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On-the-Water Report | Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River | early October | Pyramid Lake Clinic October 8, 2022 w/ Mike Anderson

Flies for Pyramid Lake: NEW Sizzurp Balanced LeechMopcorn BeetleTadpoleBalanced LeechBooby FlyJan’s Tui ChubNorthern Lights BuggerMartini Olive BuggerScullpzilla

Pyramid Lake Clinic w/ Mike Anderson | October 8, 2022 at Pyramid Lake

Join Reno Fly Shop guide Mike Anderson and 5 other guests and learn all there is about our wonderful fishery.

The clinic will cover

  • Fishing during different seasons and conditions
  • Overview of techniques and gear
  • Casting lesson and demonstration
  • Lunch provided
  • Fishing with Mike

Valid Pyramid Lake Tribal fishing licenses are required the day of the clinic.

Class is limited to 6 anglers to maximize the learning/fun environment.

When: October 8th – 8am to 2pm | after your registration Mike will contract you directly to specify which beach at Pyramid Lake to meet.

Where: Pyramid Lake, Nevada to beach to meet Mike will be given the day before the clinic by Mike. This will allow the selection of the appropriate beach based upon the current conditions.

Who: Mike Anderson, You and only 5 other anglers

How Much: $250/angler – paid at time of reservation

How to Signup: ONLINE HERE | Call the shop at (775) 323-3474 | Stop by the Shop

You can also email Mike at mike.anderson@renoflyshop.com

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2022 Summer League | Final Results

We wrapped up the 2022 Summer League last weekend. The competitors logged their results over 6 weeks of varied conditions. The weather and water conditions varied greatly week to week. The overall results were slightly lower versus previous season and it is felt that this was a direct result of difficulty (windy) weather conditions seemingly every week.

That being said the anglers made the best of it and just about every one of them at some point put up some good numbers.

And the on to the winners of the 2022 Reno Fly Summer League

Final PlaceAnglerTotal Inches through 6 Weeks
FirstDave K213.5
SecondJustin188.5
ThirdBrendan175.25

The big fish isn’t actually part of the league but as anglers it is a statistic we all keep. Here are the top three fish caught during the six weeks.

NameLength (inches)Species
Justin21Brown
Mike O20.75Brown
Brendan 20.5Brown

We want to thank all of the competitors that came out. We truly hope you had as much fun as we did to put it on. We will announce our Fall League towards the end of summer so please keep an eye out to get involved.

Until then have a great summer and we look forward to seeing past and new competitors this Fall.

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Summer League – Week 3 Results, Big Fish and Overall Standings

Week 3 of our Summer League was productive. Most anglers experienced an increase in numbers and overall size. This was anticipated as we go deeper into the summer league season. In part from the water conditions becoming prime but also the competitors are settling in and are being more efficient with their time and efforts.

The first 2 weeks weren’t super productive for the group so we still have a lot of opportunity for movement on the leaderboard.

AnglerTotal inches in Week 3AnglerInches Overall through Week 3*
Dave K152Dave K179.75 (+1)
Riley86Alex103.5 (-1)
Justin K53.5Riley86 (+6)
* movement from week 2

Some great fish were caught in Week 3. Here are the standing of the Big Fish Board

Big Fish Board through
Week 3
AnglerLength (inches)Species
Justin21Brown
Mike O20.75Brown
Brendan19Brown

We will get going again this weekend at 7:45 am. Walk-in competitors are welcome. Also, if you are interested in finding out more about the league, please swing by Saturday morning. Spectators are welcome too.

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Summer League – Week 1 Results

Our Summer League (Week 1) kicked off last Saturday with an almost full field of anglers. Tough conditions were experienced by everyone with high(ish) water and windy conditions. Water flow in downtown Reno was 1,000 cfs. While the water was high it was mostly clear and competitors found a few fish.

This was just the start and we anticipate water conditions to improve in the coming weeks.

Remember that drop-in competitors are welcome. Sign ups are at 8:00 on Saturday mornings here at the shop.

