The Fish Sniffer - Tournament Arrives With First Major Storm of 2014
Tournament Arrives With First Major Storm of 2014

Written By: David Hurley, February 18, 2014
Species: Trout
Location: Pyramid Lake,

  “The big fish keep on coming,” said Joe Mendes of Eagle Eye Charters out of Crosby’s Lodge. “The numbers remain low with a dozen cutthroats being an exceptional trolling day.”

His last trip produced 11 Lahontan cutthroats to 17 pounds with Joe Teixera of Palomino Valley releasing the big fish that struck a top line loaded with a 2-ounce banana weight in front of a U20 Flat Fish in ‘Bloody Frog’ with a setback of 120 feet.

Bank fishing has been ‘hit or miss,’ but big fish continue to be brought to Crosby’s Lodge for a picture and weight to join the 10-pound club. A few select fishermen have caught and kept in excess of ten cutthroats over 10 pounds this season with the majority of action coming from the banks.

Kevin Hurley of Sacramento scored three times with cutthroats to 20 pounds/0.8 ounces tossing Zebra Bugs from the shoreline at Monument.

Rob Anderson of Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing said, “January at Pyramid was about as good as could be expected with the water reaching its normal wintertime lows around 42 degrees. There have been some really big fish hanging around and feeding all winter, and when you catch a fish, it has the potential to be huge.”

The best action remains along the beaches with access to deep water such as Block House, Sand Hole, and other locations in the southern end of the lake. The storms arriving during the weekend of February 7 should improve the overall action with Anderson stating, “The best days have been when we get some wind and chop out on the water.”

He advised either nymphing with red, wine, or black Maholo nymphs, stripping Woolley Buggers or Beetles in deep water with a fast-sinking shooting head, or with Olive Martinis, Bloody Mary’s, Loco Beetles, or Tadpoles.

The major tournament season is here with the first weekend of Crosby’s Lodge 27th annual President’s Day Event taking place at press time with the second weekend occurring on February 15/16. The next major derby is the Hook, Line, and Sinker Ken Hembree Classic on the weekend of March 15/16.


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