Speaker: Sam Vasily
Fly Fishing for the Giant Lahontan Cutthroats of Pyramid Lake
The Lahontan cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii henshawi) is the largest subspecies of cutthroat trout, and the state fish of Nevada. It is one of three subspecies of cutthroat trout that are listed as federally threatened.
Pyramid Lake is fed by the Truckee River, which is mostly the outflow from Lake Tahoe. Pyramid Lake is 40 mi (64 km) northeast of Reno, Nevada, United States. The Truckee River enters Pyramid Lake at its southern end. Pyramid Lake is an endorheic lake; It has no outlet, with water leaving only by evaporation, or sub-surface seepage. The lake has about 10% of the area of the Great Salt Lake, but it has about 25% more volume.
Join Sam Vasily at the March SDFF club meeting for an interesting & interactive presentation and discussion about the skills, tactics, knowledge, and tools needed for success at Pyramid Lake in the quest for every fly fishers’ bucket list: To catch and release the Giant Lahontan Cutthroats of Pyramid Lake.
Sam is one of the very few guides ever permitted to be able to guide Pyramid Lake by boat. It took a significant amount of work: tests, permitting, money and presentations to the Paiute Indian Tribe to attain this special privilege.
Sam will be covering both Guided and DIY methods and recipes for success. Most every fly fisher has heard the stories of standing on ladders, firing heavy sink lines to multiple successes of Lahontans more than 3 feet long. But, Sam also guides at certain times of year where he speeds his jet boat to bait balls where giant Lahontans are thrashing schools of small bait fish. A fly fishing technique similar, if not identical, to the way we fly fish offshore for tuna.
It’s going to be a fun an exciting presentation so make sure you attend.