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- Fishing Report January 12th 2016
The lake continues to produce some really nice fish. As winter rolls on and storm systems continue to roll through, the fishing follows suit. We have not had this kind of a start to the January fishing in a few years. Weather helps Pyramid and the fishing all season long and it is being proven once again. The best days to fish at Pyramid Lake are days with some wind and come cloud cover. The storms systems that keep moving through the area are giving us the type of days needed to catch fish even with the water in the low 40’s and air temperatures in the 20’s and 30’s. The last couple of winters brought nothing more than blue bird sunny days and slow fishing. This year is different.
This is not the time of year to expect to catch a lot of fish. Colder water in the shallows pushes most of the fish into deep water. What we are seeing are smaller groups of fish or even single fish moving in and out of fishable water and then back out into the depths. A typical day at the lake is in the 1 to 6 fish day with some zero’s and some double digit days mixed in. If you can pick your fishing days try to go on a cloudy and or windy day. This should help the fishing and make time of day not as important. If you are at the lake on a calm sunny day then try to be there for either first light or last light.
Other than that it is really about just putting in your time. Fish are being caught on all types of flies right now and it is really more about the fly and the fish finding each other. White Ghost Tadpoles fished with a Midnight Cowboy or a Bloody Mary Wooly Bugger are tough to beat for shooting heads. Red Maholo Nymphs size 12 with either a gold or white bead or Pyramid Lake Balanced Leeches in Root beer or Olive size 8 for Indicator Nymphing. Location has not been that important except for trying to get the wind in your face. Reports of big fish are coming from all over the lake so it is a great time to explore and try some new spots. This type of pattern should remain for the next month or so if we continue to get more storms.
- Fishing Report January 7th 2016
Happy New Year Everyone! We hope everyone has a great year both on and off the water!
Pyramid has been fishing pretty good overall. It seems to have picked up in the last couple of weeks. There are still plenty of tough days out there but the number of fish caught has gone up some and there are more fish eating Nymphs for sure. Kind of weird for it to actually pick up in the beginning of January but we will take it. The water is right around the normal winter time lows at 43 degrees. The water should stay in this range for a month or two now. There are more fish being caught in the middle of the day now as well. The best days to fish are still going to be ones with a little wind or some clouds but you can get some grabs just about any day right now. The fish are still spread out all over and this is a good time of year to explore and fish some new water.
Dragging Olive Martini Wooly Worms, Bloody Marys, Loco White Ghost Tadpoles and Chartreuse and White Beetles are as good as anything on the shooting head set up. Red, Black or Wine Maholo nymphs are starting to catch a good number of fish under the indicator. Balance Leeches in Root Beer or Olive are also doing well. Don’t forget about the February 19th Pyramid Lake Celebration at the Nugget Resort in Reno. For more information go to: http://pyramidlakeflyfishing.com/education/pyramid-lake-celebration/
- Fishing Report November 10th 2015
What a difference a week makes. The colder weather has finally arrived with the first good snowfall on the valley floor in a long time. The water temperatures at the lake were already starting to drop a bunch and it looks like that will continue. The fishing at Pyramid has really started to improve over the past 10 days or so and some really big fish have been caught as well. The pattern is right in line with what happened last fall. Great fishing from deeper in the lake in October followed by a slow period at the end of the month into the first part of November. Then sometime in mid-November thru mid-December the fishing was outstanding. Then the water and air temperatures forced most of the fish out in deeper water and the fishing slowed again thru about the beginning of February. So basically now is the time to go to Pyramid before winter sets in. Every day is not going to be great but this is one of the best times of the year to target big fish.
The water temperatures have fallen into the mid 50’s and will continue to drop steadily over the next month or so and get down to the low 40’s which is the normal low water temperatures for the lake in the winter. The water is still warm enough that the fish are really active, have a lot of energy and are chasing flies using very fast retrieves right on the bottom. It is not nearly as important to be out in the lake anymore as fish are cruising many beaches with moderate to deep drop offs. This is a great time of year to practice your shooting head skills and catch some fish in the meantime. Dark colored Tadpoles like Northern Lights or Loco Olive have been working well. Vince Young of Bakersfield caught and released a 17 pound Pilot Peak Cutthroat while fishing with Guide Chris Evison this week using a size 4 Green Tadpole. They also caught many other fish as well with the same fly. Superfast strips were the key. Maholo nymphs have also been working well for those who prefer to indicator fish. Red, Black and Wine are all worth a try in size 12. Look for the bite to remain good until the water starts to get into the mid 40’s in a month or so.
- Fishing Report October 27th 2015
Pyramid has really slowed down over the past few weeks. The warm weather continues to keep water temperatures in the low to mid 60’s on the surface. Most of the Tui Chubs have moved away from the West side of the lake and it seems as though the fish have gone with them. Good reports have been hard to come by lately but there have still been some fish caught in 10-25 feet of water around some of the deeper beaches. Size 4 Pyramid Lake Balanced Minnows fished on a very fast sinking line without an indicator has been the way to go this fall for sure. Smaller size 8 Balanced Leeches have also been working under an indicator on the drop offs. Midnight Cowboy colors have been hard to beat but white, Root Beer and Olive Martini have also been effective. Cooler weather is approaching over the next week and will help bring down the water temperatures. Once the water cools the fishing should pick back up for a while until winter sets in.
- Fishing Report October 13th 2015
Pyramid continues to fish pretty good all things considered. It is a little tough from shore or a ladder due to the warmer than normal water temperatures for this time of year coming in at 65-68 degrees. There are some fish cruising in close enough to catch but they do not stay long and it is a long time between bites. There are still plenty of Tui Chub Minnows in the shallows and it tends to draw in some fish from time to time. The Midnight Cowboy size 8 Balanced Leech fished under an indicator has been our top fly while ladder fishing most of the season. The grass is starting to die off and it is getting easier to strip Buggers and Beetles along the bottom. The dying grass can still get stacked up on the bottom and be a problem.
This has been a tremendous October fishing from Float Tubes and Pontoon Boats. The Bait Balls of Tui Chubs are out in force along the West side of the lake and it is keeping fish active and feeding. Most of the action seems to be in 20-30 feet of water where the water is 4 or 5 degrees cooler. Deep water indicator rigs have not been too effective due to the fish seemingly wanting the fly to be moving fast. You are better off with a fast sinking shooting head with a sinking running line. This will allow you to get down to the level of the fish. Deep Water Wooly Buggers in Midnight Cowboy and Root Beer have been working well. We have also been fishing Pyramid Lake Balanced Minnows in size 4 using this set up. These flies have a ton of weight and a beefy hook. They ride perfectly in the water when the fly starts to ascend through the water column. The fly will jig up and down really well during pauses in your retrieve. We have had fish follow the fly right to the boat and grab it as it is coming out of the water.
The water is going to start to cool and this pattern is going to change over the coming weeks. We will start to see the bait ease back into the depths of the lake and the fish will start to cruise the shelves sometime soon as we see cooling weather.
- Fishing Report October 6th 2015
Pyramid Lake opened on October 1st with a bang. There have been some really big fish caught already and plenty of them. Boaters and anglers fishing from the water in Pontoons and Float Tubes have been doing the best. The surface water temperature is still between 66 and 68 degrees and it is keeping most of the fish in 20 plus feet of water. There are some fish being caught from shore and ladders but it has been far less productive. If you are fishing from shore target the beaches that have deeper drop offs and try to find some bait balls (Tui Chubs) as they can be close to shore in these areas.
