Pyramid Lake, Dec 2015


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We arrive from the Bay Area in our rental car. We rented a 4 WD for beaches that had more difficult sandy approaches than the beach seen here, the South Nets. South Nets is adjacent to the village of Sutcliffe, which is the location of Crosby’s Lodge and the Paiute Tribe Ranger Station

Kathy, Ethan and I visited Pyramid Lake December 5-7, 2015. We stayed for two nights at Crosby’s Lodge, right at the lake. Here’s Ethan’s movie of me landing a 10+ lb. (30+”) fish, which I hooked within a few minutes of our arrival at South Nets, on Dec. 5. The fish took a Pyramid Lake-style purple Wooly Worm. The prevalent method of fishing at Pyramid Lake is stripping buggers, or the Pyramid Lake-style of Wooly Worm (very bushy hackle, with a stubby or no tail). For that reason, I bought a 14′ double-handed 9 wt. I saw for sale at the Cabela’s, in Reno, a few years ago. And, I use that rod with a stripping basket. This makes it very easy to cast as far as necessary with just one back cast.

Here are more of Ethan’s photos, followed by my photos.

The big fish

My big fish (photo by Ethan Miller)

The big fish

My big fish (photo by Ethan Miller

My big fish (photo by Ethan Miller)

My big fish (photo by Ethan Miller)

My big fish (photo by Ethan Miller)

My big fish (photo by Ethan Miller)

My big fish (photo by Ethan Miller)

My big fish (photo by Ethan Miller)

Another fish, later in the day

Another fish, later in the day (photo by Ethan Miller).

Another fish, later in the day

Another fish, later in the day. I’m holding the purple wooly worm (photo by Ethan Miller)

Kathy, at Crosby's, that evening. Don't expect haute cuisine if you dine there (photo by Ethan Miller).

Kathy, at Crosby’s, that evening. Don’t expect haute cuisine if you dine there (photo by Ethan Miller).

Crosby's cabin, with fish-themed bedding (photo by Ethan Miller)

Crosby’s cabin, with fish-themed bedding (photo by Ethan Miller)

Crosby's (photo by Ethan Miller)

In our cabin, at Crosby’s (photo by Ethan Miller)

Crosby's (photo by Ethan Miller)

Crosby’s (photo by Ethan Miller)

Rainbow, the next morning at South Nets (photo by Ethan Miller)

Rainbow, the next morning at South Nets. The village of Sutcliffe is seen beyond  (photo by Ethan Miller).

Back at Crosby's (photo by Ethan Miller)

Back at Crosby’s (photo by Ethan Miller)

Here comes another good-sized fish (photo by Ethan Miller)

On the morning of Dec. 7, at Monument Beach, another good-sized fish, caught on a store-bought purple wooly worm, with red bushy tail (photo by Ethan Miller)

At Monument Beach, the morning of our third and last day (photo by Ethan Miller)

At Monument Beach, the morning of our third and last day (photo by Ethan Miller)

At Monument Beach, the morning of our third and last day (photo by Ethan Miller)

At Monument Beach, on our third and last day (photo by Ethan Miller)

At Monument Beach, the morning of our third and last day (photo by Ethan Miller)

At Monument Beach, on our third and last day (photo by Ethan Miller)

The above fish was caught with an “indicator” rig – two flies suspended below a strike indicator, in this case about 12′ deep. And, I don’t need the stripping basket for this kind of less-active fishing.

My photos follow:

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Ethan, with a nice fish and his surgical gloves, at South Nets

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Monument Beach

Another nice fish, on an orange beetle

Another nice fish, on an orange beetle at Monument Beach

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Monument Beach

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This guy walked his fish (in the net) up to us, so we could take a photo for him

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Sunrise, looking south and east

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Sunrise, looking south and east

When will we next get the opportunity to fish Pyramid Lake? There’s a 20 or 30 lb. fish waiting there for us!

 

 

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I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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