"Making the Moves to Moving Water" 7/2/18

With the official season ending at Pyramid Lake, we can’t thank everyone enough for such an amazing and eventful year!

The focus has shifted. Now its really time to start looking at our other fishing options in the area! 

Historically, by the second week of June the rivers of the Eastern Sierra have hit peak run-off and are starting to drop. And just like clock work, that’s what we are seeing. Rivers like the Truckee will continue to stabilize with controlled releases from tributary streams along the main stem. The East Carson river, a little further south, is a true freestone and has very few dam controlled tributaries resulting in what I like to call a “yo-yo” in flows throughout the day. The water will rise and fall during the day as snow melt ebbs and flows with the changing temperatures. 

Then you have the area tail waters. They’re great when the flows are stable, but now that it’s late spring/early summer (meaning with the agricultural demand for water the flows can change at the drop of a hat) This can put the fishing off until it stabilizes again. The fishing has been great and as of right now you, can catch fish with just about every technique. Dry droppers, tight line, indo, streamer and even some straight dry fly fishing! It’s a smorgasbord of bug options on the menu. You can always try and have fun to specifically “match the hatch” but this time of year, I like classic patterns. Pheasant tails, prince nymphs, rubber legs, adams and the classic olive woolly bugger. It’s not about the right bug, it’s about the right drift. On to the fishing...

The Truckee is fishing really well, top to bottom. Mornings have the fish eating right from the start with bugs hatching until early afternoon and then again during the last “magic” hour. Dry dropper rigs fished in fast water and over drop offs, have been taking fish. For dries, try ants, beetles or a big stone with a long dropper of most-any mayfly imitation. Doug O’s “peaches and cream” has been the hot fly lately. 

 This fish ate the peaches and cream under a beetle in fast water. Not bad for your first fish.                                                                                                                          Photo By: Chris Nicola

This fish ate the peaches and cream under a beetle in fast water. Not bad for your first fish.                                                                                                                          Photo By: Chris Nicola

The little Truckee is doing what it does best. Sight fishing dries to weary trout. The PMDs are just getting started, and the fish are ready for them. You just have to be in the right place at the right time. Without spooking the fish of course! Take your time when approaching the river. Watch for 5 minutes. You’ll catch more fish. And don’t be the angler parked in 1 hole all day. Fish a section, and then give the next person a shot. 

 Beautiful dry fly eater from the LT.  This is a quality over quantity fishery. Don’t come looking for numbers.                                                                                                   Photo By: Chris Nicola

Beautiful dry fly eater from the LT.  This is a quality over quantity fishery. Don’t come looking for numbers.                                                                                                   Photo By: Chris Nicola

The East and West Carson’s are both fishing very good as well but with different techniques. The West is a smaller meadow stream and doesn’t see nearly the run off the the East does. This has been clear and fishable for a moth now. Dry droppers and light nymph rigs will have you hooked up throughout the day. The East Carson is very different. It’s a bigger river that flows through a canyon. The flows have dropped to “fishable” levels and the fish are hungry! It only gets better as the summer goes on. Streamers, heavy nymph rigs under a bobber, and tight lining have been the go-to. 

 Fun streamer eater from the Carson drainage.                                            Photo By: Chris Nicola

Fun streamer eater from the Carson drainage.                                            Photo By: Chris Nicola

Then there are rivers that we never say the name of. They have a special place in our hearts. When the fishing is good here, it’s great.

 Beautiful fish from a special river.                                                                 Photo By: Chris Nicola

Beautiful fish from a special river.                                                                 Photo By: Chris Nicola

So there you have it. The fishing is good, and it’s only going to get better. Get out and catch some fish! I have some open dates in July if you’re interested in learning more about our local waters. Give me call or shoot me a text if you need any help. (530) 307-9744

Pyramid Fly Co Guide Chris Nicola

"Spring Run Off" 4/17

 

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.

 Trev enjoying the new push of fish that have come in

Trev enjoying the new push of fish that have come in

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. 

 Javier with his first fish on a fly rod

Javier with his first fish on a fly rod

 

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.

 Matt enjoying the day with his military brothers

Matt enjoying the day with his military brothers

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! 

 Reward for getting Admin work done !!  Epic battle on the 5 wt for sure !! Thank for the NJ Trev !

Reward for getting Admin work done !!  Epic battle on the 5 wt for sure !! Thank for the NJ Trev !

"Spring has Sprung" 4/1/18

Goodbye March, Hello April !! 
I took a water temp today 4/1 at 3:30 this afternoon in 6 ft. of water and we are in the 48-50 degree range. This is 2 to 4 degrees colder than this time last year. The fish are coming within casting range and cruising the shallows for brief periods throughout the day and will continue to stay within casting range once the water warms up a bit more. We have seen a big increase of fish cruising shallow the last couple of days. 

