

The Captain taking a few hours off the computer to stick one.

Fishing Report 02/19/2017 - Pyramid Reopens!

The high anticipation and expectations of the Pyramid Lake opener were high and the fishing met the standards.  All beaches were fishing very well with good numbers and many reports of big fish being caught the first day. With the partial opening it has been more crowded but there is always room to find an area to fish.

Indicator and strip bite seemed to be equally successful. Darker flies were the ticket for most people.  Midges in black and wine were big producers. Balanced leeches in black grey and olive brought in some big fish and good numbers as well.  Stripping any of your favorite color patterns of beetles, boobies, and minnow type patterns brought some big fish from north nets. They haven't seen a fly in over a month and a half so if it was moving they were biting.  The morning into the afternoon was when the bite was the best with tapering flurries through the evening. It's time to get back out to Pyramid.

Earl Christensen - Reno, NV

20.5lbs - 36 inches

Caught on Green Streamer



Pyramid Lake NV 12/17 Fishing Report

Grab the stocking cap, put the gloves on and get after it!!! This time of year is when it really pays off for the dedicated and hardcore trophy hunters. The ones who fish through the colder temps and storms have been payed off with some great trophies. Mixed in are the really good days that aren’t so uncommon as of recent where anglers are getting multiple fish over the ten pound mark. With the recent abundance of rain and snow the Truckee River is blowing out the south end of the lake making the visibility low. This past week the indicator bite has produce a good number of big fish. The most effective type of fishing in the nastier weather staying in the strike zone longer when the numbers are slower. Wine, red, and black midges and balanced leech in black, olive, brown being the more effective colors. Captain Rob and Casey Anderson were fishing with Animal Planet's “Fish or Die” and GEOBASS's, Jay Johnson. They had a good day landing fish up to 12 lbs. The white balanced leech stood out as the fly to fish on that cloudy day. Don’t limit yourself to colors based upon cloudy/sunny situations. You just never know. Think outside the box sometimes.

Photo: Kyle Beckmann

Photo: Kyle Beckmann

For those that don’t like to stare at an indicator, stripping has been very productive on calmer days and when the bite is slower to trigger more off an aggression strike. The popcorn beetle and boobie have been the top producers. Both in white, black, and tan foam with bright colored bodies. Leeches, woolies, and clousers are a close second to the foam flies and make a great pair. Vary the speed of your retrieve. One day the fish will want it faster or slower than others. Keep casting and fish hard and you can be rewarded with your fish of a lifetime. If you have some days off for the holidays it would be worth it to make a trip out here.

Spoons in Original Frog, 5 of diamonds and Black/White have produced some very nice fish from Popcorn, Blockhouse and Dago Bay. Black/White and Black/Chrt jigs are still producing their fair share of fish. 

Trolling has been a hit or miss if you can get out on the water due to weather. We had wind gusts to 60 mph Wednesday Evening/Thursday. Trolling Flatfish and Spoons is still producing fish and always will. You just have to put your lures in front of the fish and hope they are in the mood to bite. 

No Big Fish were checked into Crosby Lodge this week but there fish are out there. 

*Water temperatures range between 47-48 degrees

Jimmy Damone - AKA "Jimmy Bobby D"

Reno NV



Balanced leech

Pelican Point

Biggest fish Jimmy has ever caught. Casey Anderson from Pyramid Fly Company taught Jimmy this year how to cast a switch rod and Jimmy has the hang of it I would say !!!

Brandon Esposito


South Nets

Popcorn Beetle

Glenn Lemmon


North Nets

Black Leech


I have seen, caught, and heard of 15 if not more... fish over 10lbs caught this week by the regular studs out here. You just have to put in your time. The big ones are biting. Did I mention that these studs also have lost some big fish at the net? Yup Tim, the fish are biting, you just have to want it more then other anglers do.

Tight Lines

-Capt Rob

Fishing Report 11/29 - Casey Anderson

With the first freezes out of the way the water is cooling and the continued climbing number of fish will start to move in closer to feed more regularly. With that said, it's a great time to be out for trophy hunters as there are still plenty of big fish are being caught from all over the lake from north to south end. Stripping flies has still been the biggest producer for us so far. Although, the indicator and the "no-cator" techniques are starting to heat up. The morning and evening are still the best time for a bite, but certainly fish as long as you can because you never know when the big boys are going to come in to feed and hopefully eating what ever is on the end of your line. 

Low light and even through the day dark leeches and woolies such as black, brown, and olive seem to be the ticket with hints of red, flash, or UV.  The midges and nymphs in black, red, and wine are usually going to hash out a few fish from the floating line in most conditions. Regarding sinking lines, the Popcorn Beetle and the Boobie in a black, white, or tan foam and variations of brighter colors for the body have been great for the strip bite and have produced easy a half dozen fish over 20 pounds this season.  Still the biggest tip is to fish where you are confident and put in work. Not huge number days so far but you have a good chance at a trophy fish. Keep the traveling to minimum (2-3 moves max a day).  Keep the line wet and it will happen, no doubt. Much love and stay golden, from the PFC Family.

Photos Courtesy: Kyle Beckmann

Photos Courtesy: Kyle Beckmann