Cutthroats and High School Basketball

I have been hanging around the house, as opposed to going fishing.  First, it’s winter.  Second, I was on a restrictive diet and it was hard to eat when traveling (lost 20 lbs by the way!).  Third, I have been taking care of my father in law’s affairs after we had to move him into assisted living.  I kind of needed an excuse to get off my ass and get out there and my son, Henry, had a basketball game at Pyramid Lake High School.  Perfect!

My ladder, rod and net.

I got the the lake about 10:30 and went straight to one of my favorite spots, Wino Beach. Continue reading

Pyramid Lake – January 15, 2010

As promised, I fished Pyramid lake on January 15th.  I took my youngest son, Owen, his first trip to Pyramid!  My oldest son, Hank, went skiing.  Whatever!  Anyway, Owen had a little bit of beginners luck.  We fished from about 11:00 am to about 3:00 pm.  We started at Wino, one of my favorite beaches.  I was using the fly rod, Owen was throwing metal.

Owen Waiting for the Big One!

We fished Wino until about 1:00 pm and then decided to leave.  Neither of us got so much as a bump and we didn’t see the any of the other fishermen nearby get anything either.  This wasn’t a good sign.

Anaho Island from Wino Beach

We headed north and almost stopped at a few beaches, but then I decided to see what the Nets looked like.  I usually avoid the Nets because of the crowds, but the south Nets wasn’t bad.  We parked, grabbed some lunch and hit the water, ladders in tow.  While eating we hadn’t seen any of the other fishermen hook any fish, but it was only about 20 minutes.  Still, I wasn’t expecting much.  We set up and on the third or forth cast Owen hooked into a fish right in front of his ladder.  I rushed over with the net and scooper her up.

Owen and First Pyramid Cutthroat

...and the Money Shot!

Pretty sure it was a hen and she looked to be filling with eggs.  Or maybe just had a big meal.  Either way she was about 20 inches.  Owen got it on a big chartreuse Daredevil with orange spots.  Not bad for a beginner!  As it turned out that was the only fish of the day.  We didn’t see any of our new neighbors at the Nets catch anything either.  When Owen broke off his second lure on something out in the deep, we decided to hit the road.  All in all, not a bad trip despite the lack of action.  Owen got his first Cutthroat and his biggest fish ever!  I still have only caught one fish each trip since December 2008, even if I didn’t hook it myself.  Paying my dues, I guess.

Our Neighbors at the Nets

The Famous Pyramid

Weekend Plans

Because I work for the State of Nevada, I get to take one furlough a month, or a day without pay to those not fluent in human resources speak. Anyway, I am taking the furlough this Friday and I also get the MLK holiday on Monday. By my calcs, that’s a four day weekend. So, I am going to go fishing.

Friday is Pyramid. I have a streak going back to December 2008 of not getting skunked, but not catching more than one Lahontan cutthroat trout either. On the bright side they have all been decent fish, maybe 18 to 22 inches. I hope to break that streak…and not get skunked.  Since I’m looking for numbers, it sounds like the south end is the ticket as the north end is slower, but giving up the bigger fish.

Monday I want to go to Topaz and take the boys. That means I need to get all the remaining snow and ice out of the boat and makes sure the motor fires without having to clean the carb. If it doesn’t fire and I don’t have the energy to clean the carb, the we will float tube.  Well, the boys will float tube.  I will sit high and dry in the pontoon.  Ahh… the joys of having an income.  The fish are in shallow according the reports, so we shouldn’t have to get out too far.  I may try fly rodding it, but I will have the spinning rod for back up.

Expect the first new reports on the blog this weekend or early next week.  If I remember to bring the camera, you might get some pictures too.


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