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We might sound like a broken record but it’s actually a good thing the lake is still on the cold side. The water will reach the “peak” temperature in April and this will extend the season for everyone. Over the last week we’ve seen the bite go from a strong morning bite with little action in the afternoon to a slow morning bite and a strong evening afternoon/evening bite. When planning a trip out to Pyramid try and give yourself the opportunity to catch one of the special periods. Usually 2 or 3 days will give you a great shot to at an epic bite and as always more time on the water is always better.

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Juan and Rob from Colorado were out fishing with us for 5 days and boy did they ever put on a clinic. Example: 3/31 they were quick on the hook set and put 30 fish in the net, nothing smaller than 22 inches. Fish were literally eating midges yesterday off the top of the water. What a sight to experience.

 

 Robs first Pyramid Lake Cutty

Robs first Pyramid Lake Cutty

 Big Rob with his huge paws on a fired up Cutty

Big Rob with his huge paws on a fired up Cutty

Mark, Steve and Ken from Colorado also got into the bite at the beginning of the week. They landed at Reno Airport at 12:09 pm and headed to the lake. By 5pm they put 18 fish in the net out of 36 takes/hits/bobber downs. They had more fun ribbing each other on the missed strikes then fishing. Great to see grown men acting like kids. Amazing how time on Pyramid Lake turns you into a kid. Fishing is all about fun, leave the BS from home or work at home or work, the fish can sense your stress. Was that 6 or 7 wraps guys ? LOL inside joke.

 Ken was all smiles his entire trip.

Ken was all smiles his entire trip.

 Steve with Steiner Optics had his sights on Cuttys all day. 

Steve with Steiner Optics had his sights on Cuttys all day. 

 Mark and Capt Rob enjoying a great day fishing together.

Mark and Capt Rob enjoying a great day fishing together.

A good box of flies this time of year will have midges in a variety of colors including red, wine, black and brown. As for stripping flies, you can’t go wrong with Doug O’s popcorn beetle and black wooly worm. “TIP” When tying your Wooly Worms use 2-4 hackles to create bulk. This will create more water movement. Trust me, it works.

 Prehistoric Beauty for the Canada Boyz                                                   Photo: @smiizera

Prehistoric Beauty for the Canada Boyz                                                   Photo: @smiizera

Wes, Tony and Shawn from Canada came across the border to fish with Guide Casey Anderson for 2 days. Blue Bird Skies didn't deter these guys from hitting the lake hard. From light takes to double hook ups they encountered all conditions and "Roped" the fish.

 Wes and Tony from Canada with their first Pyramid Cutts                           Photo: @smizera

Wes and Tony from Canada with their first Pyramid Cutts                           Photo: @smizera

Edit: 4/1  4pm-530pm   Hundreds of fish cruising the shallows and were on the CHEW !!  It was WFO for Josh, Kiana and Robert.         

 Someones all smiles   Kiana with another nice Cutt                                                                                                        Photo: Josh Mundy

Someones all smiles   Kiana with another nice Cutt                                                                                                        Photo: Josh Mundy

       

It's time everyone, the Spring season has SPRUNG

 PFC Guide Chris Nicola and Morgan "Momothemeatman" Ropin fish in the new FlyCraft. Stay tuned for an upcoming article on how PFC uses their FlyCraft

PFC Guide Chris Nicola and Morgan "Momothemeatman" Ropin fish in the new FlyCraft. Stay tuned for an upcoming article on how PFC uses their FlyCraft

Give us a call if you have any questions or would like to book a trip. Good luck and we’ll see you out at the lake.

Chris Nicola

"Ready for Spring" 3/17/18

March has been a roller coaster of a month. Sun to snow, we've had it all and it doesn't look like it will change anytime soon. Giving us all sorts of weather conditions to fish in.  Some incredibly good, and some incredibly slow days on the water. We are in a limbo period between our late winter, keeping water temps lower than usual. A lot of schools of fish are wanting to push into the warmer flats, and with the right conditions, they have been.

 When a client reschedules, what's a guide to do. Go fishing of course. Nice MONSTA Casey  Photo: Eric Warner @goneclamming

When a client reschedules, what's a guide to do. Go fishing of course. Nice MONSTA Casey  Photo: Eric Warner @goneclamming

With the aging of older year classes, the number of large fish being caught all over the lake is proof that the lake is on a healthy uphill climb. It started of slow but this year is really turning out to be another great year for 10+ pound trophy fish. Multiple fish over 20 pounds are being caught every week. The fishing is good and from what we are experincing currently, it will only get better. The reason for this again, is that the water still needs to warm up to reach peak fishing in the prime temperatures in the 53 – 57 degree range. Water temps are currently in the high 40's and its's shaping up to be a great April. This is good news, if the water takes longer through the year to warm up the longer the fishing season will last. It's time to get out to the lake, that's a fact. But if you can't make it now, don't fret. The peak season is just around the corner but isn't quite here. Which is an excellent indication to a long and fun season.

