Article Pyramid Lake Lahontan cutthroat making a comeback

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  1. Matt Baerwalde

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    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:)!

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    i was unaware of the Pilot Peak part as well. great read, thanks for sharing.
     
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    David Prutsman All men are equal before fish

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    That is encouraging news!
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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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    Deep wading, long casts, cold water.

    Leland.
     
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    I've never fished pyramid, but I personally use ladders for sight fishing. When your chest deep it's hard to spot fish.
     
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    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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    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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    Look for a G10 (10 steps) model soon.
     
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    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.

    Curt
     
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    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    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.

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