Saturday, April 30, 2011
Truckee River/Pyramid Lake Excursion
A few weeks back Daniel and I decided to try and put together the ultimate fishing weekend and hit both the Truckee River for some big browns and bows, and Pyramid Lake for some monster cutts. Having never fished the Truckee before, and for Daniel's birthday, I got a guide for that Friday. Matt Koles, owner of Gilligan Guide Service, was dude I ended up giving a call. Matt is a chill, down to earth, guy. He'll tell you what's up on the Truckee. Living in Hirschdale, he knows the in's and out's of this river. Having never got a guide before, I wasn't too sure what to expect, but luckily Matt just gave us a heads up on rigging, showed us the spots, and let us do the rest. It was a great day! Weather-wise it was a little crazy. It started off with blue-bird skies, gradually got darker, and by the end of the day it was dumping snow. One of the fish that was still eating was this nice ~22" brown who took a size 16 baetis nymph before the snow started coming down thick.
Photo by Matt Koles
Next was Pyramid Lake. This year was the first year in 10 years (from what I heard) that the area known as "The Nets" was open. We heard quite a few amazing reports from the week before, so expectations were high. Unfortunately, it was not the case. Daniel and I had to work hard for the few fish we caught. The one good thing about Pyramid is that the "average" fish is always a good sized cutt. It was nice hanging with the few club members that made it out too. Hopefully next year we'll get that 10 pounder!