Pyramid Lake Is Open

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Jay with a stunner from last season!

Hello Folks! The Tribe has finally reopened the lake to recreational uses including fishing. This season, due to Covid-19, things are a bit different at the lake. Most notably a sharp increase in daily and 3 day permit fees with no seasonal permits being offered at this time. The tribe is also asking visitors to follow CDC guidelines by wearing masks and socially distancing. Permits are ONLY available online or at the ranger station in Sutcliffe at this time.

I am pleased to resume guiding at the lake at this time. We are heading into prime season as water temps cool and the fish move close to shore to feed. I have available dates in November and December. Book your adventure now!

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A nice early season cutty

Fishing Report

Pyramid Lake opened on November 2nd after a long closure. Unfortunately the fishing on the opener was less than impressive. Blue skies, warm temperatures and light winds made for challenging fishing conditions as the fish were not very cooperative. With the new prices I’m not fishing the lake as much as normal. $24 dollars a day adds up quickly. I also feel more pressure to fish the whole day instead of just a few hours or a half day.

Fishing has been slow but there are some nice fish being caught. Balanced minnows, black leeches, and red midges 8-11 feet under the Jaydacator are working. Fishing beaches with deep water close in is key at this time. The southern shore from Popcorn to Sandhole offers a multitude of options to fish. To the north, Pelican and Spider are fishing ok. For retrieving flies, try tui chub patterns, boobies, buggers and beetles.

As the storm door opens, I expect the fishing to improve. We are entering the fall prime season with some of the best fishing of the season in front of us. On a personal note, being at Pyramid is more than just about the fishing. To me, it is about sharing this amazing fishery with great friends, the breathtaking scenery, and a reverence for the desolate wild that is Pyramid.

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Truckee River dry fly eater

Truckee River

The season is winding down on the Truckee. Flows out of Lake Tahoe dropped back to 76 cfs this past week and 226 at Boca. Along Glenshire Drive its bony, but there are enough deeper pockets, slots and pools that are worth fishing. Water temps have plummeted to the upper 30’s with the latest cold front passage. Nymphing with small bugs will produce the most action in these colder temps. Bwo nymphs (14-20), frenchies (14-18), midges (18-20), Sweet pea (14-18). Dry/dropper rigs are still working as well. The Chubby has been moving fish and my rusty jig has been money.

This season has been better than I ever could have imagined and I am humbled by all the folks that came out to fish with me. Thank you so much!