Pyramid Lake Balanced Leeches in size 4 and 8 have been the top fly for sure. These flies were designed to fish under an indicator but some anglers have been fishing them on a shooting head as well in deep water. Deep Water Wooly Buggers are also working well from Tubes in 20-30 feet of water. There is still some grass on many of the beaches and it has made it difficult to drag Wooly’s and Beetles on the bottom from shore. Two Beetles are worth a try if you are getting grass on your retrieves. Nymphing with a size 8 Midnight Cowboy Balanced Leech has been really effective from both shore and in tubes with a deep water indicator leader.
Warm weather is supposed to stick around for the next week and the conditions could remain the same for the next week or two. Colder weather and water is on its way however so keep an eye on the reports to see when more fish start to roam the shelves.
- Fishing Report September 8th 2015
Pyramid opens October 1st. There are already plenty of Tui Chubs schooling up around some of the deeper drop off beaches. The water is in the high 60’s on the surface and has a shot at staying in that range for the next 10 days at least. Hopefully we can get some cooler weather before the end of the month to help. Once the lake opens fish areas that offer access to deeper water for shore fisherman. Block House, Sand Hole and all along the South West Shoreline has this type of access. Some anglers will look to spend some time in their tubes or pontoon boats as well. If you are one of those anglers use some common sense and don’t fish alone and watch the weather. Banded Balanced Leeches and Maholo Nymphs fished in deep water under an indicator is going to be a good way to go. Try water in the 10-25 feet range. Deep Water Wooly Buggers fished on a fast sinking line is also going to catch some fish in the same depth range. A lot of the more shallow beaches will most likely have grass issues for shooting head anglers. Jigging techniques will help to keep your flies or lures out of the grass.
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- Pyramid Lake Fall 2015 Fishing Forecast
Fall is in the air. 30 days to go before the opener. There have already been some cool nights in the area and the water is already cooling a bit. We are looking forward to getting some time on the water. If this year is anything like last the fall could play out like this.
In early October the water will still be really warm. Bait ball of Tui Chubs can be seen from many different beaches all over the lake. The bait can handle a little warmer water than the trout so the bait will be there and the fish will move in and out chasing them around but spending more time in 10-30 feet of water where it is a little cooler. Float Tubes and Pontoon Boats can be a good way to go for a few weeks until the water cools more. Maholo Nymphs, Balanced Minnows and Balanced Leeches are all good bets fished under an indicator in deeper water. 10-20 feet down can be necessary. Shooting Heads fished near the bottom in deeper water with some type of Wooly Bugger or Minnow Pattern will do the trick. Be aware of weedy areas around the lake.
As the water cools in late October the fish tend to move in a little closer to shore. There are not so many fish but the chance to catch a big fish increases daily. By mid November there should be plenty of stories going around about big fish that have been caught. Finding fish and keeping out of the summer weed growth on the bottom will be somewhat important until it dies back. Beetles and Tadpoles like the White Ghost are a good way to try to avoid the weeds. Mid November through early December is a great time to be on the water at Pyramid and is a great time to try to catch a big fish. By mid December the weather could bring water temperatures down and the fish will head out to deeper water and the fish count will start to drop as winter sets in.
Put February 19th on the Calendar for our 2nd Annual Pyramid Lake Celebration
We have been working hard over the summer creating new ways to share our knowledge with our friends and clients. We have some useful updates to our website, some really new exciting products on our online store and a date and location for the Celebration night. February 19th 2016 at the Nugget Resort in Reno.
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- Fishing Report June 23rd 2015
One week to go in the season. The fishing season officially closes on June 30th to trout fishing. The water is still in pretty good shape for late June but it is getting really warm already on the surface. The best fly fishing has been from float tubes and pontoon boats in a little deeper water. Shore fishing is still just o.k. in areas where you can get your flies into 15-20 feet of water from the shore. Block House, Sand Hole, Indian Head and Monument are all worth trying. Stripping Tui Chub imitations with a really fast sinking line has been a great way to go. Hanging a Pyramid Lake Balanced Leach on a deep water indicator leader is also working.
The lake has been pretty much taken over by the summer crowd and the fisherman are few and far between. You can pretty much fish anywhere right now and have the place to yourself. It won’t be long until opening day in the fall and we can all get me another 6 month dose of Pyramid Lake and maybe a trout of a lifetime!
- Fishing Report June 9th 2015
The season is really winding down at Pyramid. The official closing date is June 30th. The surface water temperatures are getting really warm and most of the fish have left the many beaches around the lake for deeper water. There have been some great fishing days still at the lake but it has been very streaky. Trout don’t care much for water temperatures approaching 70 degrees and will start to go deeper to find cooler water with more oxygen. They will however make a few appearances in shallow warmer water in search of food like cruising Tui Chubs. There are plenty of Midges and Callabaetis hatching as well and the abundance of food is keeping some fish around. Moss and grass is starting to grow again and it is making shooting head fishing a little aggravating. Getting out in the water and fishing deep water wooly buggers with a hover line has been working well. This will allow your flies to jig up and down a little and stay out of the grass a little more. Nymphing with Maholo Nymphs and Pyramid Lake Balanced Leaches has also been effective.
- Fishing Report May 26th 2015
Cooler stormy weather over the past 10 days or so has really helped the fishing. The water temperatures have stabilized around 60 degrees on the surface and it has helped keep some fish in shallow water. Tui Chubs are starting to roam and cruise in close as well. The hatchery area has been slow but some of the normal early fall and late spring beaches have been producing. The numbers of Pilot Peak strain fish also tend to go up some this time of year. Fishing off ladders as well as Pontoon Boats and Float Tubes are all worth a try. There are plenty of fish in 8-20 feet of water but that could change as soon as we get some warmer weather. Windy days are still best for sure. Early mornings have been worth getting up for lately as well. For Stripping flies use Midnight Cowboy’s and Olive Martini’s. For Indicator rigs the Red Maholo Nymph has been awesome. Larger Midges and Pyramid Lake Balanced Leeches are also worth a try.
- Fishing Report May 19th 2015
The water Temperature 58-60 degrees. Spawning channel has been closed and the water turned off for a few weeks. The fishing remains pretty good at the lake, especially on windy days. The fish are all but done with the spawn for the season and now show up in the shallows to feed instead of mate. There are some really good Midge and Callabaetis hatches going on from early morning to midafternoon. This is evident from the numerous swallows feeding just above the water in numerous areas around the lake and the amount of midges hovering around vehicles parked on the beaches. The water is still in really fishable shape at around 60 degrees although a lot of the fish are starting to head out to deeper water for the summer. Tui Chub minnows should start to come up into some fishable water soon and with them we should see some Pilot Peak Cutthroats. The next month or so could be really worth doing at the lake with the idea of catching less fish and maybe a better shot at a big one. Get the wind in your face, fish on cloudy windy days and be prepared to move to find fish.
For the Midge and Callabaetis hatch try using Red, Black or Wine colored Maholo Nymphs with a Maholo Midge dropper. Copper Tops are a good choice.
To imitate minnows try Pyramid Lake Balance Leeches in Olive Martini and White Ghost under a big indicator or White Ghost Wooly’s and Midnight Cowboys fished with a shooting head on the bottom.
