The lake is turning over, and there is a large algae bloom filling most of the shore lines. We are hoping for a storm in the next few days to clear the fine green muck out. Fishing has been hit or miss the last week. The winds are picking up today so that is a good sign!
With winter storms moving into the area water temps are dropping- which means good fishing from shore. There were several reports of double digit fish being landed in the past week. The deeper shelves have been more productive than shallower flats, and the afternoon bite has also been producing nice fish. Try Doug’s Popcorn Beetle, a Booby in white/chartreuse, a large Wooly Worm with a red tail, or Tui Chub patterns!
Clean up crews and volunteers have been working to clean up debris left in the aftermath of the Tule Fire surrounding the small community of Sutcliffe, NV at Pyramid Lake. The Tribe worked with first responders to evacuate the town and get the wild fire contained. A few small structures were destroyed, and an elderly couple had to be rescued, but overall no one was harmed and the blaze is now 100% contained.
The community is now gearing up for Burning Man coming in late August, as well as the opening day of fishing season Oct. 1. En route to Burning Man thousands of visitors pass through Pyramid Lake’s small town of Nixon, Nevada. Convenience store workers stay busy around the clock 24 hours a day to ring up the eccentric guests coming from around the world headed to the desert festival.
We’re certain the non-stop week long party is a great time, but we will have to take your word for it! We are saving our energy for the upcoming Lahontan Cutthroat Trout season opener- starting Oct. 1, 2016. Get your lines ready- we can’t wait for the hunt for the World’s Largest Cutthroat Trout to begin once again. See you soon!
Last weekend brought 20″ of new snow to the Reno/Tahoe mountain areas, and we all know what storms mean on Pyramid- great fishing! These guys from Utah and Mass killed it. The March spawn has fish coming close to shore, but with the unpredictable spring weather you never quite know what you are going to get from ladder/shore fishing. This group was already experienced in fly fishing so with just a few tips they were able to have an awesome day on the lake. For those less experienced, or even just unfamiliar with the unique fishery of Pyramid Lake, Guide Nick Jackson provides detailed clinics and guided trips to go over knots, flies, wind, gear, casting, fishy behavior and so on. He’s also very open about providing DIY information so that angler’s can enjoy Pyramid on their own during their next visit to Nevada’s alkaline lake. Nice job guys- thanks for a great day!
Les and Ben from Ogden, UT landed around 50 fish during their two guided days on Pyramid Lake, NV. The first day started off with a slow morning but ended up as a killer afternoon- Les landed this awesome 14 pounder just after lunch- it was his first fish on Pyramid.
We had a consistent bite the following day with a dozen fish each. Unlike the day before, we got ours on the strip with woolyworms and popcorn beetles (the day prior indicator fishing with midges was the preferred technique). It was a pleasure guiding this two from our home state of Utah- we hope to see them again out at the Mid!
These four great guys did an awesome job at Pyramid Lake Guides’ clinic yesterday. The group had wanted detailed instruction on casting technique and a break down of rigs, flies, wind, etc.- Licensed Guide Nick Jackson gave them just what they ordered. Part of the group, two twin brothers, had met Nick in Reno and started their planning from a conversation about fishing gear at Sportsmen’s Warehouse. They were hesitant to go out on Tuesday because of some incoming wind- with some encouragement they made the trek over from Susanville Tuesday morning. Man did they make the right choice! -the fishing was MUCH slower today. These guys absolutely reeled it in on Tuesday with 41 fish to the net, and a few missed! Doug Ouellette’s Original Popcorn Beetle was the fly of choice. Great job guys!
This past weekend was a beautiful calm one on Pyramid Lake, NV. The fish tend to be MIA during such pleasant conditions- but Friday, Saturday, and Sunday were all productive. The beaches are crowded with campers, ladders, and fishermen right now but you can still squeeze in a spot if you get out early enough. Some large fish in double digits were reported. Our clients landed several nice fish Saturday, and we had a great day fishing with friend and client John Cancilla, and guide Doug Ouellette on Sunday. Later in the day Julianne busted out the jig rig and nailed 3 fish in a row cast for cast. Nick mimicked her technique on a floater-no-cator rig popping the midge and nailed a nice Pilot Peak to end the day.
We had the pleasure of providing this great group with some instruction and fly fishing at our Clinic this Thursday on Pyramid Lake. Guides Doug Ouellette, Matt Gilligan, and Nick Jackson bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this unique fishery. Fun group of people- they were great learners and landed some great fish! Thanks to Wayne and the group for the photos and good company.