April 2018 Club Meeting

Here’s a reminder, our April club meeting is this Wednesday April 18th. Meeting starts at 7 pm, but come early to mingle and have some great food. This month, we’ll discuss the Wasatch Expo results and upcoming fishouts we have planned. This months presentation includes 4 club members with fly tying demonstrations. Come learn some new techniques and effective fly patterns for your favorite waters.

We also have our monthly raffle that includes a Blue Halo rod outfit and a custom made net. Don’t forget to bring flies for the fly raffle as well.

Hope to see you there.

As always we meet at the:
Red Robin Restaurant, private meeting room
316 EAST WINCHESTER
MURRAY, UT 84107

The 2018 Pyramid Lake Fish outing

The 2018 Pyramid Lake Fish outing is now in the books. In over 2 & ½ days of fishing our group of 6 netted over 30 fish .

The Crew included Cacy, Dan, Mac, John, Mark and Tom.

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Three fish were caught that measured over 25”  and the largest over 26”. Some personal best were reached.

 

Thursday was a hot day, but we were not on the water at Popcorn beach until 4:30pm. A few fish were landed and just as many missed by our early group of 4. From all accounts everyone on the lake did well. That evening we made contact with one of the local guides and received some great advice. Stay with Chironomid. Red bodies and silver or gold beads. Streamers and beetles would not work as well. We also had to contend with vegetation from the previous beach line that extended about 30 to 40 feet out.

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lake is up, If you know the large Tractor tire on the South nets. It is under water. But the Hummer is still visible.

 

That evening we hit Crosby’s fly shop and purchased what we could. One of the flies was a maroon Chironomid with Copper wire and a Red Bead. Size 10.

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Friday the Wind was from the South East and we set up on the point at Pelican. We netted 5 fish and missed even more. It was slow and calm most of the day. We did as well as the guide who had his clients on the Rocks south of Pelican.

 

Saturday we tried Sand Hole early but nothing so we headed back to Pelican at the point. The wind was perfect, coming in and working the shore from the east. The fish were in tight and biting in about 8’ of water.  All totaled the 6 of us  brought 19 fish to net with many more lost.  Most caught on the Red Beaded Chironomid. Mac even had a double.

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Sunday we were out early due to daylight savings. Who knew!  So before daybreak Mark and I were on the water. The fish were at our feet and as soon as we had daybreak we had fish on. 4 Fish to net in 30 minutes and with the sun the fish were out,  and out of reach.

 

Ready to go again.

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March Club Meeting

Don’t forget our next meeting is Wednesday, March 21st. Social hour from 6-7:00 pm, meeting starts at 7 pm. Our special guest this month is Dan Potts. He has presentation on Fly Tying and Fishing the Search Fly that you’ll want to see. We also have some great raffle items this month including a hand crafted fly fishing net, A reel and fly line, and a Fishpond vest. Don’t forget to bring your 3 flies to include in the raffle. As always we meet at the Red Robbin in Murray.
Private meeting room:
RED ROBIN RESTAURANT
316 EAST WINCHESTER
MURRAY, UT 84107

 

February 2018 Club Meeting

Pyramid Lake 2014 010Club meeting this Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018 at 6:30 pm. This month we have a presentation from Rich Lobrovich on fishing at Pyramid Lake in Nevada. He will speak about what flies and techniques are successful to catch the huge Cutthroat trout that inhabit Pyramid. He will also talk about accomodations and camping opportunities in the area. We have a club trip planned to Pyramid Lake in March, so we will discuss all those details as well. We also have some amazing raffle items for this months meeting, including a cool fishpond fishing pack/vest. Come mingle, have some great food and let us know what adventures you’ve had over the last month. Hope we see you there.

Private meeting room:
RED ROBIN RESTAURANT
316 EAST WINCHESTER
MURRAY, UT 84107

March, 2015 Club Meeting

NEXT MEETING
Time: Wednesday, March 18th. 6:30 – 7:00pm Social Gathering. Appetizers and Drinks available for purchase, Dinner menu available. Meeting proper starts at 7:00pm.

Special Guest Speaker, Travis Ruiz. Travis began fly fishing with a strong passion for fly casting. As his passion grew, he became an experienced fly fishing instructor and over the past 10 years, he has enjoyed mentoring and teaching others to advance their fly casting and fishing knowledge. Travis has also become a skilled technical dry fly fisherman and enjoys chasing picky fish on a river he loves, The Henry’s Fork of the Snake. He is the Best of the West 2011 Champion and enjoys competition events throughout the western United States. Recent events include hosting casting competitions and Fly Rod reviews for Fly Fusion magazine.