- Fishing Report May 5th 2015
May brings the end of the spawn and warmer water conditions to Pyramid. Even though there is some really good fishing days still out there at the lake, you have to shift gears and really look at how the weather is changing the lake on a daily basis. Summit Lake strain Cutthroats are still around but the urge to spawn is waning and the need to be in cooler water is evident. There are not as many fish cruising the ledges in shallow water and calm weather days have become even tougher than usual. The water is reaching 60 degrees or better in the shallows in the afternoons and there even has been an algae bloom going on. This has all but shut off the bite after lunch.
Anglers are still catching fish on windy days but there have not been too many of those out there lately with the high pressure and warm weather we have had. There is a storm approaching in the next couple of days and there should be an opportunity or two to get out there and get the wind in your face. Callabaetis mayflies are starting to hatch as well as midges. There should be some Tui Chubs showing up feeding on these bugs and with them usually come the new Pilot Peak strain of Cutty’s. These fish seem to have a little more tolerance for warm water and lengthen our fishing season in the spring over the past couple of years. It may be necessary to get into a little deeper water and leave the hatchery area alone. There are still some great fishing days at Pyramid you just have to choose them accordingly. As the spring goes on look use more Pyramid Lake Balanced Leeches and Minnows, White Ghost Tadpoles, White Woolybuggers and any bait fish pattern with a shooting head. Nymphing with Maholo Nymphs and Midges will still work well as imitations for the Callabaetis and Midges.
- Fishing Report April 21st 2015
There has been a high pressure system over the area that started to move in last Wednesday. This has kept the winds down and made fishing pretty tough for most anglers. Glass conditions have been the standard over most of the lake. There are still plenty of fish cruising around the hatchery and all up and down the west side of the lake. Calm conditions have given most of the fish in spawn mode lock jaw for the past week. Some unsettled weather has moved into the area and should remain for the next few days. There is a slight chance of thunderstorms which can get the wind going for a while in the afternoon and evenings. This could give us some much needed chop on the water and even some cloud cover for the remainder of the week. The first and last light bite has been pretty UN reliable for the past few days as well. This time of year you have to just be at the lake on days when the wind is blowing. Look for areas with wind in your face and put in some time. The fishing is going to be streaky and it is important to be ready when it is happening.
The indicator bite has been the most consistent lately for sure. You can catch fish with shooting head rigs but it has been a tougher bite. White Ghost tadpoles, Olive Martini and Midnight Cowboy Wooly Worms have been the way to go. For Nymphing rigs use a Red Maholo Nymph on top and an Albino Wino or a Copper Top in size 12 for the dropper right off the bottom.
- Fishing Report April 14th 2015
Mid-April at the “Big Pond” and all is well. The spring spawn is in full swing and there are plenty of fish cruising the shoreline in search of a place to reproduce. The water temperatures are in the low to mid 50’s which is pretty normal for this time of year. The next month or so should be a great time to fish at Pyramid Lake.
Weather is still the determining factor for good and bad fishing days at the lake. Wind in your face continues to get fish to be a little more active and calm days give them a case of lock jaw. There are plenty of fish around most of the beaches we are used to fishing from Warrior Point to Dago Bay. With the fish spread out this much it gives anglers a much better chance to use the wind direction to their advantage and avoid the crowds if you choose. First and last light can also be a great time to be on the water depending also on the weather. Shooting Head rigs fished with 12-15 pound leaders and a two fly set up is a great way to go. Fly colors can change daily so don’t be afraid to mix it up. White Ghost Tadpoles, Olive Martini’s and Midnight Cowboy Wooly Worms are a good bet though. Nymphing rigs fished with an indicator is also a great choice right now. Size 12 Maholo Nymphs and Midges are hard to beat. Try the Copper Top and the Albino Wino for the bottom fly close to the bottom.
- Fishing Report March 31st 2015
The lake continues to roll with the weather. April is here and so is the peak of the spawn. There are plenty of Summit Lake strain Cutty’s swimming the shallows in search of some type of moving water to complete the cycle. At this point fish are in really close and even in less than a foot of water in some areas. This time of year offers some real good opportunities to cast to shallow cruising fish even if most attempts are to fish with lock jaw. Most beaches have fish around them right now so if you do not like the crowds there are plenty of areas to try your luck.
There has been a little bit of a morning bite before the sun comes up but it is not guaranteed and it is an early rise to get to the lake for 45 minutes of action. After the sun comes up there seems to be somewhat of a lull in the action. Late morning to late afternoon has been the most consistent but the wind is everything right now. The fish are there but they do not always take flies and very seldom will they on clear calm days. The weather forecasts can only be a gauge for what might happen out there. The wind forecast has been wrong plenty lately.
You can catch fish both stripping and Nymphing any part of the day right now. Be ready for both and have a couple of rods rigged up. Albino Wino’s and Maholo Nymphs are a must in your box for indicator fishing right now. For stripping it is hard to beat foam beetles and tadpoles in Northern Lights and White Ghost colors. Olive Martini’s and Midnight Cowboys are great for Wooly’s.
- Fishing Report March 24th 2015
The fishing at Pyramid continues to be all over the map. There is an early morning bite with dark Wooly Buggers and a shooting head but it ends when the sun hits the water. It is starting to get light pretty early and getting up and 4:30 am for 45 minutes of good fishing is what you have to weigh in on. Mid mornings have been somewhat slow and then the bite seems to get better in the afternoon. This pattern has been pretty consistent for a week or more now. The only thing that changes this is the weather. Windy days can be more consistent and clear bluebird no wind days are usually tough. This is pretty normal for this time of year at the lake. The summit lake strain fish are really starting to cruise the shallows and do their spring spawn routine. The ones you can see in close usually have lock jaw and you are better off fishing for the ones you can’t see. There have been so many anglers at the lake, backing up and fishing on top of the shelf is hard to do. There are some really big Pilot Peak strain fish being caught but they tend to be more one here and one there. Look for this pattern to remain for a few weeks now that the fish are really looking to spawn. For shooting head rigs use a dark fly and a white or white and chartreuse dropper. They can be woolybuggers or beetles and tadpoles. Fish are definitely keying in on dark flies in the early morning. For indicator rigs thin bodied midges are catching the most fish. This is Albino Wino time of year for sure. Black and or Red Midges are also worth a shot.
- Fishing Report March 17th 2015
The fishing at Pyramid continues to Ebb and Flow with the weather. There have been some really slow days over the past week when there is no wind on the water and some great days when there is some wind and clouds. The water is creeping into the low 50’s and there are plenty of Summit Lake Strain Lahontan Cutthroat’s getting ready to spawn but they tend to get lock jaw on calm sunny days. If you are going out to the lake on a day like this then first light and last light are the time to go. The Pilot Peak strain is still really spread out all over the lake and seem to be in a little deeper water most of the time. They can however make an appearance in the shallows on windy or low light times of day. This has been the pattern in March and April for the past few years and looks like the normal routine now that the new strain has been in the lake for a while. IF this year is anything like the last two the Pilot Peak Cutthroat’s will make more of an appearance in May and early June into fishable water for fly fishermen. Until then look for higher numbers of Summit Strain fish in close.
Nymphing under an indicator in 5-10 feet of water has been working well. Like last year fish are starting to key in on smaller flies as the water gets warmer. Maholo Midges are hard to beat as your bottom fly right now. Albino Wino’s, Copper Tops and PMS’s are all catching plenty of fish. Stripping Wooly Buggers, Beetles and Tadpoles on windy days or early and late are also catching plenty of fish. Martini Olive’s and Midnight Cowboys for the Wooly’s and White Ghost Beetles and Northern Lights Tadpoles are the way to go. The fishing should be good for the next few months but there will be plenty of slow days mixed in for sure.
