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Sutcliffe: Pyramid Lake cutts’ slurping midges shallow

BY JD RICHEY/WON Staff WriterPublished: Feb 05, 2020

SUTCLIFFE, NV — Winter trout fishing was in full swing last week at Pyramid Lake, where some cutthroat the size of Chinook were landed.

One of the largest cutts of the week, an estimated 16.5 pounder, fell to Rich Albright of Minneapolis, MN, who was fishing with Pyramid Fly Co. at the North Nets with a Morgan’s Diamond Midge.


cutthroatscruiseCUTTHROATS CRUISE THE shallows at Pyramid Lake this time of year in search of minnows, and Connor Wagner of San Diego caught this 14-pound Pyramid Lake cutthroat at Warrior Point on Capt. Rob’s Miracle Midge while fishing with Pyramid Fly Co.

While boat and shore anglers caught fish last week, the edge went to the bankies, as the trout were really running the shallows. Spincasters tossed a mix of spoons and bunny jigs in greens, purples and black, while fly guys did better hanging midges under indicators.


“While we are still catching a few fish retrieving leeches, the bobber and midge rig still remains king,” said Robert Hagerty at Pyramid Fly Co. on Sunday. “Who doesn’t love watching their bobber pull a Houdini as it sucks 3 feet under water and completely disappear?”


Hagerty said that a wide array of midges have been working in colors from red to purple. The idea here is you plop your rig out and let the wave action move the bobber and fly around. When it disappears, it’s time to set the hook quickly.


“Roaming the drop offs in search of their next meal is the main thing these fish do in life,” he said. “As the winter storms roll in, the cutthroat follow. The best days to fish feature low clouds, dark skies and large waves.”


There have been good shots of action throughout the lake, with the Nets areas being tops lately. With icy weather forecasted for the week following this report, things may look a lot different by next week, so stay tuned to the weather.


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