 Welcome to Pyramid Lake Kelly McFLY from WY. Nice bend on that 11'6" 7wt Switch Rod. Photo: Capt Rob

Welcome to Pyramid Lake Kelly McFLY from WY. Nice bend on that 11'6" 7wt Switch Rod. Photo: Capt Rob

Let's talk techniques for this time of year. Fishing close to the shallower ledges will be most effective. Especially in low light conditions. You might not be able to see them, but they are there. Indicator and floating line without an indicator can be lethal in march.  Chironomids and nymphs in variations of black, red, and wine will produce. Change patterns to find out what the cutthroat will be choosing that day. We have had some days this month where they have been very picky. 

 First time fishing with the fly rod and Kyle and Dustin from Santa Rosa CA Double up !!!  Needless to say they are hooked !                                                                  Photo: Chris NIcola

First time fishing with the fly rod and Kyle and Dustin from Santa Rosa CA Double up !!!  Needless to say they are hooked !                                                                  Photo: Chris NIcola

Stripping has been slow one day and hot the next. Never a bad idea to start stripping early morning in lower light to see if anything wants to play. As always, the  Dougs Popcorn Beetle and Mike Sextons Boobies have been the better patterns in the floating/sinking fly combos. Both floating line and sinking line techniques are great for this time of year and have fun fishing your favorite style. 

 Come to mommy. Kelly cradling a nice Cutty.                                                        Photo Capt Rob

Come to mommy. Kelly cradling a nice Cutty.                                                        Photo Capt Rob

The morning and late afternoon/evening have been our more consistent bite times. The mid-day bite is also staying more consistent.  Having your flies in the water as much as possible will put you in front of that big fishes face. Putting in the time pays off. Now get out and catch that monster Lahontan

 Shout out to Pyramid Lake OG "CA Johnny" with a nice mid day 10lber. Who needs waders anyways, great enjoying a day off with you Johnny.   Ropin Em'                 Photo: Capt Rob

Shout out to Pyramid Lake OG "CA Johnny" with a nice mid day 10lber. Who needs waders anyways, great enjoying a day off with you Johnny.   Ropin Em'                 Photo: Capt Rob

Crosby Lodge has all your needs covered from locally tied fish catching flies to food to rooms. Check out Crosbylodge.net and start planning your trip !!!

 Eye see you !!   Gorgeous colors.    Photo: Eric Warner   @goneclamming   

Eye see you !!   Gorgeous colors.    Photo: Eric Warner   @goneclamming

 

Keep Em Wet - 03/02/2018

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In the midst of our late winter storms have been some really great days on the water. Everyday isn't red hot but compared to our prior months it's much more of what we are used to. If you're hesitant on coming out you should pull the trigger soon. The big fish are coming closer and closer and are being caught more frequently. Heavier storms and wind creating low light or mud lines have been frequent this last week and will be into the future. Bringing fish in close to the shallows for feeding frenzies.

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On the other end on the calm sunny days that give a chance for the shallows to warm up have also been productive. Two reasons not to turn your nose at the blue bird days this time of year are simple. The cold water gets a chance to warm up allowing for more bug activity which will bring in baitfish as well. Also, the cutthroat are looking for that colder water that is starting to warm up to start cruising  the shallows. Fishing around ledges and drop offs will be the fishier zones to have your flies. You might not be able to see the fish yet but they are out there and probably closer than you think.

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The schools of fish are holding a little tighter so it's important to keep your flies in the water when the fish are biting or after releasing a fish. There will be period between fish, some longer than others but don't lose hope. They will come back around. When there is wind, clouds or both at the lake it isn't a bad idea to try stripping the beaches with bigger flats and any size ledge. When the sun is bright smaller presentations or nymphing is a good idea to try.

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The flies needed in the box are still fairly similar to last week. For stripping or retrieving the popcorn beetle and boobie in all variations of colors have been bringing in big fish. Along with wooly buggers, clousers, and other bait fish patterns of your liking. Have fun varying your speed and cadence until you find your fish.

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For floating line. The usual nymphs and midges in black, red and wine have all been equally productive depending on the day and weather conditions. You might have to go through a little bit of tippet before finding the right fly and depth. They will change day to day so it doesn't hurt to fish with a buddy to help figure out the puzzle. We have had some really fun trips this week with good numbers and few big fish in the mix. It has been cold but the fish help you forget about it. Please stay warm on the water and drive carefully. There has been ice on the roads early morning so don't race around the lake. Now's the chance to get your big one! And we hope we are around to witness it!

