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.
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.