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Trophies back on tap at Pyramid Lake

BY PAUL LEBOWITZ/WON Staff WriterPublished: Mar 07, 2019

SUTCLIFFE, Nev. — The big fish parade at Nevada’s famous Pyramid Lake resumed for lucky shore anglers who toughed out the rough weather, but boat anglers were out of luck due to high winds.

cowboyflyfishCOWBOY FLY FISH — Matt Markham of Anaheim fished Pyramid Lake with guide Glenn Lemon of Pilot Peak Guide Service and used a midnight cowboy fly at Spider Point for this colorful 8-pound Lahontan cutthroat.


Jamie Cragwell of Knoxville, Tenn., caught a most impressive cutthroat while fishing with Pyramid Fly Company guide Chris Nicola. It ate a black midge at Windless Beach. They managed a photo but the fish “released itself” before it could be weighed.


Robert Hagerty of Pyramid Fly Co. reported on another outstanding day. John and Wes Knoll from Evergreen, Colorado, fished with guide Casey Anthony for a dozen fish over 10 pounds, all caught on variations of midges under an indicator.


“Midges and nymphs in black, red, or wine as usual have been doing great and catching big fish. Stripping rigs with sink lines or shooting heads should try to always have a popcorn beetle or a boobie, either by themselves or paired with streamer or bugger,” Hagerty said.


At Crosby’s Lodge, trophy cutthroat checked in were as heavy as 15 pounds, and all came from the shore. Spider, Pelican and South Nets all made the list as productive locations.


George Molino of Cutthroat Charters, stuck on the beach all week, summed things up for boat anglers. “We rescheduled everything this weekend, there wasn’t much traffic on the road, not many people coming out. The weather’s cold. I’m ready for summer. I don’t know if there will be much of springtime,” he said.


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