Fishing is picking up! Low cloud cover, dark skies, large waves and weather equal game time! The amount of food available for the fish in the lake allow these fish to pack on the pounds like no other. These spring weather patterns in the dead of winter aren’t really the best fishing conditions. March and April are lining up to be spectacular. Please feel free to give us a call 1-877-PFC-FLYS. Jay Johnson with the 3 cast ritual, 3rd cast Boom, Double Digit Cutty. Fishermen fishing off the docks present a safety hazard to boats launching and docking, and to the fisherman. Also, Pyramid Lake became famous after its photo was used for Ipad wallpaper. They were first introduced into Pyramid Lake in 1877. There has been such a large increase in big fish being caught this year compared to the past. I’m not sure I knew what a real fly rod was like until I put one of those new pluses in my hand. 2nd time fly fisherman Mike from Houston was on fire !!!!!!! PFC Guide Jimi “Roper” Damone dishin out our shore lunches, The Traegar grill can’t be beat. While you’re gorging on chicken wings and nachos the fish are still engulfing midges by the boatload. The largest recorded Sacramento Perch caught in Pyramid Lake weighed in at 4 lbs, 9 oz (1971), which is the current State record. It’s often the little things looked over that can make or break ones day. They have been able to gorge without a fishermen in sight. Submission of the 2020-2021 Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Fishing Guide and Boat Charter applications are currently being accepted by the Tribal Secretary. Bella Hoang out with PFC Guide Morgan Kane getting her game on. NOVEMBER FISHING 2020; PYRAMID IS OPEN, GUIDES APPROVED; PYRAMID UPDATE; Recent Comments. Susie from Reno was like ??? Im not sure Ive seen so many broken hooks, broken tippet and the amount of times that odd looking line under all that fly line has showed itself. The smile says it all. Boats are required to have current registration from their respective state. While we are still catching a few fish retrieving flies the bobber still remains king. That being said, don't miss your grabs. You can have 2 singles, 2 doubles or 2 treble hooks per lure. Pyramid has been fishing incredibly. Small to medium sized streamers and wooly buggers with a popcorn beetle or boobie have brought in most of our bigger fish this last week. The season is not over and the water is still cool for this time of year. Applications received after September 11, 2020 by 4:30 p.m. will NOT be accepted, no exceptions. This time of year the fish have been gorging heavily on bait fish giving them plenty of fuel in the tank. You don’t want to miss your bites when then come. Brock Wilson took advantage of the changing weather and had a great day with PFC Head Guide Morgan Kane. This time of year we will start to see the indicator bite start to pick up and even out the bite ratio versus stripping in the prior month of November proved to be better. Roaming the drop offs in search for the next meal is the main thing these fish do in life. As the Pilot Peak strain of cutthroat that inhabit this large inland sea begin to stage we begin to see them frequenting the shallows more often. With this incredible precipitation we have been receiving Pyramid has become one of the few places around the area that’s still fishable. If you happen to be at the right spot at the right time, being a part of an historic bite is possible. Just like your easy chair at home. No fishing off the docks. They will not be available at stores. Pyramid Lake is a really great place to fish in larger groups. Client Paula over the moon with her first fish of the day. While the morning is and will generally be the best bite from shore until the water cools down even more. Pyramid Lake Fish Report for 1-3-2020. The Colorado Kid with PFC Guide Chris Nicola PC: Manny Guerzon. The positive side of going through a spell of warm weather is it gave opportunity for the water to try and warm up. 21.5 lbs. But you sure as hell cant if you never try. They are highly predated upon by LCT and contribute to the Pyramid Lake ecosystem. If you have never fished here before, you are in for a visual treat and some exceptional fishing. Great Job Young Champion ! Determining the depth of the beach quicker will help you decide the depth that’s needed to fish that particular spot. Balanced leeches in all the natural browns, greens and golds. Bob Renn of Southern California said: “A memorable experience for sure. While these large cutthroat are still keying in heavily on the bait fish we are gonna continue to feed them what they desire. We can’t express enough how healthy these fish are since the huge influx of water from those big winters. PFC President Casey Anderson connecting with a Tui Chub filled Pilot. Sacramento Perch is native to California and is the only non-native species that resides in Pyramid Lake. Happy New Years ! PC: Matt Schliske. Probably. LCT predate on them when they are smaller in size. Water temps are expected to drop in the next few weeks, which will be great for shore fishing. Play around with depths and you might be pleasantly surprised. But where there is clear water there will be fish. Many of those