- Fishing Report March 9th 2015
The fishing at Pyramid was all over the map last week. The storm that rolled through brought with it snow, sleet and rain along with wind and some great fishing. As the week went on the fishing slowed considerably. By this past weekend, bright sunny days, no wind and a full moon all played a part in really tough fishing. Weather plays a huge part in fishing at Pyramid Lake and this past week proved it once again even in the peak of the season. The water temperatures in the lake are in the high 40’s with some warmer temps. in some of the shallow areas, especially in the afternoons. More and more fish are starting to show up along most of the beaches around the lake to complete their yearly spawn. Most of the females are still really “green” or not ready to spawn yet although it is evident that they are carrying eggs. The males are getting their dark red color associated with this time of year. There are a lot more summit lake strain fish being caught right now which has been normal for March and April for the past few years since the introduction of the Pilot Peak strain.
The coming weeks should be really good at the lake as more and more fish cruise into the shallows and the water continues to warm up. Weather will continue to play a role in the fishing and the days when there is some wind on the water should continue to be the best. On blue bird days fishing early or late when the sun is off the water can help some. With the water still in the 40’s the afternoons are probably your best bet. For shooting head set ups White Ghost Beetles and Tadpoles are the way to go. White Wooly Worms are also doing well. Nymph rigs should be fished close to the bottom without dragging. Albino Wino’s are tough to beat as a bottom fly and Black Maholo Nymphs for the top one.
- Fishing Report March 3rd 2015
The lake is in great early March form. The recent storm that went through the area last weekend laid down some snow, sleet, rain and some really big fish over the weekend. This is shaping up to be another great spring at the lake. The water is still cold but a little warmer than normal for early March. The fishing is still really being driven by the weather more than time of day. You can catch fish pretty much any time on the right day. Look for wind in your face and some cloud cover. The blue bird days with little or no wind can still be tough even during the peak of the season. Nymphing has been working really well. The fish are eating Midges such as Copper Top’s and Albino Wino’s as well as Black Maholo Nymphs and Midnight Cowboy Balanced Leeches. For Stripping Purple Wooly’s seem to be catching a lot of fish as well as White Ghost Tadpoles. Rig up two rods and be ready for anything this time of year.
Doug Newton on March 1st 2015 15 pounds.
- Fishing Report February 24th 2015
We are one week away from March! The spring season is just around the corner. The fishing has been all over the map over the past week. A small storm moved through and brought some wind to the lake on Sunday. There were some pretty good reports from numerous beaches around the lake. The Summit Lake strain Cutthroat’s are starting to show up in smaller schools in shallow water. There have been plenty of big fish caught as well.
Even though we are approaching what lots of anglers would say is the peak of the season, weather still plays a big part in the fishing. Calm sunny days can be tough any time of year. If you get some wind it is normally better even in March and April. Nymphing is starting to pick up around the lake and stripping Wooly’s, Beetles and Tadpoles are also working well. White Ghost Loco Tadpoles or any bright fly is a good choice and for two fly rigs also tie on a Midnight Cowboy or a Bloody Mary. Maholo Nymphs in Red or Wine are hard to beat for Nymphing but Balanced Leeches and Maholo Midges are also worth some time. Fish can be caught any time of day but early and late continue to give you a little better chance.
- Fishing Report February 9th 2015
The weekend started off with some really high winds that put out the wind gauges at the lake for a day or two. This was on the front end of a pretty good storm system that put down inches of rain in the area into Monday. This should really help the lake in the long run. The fishing has been about average for this time of year. The stormy weather helped the middle of the day bite for sure. It seems as though the mornings have been better than the evenings for the past few days. The long range forecast is for sunny weather coming back to the area through next weekend. This is going to probably make fishing going forward once again dependent on wind and time of day. Fish early and or late and try to plan your trip to the lake on days when there is going to be some wind on the water. There is about 13 hours of daylight right now and fishing first light and last light is getting harder to do. A better idea is to plan to be there either early or late. White Ghost Loco Tadpoles and Midnight Cowboy Wooly Worms are a good combo for shooting head set-ups right now. White Ghost or Olive Martini Balanced Leaches and Red or Wine Maholo Nymphs are the way to go for Indicator rigs. It seems as though the first signs of Summit Lake Cuttys are showing up in smaller schools. Most of these are smaller fish but they are starting to color up for the spawn a little.
- Fishing Report January 6th 2015
Well along with bringing in the New Year we also got another dose of the full moon phase at Pyramid Lake. Nice weather also played a part in the fishing being quite tough over the past week or so. The water temperatures are in the area of 43-44 degrees which is right around the winter time low. Most of the fish are hanging out in a little deeper water where it is warmer. The Tui chubs also prefer warmer water and are helping to keep fish down deep right now. That does not mean that all is lost. Wind and weather can move fish into the shallows on a day to day basis. Most days are tough, especially calm, bluebird sunny days. The long term forecast is for dry sunny warmer days so getting to the lake early and or staying late is going to help some. That time when the sun is off the water has been the time to fish over the past week or so. Fish are spread out all over the lake and weather is more important to fishing success than a particular spot on the lake. Areas with deeper drop offs and that have close access to deeper water are good spots to try right now. See http://pyramidlakeflyfishing.com/fishing/beaches/ for more information on these types of areas. Fish are being caught on a variety of techniques right now including stripping Woolybuggers and Tadpoles with a fast sinking shooting head as well as hanging flies under an indicator. It can be a long time between grabs right now and it is hard to take that long of a look at a strike indicator. Hopefully we get some weather into the Truckee Meadows soon and helps the fishing.
- Fishing Report December 16th 2014
The lake has fished pretty good on some days and tough on others. The wind has blown mostly out of the South for a couple of weeks now. This is common for this time of year as small storm systems move through the area. On days when it turns more out of the East the fishing has been better. The days it blows more out of the West is has been slow. The water temperatures are creeping down and are now around 46 degrees. The type of fishing days we are having now can be expected for the next couple of months. Some big fish are being caught but it is a while between grabs. If you can go on stormy days you should do better. Avoid the days when the wind blows out of the West and don’t fish areas where the wind is at your back. On sunny days go early or stay late. These tips will increase your odds at Pyramid any time of year but especially when it is slower. Stripping flies on the bottom with fast sinking shooting heads has been the way to go lately for many reasons. We have been doing really well on White Ghost Loco Tadpoles as a dropper and Either a Midnight Cowboy or a Martini Olive Wooly Bugger behind. Most of the grass is gone now and clean retrieves are more and more common. There are still some fish being caught under the indicator but it is a long stare. Use bigger stuff like Balanced Leaches and Maholo Nymphs this time of year.
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Pyramid is closed for trout fishing until October 1st 2014.
We had our best year ever and we hope you did as well. We are already working on our guide schedule for the coming season. We do more guide trips each year than any of the other guides have done in their history of guiding at Pyramid. We also have not gotten skunked with clients in three years (over 200 trips)
Hear is part of a fishing report from one of our competitors from last February (their last fishing report of the season)
“Pyramid can be tough most of the time but when you “strike it rich” it is well worth the time and effort. Lots of skunks and some absolute trophies! The fish are still up and down and in and out of the shoreline beaches. Pick your favorite spot and fish! You never know!”
