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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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Fly Fishing Report | Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River |late February 2019

TRUCKEE RIVER

A lot has changed since our last fishing report. Cold storms and a lot of precipitation brought the Truckee River to just under 3,000 cfs, and 33 degrees Fahrenheit. A shock to the system, but one that the river needed and has already rebounded from. Flows at the downtown gage are 540 cfs and river temps are hitting 37 to 38 degrees at the Sparks gage again the same flow/temps they were pre-storm. Fishing has picked back up since the storm and high water. Using larger flies, worms, and streamers can be extremely effective when water levels change rapidly. Contrary to popular belief fish do feed in high water periods, specifically when the water first begins to drop and clear up.

Fish will move into softer water when water levels rise so expect the fish to be in different water than you were fishing before. Really focus on pockets and seams and slower water. It looks like we could be looking at a wet month of March as well so mastering some of these high water skills can be very effective.

Flies That We Suggest: Squirmy Wormy, San Juan Worm, Wire Worm, Stone fly, Double Bead Stone, Sculpzilla, Weirs Sculpin, Cheech Leech  


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PYRAMID LAKE

Pyramid lake has been fishing incredibly well! Seems to be a trend this year. I’ve noticed a pattern in the last few weeks during these storms that the fish are really focused and feeding when weather patterns stabilize.

What I mean by this is, during the recent storms, wind direction changes every few minutes. During which it will begin to snow then stop, then sun will come out and then escape behind the clouds again. This much variability in the weather will put the fish down and they are less likely to come in to feed. The days where the weather is more stable the fishing has been better. As alway at the lake you want some wind and clouds, but the real difference marker has been consistency in weather conditions.

Midge hatches have been happening almost every day (Except for the very stormy days) and fish have been responding. I Still start the day with a midge and a leech pattern, but i am quick to change to a double midge set up if a few fish come on the midge early. If fishing slows i will put the balanced leech back on. Don’t get stuck fishing one way. If the fish are not, or stop biting change what you can until they eat again.

Retrieving flies has been slow. Shallower beaches on overcast days can produce some fish on the strip. The storms that I talked about in the Truckee River fishing report above have dropped the lake temp by a couple of degrees. This may account for the drop in productivity, or it may be just due to the time of year and increasingly large midge hatches.

Flies that we Suggest: Cat Whisker Booby, Dirty Martini Booby, Spanish Olive Booby, Midnight Cowboy, Balanced Leech (peacock, diablo, olive), Marabou MidgeHolo Midge (wine/copper, brown/copper, black/silver)


Adams Built has updated their large Pyramid Lake net this season and it is a great addition to prep you for the large LCT out at the lake. Most of us practice catch and release and want to return the fish to the lake in the best shape that we can to be caught, hopefully again. This net has a coated nylon bag to not harm the fish’s slime layer. Extendable handle for long reaches, as well as, easy transport. Finally this years model has a graduated measure staff along the handle. You can pick up one of these nets today here in the Shop.

Adams Built Pyramid Lake Net – Available in the Shop now!


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Happy Hour with Mike Anderson – Tips, Tactics & Techniques for Pyramid Lake | Feb. 21 @ 6:00

Many of you have gotten to know Mike by watching his on-the-water reports from the shore of Pyramid Lake or the banks of the Truckee River. Or maybe when we his working in the shop between his guide days. Now you can have a chance to ask him that one question you have had about Pyramid Lake while in person.


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Mike will be our guest during February’s third thursday Happy Hour. As always this is a low key event where our guests will share information on specific topics, maybe with a formal presentation or tie a few flies and answer questions. It is relaxed and casual with a bit of structure to make the most of everyone’s time.

Mike’s happy clients at Pyramid Lake (2019)

Happy Hour and Q&A

When: February 21st @ 6:00

Where: Here at the Reno Fly Shop

What it is: Mike Anderson, Guide/Instructor, will share some of his guide secrets on tips, tactics and techniques for fly fishing Pyramid Lake.

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


Listen to Mike’s episode on the Reno Fly Shop Podcast andd come with questions, comments or simply to hang out and have a drink with us.


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Fly Fishing Report | Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River | early February 2019


Truckee River

With recent cold and wet storms the river has dropped in temperature dramatically. With water temperatures in the low 30’s fish are in such a slow metabolic rate that finding actively feeding fish is going to be difficult/rare. Focusing on deeper pools and slow runs will be important. Covering water effectively and at depth will be key to fishing until the water warms back up in to the high 30’s and low 40’s. Just last week we had water temps into the low 40s and the fishing was good for winter. I expect that amount of activity to return once we get some warmer days behind us.


Skwalla stoneflies are prolific in the system right now. They are a smaller stonefly when compared to the Golden Stonefly so you’ll want to fish sizes 10 to 6 to better imitate this specific food item. As always, when flows swing dramatically San Juan worms will be a very productive fly. Lastly, using attractor patterns can also entice a fish to bite as we are heading out of winter and into spring.


CURRENT TRUCKEE RIVER FLOW AT DOWNTOWN RENO GAGE

CURRENT TRUCKEE RIVER TEMPERATURE AT SPARKS GAGE


Flies That We Suggest: Perdigon Black #16, Zebra Midge, Micro May, Para Baetis, Moorish May Emerger, Para Adams, Squirmy Wormy, San Juan Worm, Wire Worm, (new fly) Cone Head Stonefly and (new fly) Double Bead Stonefly


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Pyramid Lake

Pyramid Lake has been fishing very well during recent storms!



