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20″+ Bows, Some Tigers, and the Elusive Golden on the Fly…

A couple of highlight fishing adventures to cover in this blog.  The last few weeks have entailed some camping, hiking, and fishing adventures that the crew won’t soon forget, including some “bucket list” catches for some of the boys.

We’ll start with the Knott Creek camping/fishing adventure.  Knott Creek Reservoir has been a staple for some of the WtLGT crew over many many years.  It is undoubtedly one of our favorite fishing spots.  It’s remote, beautiful, and loaded with monster fish. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIMG_3161

It is a lengthy drive from Reno, about 5hrs total including some fairly rough terrain towards the end…but it is more than worth it.  Almost every year at least a couple of the guys get out there on the opener or at some point during the season.  It’s loaded with large Rainbows, Cuttbows, and unfortunately dwindling Tiger trout.  In the past, this reservoir held some of the largest Tiger trout you could find, unfortunately drought put a strangle hold on them.   About 1 1/2 years ago, there was a mass die off caused by an algae bloom.  The bloom depleted the oxygen and early heat was the culprit.  Sad, but it appears after this latest outing that they are coming back strong as indicated below by some nice sized catches from Kelly and Glenn!

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In addition to the elusive Tiger’s, you can land some monster rainbows of up to 30″ in some instances.  We had several well over 20″ and all looked healthy.

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As you can see in the pics, this is primarily a float tube lake, shore fishing can be had, but the float tube gives you the best access and best fish numbers.  All-in-all, we spent 2 days camping/fishing at Knott and everyone had 20+ fish easily over that span.  We were also lucky enough to bump into our longtime friend and fellow angler, Jesse Bond.  Jesse is an accomplished musician and currently plays in the PJ MORTON band with Maroon 5 keyboard player PJ Morton.  Check them out if you have a chance.  It was a great 2 day trip that we hope to do over and over again, assuming we actually get water on the West Coast…

Knott Creek was just the first stop on this fish tour.  Next, we revisited an old thorn in our side…a little high mountain lake.  In a previous blog post, we tried throwing some bugs at a few golden trout here…to no avail.  Glenn had great success luring a few goldens on a spinning setup, but Jason and Kelly had no luck getting them to bite a fly.  This trip, however, went MUCH differently.  Dave, Glenn, Kelly, and Jason all made trips up to this hidden gem and all had success using dry flies.  It was the first golden trout on the fly for Jason, Kelly, and Dave and will not soon be forgotten.  For most of the WtLGT crew, we are now only a Bull trout and/or a Lake trout short of the IGFA Trout Grand Slam.  Some of us do not care much about this, but others consider it a great feat.  Here are some pics from the Golden trip, including Jason preparing his son Gage to be able to slay it when he can actually hold the rod…

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With the Truckee River off-limits due to the drought, we keep trying to find new spots to get our fishing fix.  Wherever there is water, we want to be there tossing lines.  We have some more Salmon excursions upcoming, and we are planning on a stop on the American River for some fly time along the way.  We will document that of course and you should see it up here in the Aug/Sept. time frame.  We’ll also be posting up some photos and stories from Jason’s recent Alaska trip, as well as some small stream brookie fishing some of the boys partook in recently too.  With Pyramid Lake on hiatus until October, we keep searching for new waters to tell you about.  Feel free to tell us about some of your faves!  Until next time, TIGHT LINES!

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow…

Well unfortunately the time we dread about all year is upon us.  As June draws to a close, it is time to part ways with the trout season at our beloved Pyramid Lake.  Every year from Oct-June we pour our blood, sweat, tears, and lures/flies into this ancient body of water, always hoping for that bite that changes everything.  It was a good year for all of the WtLGT crew, with plenty of fish in the nets.  For Kelly, not only was it his first year fishing Pyramid, it was one of those “Beginners Luck” years for the ages.  His 6th time out, he managed to land an 18# Cutthroat trout:photo-51

Due to his own admission, this was possibly the luckiest catch ever.  His understanding of how to play a fish on a spinning setup was limited so he effectively “horsed” it in to the net.  The fish was throat-hooked which made this possible, but at the same time unfortunate for the fish as it could not survive…thus it is going onto the wall.  We’ll strike this one up to the “fish-of-a-lifetime” for the rookie angler.

