Spring run off has not only effected the local rivers but has had a big impact on how the fish are acting at pyramid. Late winters, colder weather and consistent flow of fresh water from the Truckee have kept water temps down. We are starting to see a lot of the fish in the shallows when the water has a chance to warm up. Cruisers are becoming a common afternoon occurrence. There are a few fish feeding mixed in with the "zombie cruisers". The majority of the fish you will catching will be just out of site but still in shallow water.
Afternoons have come around again to be the better bite, thus allowing shallow flats to warm up. As it's looking now this season will have a prolonged productive bite since we are STILL 6-8 degrees colder than a normal year in mid-April. One of the most interesting observations we have had are the look of some of the fish. We are getting pods of milky/pale males and very chrome females. Indicating a lot of fish have not spent a lot of time in the sun and shallows. But rather stated deep and explains why earlier in the year was so tough. But it's on and numbers are coming in. We are having the most consistent number days we have had all year.
For this time of year and new water levels, be adaptable to the new conditions, algae growth, new or on existent ledges, and muddy water from high river flows. This is very productive time of year for shore anglers and the flies you need are as followed.
For floating line and indicators. Midges and nymphs have been hard to beat. The size varies drastically but body colors include: red, black, wine, brown. Balanced leeches have started to really pull numbers in as well and great colors for these patterns are olive, black, white, brown. Stripping has also been a great way to get into some fish especially in lower light situations. Contrasting colors is a great start. Stripping patterns include popcorn beetles and boobies paired with a wooly bugger, clouser, streamer etc. colors for these are Olive, white, black and chartreuse. I hope these tips help! Keep at it and this is the time of year to see some bent rods!