Pilot Peak Lahontan Cutthroat Trout

Rich 15, Rob 16, 3-25-17

The story of these Pyramid Lake trout is interesting.

Two stains of Lahontan cutthroat trout inhabit the lake. The most recent reintroduction of trout to Pyramid Lake came from a strain of fish found near Pilot Peak in the Pilot Peak Mountains which are located along the eastern border of Nevada, very close to Idaho.

These trout carry the same DNA as the nearly extinct migratory trout that once spawned in the Truckee River from Pyramid Lake to Lake Tahoe. After DNA analysis, trout from the Pilot Peak Mountains were transplanted into Pyramid Lake where they have thrived and grown at rapid rates into monster fish like the two pictured above. These fish were 15 and16 pounds.

For more information, search for Pilot Peak strain, Lahontan cutthroat, Pyramid Lake. It is an amazing story.

Return to Pyramid Lake

In the late 1970’s my brother Rob and I fished Pyramid Lake. We camped on the beach and fished wooly worms with a slow strip along the bottom. We didn’t have the traditional ladders used by shore fishermen to rise above the water’s surface to stay warm.

The lake was known for big cut-throat trout and we caught some. Rob fished Pyramid again a year or two later, and caught a nine-pound cut-throat.

To this day it is probably the largest trout either of us has caught while fly fishing, although Rob has caught a couple of others in that same size range. My largest life-time trout (until this past weekend) caught fly fishing or otherwise was an eight-pound brown.

Our idea of “big” in the fly-fishing-for-trout category were completely changed on Friday on our return trip to Pyramid Lake.

On this trip we stayed in a comfortable room at the Nugget Casino as we joined other members of the Tri-Valley Fly Fishers Club guided by Rob Anderson of PyramidLakeFlyFishing.com.

We had it easy as Rob brought the ladders, flies and food. He also repaired our tangles and netted our fish.

We fished with midge larvae imitations and strike indicators. Our flies were set at a depth to keep them just off the bottom.

The largest fish of the trip was brother Rob’s 17 pounder.

There were several high-lights during the trip. We didn’t think Saturday could out-due Friday as the Friday windy weather produced many fish including 16 and 17 pounders.

Unfortunately I came away without a photo of Rob’s big one, so I’ve posted his second largest fish of the day (nine pounds) and my largest fish of the trip a 16 pounder.

We coasted into Saturday needing to catch no fish or to prove anything. Ironically, Saturday’s mostly sunny weather didn’t slow the fishing down, especially for Rob who landed 17 fish. And, four of them weighed eight pounds or more.

The surprise was when we hooked two great fish at the same time. The ensuing battle included reel-pealing runs, crossed lines and Rob’s line spool falling from his reel.

He managed to keep it together while I struggled to keep my fish out of the way and others dip-netted to retrieve his spool from three feet of water while Rob played the fish by hand.

Finally Rob Anderson netted my fish, which turned out to be 15 pounds. A few minutes later a helpful bystander netted Rob’s, which was 16.

Another fisherman, Chris Hallmark, landed a third fish at almost the same time and it weighed 18 pounds.

Here’s Rob Anderson’s photo of the result. (left to right, Chris Hallmark, myself, Rob Anderson and Rob Fletcher)

The Triple Lindy

You can hardly imagine how difficult it was to lift those three slippery monsters into the air at the same time. All of the fish were released in good shape as were all the fish we caught over the two days of fishing.

For information about tying the midge flies and guided fishing trips, go to Rob Anderson’s web page at PyramidLakeFlyFishing.com.

Fish the Fall River and Golf at The Fall River Country Club.

Your host for this two-day trip will be Rob Lawson of Lawson’s Wildlife Adventures.

Lodging will be at the Fall River Inn and all meals for the two-day stay are included.

Rob Lawson will be your guide while you fish the Fall River and/or Bidwell Reservoir. You make the choice and Rob will take care of the rest. Fishing in the Fall River will be from Rob’s 14′ Aluminum Boat while fishing at Bidwell Reservoir will be from float tubes provided by Rob.

Bring your fly rod and golf clubs to the Fall River Inn and enjoy this two-day sojourn in the Shasta Cascade Country.

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One of the fishing options is Bidwell Reservoir where you may catch a giant rainbow like the one pictured.

Green fees at Fall River Country Club are not included, but Rob will transport you to the club and pick you up when your round is complete. You can fish one day and golf the other or do all in one day.

Here are links to the MDF banquet flyer.

Flyer front page

2014 flyer pg 2

2014 ticket order form

Yes We Have Fishing Too, MDF Livermore-Pleasanton Banquet March 15.