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AnglerTotal Inches Through Week 1
Alex H58.75
Dave K17
Daniel V10

Large fish for week 1 was a 17″ brown trout caught by Dave.

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Summer League 2022 Registration Open | Competition May 7-June 11

Excited to announce registration has opened for our 2022 Summer Fly Fishing League!

This will be our 7th edition of the league and it continues to grow with new and returning anglers. The most consistent feedback we get from competitors is how surprised they are with the amount of fun and community that the they experience. Not to mention having the chance to improve your skills and meet new anglers each and every week!

Competition starts May 7th and runs for 6 consecutive Saturdays until June 11th. We anticipate some periods of high water during this season. We will run the comp unless it is deemed unsafe and or compromising to the angler.

Summer League will meet Saturday mornings at the Reno Fly Shop at 8:00 am. Angler pairings will be selected at random each week, the pairings will then be assigned randomized beats by drawing. We found this approach makes each week a new and exciting experience.

If you are unfamiliar with the League. We assemble up to 20 anglers on Saturday mornings. Randomly draw pairings then randomly assign beats to those pairings. From there the anglers will find their beats determine who goes first and second. Each angler will have 1 hour to catch as many trout as they can and record the length of each fish over 8 inches. Total number of inches caught will go to that anglers weekly total. While one angler is fishing the second angler is there to assist in measuring fish and record length of fish caught. 15 minutes is allowed between heats to allow the second angler the chance to get rigged and ready. Following the two 1 hour heats the pairing returns to the Reno Fly Shop to record results.

The Summer league will have 10 beats with available spots for 20 anglers. Pre-registration fee is $50, which will give you priority access to all 6 Saturdays. If you can’t commit to all of the days, no sweat, drop-ins are accepted on a first-come/first-serve basis and are charged $12/day if you get in. There will be a prize purse for the season’s final podium.

Please call or stop by the shop to pre-register for this season.

Rules are unchanged from previous seasons. Please review these for how things work and what to expect. We will review these each week for new and returning anglers.

Here are some photos from previous seasons.

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Happy Hour with Travis Hawks | Q&A – State of the Truckee River | March 17 @ 6:00pm

Many of you that have followed us over the past several years know that we have recorded a podcast with Travis Hawks from the NV Department of Wildlife that we have called the State of the Truckee. We had quite a streak going of putting out these podcasts but in 2021 NDOW decided not to conduct the annual electroshocking due to water conditions.

To make up for the lack of an audio recording Travis has agreed to come into the shop and be available for a Q&A from the audience. Travis will be available for all topics on the Truckee, Carson, Walker and Nevada fisheries. This is a relaxed social setting with Travis fielding moderated questions from the audience and ones that have been submitted in the comments below and on our social media accounts. We hope to see you Thursday night!

We have opened up comments below! If you can’t make the Happy Hour please provide a question here. We will summarize the event and Travis’ responses in a follow up post. Thanks!

HAPPY HOUR With Travis Hawks from the Nevada Department of Wildlife

When: Thursday March 17th 2022 at 6:00

Where: Reno Fly Shop (238 S. Arlington Avenue, Reno)

Details:

Travis will be coming in to to present on the State of the Truckee River and answering questions about the river from the audience.

This will be a super low key and social event. Much like other Happy Hour events we have hosted this will get going right after we close the shop and Travis will start about 6:30. This is a BYOB event.

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Fly Fishing Report | Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River | mid March 2022 | Happy Hour with Travis Hawks 03/17 at 6:00pm

Truckee River 

Blue winged olive hatches are happening almost every day and they can be thick every afternoon! It takes some clouds or shadows later in the day to make the fish rise to eat on the surface, but the food is plentiful. Smaller baetis and midges patterns are working well as the hatch is subsurface as well. We suggest that you vary your depths beneath your indicator or when using a euro nymphing as the fish may begin to suspend to better intercept the hatching insects. 

