As the excitement builds for the beginning of the 2018/19 season. We all eagerly count down the days until one of the most exciting and unique stillwater phenomenons. After the spring spawn millions of juvenile and adolescent Tui-chub school up towards the shallows. Soaking up the warm water and feeding on zoo plankton and other small insects. Fattening up before dropping to extreme depths during the winter. Large numbers of tui-chub creating tightly packed “baitballs” are generally seen as dark masses under the surface this time of year. The cutthroat can’t resist these baitfish buffets. Similar to schools of baitfish getting harassed in the ocean the birds and cutthroat of pyramid cant leave the Tui chub alone. Aggressively attacking the chubs, trout can easily put on some serious weight following the schools. This makes it the best time of year to throw streamers, balanced leeches, popcorn beetles, and boobies. If you are fan of stripping meaty flies now is your time. Baitfish patterns in colors such as white, olive, black, grey, chartreuse, and combinations of those will be great reliable starting color choices. From floating flies, (i.e. boobies, beetles, etc) to heavy weighted jigs, and everything in between should be in the arsenal. Depending on weather and water temperature the bait balls could be ranging from right under surface to the 50-100+ft. So having variations in weighted flies and fly lines will help you adapt to where the Tui-chub are in the water column. Stripping will be your best bet this time of year. Heavy sinking lines and shooting heads will help you get to needed depths. Having a heavier indicator rig will always be handy and a good second weapon of choice especially if the baitballs are close to the shore. Balanced leeches imitating the tui-chubs can be successful under indicators when baitballs are 20 feet and higher in the water column. Weather this time of year can make or break how the fishing is and surface activity of both Tui chub and the cutthroat. Warm calm days are best for sight fishing, surface activity, finding and following where the baitballs. The warm sunny days keep the chubs feeding towards the surface. Unlike most of the year when wind and clouds are needed, colder surface temps will push the baitballs to lower depths. Float tubes, belly boats and other small watercraft are also great ways to have success when the trout are concentrated deeper off shore. If you do choose to take a water craft of any sort on the lake be conscious of weather and wind. Gusts and high wind can appear instantly. So please be safe and follow all regulations while on the water. We can’t wait to see everyone out on the water and to start seeing more massive cutthroat through the season. Party on and tight lines!