The 2018/19 season opener has been nothing but spectacular. Thus far only a couple windy days with scattered showers but for the most part Mother Nature has taken it easy on us. There is bait everywhere. Along almost every beach at the shore and spread across the lake. Easy to see and fun to watch these tightly packed bait balls are always on the run. Darting from trout and predatory birds they live a rough life. The trout on the other hand are not frequenting shallow waters as much.
The mornings and evenings are best from shore. The quicker the beach drops to deep water the better. Schools come and go into shallow water chasing bait and that’s when the game is on. If you catch or hook into a fish you can bet there are more with it. As of now most LCT (Lahontan Cutthroat Trout) are in the 45’-70’. Don’t let this number discourage you. The schools travel frequently and come and go at many different depths through the water column.
Pontoons, Float tubes, belly boats and most other stable water craft are really the way to go this time of year. The fish aren’t far off shore, but currently, most of the time outside of casting distance. But once out one your personal water craft the game is on. The numbers and size are fantastic. The LCT are fat, happy, and ready to show you what your backing looks like. They are fighting hard as ever and are looking for meat.
Stripping has definitely been the successor regarding techniques. Heavy flies with fast sinking line as been an excellent go to per usual. Fast and erratic strips this time of year will get more grabs than a slow and methodical retrieve. Long leaders, floating line and heavy flies have brought some big fish to the net so far this season. Sharp strips and longer pauses create a jigging type motion. Streamer colors that have been successful thus far are, white, olive, grey and black. And of course combos of those colors as well.
On opening day guides Casey Anderson and Morgan Kane landed six fish over the 10 lbs mark. And as the days proceeded many more have come. There is no other time of year like it. If you are on the hunt for your fish trophy, now is your time. Our guided days are beginning to fill up but there are spots available and we would love to see you out on the water. Surface temps are still in the mid 60s and perfect to anchor up the float tube, relax, and try your luck at the fish of a lifetime.
Casey Anderson and the Pyramid Fly Co Team