Fish are starting to spread out again and are not concentrated on either end of the lake. This has been really enjoyable as we are catching fish all over the lake and in new places that the high water has revealed to contain a deep drop off. Fish are keying in on midges pretty heavily, but I’m still using a balanced leech to start the day until/or unless the fish start eating only midges in which case I’ll run two midges. Look for rising air temperatures throughout the day and the next coming months to really trigger these massive midge hatches the the fish seem to key in on almost exclusively.

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Retrieving on shallower beaches, or on days where wind and weather are very strong has been the key to getting fish on a slower day. Fish have been holding is a little deeper water when to lake is really tempestuous. This is not ideal for indicator fishing, but can be very effective and fun for days fish aren’t running close to shore.

Flies we suggest: Holographic Midge, Cat Whisker Booby, Dirty Martini Booby, Spanish Olive Booby, Midnight Cowboy, Balanced Leech (peacock, diablo, candian olive), Marabou Midge,
Pyramid Lake Beetle


THIRD THURSDAY HAPPY HOUR WITH MIKE ANDERSON

Join us February 21 for a Happy Hour here at the shop featuring Mike Anderson. Mike will be tying a couple of his favorite Pyramid Lake patterns that he shares with his clients and answering questions on Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River.

We will get going around 6. As always this is a low key fun event to get together over a couple of drinks and to catch up on what is happening.

Call or stop by the shop for more info. Details can also be found on our event calendar.


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Pyramid Lake Clinic with Mike Anderson Nov. 3 | SIGNUP TODAY

Pyramid lake boasts the largest strain of cutthroat trout in the world. And RFS Guide Mike Anderson is ready to share his tips of the trade with you on Nov. 3. This class is limited to 6 anglers so sign up today. If needed, all gear will be provided. Mike will provide demo gear from ECHO | SAGE | RIO FLY LINES | GALVAN and many more of our great partners.

November 3 – Pyramid Lake Clinic with Mike Anderson

When: November 3, 2018

Where: Pyramid Lake (beach to be determined)

Who: Mike Anderson, You and only 5 other anglers

How Much: $150/angler – paid at time of reservation

How to Signup: Stop by or call the shop today at 775-323-3474. You can also email Mike at mike.anderson@renoflyshop.com

Added Benefit: For participating in the clinic students will have a one-time 15% discount for gear purchased here in the Reno Fly Shop

Check out details below and signup today


The Lahontan Cutthroat Trout (LCT) historically reached 40 plus pounds. Today, trophy fish are 10 to 25 pounds. This incredible size and accessibility has garnered Pyramid Lake as a true bucket list fishery. Pyramid lake’s size and terrain makes it difficult to locate these leviathans. At nearly 190 square miles and 340 feet of depth the LCT have a lot of area to spread out.  

On November 3rd Reno Fly Shop guide Mike Anderson will be hosting a clinic at the lake to teach anglers some of the tricks that crack-the-code to effectively fly fish Pyramid Lake.  

This one day clinic will cover:

  • Pyramid lake overview/history
  • Locating the LCT
  • Gear, Rigging, Fly Selection
  • 3 Most Common Techniques for fishing Pyramid Lake/Casting

After the Clinic students are encouraged to stick around and fish! Mike plans on hanging out and will be available for questions and one on one instruction to further your fishing experience and develop the skils you will have just learned in the clinic!

The clinic will run 4 hours at a cost of $150 per angler. Gear is available if needed on a first come first served basis. Please let us know if you plan to use our gear at the time of reservation.

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


TOPICS THAT MIKE WILL COVER

Pyramid lake overview/history – Pyramid Lake is a unique location, historically, culturally and biologically. Mike will cover these topics and more to help you understand the uniquness and significance of this amazing resource.

Gear, Rigging, Fly Selection – The fly rod setup at Pyramid Lake contributes a lot to an anglers overall success and overall ease of fishing. Mike will share what he has found works the best in most situations and how to keep youself organized on and off the water. Some of the equipment used at Pyramid Lake is iconic and Mike’s experience as developed a deep understanding of when/where/how to use this fly fishing equipment.

Different Techniques for fishing Pyramid Lake/Casting – While there countless different ways to approach angling Pyramid Lake you will learn the best techniques to fly fish from shore from one of the busiest Guides at the Lake each year.

    • When to use a sinking line vs. a floating line.
    • When to use a ladder or chair and when to not.
    • Indicator or Naked
    • Two flies or one and when/where.
    • And much much more…

Locating the LCT – When it finally comes down to it. It is a good idea to know a bit about where to find the fish to catch them. Mike conveniently breaks down the season into three distinct sub-seasons and he plans to share is unique approach to finding fish in each one of these.

Here are some great articles Mike has prepared on this subject and he plans to go into greater detail during the clinic.

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When: November 3, 2018

Where: Pyramid Lake (beach to be determined)

Who: Mike Anderson, You and only 5 other anglers

How Much: $150/angler – paid at time of reservation

How to Signup: Stop by or call the shop today at 775-323-3474. You can also email Mike at mike.anderson@renoflyshop.com