ABOUT PYRAMID LAKE >>
Pyramid lake is a World-Class Fly Fishing Destination
Located 1 hour NorthEast of Reno, Nevada. Pyramid's
Trout reach gargantuan size, the world record Cutthroat
was caught here weighing in at 43lbs. This desert oasis
not only boasts some of the largest trout in the USA. But,
also has amazing scenery, from large tufa rock
formations, to beautiful sunrise's & sunset's. The Lake
varies between 4 -12 miles wide, 27 miles long and
reaches depths of up to 350 feet. The lake is owned by
The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe.
The most common way that Pyramid Lake is fished, by
the fly fisherman is standing on a ladder fishing from one
of the beaches. However, anglers are only allowed to fish
about 80% of beaches along the west shore of the lake.
The North, East & South shores are all closed to fishing
from the beach. So anglers can only access around 20%
of the lake.
With the Boat I am able to access and Guide you on about
90% of the Lake. This opens up so many areas that are
not commonly accessed by the fly angler. This also gives
us the ability to be able to move from location to location
with ease! I have spent many years fishing the Lake from
the Boat and from shore. During the months I will be
guiding the fishery, the boat provides leaps and bounds
of not only better fishing, but a greater overall
experience for anglers. Even if you have fished the lake
many times from shore, I am sure that you will be blown
away with what the fishery has to offer from a boat!
Pyramid Lake is Home to a few different species of Fish,
two of which are Cutthroat Trout. The Pilot Peak
Cutthroat & The Summit Lake Cutthroat. Both of these
species of fish were re-introduced to the lake, after over
fishing in the early 1900's which lead to extinction of
Trout in Pyramid Lake. The Pilot Peak Cutthroat was
found in a small stream in the pilot peak mountain range
by a doctor in the early 2000's. This lead the Federal
Government to help the Lahontan Cutthroat trout which,
at the time was on the federally endangered species list.
The Government funded the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe,
to re-grow the fishery to what it once was. Both of these
species of Cutthroat now grow to large size, however the
Pilot Peak Strain that was re-introduced in 2006. Has
grown faster and seems like a much stronger species.
These are the fish that commonly weigh in over 10lbs
and a growing number over the 20lbs mark!
There are several other species of fish that inhabit the
lake, and they are key to the ecosystem's success. First,
is a species known as the Tui-Chub. This is one of the
most important species of fish in the lake, as this
small baitfish accounts for around 75% of the Cutthroats
annual feeding. The Tui-Chub school together in Large
bait-balls as a defense tactic, much like sardines and
anchovies do in the ocean. The Cutthroat Trout act like
Pelagic predators, as they rip through the schools of
Tui-Chub, gorging themselves. This is something that
every angler should see and experience.
The other species of fish that live in Pyramid lake are the
Cui-ui, which can only be found at Pyramid. Also, there
are Sacramento Perch, however the Perch & Cui-ui are
not a species we will target.
Come Experience this World-Class Fishery in a whole