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The Transition Period - 2/19/2018

 Casey with a giant cutthroat

Casey with a giant cutthroat

We can finally say with confidence that the bite is starting to pick up and big fish are rolling in. We had great week for big fish! Is it a red-hot bite? Honestly, not quite, but it has been substantially better than months prior. We are seeing more and more fish in shallow water and large fish are being caught throughout the day instead of only specific times, which is also a good sign. This time of year will be extremely weather specific. The large schools of fish are not far off the shore but they are coming into the shallows during low light, storms and oddly enough on the warmest of days.

 Allen Mann with a healthy Lahontan from last week

Allen Mann with a healthy Lahontan from last week

The cutthroat are just waiting for the water to warm up a few degrees to really charge the shallows. On the warm sunny days, the fish will be picky but they will be around enjoying the warmth of the shallow water. Most won't be visible yet or in high number like March and April but know they aren't far off. You may see rises out of casting distance but know at some point that the schools will come feed in the shallows and you must be in the water when it happens.  As we see the water temp rise we will notice the shore bite increase. Guides Casey Anderson and Chris Nicola netted 5 fish over the 10.5 lb. mark and over half a dozen between the 8-10 pound range in the last week. Another indication that the fish are moving in is the coloration of some of the male "pyramid" or "summit" strain being caught. Brightly colored fish are being caught all over different beaches.

 Netman Casey Anderson and angler Chris Fildes hoist a beauty from last week

Netman Casey Anderson and angler Chris Fildes hoist a beauty from last week

The tactics have not changed much in the last couple weeks as most of the fish are still a little deeper unless the conditions are as we discussed prior. Morning and Evening bites have still been consistent. The flies you will want to have in your arsenal include: popcorn beetles and boobies in white, black, chartreuse, red/pink and combos of those colors. The trailing fly has been less specific as all bait fish streamers, clousers, wooly buggers and wooly worms etc. all have been doing very well in the same colors as the beetles and boobies but use opposite colors when using the pair for higher contrast between flies.  Floating line wise with or without an indicator has been picking up but the fish on some occasions have been pretty picky. Midges and nymphs have been working just as well as balanced leeches for us, especially as the water starts to warm and we have been getting more weather and wind and can expect more this week to stir up the shallows. Successful colors for anything hanging is black, olive, grey for leeches and red, wine, black. Don't be afraid to vary depths or retrieve speed as well. This week could be promising with the weather and storms pushing in but be prepared because it will be substantially colder than we have been all month. Stay warm out there and we hope to see you out there! 

 14 year old Keegan McKee with the fish of a lifetime

14 year old Keegan McKee with the fish of a lifetime

Hope to see you at the lake soon!

Casey Anderson - President & Head guide

Spring is Just Around The Corner - 2/10/18

The fly fishing show season is coming to an end and we would like to thank everyone for bearing with us through this busy time when we were away from the lake and on the road and therefore missing a few fishing reports. Casey Anderson threw some excitement into the fly fishing scene by tattooing at the fly fishing show. Casey did all kinds of creative fly fishing tattoos on some of the fly fishing die hards.  It was a pleasant feeling to come back home to the lake and have the fishing be much better than the month prior. So it's time to start tying up your bugs and plan the next trip. Now on to the fishing! 

It has been a dry winter for the sierras and the valley with mild to no storms which has made for a tough January at pyramid lake. When we have gotten storms the fishing has been as you could expect, GREAT. Though when the water is cold and the sun is high and bright it does make for a slow mid day bite. The mornings and late/afternoon and evenings have been the best times for January. Now as we transition into slightly warmer days and the shallows warm up, the fish are starting to come into the shallows for longer periods to feed. More big fish have been caught in the last two weeks than the whole month prior (from shore).

 angler Sarah Landstrom   Photo copyright r valentine atkinson

angler Sarah Landstrom   Photo copyright r valentine atkinson

We are really starting to see bigger fish coming in at all periods of the day. Especially when there are clouds or chop on the surface. Which is great news for the very near future as it's a very steady up hill climb. Fish are still being caught from north to south and we really have not found one beach really out-fishing another. 

 Photo copyright r valentine atkinson

Photo copyright r valentine atkinson

For the sunny calm days stripping the deeper drop off beaches will be your best chance at success during mid day when it is hard fishing. Morning and Evening bites have been fairly consistent every where. The flies you will want to have in your arsenal include: popcorn beetles and boobies in white, black, chartreuse, red/pink and combos of those colors. The trailing fly has been less specific as all bait fish streamers, clousers, wooly buggers and wooly worms etc. all have been doing very well. Again in the same colors as the beetles and boobies but use opposite colors when using the pair for higher contrast between flies.  Floating line with or with out an indicator has been hit or miss because of fish being a little deeper this time of year. They do much better in the morning and in the evenings on some of the close drops. Midges and nymphs have been working just as well as balanced leeches for us, especially as the water starts to warm and we aren't getting much for wind or weather. Successful colors for anything hanging is black, olive, grey and red/wine. Don't be afraid to vary depths or retrieve speed as well. There are big fish lurking and fishing hard through next month will be one of your best times to catch your personal best cutthroat.

