Pyramid Lake…The Land of Giants

The 2014/2015 Pyramid Lake season officially opened last Wednesday October 1st. It’s like a national holiday to us here at WTLGT. We all had the day off of work which had been requested months ago, actually some of our bosses know that we’ll be taking that day off of work without ever having to ask for it.


What is there to say that hasn’t already been said. Pyramid Lake puts out the biggest cutthroat trout in the world. It’s only been a week since the season opened and already several 20 pounders have already been landed with countless in the 10-15 pound range. Here’s an awesome video from our buddy Brad Stout of Epic Trout of his first 20 pounder of the season. Knowing Brad, there will be many more to come!

It used to be that a 10 pounder would be a trophy fish and something to brag about. This year that’s a different story. I mean we are still talking about a giant cutty at 10 pounds, but the game has changed in recent years.




With the re-introduction of the Pilot Peak strain of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout (LCT) 10 pounders aren’t the trophy’s they used to be. People are now saying “15# is the new 10#” and I can’t really disagree. With these fish growing 1/2 inch a month and estimated to live 16 years, if the fishery keeps going in the direction it’s going we could be saying “#20 is the new #15″ in a few short years.



This is just a quick update of many more to come for the 2014/2015 Pyramid season. For now the surface temps are still in the mid/high 60’s, fish are sitting between 20-40 feet of water gorging themselves on the school of tui chub.

Currently boats have been doing better than shore fisherman. But if you are fishing from shore, keep an eye out for cruising bait balls, the trout will be there also.

We have been mostly vertical jigging around rock structures or near bait balls from the boats, but Jason and I were landing some nice trout fly fishing from the boat using Jan Nemec’s “Hook Up” in grizzly. ¬†Which is available at his online fly shop at



Our friends Doug O and Gilligan are hosting their annual Pyramid Lake Clinics on October 25th and November 8th which is a great way to learn about fishing this Lake we call home. So if you’re interested links to their pages are to the right on our blogroll. Here is a great video out friend Donald from Catch,Snap & Release did on a clinic Doug and Gil did last season.

We’ll be out again this coming weekend with more updates to follow. But get out there and enjoy the great weather we’ve had so far this October. You know those -5 degree mornings with knocking ice off of your guides is right around the corner!


Tight Line, Strong Knots and LOTS of backing if you’re heading to Pyramid!

– Dave

2 thoughts on “Pyramid Lake…The Land of Giants”

  1. Best update I’ve read for Pyramid yet. Seems so much like a saltwater game out there with the baitballs….love it. Fished Dago Bay just off shore…LOTS of fish. Nothing huge though.

    Careful with the lead barbell fly. I say let foam give motion to the fly rather than lead, the heavy lines we use will get it down regardless. Double-haulin, long casts, and wind are not a good combo for chucking lead flies. Besides, lighter flies cast easier.

    1. Thanks Man! Yeah it’s been a crazy first two weeks that’s for sure. We’ve been taking the boats out and fly fishing from them on the backside and it’s been a blast. With this weather pushing it hopefully the shore fishing will really start to pick up as well!

      Tight Lines!

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