How about salmon fishing in Alaska: The winning bidder of this awesome Alaskan fishing adventure will enjoy four (4) full days of
covering two (2) trips for salmon on the Kenai and the Kasilof rivers. Your river fishing will take place from drift and power boats, followed
up by one (1) full day of salt water fishing for halibut, and what better way to complete an Alaskan fishing adventure than to spend a full day on a fly out
salmon fishing trip to either the Kustatan for Silver Salmon or Wolverine Creek for Sockeye Salmon & Bear viewing. Included in this trip are full
accommodations and meals while on this Adventure, along with all transportation while moving between fishing areas. This trip may be upgraded for additional
days of lodging and fishing and the winning bidder may add additional guests to join him or her by making arrangements with Steve. DONATED BY: STEVE
TAORMINA OF KENAI LEGENDS FISHING http://www.kenailegendsfishing.com/

Or your choice of salmon or trout fishing for four on the Sacramento River with Scott Kenyon’s guide service.  Fully donated by Scott Kenyon. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Scott-Kenyons-Guide-Service/207934385930044

Or, trout fishing at Lake Margaret for four people, three days and two nights. A boat is provided as well.  Fully donated by Wilderness Unlimited. http://www.wildernessunlimited.com/

Here’s a link to a flyer:Livermore 2013 flyer

Ruby Mountains Drop Camp Offered at MDF Livermore-Pleasanton March 15

Here you go. Purchase this drop camp offering and use it to hunt high during the early deer seasons. This is a perfect fit with archery deer hunting in the Ruby Mountains.

Drop Camp on Top of the Ruby Mountains

Hidden Lake Outfitters will take you and a friend to the campsite of your choice, and back, with all your gear. Your trip can be to the top of the Ruby Mountains in Elko County, Nevada,  between July 1st and Oct 15th.

The outfitters will provide one saddle horse and one pack horse per person.  This is the area of the world famous Ruby Crest Trail.  You have your choice of alpine lake fishing or hunting. This offering encompasses time periods that include, archery, muzzleloader, and early rifle deer seasons.

If you are up for a unique challenge, you can hunt the Himalayan Snowcock. The Rubies are the only place in the United States where the mountain dwelling bird can be hunted.

Your packer, Henry Krenka, has been outfitting and guiding in this country for years and has agreed to make this offer good for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons to increase the chance that the high bidder can obtain a deer tag through the Nevada draw system.

Henry is also ready to assist you in acquiring a tag through the guide draw system or locating a landowner deer tag.  Hunt, fish or hike, this will be an unforgettable trip.

Livermore 2013 flyer

Here's a nice Ruby Mt buck tagged with a landowner tag in 2010

Here’s a nice Ruby Mt buck tagged with a landowner tag in 2010

Kennedy Meadows Pack Station adds Pack Trip to the Livermore-Pleasanton MDF Auction

A five-day drop-camp trip for two people will be offered at the Livermore Pleasanton Mule Deer Foundation banquet on March 10, 2011. Each person will be provided with a riding horse and pack mule along with a packer to load the animals  and guide them to camp.

On day one the packer will deliver the riders to their camp site and on day five he will return to pick them up.

Kennedy Meadows pack station is known for its excellent riding stock and experienced wranglers.

A drop-camp can be arranged in the immigrant Wilderness adjacent to Yosemite National Park or in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness along the Clark Fork of the Stanislaus River.

We’ve hunted with Kennedy Meadows several times and had great service. We’ve hunted deer in the Carson Iceberg Wilderness serveral times in the both archery and rifle deer seasons. These packers will get you where you want to go.

Here's a nice buck taken in the D6 deer zone.

If you’re interested in bear, you’ll probably find one.

I photographed this bruin during the D6 archery season a few years ago.

If fishing is your thing, then Kennedy Meadows pack station can take you to one many lakes with excellent fishing. And, the scenery is impressive.

Daughter Betsy and I spent a few days fishing out of Kennedy Meadows a few years ago.

 The fair market value of this trip is $920. For more information, send me an email. To order tickets, call Bob Holm at (925)447-2044.

Fishing Magic

The emerald-green stream water glistened with early morning indirect sunlight. The deepest portion of the hole, alongside the swift current, had the best potential to hold large trout.


The fly, hand tied on a size ten hook to the specifications provided by my brother, seemed like an insignificant item in the rushing stream water. As I flipped it towards the center of the stream, weighted with a few wraps of lead tied to the shank of the hook, the fly disappeared quickly into the churning stream.


Over and over again I flipped the fly watching the small ball attached to my leader about four feet above the fly. With total concentration I focused on the ball waiting for any indication of a strike.


It seemed like folly, but experience told me that eventually a fish would pick up the fly, fooled by the imitation. The fish would only hold onto the fly for an instant before spitting it out once it was determined to be a foreign object – not the living nymph upon which it preyed.


Casting over and over again, I mended the line to allow the leader and attached fly to float naturally in the moving water. A few feet under the surface, trout lay alongside the boulders. Although not visible, they were surely there.


Over and over, until my back ached from holding the rod outward, away from my body, but still my eyes stayed focused for any indication of a strike. Then it happened, the ball turned the wrong direction for an instant. I instinctively raised the rod – tension on the line, a few throbs on the rod tip and a trout magically appeared in the stream in front of me.


Like a diamond – the shaking trout flashed with each movement. He’s on I thought, as adrenaline rushed into my system. I waited for the fish’s next move. It’s during the first moments of the fight that the fish has the advantage.


The throbbing lasted for a few seconds and then he turned, adding the power of the river to his innate swimming ability, the rainbow shot downstream ripping line of my reel, as I clamored over the marble mountain of rocks sliding along the steep bank while holding my rod high with my left hand and reaching out with my right to maintain my balance.


Several times I stopped to gather or give line and assess how far I’d have to go before landing the trout. Eventually the runs became shorter and the fish turned on its side. That’s when I was able to slide it onto the shore and remove the hook from its jaw.


In a flash it disappeared back into the emerald water. The battle was over and I was fulfilled.