days including more than one or two fish over ten pounds. It made for a memorable day and again goes to show how healthy the fishery really is becoming. And when taken care of it can treat you like a true king. Large pre spawn pilots are on the move and pushing in. With water temperatures sliding down to 50 at around six foot these fish are happy and full of pep! On the calm clear days the bite on float tubes and sinking line will help keep you into fish as they will go into deeper water during the day especially with high visibility. When this happens large fish that are fired up and fat from glutinously eating Tui Chub, will start cruising ledges all around the lake. Sean Bottomley from CA broke his new NRX + cherry on this fine specimen. While the amount of grabs per day varies drastically, the number of heavy fish sucking up the flies up is damn near fifty percent. Arthur Lerner proved that it’s never too late to try something new. Jason and Daryl Meisner from Colorado making memories. As the tui chub begin to spread out the fish begin to start feeding heavily on chironomids like a whale feeds on plankton. With occasional large crowds on certain beaches and fish seeing flies more often make sure to change some patterns out, change size, color, weight etc until you find what they are keying in on. The cloud cover allows the fish to feed more comfortably throughout the day with the cover from the storm. One stringer per fisherman, no sharing of stringers. See if that tick was a fish. No, I am. Lauren Cox and her husband had a great trip with PFC Guide Trevor Herring to close out 2020. Upstate New York Fishing Report – November 12, 2020. Client Brad Buter from Southern CA with a well dressed cutty. Under the bobber we are fishing midges for the most part with the occasional leech grab. Client Yana Blantin on the board with her first cutty. But the bobber still remains king while it allows the flies to remain in the strike zone more often. I mean you can, but you’re gonna have to watch it through us. And watching his face light up as friends hook their first cutthroat reminds us just how truly special this lake is. That being said we need to make an effort to help these fish thrive. There has also been the very special days where we will see a dozen or more fish over 10 lbs in the net. pectinifer. And what fun is that? Harvest was achieved using a large 3-way hook which was tied to a lead weight and fastened to a 30-40 foot length of nylon twine.The cui-ui is a large, cumbrous-looking fish. The 2020 summer season is almost here. For a map of open beaches for fishingCLICK HERE, Hotline: Joe Mendes of Eagle Eye Charter has the latest fishing updates at 1-866-95-TROUT, Fish Sniffer: To access the Fish Sniffer Pyramid Lake page, CLICK HERE, Pyramid Lake Fisheries: For great fishing tips and fisheries program information,  CLICK HERE, Weather: For current weather conditions at Pyramid Lake (Nixon), CLICK HERE. Here are some fly patterns that are going to be key to have in the box. In 2018 the creel senses recorded a fish at 25 inches that hit 13.5lbs! This is a monumental time in the history of these fish. There are two forms within the lake. If you haven’t got out this season you better come out soon while gettin’ is still good and the weather is nice ! Not only does keeping our flies in the strike zone for much longer time periods it also allows us to not expend unnecessary energy. We are especially blessed with great sunrises. Thus allowing more opportunities for us shore anglers targeting these worlds largest cutthroat trout. Pyramid Fly Co. 1-17-2021: Bite Should Pick up in A Hurry at The End of The Week As the high pressure slides out towards the... more » Pyramid Fly Co. 1-17-2021: Pyramid Lake Guides Fishing Report More mild weather and good fishing! Dave Decker from UT admiring this stout lil beast. When you think you’re on the bottom give it another 20 seconds. Keep those flies in the water and don’t miss those grabs. Brogan Jayne from Denver CO with a sunrise fish on the streamer. By the smirk on PFC Guide Jimi Damones face I don’t think he minded at all. All these fish were caught on variations of midges under an indicator. So soon to come (weather dependent) we will start to have more schools frequently coming to feed and hang out in the flats and the hang to shallower ledges ‘20 and up. The mornings the fish were on the chew a bit heavier than the afternoon with the moon being so bright all night. Still the colors that have seemed to work the best are olive, black and white. When stripping those flies make sure to give a little pause in between strips to let those floating flies, ie; beetles and boobies rise up in the water column. This is just the tip of the spear for the push of fish coming in, especially for the larger Pilot Peak Strain. Are the 8 weight rods we use enough? We have been deep into spring weather for a solid month or more and Mother Nature is reacting in such a way. And most of all, you can’t catch em from the couch. This opener started off a little slower than normal. Highly recommend boaters have a marine band radio on board. Confidence is key. Both indicator and stripping have been successful. One would think these rods are welded