Fishing Report March 31, 2016 | March Madness

March Madness is an accurate description to what has been happening at Pyramid Lake.  The last few weeks have been nuts.  Quite a few days where 20 plus fish have been caught per angler and several days where 40 plus was common.  The weather has helped with very stormy conditions.

The local rivers and other area reservoirs have been holding their own as well.  The main Truckee River has been really good between storms and we are hearing good reports from Frenchman’s Reservoir.

Pyramid Lake

One of the best time to be at the lake is during March-May and so far it has lived up to the expectations.  April will be really good.  The bite has been focused at the middle portion of the lake, roughly between Windless Bay and Indian Head with the afternoon producing with the most consistency.

Erin's LCT on a RFS UV Midge in Black
Erin’s LCT on a black RFS UV Midge

We have been successful with both floating lines and shooting heads.  When fishing floating lines under an indicator keep experimenting with depths until the bite starts.  It seems as if the fish can be very particular and once the correct depth is found it is on.

Fish Need Water! (short video)

Streamers and Boobies have been great rigs for retrieving flies.  Pyramid Tadpoles have also been good alternatives.

Fin's LCT caught on a Red Maholo Midge
Fin’s Black Spotted Trout on a Red Maholo Midge


Flies: Midnight Cowboy, Maholo Midge black, red and wine, RFS UV Midge black and wine, Balanced Leech peacock and Canadian olive, Boobie chartreuse and the Pyramid Tadpole

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

The fishing on the California side has been good between the storms.  Skwalas have been out and the fish have been eating well.  The water levels are still fluctuating with the frequent storms so check the link below for current conditions.  High brown water isn’t always mean bad fishing.  Often you will find brown trout along the edges willing to eat a streamer.


Baetis and midge have dominated the bugs on the Nevada side of the border.  NDOW just planted a bunch of trout throughout the system so there will be a lot of planters for a time.  Can be a lot of fun between runs out to Pyramid and before the real summer season gets going.

Flies: SST Leech #6 peacock and black, Carot #12 and #14, Red Butt #14 and #16, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear #14, Pheasant Tail #14 and the Red San Juan Worm #12 and #14

Lake Davis Presentation Jon Baiocchi – April 14th

Jon Baiocchi at Lake Davis
Jon Baiocchi at Lake Davis

On the April 14th, Jon Baiocchi, will once again be at the Reno Fly Shop sharing his popular Lake Davis presentation. This is an updated show to what Jon gave last year at the shop. In it he will “walk’ us around on a virtual tour explaining access areas, entomology, gear requirements, specialized techniques, tactics, and how the fly angler approaches the different seasons. Most importantly Jon will share is take on how Lake Davis will bounce back from a couple years of drought. Jon will show us photographs, maps, and diagrams giving us clear and useful information for this season trips to Lake Davis.

Insider tips and current information will also be shared like the new Hexagenia mayfly hatch at Lake Davis, and the increasing populations of snails that are making a comeback. Also covered will be all the details of the much anticipated Damselfly hatch in the spring and summer months. The biomass of the lake provides this fishery as one of the healthiest and most productive still waters in the North state of California. This is a must see for those attending who seek to learn more knowledge about Lake Davis located in beautiful Eastern Plumas County. The show starts at 7pm, for more information contact us here at the shop or swing by.

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