Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A Year In The Dark

Whaa, where am I, what is this shit on my face, my god what is that awful smell ((tm) Sublime)What happened?? We're.. We're alive! 

We've been radio silent for the past year mostly on account of too much work, life and too lazy to post a report.  Not to mention our infrequent outings have not really warranted a post, but we probably should have anyway just to help keep the page active.  At any rate, for one reason or another we've elected to revive ourselves and start living again.  For myself, the kids are finally old enough to almost wipe their own asses and things are starting to return to a semblance of normalcy, kinda.  We have been fortunate enough to get away over the past year and do our typical big game archery hunts but fishing had been the sacrifice.  Since Pyramid opened up this year ( I'll add some shameless text to help the Google search relevance by saying "this year at Pyramid Lake Nevada 2014 / 2015 Fly Fishing #KimKardashian " ) we've managed to make it out to the lake just about once each weekend.  To date, our haul has been fair but the fishing in general at Pyramid has been pretty good.  If you've been paying attention, Pyramid Lake has started to become extremely consistent with it's big fish production.   The wall at Crosby's probably doesn't have room for fish under 15 lbs at this point.  It seems like any given day on any given beach, at least one head will bring a 10 lb cutt to net, snap a cell phone pic and let er go back to make more pigs.  It seems like every week there is a new pic of dude with another 20 pound piggy hauled in and many of them are getting released to keep this good thing going. 

There is also the buzz around the Pilot Peak strain of the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout and their successful reintroduction to Pyramid Lake and (most importantly) resumption of their heavy feeding and excessively fast growth tendency.  If the Pilot Peak trend continues upward, we may all sport a desktop background of our selves hoisting up the 30lb Pyramid LCT that up to now only exists in crusty black and white photo's taken by guys who remember a time when the Ichthyosaur wasn't chalk .  To make things more promising, the Pilot Peak fish have been confirmed to be spawning up the Truckee for the first time since they bit the dust.  There is a good story on the rediscovery of the strain HERE (might not be the original publishing but seems to be about the same thing I read a while back).  To further promote Pyramid Lake's management strategy, none of the pigs, that I know of, have the green tag indicative of the Pilot Peak strain, nor has the effort been in place long enough to produce pilots of that size.  Full disclosure, I'm not a marine biologist and may be totally wrong but what basic knowledge that I do have says that what the Pyramid Lake Tribe and US Fish and Wildlife are doing is working beyond just the potential of the pilots.  

That's probably enough chit chat for now so we'll move to what most folks are looking for when googling "Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing".  There are plenty of sites out there with occasional reports but far and away Gilligan's Guide Service has been the most common by my weekly research posting two or three reports each week.  As Gilligan reports and as we have found, the season started out variable with the warm water but was plenty fun with the chub clouds.  Over the past month the water temps have dropped and production is getting real good for the shore casters.  The standard approaches are working, shooting buggers and beetles as well as nymphing on the bottom.  My visits out to the lake have all been on the pontoon but I can't say I've been much if any more productive than the gents on shore recently.  Back in October I spent a full day out in the pontoon and had better luck than the guys stuck on shore but since the temps have migrated southward the fish have migrated inward.  That said, I still like the pontoon so I can get out away from the crowd a bit and pick my nose or piss in relative privacy.  The beaches are starting to look like a pier fishing scene in a movie, nuts to butts, you'll probably get to know the group next to you pretty well.  More specifically on the fly selection, the midnight cowboy buggers and wooly worms have been a typical main stay along with your olives, browns, chartreuse and white patterns.  The foam beetle / tadpole in white with chartreuse underbody has shown the most success for me but the black patterns have had positive reports as well.  On the nymph topic, I broke my 8wt fast rod tip on the opener so I was using my 7wt nymph rig to shoot with until my new tip came in so I hadn't been nymphing much.  I did rap with a gent at Indian Head beach who has been focusing hard on the nymph approach and claimed an above average production compared to others stripping buggers and beetles.  On his word, the mahalo family and patriot midge were reliable ranging from size 8 to 16.  From my experience and homeboy's report, the key was ensuring your getting down just off the bottom.  Casting from shore, there's a number of ways to gauge depth but one technique that I liked was to clip your pliers to your bottom fly and (floating fly line just to be clear) with an indicator on the line that isn't secured in place so it acts like a buoy.  When you cast out your line will slip through the indicator down to the bottom and you can eye where the indicator is sitting on your line to give you the depth.  Adjust tippet length if required and start soaking nymphs.  I'd like to give more info on the technique but to be honest am pretty novice on it.  Come spring time, I'd like to boast more proficiency.   It's midnight so here's a little fish porn so I can get to sleep.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Pyramid Lake - October 27

It's been awhile since any of us have posted. Babies have now absorbed our bachelor lives, and eaten up any ounce of free time most of us once had. I finally had the opportunity to get out to Pyramid for a day of fishing, and convinced another one of my "new dad" friends to make the trek with me.

