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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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):
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!
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…