from fairies souls and gifted to us from God like wizards. And we love nothing more than helping a fellow fisherman or woman catch fish. Some of the largest fish in the last decade come from December and January. Instead of being quaratined at home, come join us for some peace, solitude and “The Worlds" Largest Cutthroat Trout” After all, they are virus free. You may keep 2 of the smaller sizes or 1 small and 1 large. For stripping the always essential popcorn beetles and boobies in various colors. Historically, Lahontan Cutthroat Trout (LCT) occurred throughout the Truckee River drainage from the headwaters in California downstream to Pyramid Lake (Gerstung, 1988). They are very similar to the Cui-ui if you have not been trained to distinguish between their differences. The Monster Lahontan Cutthroat are packing on the pounds as the prepare to spawn. We are expecting more rain at pyramid and snow in higher elevations later in the week. Put the time in and the lake will reward you! It's almost as if ten pound trout are becoming part of the norm. PFC Guide Morgan Kane - If he’s not guiding he’s fishing. We have the only real group outings program at the lake dating back over 15 years. With most of the rivers being blown out it’s time to hit the lake and we hope to see you out there. As I say, the smile says it all. We can also now start to turn more towards balanced leeches as well especially in low light or larger wave conditions. Lauren with her prize. As the cloudy, windy, stormy days create dreary skies they also allow the fish to frequent the shallow shelves with less concern from predators above. Flies in the usual natural greens, browns, whites and blacks are great for stripping and hanging leeches under the bobber. When you indicator fishing having many variations midges, nymphs, and balanced leeches. Because these fish compete with the trout for available forage, the Tribal Council has recently approved dropping the bag limit. Cui-ui The cui-ui, Chasmistes cujus, is a large sucker fish endemic to Pyramid Lake in northwestern Nevada. We are seeing so much great fishing weather you don’t have to be as selective on dates. Shooting heads and sink lines with a beetle or boobie. If the fish are biting and people are catching keep your flies in the water. The PFC Team is ready to take you on your Pyramid Lake adventure, April is going to be fun with the Summit Spawn. Client Sean Harper with his first Pyramid Cutty, Sean enjoying the perks of Ladder Chairs and Switch Rods. As the air and water temperatures begin to warm will start to see fish cruising both feeding and non feeding post spawn fish. Morgan Kane and Bob Johnson keeping Trevor Herring busy with net duty. Think large zebra midges. Pyramid lake offers wild Mars desert scenery with the world’s largest Cutthroat trout. Beautifully snow capped mountains tightly surround the mysterious cold dark blue water of the ancient lake. With all the weather we are having we have been off to a fantastic start to the prime period of the season come get a trophy while the gettin’ is good! Midges and nymphs in red, black, and wine have all been catching. All that being said, big fish don’t get big not eating. We had the pleasure of hanging with our dear friend Jay Johnson for a couple weeks. These fish eat midges in a rainbow of colors. With or without an indicator. obesa and the Lahontan lake tui chub S.b. Watch out guys, The girls are gunnin for ya, Instructor Casey Anderson with his double haul demonstration. These large carnivorous trout can be found all over the lake! Get your rods ready! Being patient and keeping your flies in the strokes zone as long as possible is key for this time of year. As the Lake’s surface elevation receded, down cutting along the river resulted in the formation of a sand-bar delta at the mouth of the river. Stay Comfortable! If it’s in their lane and looks presentable more often than not these monster cutthroat will suck those bugs up like no other. As the winter storms roll the cutthroat follow. We have open dates for the coming months ahead. To catch the perch now, you have to go to one of three places—Crowley Lake near Bishop, Pyramid Lake in Nevada, or Lagoon Valley Lake between Fairfield and Vacaville. Tanner Villapondo with his personal best caught on Doug O’s Popcorn beetle. GLOOMIS NRX + 11’ 6wt, once you put it in your hands you wont want to fish anything else. Capt and Crew. The maximum size of male cui-ui is approximately 53 cm (21 in) and 1.6 kg (3.5 lb) while females reach approximately 64 cm (25 in) and 2.7 kg (6 lb). This week we have seen plenty of fish in that ten plus range with hundreds in the small slot limit. Permits Rob 2020-12-12T17:16:57-08:00. Ie: buggers and beetles etc. Sometimes they will bite at lures and are caught by Fisherman to be released. If you have more questions, are curious to learn or want to hone your current abilities we would love to help. As we slide off the full moon and creep further into January the big Pilots should begin to push in more frequently to feed before they slide into spawn mode. Always be careful coming over the I-80 pass or traveling in the snow or rain to the lake. Welcome to Pyramid Lake, a world class fishery, the site of