Late February and going into March the “Summit” or “Pyramid Lake” strain will begin to start showing much more of a presence than previously. During this time both the Pilot Peak and Summit strain will simultaneously come into shallower water to begin to stage and start their spawn period. Now we will see more number than previously in the December and January periods. Many large, bright red summits are starting to show face. This is when the fish are prettiest looking by far with their colorful characteristics. The days soon to come will be the periods everyone has heard about as the “prime time”. With that comes the crowds. With so many fish in the lake this year many other spots that aren’t the normal popular areas are producing fish. It doesn’t hurt to leave the crowds and find new areas. Spots that may have more fish will still have more people, more flies, and more commotion in the water. Searching out areas with less pressure could be very beneficial and exciting compared to the normal routine.
We are seeing so much great fishing weather you don’t have to be as selective on dates. There is more snow, rain and wind in the near future and we all know those days can bring the fish in. The lake level has come up slightly since our last big storm and should continue to do so. Always be careful coming over the I-80 pass or traveling in the snow or rain to the lake.
Seeing more numbers of fish will allow us to play a little more with technique and fly selection. We are still catching a few more fish on indicators but there are plenty of beaches where stripping is still the go to. When you indicator fishing having many variations midges, nymphs, and balanced leeches. There have been quite a few days where they have been particular on bead color, hook size, etc. So make sure you stocked up and trying out different patterns. Reds, wines, and blacks are a good start. For leeches, blacks, white and olive are also great starting points. Stripping will still be the beetles and boobies and most color variations. Wooly buggers and Streamers in black, white and olive.
There’s still plenty of time to get out or plan the next trip out or book one of our guides here at Pyramid Fly Co. We love to see everyone on the water and be safe out there!
Casey and the PFC Crew