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The 2016 Winter News

The River of Storms continues to hit the mountains and we're thankful for the relief and looking forward to the rivers being fishable throughout the Summer and into the Fall.  With the cold evenings and even some cold days, we might have a later ice off on the lakes/reservoirs like Indian Creek and Spooner.

Until the ice off, the East Walker in California is at Winter rate flows and it's a pleasant fishable experience with small midges, like the Frank, rainbow warrior, WD-40's and Bubbleback midges.  The East Walker in Nevada though, had large weed bed growth with 2 years of low flows and some beaver infestation.  Speaking with NDOW, they are expecting and hoping for a flushing flow as soon as the irrigation season start, because at this time, the SnoTels point to a full allotment of irrigation. The Upper Owens river is a good day trip, and has been fishing well, with simple midge patterns and dry BWO in a size 18.  The West Walker river, is open, but you'll need to pick your spots and work diligently to catch fish. On the West Walker, walk away from the parking areas and slow down your rig by adding some extra split shot.  Keep the bugs small.

Reports from NDOW shocking surveys on the Truckee and East Walker Rivers, were both a pleasant surprise.  The survey's confirmed that the rivers did lose a high percentage of the larger fish, though some larger fish were measured.  The pleasant surprise was the amount of the newer generations that did survive the warm waters.  Knowing that brown trout survive slightly higher water temperatures, they see a slight increase in the numbers of brown trout.  This is all good news, when it could of been worse.

Pyramid Lake is in it's doldrums ...  this does not mean fish aren't being caught, it just means you work a bit longer.  Spawn will be starting in about 6 - 8 weeks and the fish will come in close to the shore, cruising like a wolf pack.  We've gotten several calls from people wanting to float tube Pyramid...  a word of warning float tubing Pyramid Lake:  Be Careful!  Know the weather forecast before you go, and respect the wind and get off the lake.  It's just a good idea on Pyramid to WEAR a life jacket in any type of water craft, sadly, we've lost 5 fishermen already this year and have had a few rescues that could of easily turned out tragically.

Flows have been so good on the Western side of the Sierra, that Steelheading has been excellent.  The Trinity, Yuba, American rivers have a lot of fish in them and with these storms calling the fish in, if you haven't ever gone after the steelies, now is a good time to go and beat the saying "A fish of a thousand casts"


Last weekend, The Angler's Edge hosted a Spey/Switch Clinic on the American River with FFF Spey Instructor, Jeff Putnam.  We had such a great response for sign-ups, that a few students took their classes a few days in advance!  All of those that participated, can't wait for the next Clinic....  And we're planning one!
FLY TYING CLASS:  This 2 day course, taught by commercial fly tier and designer of some of the most productive flies of the Eastern Sierra, Liz Weirauch, will teach the student beginning to advanced tying techniques.  Along with material usage, Entomology of the Eastern Sierra, dimensioning your flies.  Pick one session:  February 13th & 20th or March 12th & 19th. Tools and Materials provided.  $75.  Contact the shop to reserve your seat at the table!

The Confident Angler -

Pyramid Lake 2-Day Course


This is the most complete TWO DAY class on fly fishing Pyramid Lake ever offered.

DAY ONE, the course begins in a warm classroom, with a brief history of Pyramid Lake with fly fishing author; Jan Nemec. Gear selection for the world record cutthroat trout, along with fishing access points, entomology and fly selection, leaders, and knots are all covered in detail over a slideshow over beer and pizza at The Angler's Edge Fly Shop. Finally, we'll tie a woolly worm and midge, to fish on Day Two, during the on-water portion of the class.  

DAY TWO Location is on Pyramid Lake.  It's all about building your skills with Guide John Fochetti, his personal instruction, paired with the minimal class size, allows for anglers of any ability level to learn about fishing Pyramid Lake. Casting techniques; including the roll cast, roll cast to single shoot, and double haul are all demonstrated and practiced. A multitude of techniques with both sinking and floating lines are demonstrated and practiced by the participants.

These Classes are limited to four students, insuring the most personal experience possible. $225.  Does not include Tribal License.  Reservations with deposit can be made at The Angler's Edge or by phone 775-781-7112.

Pick the session for your Instruction:

 Session One:  February 17th and 21st
Day 1 - Wednesday February 17th @ The Anglers Edge Fly Shop 5-8pm
Day 2 - Saturday February 21st @ Pyramid Lake 11-4pm

 Session Two: March 9th and 11th
Day 1 - Wednesday March 9th @ The Anglers Edge Fly Shop 5-8pm
Day 2 - Friday March 11th  @ Pyramid Lake 11-4pm

Are you having company visit this Summer to enjoy the Eastern Sierra?
The friendly and expert guides of The Angler's Edge cover the many, many waters of the Eastern Sierra, like Davis Lake, Truckee river walk and wade or Drift Boat, Pyramid Lake, to the Owens River.  Private & Public waters on the East Walker, Staff guides of Pleasant Valley Fly Fishing Preserve and all those great rivers, streams and lakes between!  You can have the unique opportunity to fish the last vestiges of the Mt. Whitney strain of Rainbow trout at O'Banion's Aspen Lake Ranch.  Give us a call for information, rates and water availability, we're happy to help you with your inquiries!

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