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#1 Mac1124

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 07:59 AM

The winds blew as they always do here, we fished the lee side if you can call it that. There is something remarkable about this place, I'm not spiritual yet this place makes me want to be : ) I had several encounters with this stallion, he allowed me to move in pretty close, as close as I was comfortable anyway. We live amongst some of the most spectacular places in the world living here in Northern California, if you've never visited the high desert you should - even if you don't fish : )

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 08:14 AM

They are beautiful fish and the area is magnificent. I used to fish there allot. A friend of mine was a professor at the University in Reno who help in reestablishing the Lahontan Cutthroat trout in Pyramid. We fished their allot with his expertise in catching them. My best record for catching trout is there with over 60 in one day and they were all the size of yours and bigger. Are you a ladder fisherman too. That's how I started there and switched to trolling for them to get big numbers. That lake is like the ocean when the winds come up. We have camped out on the far side of the lake because the waves got so bad. But the fishing always made up for any inconvenience.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 08:50 AM

That is some fine photography! Mind telling us what make/model camera and lenses you were using?Two of my favorite sunset photos were taken out there on the Pyramid Lake reservation land on the drive home. Gorgeous country. Thanks for sharing.
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Posted 03 May 2012 - 10:03 AM

I use several camera's these are from a Nikon 5100 fish pics in the water I always use a polarizing filter, omega and nikon lenses. Recently I started playing with a full frame, it's just a lot of camera to lug around fishing so I use it only for landscape shots.Shooter John - no ladder, I did that style 20 years ago at Walker and no bueno for me. Here we fly fish, cruising the shores sight fishing. We're in an area you typically never see anyone fishing in. The large cutthroats cruise non-stop so we just kind of follow them around.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 10:34 AM

Yes our very best luck has always been the North end of the lake and around the islands close to shore.
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Posted 03 May 2012 - 10:45 AM

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 04:01 PM

Those shots belong on a magazine cover or a calendar. Very nice. Looking forward to your future posts!
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Posted 03 May 2012 - 04:26 PM

You missed your calling as a photographer. Beautiful pics.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 05:42 PM

Great photo's Mac,I never noticed that you were from Oakley.Tom

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 07:17 PM

I grabed one of the photos for a screen saver with a black border. Thank you.I've been trying to do a little flyfishing this week but it just hasn't worked out. Involuntary time off from work is kind of nice in some ways but the places I want to fish are best not done alone. Finally said to heck with it and hooked up with a freind for a mt bike ride this Sunday. Their logic for the location is it's all uphill, so if one of us has a heart attack it's all downhill to get help.
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Posted 04 May 2012 - 07:38 PM

Amazing photography!

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:02 AM

I grabed one of the photos for a screen saver with a black border. Thank you.I've been trying to do a little flyfishing this week but it just hasn't worked out. Involuntary time off from work is kind of nice in some ways but the places I want to fish are best not done alone. Finally said to heck with it and hooked up with a freind for a mt bike ride this Sunday. Their logic for the location is it's all uphill, so if one of us has a heart attack it's all downhill to get help.

I do like the logic, only in most of the places I go, there is no help at the bottom of the hill.

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 02:35 AM

I love this lake. I had the opportunity to go for my first time this year in April. Great pictures. Those Cutthroats are beautiful.

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 07:54 AM

Yep that place can grow on a person. nice fish.

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 12:45 PM

Great stuff, need to get back over there...Fishing and hearing the Chukars call from the bluffs!
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 05:53 PM

Wow, nice pics. Were you on a kayak?

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 11:26 AM

Awsome stuff. :good: :good:
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Posted 15 June 2012 - 05:50 AM

Speaking of Kayak I just bought a Hobie Mirage Outback, wondering how it would hold up in Pyramid? I know it can get pretty windy out there. Anyone know?

Wow, nice pics. Were you on a kayak?



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Posted 20 August 2012 - 06:50 PM

I am heading out to do some camping at my in laws place which is about 20 minutes from the north west side of Pyramid Lake. I know I need to buy a day pass from the Indians to fish there. What type of bait or fishing technique knock the lahotian trout dead? I have a float tube and flippers, can I use that? I heard it is super shallow and guys sit on floating ladders or something. I will not be bringing a ladder but will have float tube on hand. Any tips on catching these babys will be appreciated..

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 02:13 AM

My understanding is that a float tube is risky due to the high winds that come up. I've spent a lot of time in an old Caddis tube and know that they can handle the waves rather well but it's the kicking against the wind to get back to shore that turns into an issue. Be careful.
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Posted 21 August 2012 - 07:11 AM

Winds can be vicious at Pyramid Lake. The waves can be so bad we've been forced to hold up on the East side until the waves calmed down as it's like an ocean. As for fishing and techniques we have always trolled there for trout. We use a variety of large spoons and plugs. Most of the ladder fisherman are fly fishermen. It's a beautiful place to visit, maybe more so in a boat.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 04:33 PM

Thanks. Anybody fish from the shores? Anybody bait fish out there?

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 04:53 PM

Bait isn't legal to use at the lake. It is all in here: http://www.pyramidla...ke-fishing.html

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 07:49 AM

Thanks. Ya I found there website. Looks like I might have to do some more research to find out if it is even worth it to fish from the shore.




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