With under a week to go in the season, things have come to a screeching halt. The water has gotten really warm and most of the fish have headed for deep water for the summer. Shore fishing with either a fly rod or spinning gear is really slow. Boaters still have a chance to catch some fish in deeper water but the problem is that bringing them out of 50 degree water into 70 plus degree water on the surface is very dangerous for the fish. It is time to put the ladders and the down riggers away and give the lake a rest until the fall opener on October 1st.
The fishing season ends at Pyramid on June 30th. The water is really getting warm and the fish have really moved out into deeper water for the summer. There are still a few fish being caught but mostly by float tubers who are fishing in deeper water. There are also a few fish being caught from shore in areas with access to deeper water as well. Try to get yourself in 15-30 feet of water and get your flies near or on the bottom. Really fast sinking Shooting Heads are a must if fishing Wooly Buggers, Beetles or Minnow Patterns. Let your line sink for at least 30-40 seconds before starting your retrieve. Nymphs and Midges are really working well for anglers who can get them into deep water. Umpqua Feather Merchants Deep Water Lake Leader is the way to go for fishing in water over 10 feet deep with an indicator. This system allows you to hang your flies under an indicator in up to 20 feet of water. Mark Fore and Strike and Scheels in Reno have these set ups as well as Fly Fishing Specialties in Sacramento. Maholo Nymphs and Midges are a couple of great flies to try as well. Note: Keep an eye on the weather and be careful when float tubing at Pyramid. The wind can come up quick and make float tubing un-safe.
June and we are still catching fish at Pyramid. The Tui Chubs have shown up in the shallows around the lake and there are some really big fish chasing them. Warm or even hot weather is on the way and the great fishing we have had over the past month could end anytime. This is the time of year when we really start to use our floating devices and try to get out in a little deeper water. The water temps. are in the high 50’s and will be in the 60’s before long. This usually drives the bait and the fish into a little deeper water. There has been a tremendous Callabaetis hatch by mid-morning each day and there are also some fish really keying in on those as well. With so many other places to fish right now in the area, Pyramid has no pressure. Nymphing from a float tube or pontoon boat is a great way to go right now. Maholo Nymph’s and Midges fished with Umpqua’s Deep Water Indicator Leader is the way to go for indicator fishing in 10 plus feet of water at Pyramid or any other lake. Mark Fore and Strike in Reno and Fly Fishing Specialties in Sacramento has these leaders in stock among others currently. Stripping Minnow patterns on the bottom with a fast sinking shooting head has also been very effective of late. Some of the larger fish are really keying in on Minnows right now.
This has been one of the best late seasons at Pyramid in a long time. The water temperature is hanging in there for late May and that has really helped a ton. The water temps. are still in the upper 50’s to low 60’s in the shallows. There are some windy days ahead of us which help keep the temperatures down this time of year. We could get another few weeks of good fishing if this keeps up. A few days in the 90’s and no wind could also turn it around quickly. 20-30 fish days are not uncommon for anglers moving around and finding the right wind conditions and pods of fish. There is a strong Callabaetis hatch mid-day and that is also helping the fishing. Nymphing has been the most effective way to go for sure. Maholo Nymphs in Red, Black or Wine are a good bet to imitate the Callabaetis right now. Two fly rigs with the bottom fly fished close to the bottom and the upper fly about 2-3 feet up is a great way to go. There are plenty of places to get Maholo Nymphs if you are headed to Pyramid including Mark Fore and Strike in Reno, Keines Fly Shop in Sacramento and Scheels in Reno. The best places to fish this time of year are ones with less boat and Jet Ski traffic. Try going to the North or the South end of the lake to stay away from summer traffic.
The fishing continues to hang on at Pyramid. The water temperatures are around 56 degrees in the shallows and there are still plenty of fish cruising the shelves. Some larger Pilot Peak strain Cutthroats are starting to show up again and there have been some really big ones caught in the last week. This is the same pattern we saw last May. As the Summit Lake strain fish lose their urge to spawn and start heading for deeper water, the Pilot Peak strain seem to take their place in the shallows. Beaches with deeper drop-offs should start to produce more and more in the coming weeks and shallow areas will start to slow down. Weather is the number one factor on a good day at the lake for sure. It is becoming more and more important to fish on days when there is some wind. Nicer blue bird no wind days continue to get tougher and tougher. There is still some time to get out and catch some fish at Pyramid and this is a great time to get a really big one. Red and Wine Maholo nymphs are really starting to produce again for floating lines. There is some growth starting to happen on the bottom and foam Beetles and Tadpoles are a good choice for shooting heads.
The spawning season is in full swing at the lake. The hatchery is full of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout and the Fisheries folks at the lake are working hard to make sure there are plenty of fish to put back into the lake for next season and beyond. When you see the efforts that are put in by members of the tribe and U.S fish and wildlife to ensure the future of Pyramid Lake you start to understand why it is important to treat these fish with the utmost respect.
Fishing has been really good over the past couple of weeks with a few tough days thrown in there as well. Weather plays a bigger and bigger role out at Pyramid as the spring goes on. Sunny Blue Bird days with no wind can create some tough conditions. The fish are cruising in really shallow water and can get spooked by ladders and fishermen, especially on crowded beaches. It can become really important to be aware of the situation and if fish are in really tight to the drop-offs back up 5 to 10 feet. This pattern has been the case at some of the more popular fishing spots like the nets and Pelican. If you are in an area where he fish are tight and there are fishermen too far out in the lake then it can be best to look for a spot on the beach with less anglers. This is a great time of year to take off the indicator and fish nymphs on a long leader and a Hover line. Albino Wino’s continue to be hard to beat for midges and Red and Wine colored Maholo Nymphs are still the way to go for nymph style flies. For shooting heads, Olive Martini’s and tan or chartreuse Beetles are working well.
The lake has gone through some major changes in the last week. The water temperatures have gone from 44 degrees to 50 degrees in 6 days. There is some really off colored water on both the North end and the South end of the lake due to this. It appears that the lake wants to turn over soon. High pressure has dowsed the wind and made the fishing really tough over the last two days. It is really a good time right now to fish the first and last light until we get some more weather. The hatchery is packed with fish and the spawn is on. Fishing should be really good over the next month weather permitting.
April is here and we are in the middle of the peak season at Pyramid Lake. Unsettled weather over the past few days has really helped the fishing. There have been a few days with some good onshore winds and some overcast that have resulted in some really good days. The fish are really spread out and there is not just one spot to find them. Fish the wind and try to pick a spot with the wind in your face. You can both move a lot to find fish or stay in one place and wait it out. The fish are really getting in good spawning shape and they are ready to do their thing. The water is still really cold for the first of April at around 44 degrees. It is supposed to get warm starting next week and the water temperatures should start to climb. Shooting head set ups are working well in the early mornings with Olive Martini’s, Midnight Cowboys and Pink and White Wollyworms. Nymphing either under an indicator or with a Hover line has also been picking up a lot of fish. Red Maholo Nymphs and Albino Wino Midges are hard to beat. Go to the beaches page at pyramidlakeflyfishing.com to get an idea of how deep to fish your flies under the indicator if you have not been out in a while or are unfamiliar with the lake. Mark Fore and Strike in Reno has a good stock of Pyramid Flies.