 angler Sarah Landstrom   Photo copyright r valentine atkinson

angler Sarah Landstrom   Photo copyright r valentine atkinson

Hope to see you on the water, 

Casey Anderson - President & Head guide

 

Waiting on Winter - 12/13/17

We have been waiting very patiently for winter storms to start rolling through. This last week lacked any sort of weather though surprisingly enough we had some great fishing days. Not everyday has been great, but the fishing is getting better. For the most part we are starting to consistently see better number days. Big fish are still being caught and there sightings are becoming more frequent as well. A lot of fish in the 8-12 pound range are being caught and they are fired up! It seems as though since our huge influx of freshwater in the last year has put some spunk back in the fish. Even as the water cools the fish are still fighting harder than the last few years prior. The real culprit right now that would make the fishing tougher would be high barometric pressure added with calm clear days. A quick rise and high pressure will put a damper on active feeding in the shallows. A big reason is high pressure will slightly expand the fishes' swim bladder and make them uneasy which in return not as willing to move as much for food. Another case is calm sunny days the fish can see what's happening around and above the shallows easier and makes them weary of predators. On the other side for example when there are waves, clouds, and occasionally some sort of mud line the fish are much more willing to come into feed as the bugs and baitfish all congregate in the shallows. Even on blue bird days the fish will still come in, but your best bet will be lower light situations.

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Now for the more positive note looking into the near future a transition is already starting. When water temps get colder the fish will start to like a little bit of sun to warm the shallow water up and the afternoon and evening will be your best times but there will be more consistency through the whole day. Still as of now we are catching fish from north to south. We at Pyramid Fly Co. had some great trips early in the week with one day catching over 30 fish between two anglers. Then the next day headed south where we had another great day with the larger fish ranging from 8-10 pounds.  On the blue bird days we have been doing better on smaller size flies and stripping natural baitfish patterns. The midge bite has been picking up and good idea to try when it's calm. Red, wine, and black have been producers for chironomids. Your baitfish patterns will still be your top producers, stripping or under an indicator. The boobies and popcorn beetles of all colors have brought some of the larger fish, when paired with your favorite wooly bugger or your favorite baitfish patterns. Changing the cadence in your retrieve will be beneficial on finding how active fish are. There will be days where they won't eat anything unless it's moving and other when it's dead still so make sure to experiment and have fun with it. When the wind comes in it doesn't hurt to try an indicator rig with a balanced leech or baitfish. Fly colors for both techniques should also be interchanged through the day. Good starting points will be black, brown, olive, white/olive, white/chartreuse and mixtures of all. Don't be afraid to throw some flash into your baitfish patterns. The low light conditions also have been the better chance at a bite but our big fish are still coming mid day or afternoon like we discussed previously. I will say this every report as well. If you want to create your best chance at trophy you must have flies in the water. The more you fish your chance increases with every cast. Cut down your unused time and get the fly wet and pull in that monster! 

 Charlie Cole of Denver, CO with a 9 pound, 4 ounce female Pilot Peak caught on an olive balanced leech at  B lockhouse.

Charlie Cole of Denver, CO with a 9 pound, 4 ounce female Pilot Peak caught on an olive balanced leech at Blockhouse.

Hope to see you on the water, 

Casey Anderson - President & Head guide

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Quality Over Quantity - 11/27/17

   We at Pyramid Fly Company and the friendly staff of Crosby's Lodge hope everyone had a great holiday with family, friends, and maybe even a couple fish mixed in. We also want to thank everyone who has supported us along the way. We couldn't do it with out you! 

   Alright so let's get started on last weeks run down. As per usual for this time of year we really had to put in some effort and hours in to get the grabs we wanted. The numbers game wasn't the main focus, it was the larger ledge lurkers of November. The bite was a little slower this week but we did manage to pull some real quality fish out. For example Pyramid Fly Co. guide Chris Nicola was able to help client Marcus Honey of Incline Village into an 18 pound, 12 ounce Pilot Peak. Which was also Marcus's first fish at Pyramid Lake and caught on an olive balanced leech near Rawhide. That was on the larger end of the fish spectrum caught this week but there were rumors of others around that very size. The good news is the whole lake at this time is seeing noticeably larger fish being caught throughout the day. Like we said earlier, the fishing requires a little more effort this time of year but a more and more common occurrence is days where your fish range from 5-10 pounds and not much anything on the smaller size. The time starts now for shore fisherman to start seeing some large fish being caught and from now into the winter. Still, he have not found one beach to out preform another the fish seem to be spread out so find your favorite beach or two and fish it out. We also want to make sure we are fishing the ledges. Now is the time of year Ol' Red likes to come cruise in the shallower ledges using them as excellent ambush points. 