The fish have been on midge too. Eddies and on soft seams is where you will find the trout feeding. It’s not uncommon to see a ton of BWO going off and think that the fish are eating those when on further investigation they are focused on a smaller sub-hatch of midge. One of our favorite midge patterns when they are eating on the surface is the Griffith Gnat.

Truckee River Flies We Suggest: Baetis Cripple, Pull Over BWO, French Nymph, Parachute Adams, Black BH Zebra Midge 18-20, Olive Psycho May, Ready Baetis, Drunk and Disorderly, Truckee River Dozen

Pyramid Lake 

Pyramid Lake is fishing well, but it can be very sensitive to the weather. It is best to look at conditions to determine when, how, and where to fish. A bit different this year has been that on nice days the fish are being more picky, stubborn, and lazy. We are moving into a time of year too where the water temperatures will rise and the numbers of fish caught daily should increase. Midges have been red hot! The 49er and other bright flies have been fishing the best. Set flies shallow under your indicator.

A lot of our strikes are shallower than 9 feet. With the majority coming around 6 feet under the indicator. On stormier/windier days the strip bite has still been very active with the usual suspects for flies (booby flies, beetles, dark buggers). There has been some annoying vegetation/algae on some of the popular stripping beaches, but this accumulation on vegetation usually only gets on your fly in the last 10-20 feet. Casting over the weed line and hooking fish makes cleaning our flies worth it. 

Pyramid Lake Flies we Suggest: Holographic Midge (49er, Albino Wino), Pyramid Lake Fly Selection, Booby Fly (Spanish Olive, Cat Whisker, Deadpool and Dark lord), Pyramid Lake Beetle, Pyramid Lake Bugger (Midnight Cowboy and the Northern Lights)

HAPPY HOUR With Travis Hawks from the Nevada Department of Wildlife

When: Thursday March 17th 2022 at 6:00

Where: Reno Fly Shop (238 S. Arlington Avenue, Reno)

Travis Hawks, Nevada Department of Wildlife, will be coming in to present the State of the Truckee River and answering questions about the river from the audience. This is usually covered on our Reno Fly Shop Podcast but due to low/warm water conditions Travis did not conduct the annual river survey. Travis will be able to give you real and honest updates on the status of the fishery the current water forecasts and much more.

This will be a low key and social event. Much like other Happy Hour events we have hosted this will get going right at 6:00 and should last until about 8. This is a BYOB event.

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Fly Fishing Report | Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River | mid February 2022 | Happy Hour Feb 17 – Q&A with RFS Staff


Ground Hog Day came and went last week and while he saw his shadow that portends for continued winter; it certainly doesn’t look like it with the weather we have had over the past several weeks. Bluebird conditions have persisted since early January and we have eagerly awaited a return to winter. Maybe the gopher actually knows something as there is weather pattern change forecasted for next week and into the beginning of March.

Even with the distractingly nice weather the fishing has been solid. Pyramid Lake is performing as would be expected in the combination of mid-winter temps and high pressure. Good at one beach and slow at the other. The river has been the performer as of late. Fish are eating well and showing the girth.


Truckee River 

The Truckee river is flowing at 250 cfs through the downtown gauge that is well below the median for this time of year (400 cfs). The river is in really good shape as the weather has kept the river temperatures above freezing at night and ending the day in the low 40’s. The trout have responded to the increased temperatures and they are feeding heavily and are putting on weight. Midge, baetis, and Skwala stoneflies are the main feed right now. We are fishing mostly subsurface as we have not had a lot of the cloud cover that brings the blue winged olives to the surface. One the warmer afternoons we have found surface feeding fish along foam lines and tucked up into quieter eddies. Fortunately, nymphing and streamer fishing has been very effective. 

As always with winter fishing using attractor patterns like worms and eggs can be very effective as well. The trout are still holding in slower water, but on these warmer days they have pushed into faster water then you may be expecting. I really like to focus on seams and if you can find an eddy or slow pool with flow alongside it you’ve hit the jackpot. 

