Pyramid Lake Clinic, 3-1-14, and 3-22-14

Fishing at Pyramid Lake Nevada

Doug O and I will be holding a Pyramid Lake Clinic at Pyramid Lake in Nevada on March 1st, and March 22nd. If you have not heard of Pyramid Lake, or always guessed how to fish it, this is the time to do it. Pyramid is the place right now to tangle with a monsta trout. You can travel the Word and not find the fish we have in our own backyard. We will cover rods, lines, rigs and flies, along with beaches to fish during various weather conditions. You will need at least a 6wt rod, 7-9 wts are better. It’s also good to have a reel with a good working drag. On that reel you will need a shooting head, or floating line. Fast sinking shooting head lines that are integrated of about 200 -350 grains are good, we use those for stripping beetles and buggers. Floating lines are good for indicator fishing, though we will show you how to construct a leader to fish midges/nymphs without an indo. 6-8 wt switch rods are good tools for the lake too. If you have one and the correct line for it bring it, we’ll be two handing overhead casting with the switches. Other good tools to bring would be a stripping basket and stepladder to raise you above the water especially if it’s windy. You don’t need those, but they’re nice to have. We’ll have flies and everything to construct leaders with. We’ll also have some rods and reels if you do not have the correct set up. You will need to be prepared for nasty weather. It’s almost always windy there. Dress warm and bring a rain jacket to keep the splash off. Price is $200, and you will need to prepay via PayPal, or C.C. We will meet at 11:00 at Crosby’s Lodge in Sutcliff on the lake and go into the late afternoon-evening. 11:00 should give folks enough time to make the drive. Everyone can purchase a tribal permit to fish the lake at Crosby’s, or you get it online beforehand. Of course call, or email either Doug O or I if you have any questions.

Pyramid Lake Nevada is home to not only the biggest Cutthroat Trout in the World, but some of the biggest trout in the world anywhere. Located just over 30 minutes North East of Reno, roughly the size of Lake Tahoe, Pyramid sits on the historic Paiute Indian Reservation, in its alkaline waters swim the biggest Cutthroat trout in the World. 60 pounders once swam in the lake, 41 pounds is the record caught in the 20’s. Now with the original Pilot Peak strain Lahontan Cutthroat recently re-introduced into the lake fish could be nearing their historic cousins. 20 pounders are now fairly common on the fly and the sky could be the limit. This is the place right now if you want to tangle with a double digit trout, that’s not in inches, that’s in pounds. Fishing is fairly easy there, Lahontan’s are not picky fish, it’s about being on the right beach at the right time. Pyramid Lake is a unique place, very beautiful and mysterious, a place every fly angler should fish at least once in their lifetime.