One of the special times when I go fishing happens when I take those who have either not fished before or have had little success on one of the few trips they have taken. The challenge is to provide an experience that stimulates the person beyond boredom. The beauty of the surroundings is a start but the experience can become unique if you can teach the person the special qualities of the creature I consider so extraordinary. This not only includes instructing how to catch fish but also telling stories of you experiences.
I have been lucky enough to provide positive experiences that have left the individuals optimistic about fishing. Pyramid Lake is a perfect spot to make available this prospect. Pictured is Charlotte Bernard who fished with her grandfather this past week and caught her largest trout (Lahontan cutthroat) so far. According to grandpa, she is now completely hooked.
My friend John and his son began fishing Pyramid on Monday 3/28. The lake was choppy but soon settled into a near perfect, glass-like state. We fished the west shoreline in the morning using Lyman frog patterns approximately 300 feet back (#81 and #82). John’s son caught the first three fish and the trash talking began. At one point I finally had to tell John that I believe one of the biggest mistakes we make as parents is to teach our children to talk! We fished with flatfish, spoons and numerous other lures but nothing met the success of the Lyman’s.
Boat problems forced me off the lake the first day. John, family and friends stayed on through April 1st. All in all, Lyman’s out fished all others about 8:1. They stuck with frog patterns until an interesting development took place. One of the crew found Lyman floating along their course. It was a 5 inch lure with a purple scale-back with blue sides and a silver bottom. I believe it to be # 16. They started fishing the lure at midday and, you guessed it, hammered the fish the rest of the day. It recorded about a 3:1 advantage over the other Lyman’s used that afternoon.
The fish were taken from approximately 15-20 feet of water while fishing 80 feet of water and trolling at 2.3 mph. The lures were fished 60-100 feet back. Fishing was somewhat slower by comparison to previous weeks. This may be due to the fish entering the spawning phase. Fly fishers and shore casters had a very good week. One fly fisherman reportedly caught and released 90 fish in three days at the south nets!
Paul L. Dalka (Fish Head)