Article Pyramid Lake Lahontan cutthroat making a comeback

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Matt Baerwalde, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. Roger Stephens

    Roger Stephens Active Member

    Thanks for the post! Brings back good memories of fishing Pyramid Lake in the lated 1960's when I lived in Reno. Sad how the dams and water withdrawals along the Truckee River lead to the demise of these native fish. Good news that the native fish might be making a come back:)!

  2. McNasty

    McNasty Canyon Lurker

    i was unaware of the Pilot Peak part as well. great read, thanks for sharing.
  3. David Prutsman

    David Prutsman All men are equal before fish

    That is encouraging news!
  4. Thomas Williams

    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

    Now if they would just remove the dam that wiped them out in the first place you would see the Truckee erupt into more of a trophy fishery than it already is. Although I don't know what that would do to the wild brown and rainbow population. Good post. I was born and raised in Reno and it makes me miss home.
  5. Salmo_g

    Salmo_g Active Member

    I read about the Pilot Peak discovery a few years back. Good to learn they are making a comeback.

    I've long been puzzled why anglers cast from step ladders in that lake. I wonder if the Tribe prohibits boats or what.
  6. Thomas Williams

    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

    We use ladders because the gradual slope outwards from the shore goes quite a ways before the drop off in most spots. If you were to wade out you wouldn't be able to cast to the drop off before the water was too high. Although there are spots that drop to 30ft almost immediately. You can use a boat but the wind is unpredictable and can be pretty fierce. That's why most fish from shore.

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  7. miyawaki

    miyawaki Active Member

    Deep wading, long casts, cold water.

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  8. triploidjunkie

    triploidjunkie Active Member

    I've never fished pyramid, but I personally use ladders for sight fishing. When your chest deep it's hard to spot fish.
  9. What's the best ladder for Rocky Ford vs. Pyramid Lake? Does Simms make a travel version that will fit in an overhead bin?
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  10. Spot on; the wind there can go from 0-50 in a second and not a place you'd want to be in a tube or a 'toon. With the ladders one also is elevated and can cast further. Some get very inventive; chairs, drink holders, etc. Most have a wider foot so as not to sink into the sand.
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  11. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

    Look for a G10 (10 steps) model soon.
  12. Smalma

    Smalma Active Member

    It is amazing story and even more amazing is that fish after nearly a century in a small stream keep the traits for longevity and fast growth when returned to their ancestral waters.

  13. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

    A century is probably just a fart in the breeze in an evolutionary sense so it seems likely that the Pilot Peak fish hadn't had nearly enough time to become disadapted from their historic Pyramid Lake conditions. What's more amazing is that the Utah guy back in 1900 had the foresight to put some of the original fish in the Pilot Peak stream. Wonder if we'll ever look back the same way at some of the bonehead things today's bucket biologists do.

  14. JE

    JE Active Member

    Amen to that Curt. Maybe a little hope lies with those little native rainbows in our upper drainages.
  15. _WW_

    _WW_ Fishes with Wolves

    So...are the wolf guys going to go after this "reintroduction"?
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  16. Dave Boyle

    Dave Boyle Active Member

    Hmm, a misguided day dream perhaps but wouldn't it be something if the Elwha Chinook of old (pre damming) could be 'rediscovered' in the same way. Alsakan trolling would 'f' that regardless though no doubt. It's ironic that this was the root of the hatchery brats. I've read that the steelies and SRCs (a 14 lbr?) were also a bit on the beefy side too. Perhaps their genes are still in the 'pool' in some pools in a creek or two in the upper reaches. The recuperative power of nature can be f'ing awesome, if given a chance. Thanks for the info and a great example of how people, environmental ruin and hatchery/planted fish are a bad idea and the real damage that they can cause but there's always hope.

  17. Freestone

    Freestone Not to be confused with freestoneangler

    Thanks for sharing. The discovery and subsequent recovery of those Pilot Peak fish is a really cool comeback story! I will be conducting some Lahontan sampling on Pyramid next week, you know, in the name of science and all. :) Hopefully, I will locate one of those 20 pounders!
  18. The guy who planted those Lahontans in Pilot Creek probably had visions of 20 lb fish in a step-across creek!
  19. David Dalan

    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

    In my dreams I wonder about native rainbows of the North Fork of the Clearwater, and if they have the recipe for another 35# fish in there somewhere.
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