Thursday, March 20, 2014

Pyramid Lake/Truckee River Report

 A stellar Truckee River wild rainbow

Rosy cheeks!

Bent rods all day long at Pyramid!

Fishing in the Reno/Tahoe area is outstanding at the moment! Pyramid Lake has been going off this week as the fish are moving in to the shallow beaches in great numbers. The crowds have also showed up to chase these awesome fish. 30+ fish days are happening right now at the Nets area with fish being caught on sinking line presentations and bobber rigs. Fly selection isnt that important. Ask 50 fisherman what they are catching on and you'll get 50 different answers. For myself and my clients the top producers have been rootbeer float midges, trojan midges, and black magic, black peacock and black and red balanced leeches fished from 6-8' under the bobber. Stripping flies that have produced are chartreuse buggers, black buggers, and popcorn beetles.

The Truckee River is fishing well for wild rainbow trout, brown trout and whitefish. I had great success fishing a dry/dropper rig with clients the other day. We were using stimi's for the dry and a pink squirrel nymph, red copper john and zebra copper john for the dropper. Got one fish to eat the dry and everyone else ate the nymphs. Found some fish in the pocket water but most were in the slower water.

I have some availability for both Pyramid and the Truckee so give me a call at 530 414 1655 to book your trip. Also we still have a few spots available for the Pyramid Lake Clinic on April 19.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Pyramid Report 3-13-14

My good friend and all around great angler, Rich Moomaw, landed his second fish over 20 pounds this season at Pyramid and I was lucky enough to be his net guy and photographer. What an incredible fish! This was his third fish over 17 pounds in the past few days. He was gracious enough to let me catch an 11.5 pound and 13.5 pound fish while fishing with him ;)

Fishing is getting good at the Desert Lake. Reports of 20 fish days are coming in and I had multiple days in a row of quality fishing. Most of the fish were caught on midges (Trojan, rootbeer float, Moohalo) with a few fish caught on Popcorn Beetles and buggers. Fish are spread out with lots of fish being caught in numbers at Pelican and the Nets(both sides) as well as the off the beaten path secluded beaches. Also there are plenty of fish being caught on the southern beaches with steeper drop offs.

We still have a few spots left for our Spring Clinic on April 19th. If you want to learn to catch these monsta's this will be a great way to shorten the learning curve!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

A Steelhead Adventure

 Upstream view of perfect swing water

 The campground next to the ocean

 Where river meets the sea

 Sun setting over the Pacific

 Dime bright

 Small but powerful


Shane Anderson ( with a fresh from the salt chromer.

With the lackluster winter that we have been having I was not expecting to get up north for a steelhead trip this winter. Finally, the rains came and, after the deluge, the rivers dropped into shape. I decided to head to the Lost Coast for a steelhead adventure. It was great to reconnect with an old friend and make some new ones. I had the distinct pleasure of sharing some water and a few campfires with Shane Anderson, a film maker documenting the plight of wild steelhead. Shane's film Wild Reverence is in the final stages of production and should be released in the very near future. Please check out for more info about Shane and his films.

I fished for 5 days and went without hooking a fish. I was refreshed by the ocean air and the time spent with passionate fishermen swinging my favorite river that will remain unnamed. Just seeing a few of these wild fish in person was enough for me. Sometimes it isnt about the catching...