Pyramid Lake


The lake has been fishing really well. So well in fact that the last month has surprised even some of the ‘old timers’. We can’t even imagine what this spring is going to be like.
The recent storms have brought a bunch of fresh water to the lake and with it a fair amount of mud and floating and debris. The southern end of the lake can be a bit off following the larger storms so it might be best to look for cleaner water.
Both retrieving and indicator fishing has been working. Seems that a quick variable retrieve with Popcorn Beetles or Boobies and a Tui Chub has produced a lot of fish. The indicator bite seems to still work best with Balanced Leeches and Maholo Midges and Spark Plugs.

Flies: The One Olive, Hook-Up Olive and Chartreuse, Tui Chub, Balanced Leech Peacock and White, Boobie Chartreuse and Black and the Popcorn Beetle



Main Truckee River (between Little Truckee confluence and east Verdi)

The recent high water did wonders for the river. This was the highest flow event that we have seen since July 2012 at the Farad Gage.


While the river was high this brought a great ‘flushing’ flow to the system. Fish were able to move around and had access to an abundance of new food sources that were mobilized from the stream banks. This has the trout on the move and active. Swinging unweighted streamers along the edges of the main channel and in the quiet water is working, as is, dead drifting dark nymphs and red worm patterns.

Flies: Flashtail Bugger #6 Olive and Black, The One, Jigged Stone #10 Black, AP Black Nymph #12, The Carot #12 and the Red San Juan Worm #12

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Upcoming Class Schedule and Events

Fly Fishing with Nick Jackson at Pyramid Lake – February 7th, February 20th and March 20th.
As we discussed on Episode 13 of the Reno Fly Shop Podcast. Here is your chance for a day fishing with Nick Jackson of Pyramid Lake Guides at the world famous Pyramid Lake. This is a hands-on class that will cover all basics of fishing Pyramid Lake.

• Introduction and review of beaches
• Tactics and techniques for fly fishing Pyramid Lake and stillwater
• Tools of the Trade – Knots, Rigging, Leader Construction, Fly Selection and Ladders
• Fishing with Nick Jackson at Pyramid Lake (Beach TBD day of event)

This info will set you up for catching one of the largest trout on the planet!!! Very small group. Space is limited 3-6 anglers. $150/angler – lunch included.

Call the Reno Fly Shop to book your spot today 775-323-3474 or email


Fly Fishing Film Tour – Febrary 20th at 5:30 (doors) and 6:30 (show)

Join us for another year of the Fly Fishing Film Tour at the CA Building in Idlewild Park. This years show is once again hosted by Matt Heron Fly Fishing and the Reno Fly Shop.

Doors at 530, show starts at 630.

Like years past, we’ll once again have a huge raffle to support our local TU area projects.

these are by far the best films we’ve ever had! You can watch this years trailers on our website
Tickets on sale at the Reno Fly Shop $13

Tickets at the door will be $15
There will be a cash bar with beer, cocktails and wine.

Tickets are on sale here at the shop or online on a link I will provide in the fishing report on the website
More info coming soon!


Pyramid Lake Class with Jan Nemic and John Fochetti

February 25th and 28th

The most comprehensive course on fly fishing Pyramid Lake ever offered. There’s no where else in the world that has ten to twenty plus pound trout landed regularly. The two day course begins in a warm classroom setting while Jan Nemec covers the lake’s history, along with what’s to come for the desert lake. Gear selection is covered in great detail for the world record cutthroat trout, in addition to access points, rigging, leader construction, and knots. A slide show presentation over dinner is followed by a hands on tying session. We’ll all tie a woolly worm, beetle, and midge to fish the following Saturday during the on-water portion of the class.

Day two is all about building your skills with John Fochetti, his personal instruction in addition to the small class size is guaranteed to benefit anglers of any ability level. Casting techniques including the roll cast, roll cast to single shoot, and double haul which are all demonstrated then practiced. Several seasonal tactics with both sinking and floating lines are also demonstrated and practiced with your own previously tied flies.

These classes are limited to four students to insure the most personal experience possible. A dozen of the most productive flies are also included in the class cost of $225.

Call the Reno Fly Shop to book your spot today 775-323-3474 or email


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