the world record Lohanton Cutthroat Trout (41 pounds) and the only place in the world where the ancient Cui-ui fish can be found. Great Job Brian. But as we all know it’s still fishing. Each Cutt is so unique. Something about the foam that makes these flies rise in between strips that really drives fish crazy. We were finding some nice fish in the morning hours and then a fish here and there throughout the day. Fishing has been fairly consistent as of late. Pyramid Lake, CA 11-16-2020 Anglers over the past week have had excellent luck fishing for catfish from along the shoreline and in the coves throughout the lake on cut baits such as sardines, anchovies, and mackerel down deep. Then big fish are on chew and like we keep saying. No Nevada fishing license is needed only a tribal permit. The water very soon will be at a prime temperature at the shoreline to keep the schools of fish in close for longer periods. Midges every color of the rainbow is producing fish. In fact, it is under suspicions by the Fisheries that the Sacramento Perch are declining in numbers. No one throws a fishing party like us. Or using a midge/nymph and balanced leech in tandem is also a very good way to be successful white, black and olive are good starting points. It could be 4ft it could be 18ft. They are all fired up !!!!!!!! The road closures will be lifted from SR 445/446 on November 2. “Set”! Pyramid Fly Co Guide Jimi “Roper” Damone doing what Jimi does. Client Arthur Lerner starting a new bad habit. Finding new water can be very rewarding and add some new excitement to old regiments. We always get asked “what depth should we be fishing?” The answer to this all depends on what beach you are fishing. “Frank the Tank”, took the day with this thick female Pilot peak at 13 lbs 7oz. We loved our days at Pyramid Lake. When no one is around a selfie is in order. This will be one of, if not the most important thing to consider. As we pushed through the full moon the indicator bite produced some extremely nice fish. Way to go Roper ! PC: Capt Rob. This 2019 - 2020 season we are excited to bring our Crowley lake still-water tactics to pyramid and will be offering still-water charters aboard our 20 … ... There’s something particularly magical about fishing Pyramid Lake in the winter time. What does that thing weigh? And the famous Doug O popcorn beetle is still a fly that is extremely hard to beat. The cutthroat will still have Tui Chub in the brain so fishing something that has a little more movement should help increase the amount of grabs you get. You can fish 1 hour before sunrise and 1 hour after sunset. But we’re not there yet and these inland sea monsters are full of protein with energy to burn! There is more snow, rain and wind in the near future and we all know those days can bring the fish in. Get creative, from reds to purples and everything in between. With the much colder weather to come this week (overnight lows of 15 degrees), we are seeing the beginning of the annual transition of fish coming from deeper water into the shallows. Beaches that have quicker access to deep water or steeper drops will be more likely hold a few more fish. Balanced leeches and midges have been neck and neck in efficiency depending on the beach. Client Colin Abitz from CO with a nice freshie PC: Manny Guerzon. PFC Client Ben Rioux “Keepin Em Wet” PC: Morgan Kane. With the high sun and 50 degree plus weather the fish have been feeding best while the sun is low on the horizon allowing the fish to feel more comfortable and push in the shallows to feed. We are still waiting for the lake to obtain that prime 52-55 degree temps. You can't catch fish wondering if the bite is hot. Beetles or boobies in tandem with your favorite buggers or streamers in white, black, and olive have been the most productive. With the much colder air and weather systems we have had compared to last year the factors brought the surface temps down. Did your bobber bury after you twitched it after a funny wobble? Thank you! Since we have had over a decade of the Pilot strain being reintroduced there is now such an outstanding number of fish in the lake and plenty of beaches to catch them at. Wooly buggers and Streamers in black, white and olive. Pyramid Fly Company is Pyramid Lake's superior flyfishing guide service and fly merchant. Client Brian Swancutt made the trek from Maine to experience what Pyramid has to offer. . The fish are sporting those fiery tuxedos as they gear up to impress their mates. As the water warms both stripping, indicator and no cator style techniques will all produce fish. This week we have a heavy high pressure system pushing into the area with some weather that is just too nice for this time of year. Well, if I told you we have been finding fish on both ends of the lake and buried into all the nooks and crannies would you believe me? Pyramid Lake Fishing Report 2020: The Top 4 Fish Species Pyramid Lake is known as the site with the world record of biggest Lahontan Cutthroat Trout on 41 pounds ever landed. Courtesy of avarooa - Let Em Run Pyramid Lake - Sutcliffe, NV (Washoe County) Lahontan Cutthroat. A dry fly?! This year has been fishing phenomenally. 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