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Join us at our booth at Expo Idaho this weekend! We will be presenting on Pyramid Lake at 7 p.m. Friday night. Come chat with us about going after these monsters!BVFF 2019


We always have a great time with the Boise Boys out from Boise Valley fly Fishers. Our first day out on the water Austin landed a nice 14 pounder! The head and tail on that thing were MASSIVE.

Austin, 14 lbs

The next morning, Bert’s first cast resulted in a 23 pound lahontan cutthroat trout! It wasn’t too much trouble getting it in, and after subtracting the weight of the net it was exactly 23 lbs. The rest of the day was slow fishing, oddly enough. Sunday was also a bit slow. Welcome to the 20 pound Club Bert!

Bert, 23 lvs


That time will soon be upon us to search for the elusive 20 pound Lahontan Cutthroat Trout! We’re looking forward to landing these massive cutties on the alkaline lake just north of Reno once again. Our premium custom made ladders are good to go, and the flies are being tied! We’re stocking up on large zebra midge patterns, balanced leeches, woolly buggers, boobies, and popcorn beetles. We were able to land 6 trout over 10 pounds in just 4 weeks last season before the lake closed due to road damage from flooding, and we expect this year to be just as epic. Once the lake re-opened in late February crowds were a bit thick, but the fishing was GOOD. We thank the Tribe for letting us enjoy this amazing fishery!

Contact us to book your guided trip on Pyramid Lake, Nevada– our days are filling up fast! Our outfitter is located right on the lake for your convenience. Lunch, ladders, and gear are always included. Check out our Guided Trips page for more info. or call 801-706-7836.


It’s late in the season and the Lahontan cutties are headed into colder water, but nice fish are still being landed if you are willing to put in the work. Grant, Evan, and Jack went out this weekend after College finals and landed some nice beauties.

South Nets is now open, Washout and Monument are still closed. Get out there while you can- we thank you all for a great season. See you in Fall, enjoy your Summer everyone! We hope to see you at the Green River Utah in the meantime…..🎣




Possible opening of partial beaches within two weeks. Please see below from KOLO 8 NEWS and the PLPT Chairman Vinton Hawley.

“Sutcliffe, Nev. (KOLO) — Parts of Pyramid Lake could be changed forever as a result of last month’s flooding. Roads were washed out, boat ramps were damaged and parts of beaches were washed away.

On Monday, February 13, 2017 crews were repairing one of the many stretches of road damaged in last month’s flood.

“They are replacing an old culvert from 1963 to a brand new larger culvert to take more water,” said Don Pelt, Emergency Manager for the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe.

Along highway 446, there are 11 sites where the roadway needs to be replaced. Its condition is preventing the tribe from opening the lake for business.

“We don’t want to let them back out here until it is safe,” said Pelt.

The problems go far beyond the highway. One of the major concerns right now is on the lake’s many beaches. Runoff from surrounding hills cut a five foot high, 50 foot wide canyon in the beach. Tribal officials are concerned someone could drive across the beach and unknowingly fall into the canyon. 

“We’re really looking out for everybody’s safety because of the amount of damage that is not just on the highways,” said Vinton Hawley, Tribal Chairman for the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. 

Hawley says fixing everything will take time and money the tribe doesn’t necessarily have.

$3 million will be paid for by NDOT for highway repairs. An additional $3 million will go to areas like Sutcliffe drive a guardrail remains hanging and the edge of a road drops off to nothing.

“It has changed the landscape drastically, but we are moving past that,” said Hawley.

Not everything will be repaired, but limited parts of the lake could re-open in two weeks. A full opening is expected by April 1st.

Note: This article previously stated NDOT would pay $7 million dollars to repair SR 446. That number was obtained from the PLPT. NDOT corrected the figure, saying only $3 Million would be spent.”

For the full article click here


The last few days were very slow on Pyramid Lake, but these anglers stuck it out and it paid off! Bob G. out of Virginia landed his first fish on a fly rod this morning, it weighed in at 13.2 lbs. and was caught on Doug’s Original Popcorn Beetle. BOB

Utah angler Rob Peterson landed his first Lahontan Cutthroat on a black booby on Sunday just before dusk. Nice chromer! ROB

Guide Nick Jackson caught a nice one on Sunday as well, weighing in at 11 lbs. Great job guys! NICK


If you’re looking to fish for just an hour or two try heading out between 3:30-5:00pm ish. The afternoon bite is typically productive! We landed both Summit Lake and Pilot Peak strains of Lahontan Cutthroats two consecutive days in a row; using white and chartreuse tadpoles and Doug’s Original Popcorn Beetle.

NOV 2016

Summit Lake Cutthroat
Summit Lake Cutthroat


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!



This replica of the world’s largest cutthroat trout is located in Crosby Lodge at Pyramid Lake Nevada. The cuttie was a Pilot Peak strain of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout and weighed in at 41 pounds in the year 1925. Some fish were unofficially recorded at closer to 60 pounds in the ’20’s and 30’s. After the strain went extinct for several decades, it was rediscovered in a mountain stream and reintroduced by biologists in 2006. The trout are only ten years old so we are hoping to see more record breakers in the coming years. The native Cui-ui fish is a favorite meal for these massive Lahontan cutties.  Join us for the season opener October 1, 2016!




Not only is Pyramid Lake, NV home to the world’s largest Cutthroat Trout, it’s also home to the continent’s most ancient rock carvings. The rock art is located on Winnemucca Lake, now a dry lake bed, just down the road from beautiful Pyramid Lake. The lakes were once part of the Lahontan sea- the remnants of the ancient sea can be seen in the Tufa rock formations and the artwork from people who have lived here for thousands of years. Carbon dating puts these human carved drawings in the Tufa rock around 14,000 and 11,000 years ago. The area is closed to the public and is only open to Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe members. National Geographic wrote a great article about this ancient location in 2013- read the whole story here.