Truckee River Flies We Suggest: Baetis Cripple, Pull Over BWO, French Nymph, Parachute Adams, Black BH Zebra Midge 18-20, Olive Psycho May, Ready Baetis, Drunk and Disorderly, Truckee River Dozen


Pyramid Lake 

Fishing has changed quite a bit out at the lake. We are seeing the typical transition the LCT make every year where they begin to focus heavily on midges and begin to make their way into shallow water to feed. With the high pressure and blue-bird weather, fishing has been inconsistent. Some days have great numbers, others are producing few fish but good quality, and still others are producing zero fish. 

When the cutthroat get shallow like they do this time of year they tend into one of two personality types. The first personality is the cruiser. This fish will swim along the drop off opportunistically picking off food. The second personality is the chaser. This fish is on the hunt looking to pounce on whatever moves. We will fish under an indicator with two midges for the cruiser, anywhere from 4-9 feet down, tending more towards the down side than deep. For the chaser, we will strip sinking lines with boobies and burgers. We tend to fish a light colored booby fly and a dark bugger or a dark booby and dark bugger. Strip speed can make or break your day for these chasing fish. Don’t get stuck using only one way. Experiment with your retrieve until you find the correct timing. 

Pyramid Lake Flies we Suggest: Holographic Midge, 49er Pyramid Lake Fly Selection, Boobies Spanish Olive, Cat Whisker, Dark Lord, Pyramid Lake Beetle, Midnight Cowboy, Martini Olive


Happy Hour with Mike Anderson, Aden Breckner and Matt Cullen – FAQ on Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River


We are excited to re-start our Happy Hour Series. This event will be in-person at the shop with a panel of your favorite Reno Fly Shop staff. 

Mike, Aden and Matt will be able to discuss the most FAQ we get here in the shop on Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River. But they will be prepared for any topic that might come up.

Happy Hour and Q&A

When: February 17th @ 6:00

Where: Here at the Reno Fly Shop

What it is: Panel discussion on FAQ Mike Anderson, Aden Breckner and Matt Cullen.

What to bring: This is a FREE event that will start about 6:00ish and go to about 8:30 here at the shop. We suggest you bring a drink if you would like one and questions/comments for the guys.

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Happy Hour | Q&A with RFS Staff | Thursday, Feb 17 at 6:00


We are excited to re-start our Happy Hour Series. This event, February 17 at 6:00, will be in-person at the shop with a panel of your favorite Reno Fly Shop staff. 

Some of the topics the guys will cover and much much more

Mike, Aden and Matt will be able to discuss the most FAQ we get here in the shop on Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River. But they will be prepared for any topic that might come up. And YES heckling is encouraged.

Happy Hour and Q&A

When: February 17th @ 6:00

Where: Here at the Reno Fly Shop

What it is: Panel discussion on FAQ Mike Anderson, Aden Breckner and Matt Cullen.

What to bring: This is a FREE event that will start about 6:00ish and go to about 8:30 here at the shop. We suggest you bring a drink if you would like one and questions/comments for the guys.

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Reno Fly Shop 2021 Summer League Final Results

The 2021 Reno Fly Shop Summer League can be summarized with the saying, “it is never over until it is over” or maybe “it is never too late to start” is more appropriate. Our season winner started late but finished strong putting up huge numbers in only 3 of the 6 weeks.

Nick, put up the largest weekly total , 186.5″, in the final week to take over the top spot. Nick climbed up the overall leaderboard and found himself on top of the podium hoisting a huge foam prize check and surrounded by screaming adoring fans.

AnglerTotal inches (through week 4)Weeks Competed
Nick470.753
JB454.255
Alan342.55
2021 Season Overall Leaderboard

And the Big Fish Board

AnglerSize of largest troutSpecies
Alan18.75″Rainbow
JB18″Rainbow
David18″Brown
2021 Season Overall Leaderboard
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We really appreciate all of the support and enthusiasm the competitors brought each week. We hope that each angler has as much of fun as we have putting the league together. Also we want to express a great thanks to JB as the league coordinator. The league wouldn’t have gone off without his efforts.

We are already planning a Fall League so stay tuned and we hope to see you out there soon.