Warning lots of pictures, packed with information.
Short story-We killed it. We fished an afternoon, two full days and three hours yesterday morning. Landed over 188 for the three of us with the biggest going 26in. and the average being 18 to 19 inchs.
Here is the proof.
My friends Jeff(hookup66) and his brother Dave have been wanting to go up to Pyramid for the last couple of years, and this week they, along with myself, made it up there for a few days of fishing. If you have been following my reports then you know that this year Pyramid has had great fishing so far, even with the influx of high water, and it is continueing to do so.
Dave with a colorful Lahontan cutt.
Dave and Jeff arrived on the 20th a couple of hours after myself. I pulled into south nets at approx. 13:00 to find alot
of ladders and pontoon boats in the water.
After suiting up, I headed out and got into line. On my first half attempt to straighten my line, a 20in. cutt slammed my wooly worm right at the ladder. Oh boy, this might be good......
Dave and Jeff arrived and I suggested that they don't even deal with the crowd on the ladders and just get into the pontoons and fish any area where the ladder guys couldn't get to due to the high water. Within five minutes of being in the water these guys are hooking just as many or more than some of the other "old hats" that I have seen there before. I kept hearing phrases coming from the pontoons, "oh man, this is a big one", or "hey, get a picture of this one it got to be 22". I would just roll my eyes and yell to them "average". By the end of the first half day, they were starting to get the picture. This is not a normal lake. If you want to catch a big(10lbs.+) trout on the fly rod, there is probably not a better place to do it in the lower 48 states.
The next day, we started early at south nets and it was slow. I landed seven fish by 13:00. Although one of them is the biggest of the trip, about 26in.
Dave and Jeff decided to look at North Nets. They never came back. I got my butt in gear and scooted over there and none too soon. Cutthroats were coming by in huge schools in front of and behind the ladders. The fish were on midges, until about 17:00. At that time the cutts moved in and strapped the feed bag! It switched to the "wahoo" six inch strip and they were slamming the double wooly's almost every cast. Multiple triples for us. When these fish go on a binge, it is one of the most fun times trout fishing that I have experianced.
The next day, April 22, found us starting at the north nets and not moveing our ladders the rest of the day. It had rained last night and it muddied the water so that you could only see into in about a foot. This only gave those fish more of a reason to bite! Although we didn't get the midge bite we were hoping for, the fish did turn on to the slow stripped beetle. This was my personnel best day on numbers this year, with 39 landed. In my opinion the muddied up water shut the midge bite down and you had to present a bigger, more contrasting target along with a slow pull giving the fish more time to find your fly.
This fish was hooked right next to me by this gentleman, but unfortuantly was lost.
:104167739 It was a Big One.
One of the guides from Reno fly shop, his clients were doing well on the indicators on the 21st.
I didn't get his name, but this guy was hot, useing the slow strip and a chartruese and white beetle.
Yesterday, April 23, the wind and swell came up, we each got a handful of fish at north nets. Checked out and was on the road by 10:30, pulled into the driveway in San Diego at 19:40(07:40 p.m.).
Nine and a half hours, five to Bishop and three and a half to the lake. This is only possible with good flowing traffic and dry roads.
This was truly an epic trip with lots of storys to be told and memorys to reflect on.
The fishing report ending the week of April 19th from Reno fly shop. http://www.renoflyshop.com/fishingreport.html Pyramid Lake
Fly fishing remains outstanding at the lake. Fish are being caught from Warrior Point to Popcorn Rock on the West side of the lake. Twenty to thirty fish days are common for the everydayers right now and anglers have been really helping themselves out lately by staying in close to shore and not standing where the fish want to be. This has been very evident at the North Nets especially. Crystal Beetles in Chartreuse and White and Pink and White have been very effective.