We got out to the lake around 7 am, and I spent 30 minutes off the tailgate of a truck trying to get my gear rigged up. "Rusty" doesn't fully explain how long it's been since I tied a fly to my leader. Steve had his gear rigged up already, and as we pulled up to Popcorn Rock, we immediately noticed some fairly large fish feeding on the surface. He grabbed his gear and hit the beach while I fumbled around with flies and leaders, and had this Hog to shore before I even got my waders on:

We measured this cut at 26 inches. We didn't have a scale handy, and yes, that is a stringer attached. This baby is going in the smoker!

We saw quite a bit of surface action, but they wouldn't take the nymphs and buggers I was throwing. We spent a 3 hours at Popcorn and moved on to Sandhole for another 2 hours with no other fish to hand. The weather was gorgeous though, and it was a great day to be fishing.

Having checked the weather reports, we knew it was going to get windy, so we packed up and headed back around 12:30 pm. Just in time to beat the 60 mph gusts. The lake was glass for most of the morning though, and there weren't many watercraft out an about due to the wind advisory for the afternoon. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Pyramid - March 3 2013

Sunday we headed out to Pyramid for a morning on the water. We started out at Indian Head beach around 6:45. When I drove up there was only one other gent at the spot and he was in the middle of releasing a good fish. He had been having pretty good since first light throwing a black foam beetle that he had fashioned out of a size 8ish black woolly worm. My arrival was the kiss of death. No more fish from that point on save for one that we were able to pull in but didn't take a picture of.


As usual we made the move to Shot Dog around 9:30 and the action was much the same there. Tom did pull in a nice hen on a 4ish olive sparkle bugger but other than that, it was dead and that was much the report from everyone we talked to. In contrast, folks fishing from boats were having noticeably better luck judging by their hoots and hollers. The trip told us two things:
1. Get out there early (duh)
2. Fishing deeper water (about 100 yards off shore) yields the better results right now.

Heres a shot of Tom's Fish Pyramid Lake - Indian Head Beach - March2013-1

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Pyramid Lake Provides

Pyramid Lake has been a mystery this year, I have not had the chance to make it out to the lake 1 time yet. Some of the other so-called contributors to this site have been able to make it out but they lack the motiviation to post for you viewers. BRFC now stands for Brandon's Review of Fish Catches. So long old friends. Now to the fishing, as is the case in February the mornings are bone chilling cold and by mid morning it is somewhat tolerable on the ol' mitts. After a delicious BK breakfast sandwich and some coffee we were headed to one of our favorite spots only to see it filled with early risers. We decided to turn the rig around and head north of Pelican to another good location with some deeper water. After about 30 minutes of casting feathers into the abyss I hook up with a very lethargic wet rag of a trout. No offense to the trout. It was a nice male and the day was looking up, however it wasn't so and that was to be the only fish to hand for the day. He took a green #4 bugger being stripped as slowly as you can. reports are that guys have been getting them on nymph rigs when the weather permits. We will be out Sunday, hopefully we can get more than a single this time. V__CEBC

Friday, July 27, 2012

A Lot of Back Country - A Little Fly Fishing

Its been a while since I have posted, but rest assured that it is not a product of not fishing, but rather a different kind of fishing. My spring this year has been spent on the deck of a bass boat fishing tournaments against fellow BRFC contributor Bob. When the new site launches we will have a bass fishing section as well as other sections pertaining to our love of the outdoors so all of our adventures can be followed. In the meantime here is a quick story about a trip i recently took on a section of the Tahoe Rim / Pacific Crest Trail to search for some little rainbows... or something. The trip started off a month ago with a friend suggesting that we begin hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail in sections for some over night back country fun. I immediately decided this would be a great opportunity to see a few new places and drag the fly rod along as well to try and catch a few new fish. The research immediately took the path of finding a section of trail that would offer us at least some degree of fishing possibilities while also providing some great views and a moderately challenging ascent. We chose the section from Big Meadows to Echo Summit deciding on an over-night stop at Showers Lake. There are 3 lakes on (or slightly off) this trail which all hold fish. In hindsight it would have been alot of fun to make a 2 nighter out of this and had been able to fish them all. This wasnt that trip. We made our way to Showers Lake about 8 miles in from the trailhead, we got an early start as we heard this was a popular place to set up camp for the folks through hiking the section, and it lived up to its reputation. We were fortunate enough to score a nice lakeside camp which gave us quick access to the fishing and the mosquitos quick access to our skin. After multiple applications of 99.5% deet we were ready. P1020525 Fishing would have been much better if we had any foot protection for the very sharp DG in that lake. Alot of the fish were stacking just off the drop off about 60ft from shore. The lake's shore was full of brush preventing much of a back cast so we were targeting the random cruisers we could reach in about 5ft of water. As such the hookups were few and the landing less. We did manage 1 trout to hand with Dan and I each losing 1 or 2 fish. WP_000040 Had we been able to get out and nymph or cast beyond the shelf it would have been a good day. Showers lake itself is only maybe 2 or 3 acres MAX and can feel crowded, but if you can get your line wet they will surely eat most offerings. This is part of the Upper Truckee River watershed I believe and as such there are limits on bait, and you must use single barbless hooks. Check with DFG before heading out as we saw a number of people that appeared to be breaking these rules. P1020541