Location: Habits Dinner Night Club, 832 East 3900 South, Salt Lake City.

Crittenden Reservoir Fishout— April 5-6, 2014

Rich, TJ and Mike left Salt Lake City at 5pm Friday night and headed west on I-80 to Montello Nevada. After an 1 ½ hour drive we stopped at the Salt Flats Café on the outskirts of Wendover to have some dinner. It’s an interesting little restaurant that serves Mexican food and breakfast. I’ll have to say it wasn’t half bad. After dinner we gassed up (no pun intended) and headed to Montello. We arrived at the Pilot motel in Montello—Allen likes to call it the Montello Hilton—and checked into our rooms. It is $40/night for single and $50 for a double. The rooms are decked out in a rustic wood décor fit for us rednecks. The rooms are clean and cozy, but nothing special. They sport an avocado green tub that clashes beautifully with white fixtures and wood finishes. The towels are postage stamp size, but luckily I had 6 or 8 of them. The rooms also has a microwave, mini-fridge and a small desk for tying flies. The heater eventually warmed the room to a pleasant temperature.

wylieWe woke the next morning at 6:30 am Utah time —which is 5:30 am Nevada time— to get ready and head out to the lake. I gave Rob a call to see when he and Wiley would arrive and he said to expect them around 9:30 am. The Cowboy Bar doesn’t open until 7am so we skipped breakfast and headed up to the lake. It’s a short 18 mile gravel road trip to the lake from Montello.

It was overcast and a bit windy and about 31 degrees. We parked up on the dam, had our usual conversation with Allen —discussing how many trout he planted yesterday and how big of fish Herb caught last week— rigged our rods and headed off with eager anticipation and dreams of giant trout in our nets. As we walked along the dam we could see a few large fish cruising along the edges. It’s really hard not to stop and cast to every fish you see, but we can always come back to these fish later. There were a few people on the lake already, but we could still find plenty of spots to fish.  We spread out along the east side and tried our luck.  I always like to start with a streamer and black seems to be the successful color lately. I netted one on a black bugger and 3 others on glo-bugs rob(chartreuse was the best color) and an ice cream cone. Tom, Rob and Wylie arrived around 9:30 am and joined us on the east side. By then the wind had picked up and the bank we were fishing was getting a bit murky from the waves pounding the shore. No one else had had any success yet so we made sure everyone was rigged up right and gave a few pointers on technique. Soon everyone was into some fish and having a great time. TJ and Tom caught their first Crittenden fish and were all smiles. Once they got the first one out of the way they were off and running. These fish are not easy to hook and land especially in the conditions we had. Plan on losing a few fish to break offs, straightened hooks and just plain bad luck. We fished 6-9 weight rods with streamers, globugs, pheasant tails, Chironomid patterns, san juan worms, scuds and other various nymphs. You need to fish Tjat least 3x tippet to minimize the break offs and check your line for abrasions and bad knots frequently. Most of the fish we were catching were in the 21-23 in. range and extremely obese. These fish are footballs and they fight hard.  We landed a few in the 24-25 in. class, but not any of the really big ones this trip.

Later in the day we went back to the southwest corner and dinged a few more and then called it a day. Everyone caughttom fish and had a great time. Rob and Wylie headed home and the rest of us hit the Cowboy Bar in Montello for dinner. They were having a Tastefully Simple tasting party so the kitchen was down for a bit. They said they could do pizza, but the grill wasn’t running yet. Tom and I ordered pizza and Rich and TJ waited for the grill to open. Word of caution, next time wait for the grill to open, the pizza sucked.

Tom took off for home and the rest of us stayed another night. The weather was supposed to improve for Sunday so we were hoping for an even better day. I was able to watch the second half of the Kentucky vs. Wisconsin NCAA final four game. What a game. A spectacular ending, setting up an improbable final match-up between Kentucky and Connecticut.

mikeOnce again we woke up around 6:30 am Utah time, well everyone but Rich. I think he was stalling because he wanted breakfast this time. We got all wadered up and packed the car and headed over to the Cowboy Bar for breakfast. We ran into Allen there and got to hear all his amazing stories, again, while we had a good hearty breakfast. We headed up to the lake and everything seemed like it was going to be a perfect day and five minutes later the wind started howling and the rain started falling. Rich staked his spot out in the southwest corner and started catching fish. I think this was going to be Rich’s day. TJ and I started making our way around the lake and it was pretty tough going for both of us. I rich_tjmanaged a few including a 25” beauty. TJ finally found some success too. Later in the afternoon we headed back to join Rich. We all got a few more and called it a trip. We had a great time and it was fun to have our newest member TJ join in the festivities. See you next month for the Jones Hole trip.