The luck didn’t end there however.  A couple of months later in a local Pyramid Lake tournament, Kelly managed to land a 12+lb Cutthroat and finished 15th place:

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I think I speak for everyone at WtLGT when I say, “that’s quite enough of that shit rookie.”  :)

Kelly wasn’t the only one that snagged some piggies this season though, Dave had a new first, and Glenn added to his growing total of 10+ lbers this year as well.

Dave set a goal for himself at the beginning of this season: catch a 10lb trout on a fly setup…and he did not disappoint.  In early January this year, in front of the entire WtLGT crew and a few other close friends, Dave hooked into a monster.  It was evident early on that he had a good fish on the line.  The rod was bent and the line as tight as it gets, screamin’ reel and all.  It was a fairly long fight, played perfectly by our own David Duffy.  A few times the fish looked like it was ready to come in, only to dart off into the abyss again and again.  Dave would march up and down the beach maintaining constant pressure until Jason managed to net the beast.  It was a great day for Dave and fun to watch from all of us.  He set a goal, and he conquered it with style:

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Not to be outdone, Jason also threw his name in the hat for 10lb club this go-round.  He also landed one on the fly off of the shore in January, a gorgeous 11lb hog.  Later in the season, Jason was fishing alone at Pyramid when he hooked into, quite possibly, the fish of the century (his words, lol).  It put up such a vicious fight, it ended up breaking his very expensive rod, which did NOT make him happy as you can imagine (thanks goodness for warranties).  From what he saw and felt, he estimates it at well over 20lbs.  Next year, it will be target #1.  :)

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The first 10 of the season for the crew however, came from the most seasoned veteran of us all, Glenn.  After a long day on the boat with decent numbers, Kelly and Glenn were making one last pass through a famed Pyramid honey hole.  Hopes for a hog were all but lost on the day as it was almost time to pack it up.  Mere minutes before making the call to pull up the rods, WHAM!  Glenn’s rod bends with fury and the fight is on.  There was never a doubt that he had a large fish on the line, we just didn’t know how large.  After about 5 mins of angling, the fish made it’s way to the boat and Kelly netted it.  Definitely looked like a solid 10lber when it landed in the boat.  We quickly broke out a scale to check…9lb 10oz.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?  We both looked at each other and smiled…damn close to that 10lb trophy.  We slipped him back in the water and decided to keep trolling for another few minutes to see if the luck would continue…and it did.  Not more than a few minutes later, Glenn’s rod again takes a dive.  This time, he KNEW he had a monster.  Another 5-10 minute wrestling match and this one was in the net too and no doubt it was over 10 this time…a solid victory for Glenn and another trophy 10lber to add to his resume.  The fish was weighed and released at the dock:

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Matt also had an excellent season at Pyramid as well despite no 10+lbers…but confidence is high for next season as Matt is still looking for that first…a WELL-DESERVING first.  Matt had a near-miss a couple months ago on the shore though.  He had an absolute beast on his fly line for several minutes and was playing him like a fiddle until tragedy struck and the line broke off.  It happens unfortunately, but Matt deserved to have that fish in the net more than anyone.  Next year though.  In all fairness, Matt did school us on other trips outside of “The Mid” this year so far.  He had biggest striper on our Bay Area charter trip and the amazing double-hookup at Hobart (Brook and Tiger):

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To say farewell to this Pyramid season, Matt decided to hop in Jason’s boat along with another friend, Keith.  Kelly jumped in Glenn’s boat and everyone headed to the outer banks of the lake.  Things started out slow going for both boats but it picked up in the late morning/early afternoon.  Glenn and Kelly ended with 15-20 fish in the boat (and released), with some decent ones over 24″ while Jason’s boat had smaller #’s but landed the biggest of the day.  A fairly uneventful ending to a fun season, but always a damn good time with great friends and good fishing!

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Most of us were out there whether rain, snow, sleet, or hail…and even the much-hated wind all season long.  In one 2-weekend long tournament, we put 56+ hours into fishing…dealing with 60+ mph wind at times.  You do what you do for the love of “the game.”  We love this sport, and we love our pond known as Pyramid Lake.  We are already anxiously awaiting the opener for next season this October.  In the meantime, we’ll take our talents (or lack-there-of) elsewhere and try our luck at some other spots.  We have some plans to hit up our hometown Truckee River, Knott Creek, possibly another Hobart Reservoir trip, and whatever else comes our way.  No matter where we fish at though, almost nothing compares to the possibility of reeling in a monster from the “P-Mid”.

 

We’ll see you again real soon…

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