This is the time of year that angler come from all over the West and even the Country to fish for Giant Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. March and April brings a little warmer weather and the migration of these fish into shallow water looking for a stream to splash their eggs into for a new generation of fish to begin their lives of the World’s largest Cutthroat Trout. The spawning channel at Pyramid Lake is the perfect place for this phenomenon to take place. Fish are geared up to run the artificial stream right now in search of the perfect place to lay their eggs. The Hatchery water is on but most of the fish are not quite ready to spawn. There are many beaches that fish are cruising the shallows and plenty of fish are being caught by shore fisherman. There have been some slow days and some really good days. Most of it is weather based. Stormy weather patterns over the next week or so should really help the fishing at Pyramid. We should be in a good fishing pattern for the next few weeks. Nymphing will be working well for the remainder of the season. Red, Wine and Black Maholo Nymphs continue to be a great choice for flies. The Albino Wino Midge is also a must have. Mark Fore and Strike, Keine’s Fly Shop, Orvis of Reno and California Fly Shop are all places to purchase these flies. Shooting Heads are also working well. Olive Martini’s and Bloody Marys have been tough to beat.
It is that time of year again at Pyramid Lake. In the middle of March each year thousands of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout make their way into shallow water around the lakes shoreline in search of moving water. It is spawning season. Not only do the trout start their migration but so do anglers from all over the country. The next 6 weeks at Pyramid will undoubtedly the best and busiest place to fish in the area. We have a few trout of over 20 pounds that have been caught and lots of fish in the 10-20 pound range already this season. The numbers of fish caught is starting to go up as well. There have been a few 20-30 fish days and plenty of 10-20 fish days. You still have to look out for the occasional blue bird sunny no wind day here and there that makes the fishing tough. Nymphing rigs and shooting head set-ups are both working well. It is best to have both rigs set up and be ready to switch at any time. Fish are spread out all over the lake and can be caught from Popcorn Beach on the South end of the lake to Monument Rock on the North end. For the Nymphing rig Red or Wine colored Maholo Nymphs, Copper Tops and Albino Wino’s are working well for sure. Midnight Cowboy’s, Olive Martini’s and Popcorn Beetles are tough to beat fished on the bottom. Mark Fore and Strike and Orvis both have these flies locally in Reno. There is a new section on the beaches page, www.pyramidlakeflyfishing.com/fishing/beaches/ that helps out with depth to fish your flies under an indicator on most of the beaches at the lake. Contact Rob Anderson 775.742.1754
The lake continues to fish well. Summit Lake strain Lahontan’s are starting to move in to some of the popular beaches looking for moving water for their annual spawn. The water temperature is starting to climb out of its winter lows and the fish can sense the beginning of spring conditions at the lake. If this year is anything like last the shift is on to a few more fish being caught and without a doubt more Summit Lake Strain fish over the next month. The beauty of having two strains of Lahontan’s in the lake now is that they are showing up at different times of the year. The Pilot Peak Strain is a great addition to making our fishing season better at Pyramid and last much longer. The Summit Lake strain is more likely to school up and run the shallows in the spring months when we see an increase in angler days in March and April and when it seems to become more difficult to catch some of the larger Pilot Peak Cutty’s. Another year of fishing for this new amazing fish will undoubtedly reveal more about what they are all about. The best times to fish still remain to be days with chop on the water. 10-20 fish days are happening already and you just have to be there on the right day with the right weather at the right time. Nymphing continues to produce the most fish. Red and Wine colored Maholo Nymphs fished either under an indicator or stripped slowly with a hover line is hard to beat along with the Albino Wino. For the shooting Head set-up Olive Martini’s and Bloody Mary Wooly Buggers are working well.
The lake continues to pump out some big fish. There have been some tough days and some good days and that should continue right through the middle of May. The water is starting to warm a little with the warmer weather we have had. It is still around 44-45 degrees unless you are fishing in the shallows where it can reach 47 degrees. The beaches that offer access to deeper water have still been fishing the best but the fish are really spread out and can be caught all over the lake. Follow the wind on calmer days. There are already some female Summit Lake fish with eggs and the spawn is just around the corner. Red Maholo Nymphs and Albino Midges have been working well for the indicator rigs and Midnight Cowboys and Popcorn Beetles for the shooting head set ups. Locally in town Mark Fore and Strike has a great assortment of these flies at great prices. Go to pyramidlakeflyfishing.com for more info.
Pyramid continues to spit out some big fish. There are plenty of slow days out there about twice a week the fishing is pretty good. That is normal this time of year with the water temperatures around 43 degrees and the weather changing daily. This past weekend saw some 70 mile an hour wind events on Friday and Saturday and the fishing was really tough. Sunday the wind calmed down and the fishing was way better. There are not too many secrets this time of year. The beaches with some access to deeper water are normally doing a little better. On calm days fish the windy part of the lake. There is the 2nd weekend of a tournament this weekend so the normal hot spots should be crowded. There are plenty of places on the lake that are completely empty of anglers. Nymphing, Jigging and stripping Wooly’s and leaches are all worth a shot. If you are coming from out of town plan a couple of days on the lake to have a better chance at getting the weather right. Red Maholo Nymphs have been really good as are Albino Wino’s and Copper Top’s. For Shooting Heads try Olive Martini’s and Bloody Marys. Any day you get out to Pyramid you could catch the fish of a lifetime.
January at Pyramid was about as good as could be expected. The water is cold at its normal wintertime lows of 42-43 degrees but there have been some really big fish hanging around and feeding all winter. The numbers of fish are down which can be expected this time of year but when or if you catch a fish it has the potential to be huge. There have been lots of fish caught between 10 and 20 pounds over the past month. The beaches with access to deeper water continue to be the hot spots. Places like Blockhouse, Sand hole and other areas on the South end of the lake have been pretty good. It looks like we are in for some weather over the next couple of weeks and that should help the fishing out as well. The best days have been when we get some wind and some chop on the water. There have been some really good early mornings and late evenings but it is really cold out there so dress warm.
Nymphing in 9-20 feet of water with Red, Wine or Black Maholo Nymphs has been working well. Stripping Wooly buggers and Beetles in deeper water with a fast sinking shooting head is also the way to go. Olive Martini’s, Bloody Mary’s, and Loco Beetles and Tadpoles are great choices.
Fishing has really slowed down at the lake. This is pretty common for this time of year. The water is very cold at 41-43 degrees. There has not been much wind at the lake lately and the thermoclines are building up and sending fish into deeper warmer water. There are still some big fish being caught over the past week including a fish over 20 pounds and one in the 15 pound range. Both fish were caught from float tubes in 20-30 feet of water. Shore fishing has been pretty slow all over the lake except for first thing in the morning and after the sun gets off the water in the evening. The lake really needs some weather to churn up the water and mix some of the cold and warmer water again. Maholo nymphs and midges are still working for Nymphing and Bloody Marys, Olive Martini’s and Loco Beetles and Tadpoles with fast sinking lines. The fishing should continue to be about how it is for the next couple of weeks unless we get a storm or two.
