The most popular location around the lake is probably just below the hatchery
at Sutcliffe. It is not unusual for dozens of anglers to be perched on ladders
here. The Store will fill you in on the "latest hot spots" but these change
rapidly. I think it is best to move about and if nothing is happening in two
hours or so, try another spot. If one dutifully stays anchored to one's ladder,
eventually some fish are likely to pass by, but they travel in schools along the
shore and they may only be around for a few minutes -- sheer pandemonium. You
may see fish behind your ladder.
A technique I have tried with success is simply to prowl the coast in a
lonely spot casting and moving in one direction until I hit some fish. If the
fish move parallel to the shore back and forth, eventually you'll hit some if
you move consistently in one direction. Most recently I have been using a Spey
Rod for this and it makes it very easy. It can also be accomplished with the
standard rig an 8 wt with shooting head (many people also use lighter rigs and
spin gear). I find this more interesting than sitting on a ladder.
Most people wisely stay close to the paved roads. However, tales of the great
fishing available of the eastern side of the lake or elsewhere can be
enchanting. One absolutely has to remain on guard for loose sand. At one point
on the east side I was seen driving my Subaru around in circles for fear of
stopping and never moving again in the loose sand. They may not find you for
days out there....
The flies used are generally not too sophisticated, i.e. Wooly Buggers or
Worms. A good rig used locally is two flies: the first is a bright color (the
attractor) followed 36" later by a dull color (the bait) that the fish usually
takes. There are lots of small baitfish seen in the shallows. My favorite colors
are, believe it or not, purple and chartreuse. When tying make your buggers
worms by not tying the tails too long -- a great cause of a missed strike. The
Store has the local flies.
Further information can be obtained from the Reno Fly Shop, 775-825-FISH or
from the Pyramid Lake Store on the highway to Reno. Only members of the tribe
may guide at the lake and if you'd like one call the store and ask for George
Molino at 775-476-0555.