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   From time on the water and other reports the fly selection and techniques have not changed much in the last couple weeks. Your baitfish patterns will still be the go to, either stripping or under an indicator with and occasional midge bite on the calmer and warm days. The boobies and popcorn beetles of all colors have brought some larger fish, when paired with your favorite wooly bugger or your favorite baitfish patterns. Blacks, whites, olives and chartreuse are great starting points for color.  Changing the cadence in your retrieve will be beneficial on finding how active fish are and what speed will get them going. As water begins to really cool down try fairly slow pace then pick up speed as time goes on (say 10-20 minutes) and then repeat until we find the bite. When the wind comes in it doesn't hurt to try an indicator rig with a balanced leech or baitfish. Fly colors for both techniques should also be interchanged through the day. Good starting points will be black olive and white and mixtures of all. Don't be afraid to throw some flash into your baitfish patterns. We hate to repeat but incase you missed last weeks report, holiday seasons have been bringing in a larger number of anglers so trying new or hard to get to areas (within the legal boundaries) can turn out to be very productive and it will get you away from the beaches with larger crowds.  The big are fish are coming into play and we would love to see you out on the water holding one of the leviathans that cruise the lake. Dress in layers and prepare for some chilly weather.  

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Tight lines, 

Casey Anderson - Head Guide/President 

Slow And Steady - 11/13/17

Big fish season is just around the corner and we are starting to see more 10+ fish showing their faces! Prior lake turn overs have settled, colder night temps are cooling down the water, winter storms are starting to bring wind and clouds and the list goes on. If you are on the hunt for your trophy Lahontan Cutthroat then you better start planning your next trip to the salty oasis and wet a line. Mild winter storms have started bringing in big fish this past week and continuing into the weekend. The high pressure blue bird days can be a occasionally be battle and the numbers may not be extreme this time of year even with great fishing conditions. Though the odds of one of those grabs being a 10+ pound fish are getting better and better. It seems as though the Pilot Peak (particularly the males) thrive in slightly colder temperatures than the pyramid strain. This meaning cold temperatures in the shallows allows for longer periods of time for the larger fish to come close to shore to party and gorge themselves.

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The absolute best weapons this time of year that supersedes all others is TIME ON THE WATER and PATIENCE. I can't reiterate this enough. Countless times have we had very slow days where you may only get 3-5 grabs but we have landed multiple fish over 10lbs on some of those days.  Putting in work on the water in these next couple months may be a little strenuous at times but boy can it pay off 100 fold. We have some great trips recently with most of the bigger fish are females in the 8-12 pound range with the occasional bigger male mixed in. Earlier in the week Pyramid Fly Co.'s Ambassador Morgan Kane of South Lake Tahoe caught a 16.5 pound male Pilot Peak strain while fishing a black popcorn beetle at Sandhole. Now regarding fly choices for your next outing, your baitfish patterns will still be the go to either stripping or under an indicator. The boobies and popcorn beetles of all colors have been top producers, followed closely by the wooly buggers and clousers. Again, varying your cadence in your retrieve will be beneficial on finding how active fish are and what speed will get them going.

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As water begins to really cool down try fairly slow pace then pick up speed as time goes on (say 10-20 minutes) and then repeat until we find the happy retrieve. When the wind comes in it doesn't hurt to try an indicator rig with a balanced leech or baitfish. Fly colors for both techniques should also be interchanged through the day. Good starting points will be black olive and white. Just be ready, because November and December can go from 0-60 in the blink of an eye. (Insider tip) We caught and saw more 20+ pound fish in November and December than any other time of the season last year. Chew on that thought while reading this in your sweatpants debating on if it's too cold to go out or not. 

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Tight lines, 

Casey Anderson - Head Guide/President 

Patience Pays Off! - 11/5/2017

Big fish season is among us and we couldn't be more excited! Prior lake turn overs have settled, colder night temps are cooling down the water, winter storms are starting to bring wind and clouds and the list goes on. If you are on the hunt for your trophy Lahontan Cutthroat then you better get out to the salty oasis and get a line wet. Mild winter storms have started bringing in big fish this past week and continuing into the weekend. The high pressure blue bird days can be battle and the numbers may not be extreme this time of year even with great conditions. Though the odds of one of those grabs being a 10+ pound fish are getting better and better. It seems as though the Pilot Peak thrive in slightly colder temperatures than the pyramid strain. This meaning cold temperatures in the shallows allows for longer periods of time for the larger fish to come close to shore to party and gorge themselves.

