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My wife's boss is sending her boyfriend to Pyramid lake for a four day trip in March and wants me to tie up some flies for him. I've got patterns planned (slumpbusters, maholo nymphs, big chironomids, beetles, etc) This guy, however, is newish to fly fishing and will be going up against big trout in wind. The question is: how many flies would you tie to outfit this fella, or at least to give him a good start?
 

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My wife's boss is sending her boyfriend to Pyramid lake for a four day trip in March and wants me to tie up some flies for him. I've got patterns planned (slumpbusters, maholo nymphs, big chironomids, beetles, etc) This guy, however, is newish to fly fishing and will be going up against big trout in wind. The question is: how many flies would you tie to outfit this fella, or at least to give him a good start?
I think they use like a white balanced leech a bunch too to imitate minnows
 

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Not sure how the fly shop situation is right now..the Reno Fly Shop closed it's doors a few years back..maybe reopened? Not sure.

I fished Pyramid eons ago a couple of times and it was a black wolly bugger show for me.
Slow and low..back when you could use a milk crate and an empty bottle for a float. Ladders only now if on a device.

I'd go dark with some flash and a tail. Pretty easy. And alot of warm clothes : )
 

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Balanced leeches in white, rust, and black. Large chironomids in your favorite colors. Use heavy leader, fluorocarbon 15 lb. and tie on with loop knot. For leeches, strip fast. No, faster. Strip strike or you'll miss.
Go get 'em.

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Do you have to have a ladder to fish there? I'm kinda lost on that whole concept.
The main fishing area in early Spring is near the hatchery release when the big fish come back to get interested in spawning. It is a huge lake (20+ miles long by 7 miles wide) so the fish can be scattered most of the year. That area is sandy bottom and slowly gradual depth out. You need to keep from sinking/be above the near constant breaking waves and you need to reach the shelf where the fish hang off of (they will follow the fly right to your rod-tip though. Heart-stopping to see a giant reddish cutthroat that close and then swim off.. ) Standing and casting from shore or waders in that area will not even get you to where the guys on ladders are.

You can fish other areas by foot and land-back towards the river mouth some-not too close as it gets dangerous-silty bottom-and probably closed. The are some beaches between the Truckee mouth and hatchery ..some coves where you can have some peace and relief from the wind-if lucky.

It is cold and windy when the fishing is good. Many anglers give in to sort of nearby Reno and hit the casinos for warmth, buffets, drinks and sanity..and give up quickly.

I camped once at the lake-we lost one tent in near hurricane winds and froze. The guys at Crosby Lodge said that we were lucky it was cold, as when it warms up, the Tarantulas start their mass marching across the lake shore> : O Who knows how true that is : )
 

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Thank you. Very cool. Seems like an American version of Jurassic Lake SA. Are you normally casting into a headwind or more sporadic.
Whichever direction you want to cast, it will be the wrong wind direction-standard stuff everywhere : )
It sits off the edge of the Sierra and has alot of room to rev up the wind from the basin as well.

BYOC? bring your own...?
 

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The main fishing area in early Spring is near the hatchery release when the big fish come back to get interested in spawning. It is a huge lake (20+ miles long by 7 miles wide) so the fish can be scattered most of the year. That area is sandy bottom and slowly gradual depth out. You need to keep from sinking/be above the near constant breaking waves and you need to reach the shelf where the fish hang off of (they will follow the fly right to your rod-tip though. Heart-stopping to see a giant reddish cutthroat that close and then swim off.. ) Standing and casting from shore or waders in that area will not even get you to where the guys on ladders are.

You can fish other areas by foot and land-back towards the river mouth some-not too close as it gets dangerous-silty bottom-and probably closed. The are some beaches between the Truckee mouth and hatchery ..some coves where you can have some peace and relief from the wind-if lucky.

It is cold and windy when the fishing is good. Many anglers give in to sort of nearby Reno and hit the casinos for warmth, buffets, drinks and sanity..and give up quickly.

I camped once at the lake-we lost one tent in near hurricane winds and froze. The guys at Crosby Lodge said that we were lucky it was cold, as when it warms up, the Tarantulas start their mass marching across the lake shore> : O Who knows how true that is : )
That picture kinda trips me out. It's amazing. Just seems surreal.
 

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I really don't understand why people are not fishing out of boats. Is there a no boat rule on the lake?

As for the number of flies, consider that snags will not likely be an issue and if he is new he may not hit enough fish to warrant many break offs. If you tie him 3 of each, he should be fine.
 

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I really don't understand why people are not fishing out of boats. Is there a no boat rule on the lake?
Ira, there are boat launches and people do fish out of boats. I have only made 2 trips down there but saw powerboats both times. Given the size of the lake and the frequent fierce winds, the boats were generally pretty big and seemed to mostly troll. I sure wouldn't want to be caught out there in a small, under-powered boat. On a calm day, I did see someone in a pontoon boat once but I am not sure how frequent a sight that is there.

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Also, some areas have really sharp limestone rocks called tufa. These rocks can and do eat flies (on land and in the water) so it is not a bad idea to send him with some extra flies.

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I am sure the rock Pyramid on the far side itself, is off limits, as is the venting steaming northwestern shore (Wizard's Cove)..in the early 90's those were mandatory spots to go check out! The stone mother and child/basket by the Pyramid is sacred Pauite ground.

Like Freestone says, you might see pontoon boats..or, back in the day floattubes..but it is too crazy. You might get blown for a 7 mile ride to the other side..and/or be swamped or killed by some big whitecaps. To me, anything less than a big boat is suicide-no matter how calm things look. Wade and look and enjoy the scenery, fishing is secondary.
 
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