EP016: Jan Nemec – Pyramid Lake fly design, what makes a fly an original and Nevada reservoirs to fish this summer

“Nothing can completely replace nature. Synthetics are good but natural materials will never become obsolete or totally replaced in fly tying material.” –Jan Nemec.

It has been a while since I have posted a podcast.  There is no good excuse here except that I have been super busy with the shop and for that I am very very appreciative.  Since the last episode we have begun to prepare for a great spring/summer season and wrap up the Pyramid Lake season.  There is still another month at the Lake so don’t completely give up quite yet to catch a huge LCT.

It was great to provide the gear and information to so many during this season and it was especially great to provide some very effective fly patterns that were designed and tied locally.  In this podcast episode I sat down with Jan Nemec from Mimic Fly Fishing.  Many of you know Jan from his website as well as his common contribution to the regional magazine Sierra Fly Fisherman.

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Jan’s Pyramid Lake Draggin Nymph Tan – Pyramid Lake for LCT Olive – Sierra and Nevada Reservoirs for trout Rust – Truckee River and urban ponds for carp

What you might not know is that Jan personally tied a lot if not the majority of our Pyramid Lake flies this season. He tied over 150 dozen of the Balanced Leech alone.

Here is what we cover in this episode:

  • Pyramid Lake season recap
  • What makes the balanced leech so effective?
  • Does UV really help a fly catch more fish?
  • What makes a fly an ‘original’?
  • How does he like to fish the Truckee River during high water?
  • Seasons and status of some really popular Nevada reservoirs
Body of Water Season and Regulations Resources
South Fork Reservoir Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night. Limits are 5 trout and 15 warmwater game fish of which not more than 1 may be black bass, 1 may be white bass hybrid (wiper), and 5 may be channel catfish. Minimum size for black bass and white bass hybrids (wipers) is 15 inches, except for March 1 through June 30 when only catch and release fishing is allowed for black bass.  Reno Fly ShopElko Fly Shop

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Knott Creek Reservoir Season is open from the second Saturday in June through November 15. The limit is one trout, minimum size of 18 inches total length. Fishing is allowed any time of day or night. Only lures or tied flies with single barbless hooks may be used.  Reno Fly ShopNDOW Website
Hobart Reservoir Season is open May 1 through September 30, 1 hour before sunrise to 2 hours after sunset. Limit is 5 trout, only one of which may be longer than 14 inches. Only artificial lures with single barbless hooks may be used. This special regulation applies to Hobart Reservoir, its tributaries and Franktown Creek downstream from Hobart Reservoir to Red House. Reno Fly ShopAngler’s Edge Fly Shop

NDOW Website

Marlette Reservoir Season is open July 15 through September 30, 1 hour before sunrise to 2 hours after sunset. Limit is zero fish, catch and release only. Only artificial lures with single barbless hooks may be used. This includes the lake, all tributaries, and outlet stream in Carson City and Washoe Counties. Reno Fly ShopAngler’s Edge Fly Shop

NDOW Website

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