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The absolute best weapons this time of year that supersedes all others is TIME ON THE WATER and PATIENCE. I can't reiterate this enough. Countless times have we had very slow days where you may only get 3-5 grabs but we have landed multiple fish over 10lbs on some of those days.  Putting in work on the water in these next couple months may be a little strenuous at times but boy can it pay off 100 fold. Now regarding Fly choice, your baitfish patterns will still be the go to either stripping or under an indicator. The boobies and popcorn beetles of all colors have been top producers, followed closely by the wooly buggers and clousers. Again, varying your cadence in your retrieve will be beneficial on finding how active fish are and what speed will get them going. As water begins to really cool down try fairly slow pace then pick up speed as time goes on (say 10-20 minutes) and then repeat until we find the happy retrieve. When the wind comes in it doesn't hurt to try an indicator rig with a balanced leech or baitfish. Fly colors for both techniques should also be interchanged through the day. Good starting points will be black olive and white.

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Just be ready because November and December can go from 0-60 in the blink of an eye. (Insider tip) We caught and saw more 20+ pound fish in November and December than any other time of the season last year. Chew on that thought while reading this in your sweatpants debating on if it's too cold to go out or not. 

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Casey Anderson - President/Head Guide

Turnover Time - 10/29/2017

We are on a steady uphill climb to the peak of one of the best times of year to catch big fish. November is notorious for producing some of the largest fish of he season, but there will be a few hurdles in the path to trophy trout heaven. The first and largest hurdle is the lake "turning over". To anyone unfamiliar with the term this scenario happens when surface temperatures become colder after summer. These top layers of cold water become more dense as they cool causing them to sink down to the bottom pushing the warm layers up to the surface and with that comes the turning over of the layers of the lake. Hence why we are currently in the midst of another battle with algae on the surface. Don't let this deter you from fishing, there a many ways to combat the pea soup with the help of nature. Strong winds and current will push the algal layers from one end of the lake to the other and so forth creating pockets of cleaner water to fish. So paying even more attention to weather and particularly wind will be very beneficial.  If there are winds coming from the north we can assume that the north end of the lake will be more clear than the south end and so on. You might have to put a few more miles on the fishing rig when searching for the clear pockets of water but when you do it can be very good fishing this time of year. Also look at the water carefully and you might realize that the layer of gunk might only be in the top few inches of foot of water and clear underneath.

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On the bright side a lake turn over indicates the lake is cooling down and fish will be starting to frequent the shallows more often. And this year we are a little ahead of schedule and that means more good fishing. There are reports of some of our first winter storms in the near future which will give us our some real hard freezes and that's what will instigate a push of fish coming in, especially the big Pilot Peak we are all after. As far as tactics go your baitfish patterns will still be the ticket either stripping or under an indicator. The boobies and popcorn beetles of all colors have been top producers, followed closely by the wooly buggers and clousers. Again varying your cadence in your retrieve will be beneficial on finding fish and how active they are that day.  When the wind comes in it doesn't hurt to try an indicator rig with a balanced leech or baitfish. Fly colors for both techniques should also be interchanged through the day. Good starting points will be black olive and white. So all in all your best weapon to finding fish will be the weather and finding the areas where the water is more clear during the turn over. Fish hard and don't let the strange conditions put you down. The big fish will be lurking.

Hope to see you on the water,

Casey Anderson - President/Head Guide 

 10.5 pounder caught by Pyramid Fly Co. client Dave Leta at warrior point on a popcorn beetle. Net guitar solo by Casey Anderson. | Photo: Adam Mills

10.5 pounder caught by Pyramid Fly Co. client Dave Leta at warrior point on a popcorn beetle. Net guitar solo by Casey Anderson. | Photo: Adam Mills

2017-2018 Season Is Here!

We first like to apologize for the delay on a fishing report for the first week after opening. Reason being, we wanted to put the extra time on the water to dial in an accurate report. One that's not written with hidden intentions of fly sales or false fishing news.  

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So here is what we have so far, like always we have ups and downs that are very weather dependent but it's on an up hill climb for the shore fisherman. The first week of opener was wind depending on if you had algae on the surface in front of you or not. We had an early lake turn over this year which made the surface bait ball action harder to find than previous years. On a cooler day with some wind to break up the algae, the fish would come in to chase the baitballs in the shallows. Though due to the thermocline being 55-70 feet and the surface temps being in 64.5-65.5 meant that the majority of the fish were deep. Float tubes and boats had the advantage on the calm days. Fishing vertical with heavy flies and all kinds of innovative ways to sink your fly fast as possible.

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But now the tides are starting to turn in favor of shore fisherman. Immediately after our freeze we saw a good push of fish come in to the shallows where below freezing temperatures and strong winds over night turned drastically cooling the surface temperature. Now that the weather is cooling we are starting to see better numbers of active fish coming in and feeding. Still the main food source is the Tui Chub. Stripping bait fish patterns or hanging a balanced leech under an indicator will be your best ticket at this time. Combo patterns for two fly stripping rigs are usually most productive when a floating fly such as a boobie or popcorn beetle paired with a weighted or unweighted baitfish pattern on a sinking line. Vary your cadence of your retrieve and depth there has been baitballs in different parts of the water column and you might be surprised. For an indicator set up using a balanced leech in white, black, olive or brown has produced some nice fish in the last week. Patients is also the name of the pods of fish will come in and out of shallow water chasing or cruising looking for the next pod of tui Chub to real havoc  on.