Pyramid Lake Fishout: March 8-15, 2014

Rich, Ross, Jim B. and Jim H. made the long drive across Utah and Nevada arriving at Pyramid Lake in the afternoon on Saturday, March 8.

Pyramid Lake Camp

Pyramid Lake Camp

After setting up camp on the beach there was very little daylight left for fishing, so plans were made to awake early Sunday and hit the water to fish for the Lahontan Cutthroats the lake is famous for. Sunday morning began overcast and breezy with a storm forecast to arrive later in the night. The wind steadily picked up throughout the day, creating a chop on the water that stirred up the lake and drove the fish close to shore, making the fishing decent. Around five o’clock in the evening the storm made its presence felt with a steady wind that whipped the beach sand through camp so hard it drove the BFF campers into their trailers fairly early as the fine sand found its way into every mouth and every eye. At2:00 am the wind really started blowing hard with gusts estimated up to 70 mph, blowing one of the trailers off the blocks it was parked on. With the wind howling so loud it was impossible to sleep the remainder of the night, so everyone tried their best to hunker down and wait out the night and hope daylight would bring some relief.

 

Ross with a nice fish

Ross with a nice fish

Monday morning dawned overcast and brought more wind, creating waves on the lake three to four feet high. Not ideal weather for camping, but the wave action made the fishing great. Average cutthroats caught were in the 22” to 26” range.

Rich with a beautiful Lahontan cutthroat.

Rich with a beautiful Lahontan cutthroat.

Not the 18 to 20 pounders that have been recently been featured in photos making their way around the internet, but big enough and often enough to make the BFF anglers happy to be there. Various colors of buggers and popcorn beetles were the flies that worked the best. Monday morning also featured a couple of locals who thought it was a good idea to launch a small Tracker boat into the lake from the beach. An H2 Hummer pushed their trailer and boat into the surf and they headed off down the lake to troll with downrigger setups. A few hours later they were spotted coming back up the lake against the wind and the waves which had had not abated at all during the day but had instead intensified in speed and duration. The Hummer driver reluctantly pushed the boat trailer out into the waves to collect the Tracker and occupants, not knowing that the boat had shipped enough water to make it almost un-navigable and heavy enough to make it impossible to maneuver the boat onto the trailer. The Hummer got stuck in the sand about 20 yards out before the water killed it. The boat swamped. You just can’t make this stuff up (see photos).

Hummer in a bit of trouble

Hummer in a bit of trouble

 

Wednesday broke clear and much more calm than the previous two days, so Rich, Jim B. and Jim H. decided to drive into Reno (about forty miles south of Pyramid Lake) and fish the Truckee River. While a beautiful day, not a fish was seen much less found at the end of a line. So much for the Truckee. Back to the lake.

Jim fighting a fish from his platform.

Jim fighting a fish from his platform.

 

Tom fighting a nice fish

Tom fighting a nice fish

Tom arrived at camp around 2:00 am Thursday morning. By now the weather had settled and the lake had calmed to a glassy state, making the fishing slow and the day long. Still, some managed to hook cutthroats throughout the day and into the evening.

 

Friday was much like the previous day, sunny and calm with very little chop on the water. pl_jim_B2The fishing slowed even more with few hits and even fewer hookups. Jim H. had hauled his barrel smoker out to Nevada and spent the day smoking six racks of baby back ribs for dinner that night. pl_ribsA couple of intrepid BFFers fished for an hour after sunset to little result. By now most of us had been at the lake for almost a week and were ready to wind down, pack up and head back home. Ross and Rich left early Saturday morning to make the long slog back to Utah. Jim B. and Jim H. decided to spend one extra day to unwind and relax before hitting I-80 East on Sunday morning.

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Jim cutting up the ribs.

Jim cutting up the ribs.

Was it worth the long drives, hurricane force winds and sand covering every inch of everything? Hell yes. If you go you will need: 7 to 9 weights rods. Fast sinking line. Woolly buggers. Popcorn beetles. Sand-proof goggles. Visine. Good beer. Good friends

2014 Wasatch Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Expo

March 28-29, 2014.
South Towne Expo Center, Sandy, UT.
Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, 8:00 am – 7:00 pm

Adults: $5.00 entrance (Good for BOTH days)
Children 15 & under: FREE

Meet the West’s premier fly tyers and watch them create their art.

Compete in the 4th Annual Fly Casting Competition for great prizes from Hardy and Cortland. Bamboo Fly Rod Challenge entrants can win a $1,300 bamboo rod by R.A. Smith Custom Rods!