Wow! What a fall at Pyramid. This has been the best fall fishing out at the lake in recent history. The new strain of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout continue to grow and offer anglers the chance to catch a fish of a lifetime. Several fish over 20 pounds and a couple in the 25 pound class have been caught over the past month or so. Lots of fish in the 10-20 pound range have also been caught. There are several beaches that continue to produce fish but the fish are really spread out. Spots with access to deep water have been the best places so far. www.pyramidlakeflyfishing.com/fishing/beaches lays out the variety of spots to try at the lake and the ones that have access to deep water. All sorts of techniques have been working. Shooting head set-ups with Midnight Cowboys, Bloody Mary’s and Olive Martinis have been working well. Dropper flies like white Wooly Buggers and Chartreuse Loco Beetles are also worth a try. Nymphing has also been catching fish. An estimated 24 pound fish was caught last week on a size 12 Black Maholo Nymph. Albino Wino Midges are also doing well.
There is a bunch of really cold weather headed our way and the water temperatures are bound to plummet. This could change the fishing conditions and drive fish into deeper water sometime soon. It should remain pretty good for a while however if you can handle the cold. Fish have been biting seemingly any time of day so as the cold weather sets in it might be a good idea to get a little later start.
Opening Day at Pyramid was as good as it has been for several years now. There were some really good reports of anglers catching 10-15 fish. The good fishing has continued for most of the first week. It is really important to find schools of bait near shore this time of year to have the best chances. Minnow patterns fished with a fast sinking shooting head that sinks 6-8 inches a second on beaches that offer chances to get your flies into 15-25 feet of water are your best areas to try. There are not too many spots around the lake that shore fishermen can do this but those types of beaches were awesome on the opener. The beaches page does a great job of explaining which areas offer access to deeper water around the lake. The fishing should only get better as the water cools and fish creep into the shallows over the next month. Midnight Cowboys, Olive Martini’s, Bullet Head Streamers and just about any minnow imitation in size 2-6 is worth a try.
The best story of opening day goes to Lauren Dunn of Truckee who caught and released the new Junior Female World Record Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. This is a category for anglers under the age of 17. The fish was Lauren’s first fish of the day and weighed slightly over 9 pounds. Congratulations to Lauren! Go to http://pyramidlakeflyfishing.com/2013/10/03/new-world-record-lahontan/ to see the story.
Opens to Trout Fishing October 1st. This is going to be an interesting and hopefully another great year at Pyramid. We now have two sustainable strains of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout in the Lake. The Summit Lake strain which has been the main strain in the lake for the last 20 years or more and the Pilot Peak Strain which was introduced back into the lake in 2006-2007. Both strains of fish play an important role in the fishing at Pyramid Lake. We are still learning a lot about the Pilot Peak strain and some of what we think we know is based on only a few years of experience catching these fish. There is much more recent history with the Summit Lake strain.
In years past most of the Summit Lake Cutthroats are still in deeper water on opening day. It has a lot to do with water temperatures. The boaters usually do very well in October catching these fish in 20-40 feet of water or more. Trolling is a great way to fish this time of year. Shore fishermen usually try to fish near fast drop-offs where deeper water can be accessed. Looking for Tui Chubs and Perch Fry are also important to finding fish. As the fall wears on and water temperatures drop more and more fish can be caught from shore in more like 8-15 feet of water. The fish can be really spread out and moving around is important to finding fish. This should be very close to how the fishing goes for the Summit Lake strain of Lahontan Cutthroats again this fall.
It is going to be interesting and fun to experience another year with the new Pilot Peak strain which is believed to be as close to the original strain of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout that used to roam the lake 100 years ago. These fish do not act like the Summit Lake strain. They are more aggressive, tend to grow faster and may even live longer. They also seem to hang out in different water. Last spring after most of the Summit Lake fish were out in deep water and the hatchery was shut down a large school of Pilot Peak fish showed up in shallow water and there were a few weeks of excellent fishing in May and June because of it. These fish seem to spend a lot more time chasing Tui Chubs and smaller Trout and will move in and out with the schools of bait. There are usually more Tui Chubs near shore in the fall so there may be some really big fish close enough for shore fishermen to catch as early as Opening day. We still have a lot to learn about these fish and what the future holds for the largest Cutthroats on the Planet.
What a great day on the lake. Started out with a couple begginer clients in the morning and we caught some nice fish. We went through a slow spell around lunch and then it was on again. 10 Pilot Peak fish to hand up to 5 pounds in about 2 hours. Fish were deep. We were fishing the new deep line breakaway indicator rig in 12 feet of water. Developed by Rob Anderson. Awesome set up. Anyway then we get a last fish of the day story.
a couple of fish over 8 pounds today with this monster fish. Maybe 12-14 pounds. Lots of Pilot Peak fish being caught right now.
Pyramid can be tricky for shore anglers this time of year. The fish have moved on from the spawn and warmer water moves most of them back into 30-50 feet of water. However cooler weather has stalled the warming of the water and the fishing has picked up. The fish seem to have moved to the North end of the lake and places like Monument and Warrior have been best. First light has been the time to be there for sure. It looks like the wind is going to blow for a few days and this should help the fishing. There is no one fishing Pyramid from shore right now. You can have just about anywhere to yourself. The boaters are really doing well. Korey Farnsworth has been hammering fish from a boat the last few weeks.
Water temperatures have jumped into the high 50’s over the past week. The Pyramid Lake fisheries reading at Sutcliff on May 5th was 56 degrees. The water is still in great shape for May and there are still some really nice fish being caught. There was a 14 pound Pilot Peak fish caught at Warrior Point on May 3rd. There was an 11 Pound Pilot Peak fish caught around Popcorn on the same day and a 10 pound fish caught at Dago Bay as well. Although numbers are a little on the low side there are still some big fish cruising the shallows. The next couple of weeks should be pretty good at Pyramid. There have been a ton of Chronomids or Midges hatching as well as a few Callabaetis as well. Nymphing rigs continue to produce with red or black Maholo’s. This is also a great time of year to fish Olive colored flies right on the bottom to imitate Dragon Fly nymphs and sand beetles.
The full moon is behind us now and the water temperatures are still in the low 50’s. The month of May could really be a good at Pyramid. We have had some really good reports even through the full moon cycle. It looks like we are going to have some really warm days in the coming week and the water could warm up fast. It is perfect right now though and if you are thinking of going to Pyramid now is the time. Weather will start to play an even bigger part as the water gets warmer. Wind and chop on the water will become more and more important. Early mornings and late evenings when the sun is off the water will also be a factor. There are more and more midges hatching at the lake now and there are even some Callabaetis showing up. Fishing with nymphs and midges under an indicator or simply stripping them in without an indicator with a long leader and a floating line is hard to beat right now. Black Wooly Worms like the Midnight Cowboy and the bloody Mary have been really good fished with a shooting head as well. Fish the wind and move often. Fish really tend to school up this time of year.
The lake has been pretty tough for the last week or so. This is very normal due to the moon phase. Pyramid has always been a little tough around the full moon. The water temperatures are creeping up into the low to mid 50’s and the next few weeks should be really good overall. As we get passed the full moon the fishing should keep getting better until the water gets to about 60 degrees. The spawning channel is full of fish and there are some huge Summit Lake and Pilot Peak fish in there. This should be a really good year for the hatchery. Fish are spread out all over the lake and it is really important to follow the wind and conditions out there right now. As we get more and more nice days, early morning and late evening should also be good times to fish. Maholo nymphs and Midges are still catching lots of fish either under an indicator or fished on a long leader with a floating line and retrieved really slow. Midnight Cowboy’s and Bloody Mary’s are great flies to use with a shooting head.
