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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.

Dear TFS Customers,

Our online store is still shipping orders as normal. Our store front in San Diego is back open to our normal hours 10 AM to 6 PM everyday but Sunday. You will be required to to wear a face mask or some sort of face covering. We are limiting the to 5 customers in our store at one time. If you are unsure about coming to our store you can still plce an order over the phone or by email for curbside pickup.

 

This is the process to do so:

Call/Text 858-500-2761 or email @ info@theflystop.com

To place an order over the phone. We can take your CC and charge transaction over phone and leave your purchase at the door. This will be done threw text and phone call communication so we respect the “social distance factor”. We want to stay open and accommodate our customers through such a hardship that we all have live through at this moment

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. 

tungsten-Beads-Trout-fishing

Fly Tying Night

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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