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Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing

Lahontan Cutthroat Trout

Pyramid Lake Nevada - Land of the Giants

By:  Chuck Loudat

First I would like to start by saying, I am looking forward to when things get back to normal and see our customers back in the shop so we can talk fishing.

If you have never been to Pyramid Lake Nevada to stalk and catch giant Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, you just might move it closer to the top of your bucket list after reading this article.  Where cookie cutter trout are three to seven pounds and don’t even raise an eyebrow, you know you’re somewhere special.  For my buddy Paul and I this was our third trip to Pyramid in four years.  On the last two trips we failed to get our double digit fish, so this trip had a specific mission.  We picked  March, since this month is somewhat of a sweet spot. The stormy weather can move in, you can land some good numbers of fish, and there is a pretty good chance of that fish of a lifetime.

Covid-19 Update

Dear TFS Customers,

Only our storefront in San Diego has been affected by the Corona Virus. All of our online orders will be shipped as normal.

 March 19, 2020 - Gov. Gavin Newson ordered all Californians to stay at home to stop the spread of Corona Virus across the state. Only companies providing essential services may continue to be open to the public. So with that being said we have no choice but to temporarily close our San Diego storefront to public access. If you do need to get Flies, Fly Tying or other gear you can get curbside pick-up by Calling, Texting, Social Media or Email. You can also order online and have you order shipped directly to you.

Tungsten Beads

Ever since I started fishing, it was engrained into my head the value of tungsten beads, especially when euronymphing.  Tungsten has a density of 19.3 grams per cubic centimeter, while brass has a density of 8.73 grams per cubic centimeter and lead being 11.34 grams per cubic centimeter. 

The added density means a smaller bead to get your fly down into the feeding zone.  With the popularity of euronymphing, this is now more or less common knowledge amongst fly anglers.  As a Competition Angler, I get asked for my opinion on all facets of fly angling, and I’m always happy to share my thoughts.  Tungsten beads comes up quite frequently, and in the past I’ve shared my opinion based on empirical data, but never have I backed this empirical data up with hard cold facts. 


Fly Tying Night


We have finally got our act together and decided to host a Free fly tying night at the shop. Our tying night will be on the second Wednesday of every month from 5 pm to 8 pm. The first tying night will be coming up on February 12th......

Best Steelhead Flies - Nymphs

Steelhead Flies - Volume 2

Bead Headed Flies - Dead Drift Bugs

Winter Steelhead Flies

Steel head bead head

So this brings us to our next category of flies for steelhead in the winter. Yes....the dead drift bugs...and yes indicator fishing. So fishing this style on a switch or single hand rod can can be a test of how deep, how much weight, and all about the right drift. A game of countless mends and single hand spey cast, roll cast, and again mending. I guess thats why they all say the steelhead is a fish of a thousand cast...or two.  



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