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Wet Fly Swing Fly Fishing Podcast
Littoral Zone #4: Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing with Nico Sunseri and Phil Rowley – Pyramid Fly Co, Giant Lahottan Cutthroat Trout

Our stillwater guru, Phil Rowley, sits down with Nico Sunseri of Pyramid Fly Co. to take us to Pyramid Lake fly fishing. Nico shares his extensive knowledge of the area, giving us insight into the unique fishing techniques that work best on this North American stillwater.

We hear about the history of the extinct-but-not-so-extinct Pilot Peak strain Lahontan Cutthroat. We also hear about Phil’s time fishing the waters of Pyramid Lake.

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Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing Show Notes with Nico Sunseri

01:51 – Phil went Pyramid Lake fly fishing earlier this year with Nico Sunseri and the Pyramid Fly Co. crew. A few things changed since his last visit to this North American stillwater in 2011.

02:24 – Nico also runs the BearFish Alliance Podcast, where Phil has shared his stillwater experiences as a guest several times.

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Photo via https://www.instagram.com/pyramidflyco/

07:32 – Nico grew up in San Dimas, where Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure was filmed. He is relatively new to fly fishing but has been an avid spin angler since he was a kid and used to fish at the Puddington Reservoir.

12:05 – Pyramid Lake is located 40 mi northeast of Reno, Nevada. It is home to Summit and Pilot Peak strain Lahontan Cutthroat. The Pilot Peak strain was the original strain at Pyramid Lake and was thought to be extinct in 1943 due to overfishing.

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Photo via https://www.pyramidflyco.com/

Other species in the Pyramid Lake

  1. Ancient Cui-ui
  2. Tui Chub
  3. Sacramento Perch
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Photo via https://www.pyramidflyco.com/about-pyramid-lake

28:56 – Nico talks about the different techniques you can try when fishing Pyramid Lake.

35:57 – He walks us through his setup with a switch rod.

46:09 – Nico also talks about using ladder chairs at Pyramid Lake.