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This generally isn't a "numbers" time of year say like March would be, but there are still some awesome days with more and more sightings of big fish caught from shore.  So be patient, put in the work, and as always, you will be rewarded. With the high water rise since last season many of the beaches have changed, make sure we are being careful. Let's all help pick up trash we see around us it was a very busy opener around the lake. Thanks for taking your time to read this report we hope it was helpful and we will see you on the water. -Casey Anderon 

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Photos courtesy Chris Fildes

Fishing Report 5/16/2017 - Fun in the Sun at Pyramid Lake

The water is cold and the fish are still very hungry. Hugging the shore looking to fatten back up from the spawn. So on this report we are flipping the script and giving you the juice first so you don't have time to hesitate and decide not to go. Its time to fuel up, grab some snacks from Crosby's and hit the beaches.

We had a client recently hook into three fish consecutively that stand out in our minds as some of the hardest fighting fish we've seen all year. And we can honestly say we saw a lot of cutthroat this season thus far, and that's far from over. We were able to find large amounts of fish some of which were of good size and very fired up. Accomplishing this solely by moving away from the regular March and April beaches.

Recently we have had our greatest success striping or "retrieving" a beetle or a boobie followed by tui chub patterns or your favorite wooly. With this set up we begin our hunt. Stealthily walking the shore line casting just passed the ledges and into the sand flats that are being warmed up by the sun during the day. We are receiving so much water from the Truckee the lake is still cold  for May and has come up over 6 vertical feet since January, and we are expecting another 5-10. 

What this rising water has created is newly formed ledges, bowls, and exposed rock. Don't let the shallow water discourage you. The midge and nymph bite is still doing great in the shallow water, with or with out the indicator. Black, wine, and red Midges with a variations of bead colors and nymphs from black and brown to red and wine have been doing great. You can get some real action with a balanced leech or baitfish pattern. 

Fish shallow and have fun with it. Change depths with the indicator and stripping to find fish feeding both on the bottom and through out the water column. On the hottest day the water will barely warm up into the low 50's so we can expect good fishing through out the rest of the season. Now's the time to enjoy the nicer weather and go hunt for some giant hungry cutthroat.

Tight lines guys,

Casey Anderson and Pyramid Flo Co.

Fishing Report 5/8/2017 - Post-Spawn Crunch Time

We want to start this report off by letting everyone know that the season is not yet over! And thanks to the hard work of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, the infamous South Nets is now open for fishing. So if you are having problems with blown out rivers give Pyramid another try and you will be very surprised. The South Nets area saw quite a few months of silence with the lake closure earlier this year due to the floods, so these fish haven't seen flies in awhile! It's time to take advantage of this awesome opportunity and get out there to search for some eager and hungry fish.

Pyramid Fly Company's clients and friends are still having days on the water comparable to March and April numbers with big fish still in the mix. We believe it's only going to improve as the water warms up over these next few weeks with warmer temps and sunnier skies. We are starting to see fish coming off the spawn and are looking to fatten up! But normally the water temps are on average 5-6 degrees warmer than we are experiencing now. If the sun is out we are at 50 degrees at 4ft deep.

The lake has also risen six vertical feet since winter and we are expecting 5-10 more feet through the summer. Plain and simple, the fishing will be good all the way to the end of the season. With these water temps and fish activity we are seeing most of the fish being caught right in front of our feet. Remember, some of your biggest fish will be within 25ft off the tip of your rod. Now as far as flies and techniques, the indicator and "no cator" bite has been the most productive but the stripping bite is also starting to do very well with the fish trying to fatten back up from the spawn. 

Midges and nymphs in black, wine, and red with variants in bead color have been great.  A very close competitor has been the balanced leech in either black, olive, or grey especially for the perch. Vary your depths through the day to find the feeding fish. With the rising water keeping the temps cool and making the ledges and shelves farther out, don't be afraid to fish shallow under your indicator. Stripping has been good with darker flies in the lower light and brighter flies during the day. Your most productive time for stripping would be early morning and late evening.  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.

Again, fish hard with confidence and you will be rewarded. Don't get discouraged, wait for the schools of fish to come and take advantage of every grab and you will have a great day. Report of dozens of fish over 10 pounds are being caught weekly. So it's not over by any means and there is still time to get to Pyramid and stick some hogs! 

Thank you gentleman tight lines,

Casey Anderson - Pyramidflyco.com

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.

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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 


21lbs
36"
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.

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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.

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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

32”

13lbs.

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

12lbs

South Nets

Popcorn Beetle


Glenn Lemmon

15lbs

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