Keines fly shop has the only remaining Maholo nymphs in stock for this season. They are getting low. If you need to restock give them a call soon. As far as I know evryone esle is out.
Now is the time to go to Pyramid if you have been waiting for the magical report. We have had a North wind for most of the last 9 days and it has kept the lake from getting warmer for sure. April has looked much more like winter than March. This time of year is the time to be there but you can’t assume everyday will be great. Weather plays a big role. There are plenty of fish close to shore so get out there and fish. Nymphing with Red Maholo Nymphs has still been awesome with a floating line either with or without an indicator. Loco Popcorn Beetles with a Midnight Cowboy is a great way to go for fishing on the bottom. Conditions look great for fishing over the next month.
The fishing over the past week has been up and down. It is just about what we excpected for this spring. We had a couple of brutal days of wind and snow on Sunday and Monday. Normally the wind is a good thing but it blew so hard it created some really muddy areas and it was hard to get into the water. A few anglers who stuck it out on monday did pretty well in the afternoon. The water dipped back into the mid 40’s on Monday but it is climbing fast again. Shallow areas like the South Nets is around 50-54 degrees depending on who’s thermometer you look at. The hatchery is full and the first spawn of the season happened yesterday. The next few weeks should have some really good days and some slower days mixed in.
With the Full Moon behind us now the fishing has already started picking up. The water temperatures are slowing climbing into the upper 40’s in the last couple of days. There are way more fish in shallow water now and good reports have come from all over the lake. Schools of fish have been seen cruising the shelf at places like Windless Bay, Pelican and the Nets. The water at the hatchery is scheduled to be turned on any day now. Most of the females being caught still look a little “green” or not quite ready to spawn yet. As the water warms up into the 50’s over the next couple of weeks they should be ready.
Weather is still going to play a part in the day to day action at the lake. It is important to fish the mornings and evenings on those sunny Blue-bird days. For shooting head set-ups, Olive Martini’s and Midnight Cowboys have been working well on the back and Lime Green Tadpoles have been hard to beat as a dropper. It is a great idea to fish a bright fly on the front of your rig so you can see the fly as it gets close to you on your retrieve. Don’t get in a hurry to re-cast. Fish have been following all the way to the ladder. For nymphs and midges, Red Maholo Nymphs are still hard to beat as either a top or bottom fly. The males are really keying in on red this season. Maholo Midges are a good way to go for the bottom fly. Good Maholo Midges to try are Copper Tops, J.W.’s and for Maholo Stretch Midges try the P.M.S. or the Albino Wino.
The afternoons have been the only real bite again. We caught almost all our fish between 2:00 and 4:30 today. The fish seemed to move in and then just dissapear after 4:30 ish. The Moon is reaking havoc. We did the dawn patrol again today and it was beautiful at Dago Bay for sunrise but the fish were not there. Reports were basically the same for other anglers as well.
Full Moon syndrome at the lake the last couple of days. The morning bite has been tough overall for sure. The afternoons have been way better. The fish seem to be eating Wooly’s and Beetles better the last few days than midges and nymphs. We have some stormy weather coming in tomorrow and hopefully that will get the fish going again. The water is still off at the hatchery and the water is still on the cold side. I got to spend some time with U.S. fish and Wildlife at Marble Bluff dam. It looks like we are getting another 140,000 Pilot Peak fish this year. The future looks bright for the Mid.
The approach of spring has the Cutthroats thinking spawn at Pyramid. The weather however is a little behind. The water is still pretty cold for the middle of March. The Pelicans have just started to appear on their yearly trip to the lake as well. Fish are being caught all over the lake and are very spread out right now. As of 3-18 the water at the hatchery was not on yet. The weather usually plays the biggest role in the fishing this time of year. Cloudy, windy days are the best and if you can get some chop on the surface it is a plus. Early mornings and late evenings when the sun is off the water can also be a factor. There are some really nice Red male fish starting to show up in the shallows. Pick a spot and give it an hour and see what the wind is doing. Fishing the beaches with a little chop or some rollers is best. Red Maholo nymphs fished under an indicator has been the most consistent bite so far. Mark For and Strike, Scheels in Reno have them and Keine’s in Sacramento also. Casey Ryan of Dallas caught an 11# 14 ounce Male on Sunday using this fly.
The fishing at Pyramid has been just about as I expected it for Early March. We have has some really cold weather in the Reno area and that has kept the lake water temps. down in the low to mid 40’s. There have been some fish around for sure. It is very hard to predict however. The best days have been when there is some chop on the water or at least some cloud cover. Today the bite was slow until the wind picked up around 11:00 am and then it seemed to turn on for a while.
Warmer weather over the next week is going to really increase the water temperatures and it should bring more fish into the shallows. There have been some big fish caught over the past week. Jay Clark of Portola caught a 16 Pound Summit Cutthroat on Friday while fishing Midges and there were several more fish over 10 pounds caught as well. Maholo Midges and Nymphs in Red and Black have been working well. There are several Fly Shops like Keine’s in Sacramento and Mark Fore and Strike in Reno that have these flies in stock.
I Spent the entire morning on the South end of the lake. It was a sunny blue bird day but the wind was blowing out of the North and making the chop on the water perfect. 12 fish to hand by 11:00 am and missed a few more. One female Pilot Peak fish that was around 7 pounds. The bite was on for sure. It seemed as though I got a grab every 10 minutes or so. Most fish were caught retrieving a Midnight Cowboy and a few came on the Loco Popcorn Beetle. Late in the morning I switched to the Indicator rig as the wind came up and started getting grabs right away. Good day to be at the lake for sure. The Albino Wino was the hot fly but then again it was the fly I had on the bottom the whole time. I can’t wait to go back out in two days. It seems as though I found a bunch of fish and I hope they stay put until I get back.
As far as the overall report. The water is still in the low 40’s. There are fish around and most of the beaches are reporting 2-5 fish days with some scattered better days in between. The water has come down about 18 inches from last year and just about all of the popular spots have great access to the drop-offs and ledges. It should be a much better year than last year. some of the beaches still have weeds and muck issues on the bottom for sure but there are also a bunch of really clean spots where you can drag your flies in with no issue. The water is not on at the Nets yet and the fish are spread out all over the lake.
February 4th 2013
A long cold spell in the Reno area has the lake water temperatures down to around 41 degrees. This is usually about the coldest the lake gets in the winter. It is supposed to be a little warmer over the next week or so with sunny skies. The fishing at Pyramid is pretty average for this time of year. Cold water in December-January tends to move most of the fish into deeper water in search of a little warmer conditions. There are however a few fish being caught from shore anglers. This year continues to produce some large fish. There was an 18 pounder caught last week and Reno local Adam Heuer caught and released an 11 pound fish on Saturday. The fish are really spread out and the reports are coming from all over the lake. It is pretty much a given that you are not going to catch more than a few fish a day right now but the chance to catch a fish of a lifetime keeps anglers coming. February is a great month to catch big fish at Pyramid. There are less little fish in shallow and the larger fish make a pass through shallow water from time to time. There are fewer fishermen and more chances when the fish come by. A bunch of different flies are also catching fish. Bloody Mary’s, Midnight Cowboys, Olive Martini’s are always good and White Wooly Worms and Popcorn Beetles are great options for droppers.
Note: Use 12-15 pound tippet on your shooting head set-ups. If you do get the chance to hook into one of these monsters don’t take a chance with light tippet. Go to pyramidlakeflyfishing.com for more info