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 -