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Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing Report

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Matt Koles, Gilligan’s Guide Service


Not much change since last report. We are experiencing very warm unseasonable temperatures here in the Lake Tahoe-Truckee-Reno area. In fact we are setting records this weekend. The recorded high temps we are breaking are from the same weekend last year, go figure. Are we doomed with this cycle of high pressure? Hard to say, but the high pressure ridge builds off the west coast, it gets warm, the ridge gets bigger, warms the ocean temps even more, and continues the cycle. It’s a very hard pattern for us to get out of, but it can change, I’m really hoping.

Pyramid Lake is fishing well too. During the day with this high pressure ridge in place and sunny warm conditions, means you will just be getting casting practice. You could probably get a tube or boat and get out in about 20 feet of water and jig up your flies. Better option, would be to fish at first light, or last light. It’s a very short window when the fish cruise in, but they will come in, you just have to be patient. It would be nice to get some weather pushing through, clouds and wind, but it is what it is, and the next few months will be good regardless.


Doug Ouellette, Calvada Fly Fishing

This week at Pyramid was good early in the week, just at the tail end of the last storm. Since then the high pressure started to build up with bright sunny days and little wind the daylight hours got tougher. First light and the late evening grab has been best, however a few nice fish have been caught during the day. A bunch of smaller fish have been coming into the beeches, they are starting to get colored up. With the record warm winter things have been happening a bit sooner than previous years. For example, the insect hatches have occurring much earlier than usual. This is a scary thing for the Truckee River, it could be a repeat of last summer’s extreme low water situation. Retrieving midnight cowboys, popcorn beetles, and booby flies have been very good producers. We had a great session one evening on the “Floater no Cator” technique. It is an excellent technique that has been proven for several decades, it is the real deal. This coming week might be tough again during the day but try to concentrate on fishing early and late. BIG fish are out there getting ready to be caught, so go for it!

Have fun,

Doug O. 

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