O'Neill Forebay Striped Bass Fishout - October 11-14 (Thursday-Sunday)
Fishmaster: Steve Rudzinski
We are having our annual striped bass fish out. Please either sign up at our October club meeting or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 831-462-4532 (land line no texting) leave a clear message and number to call back. (email is the best).
This is a float tube or boating event, shore fishing is poor at best, veterans to this watershed know what to bring, others are advised to get in touch with me for advice.
Bring: float tube, waders, fins, a net, a 6 or 7 wt fly rod, full sink tungsten line type IV or type III work best. 6' fluorocarbon leader 15-17 lb. test. (fish are not leader shy and better to have enough strength if you hook a trophy fish). You will need some Clauser flies 2"-3" and colors of chartreuse and white and red and white work well. (you can purchase some great flies from Lee Haskins who guides and fishes the Forebay and San Luis Res. contact me for his email address).
Campers: Bring your own food and firewood to share with the group at night, there is no water so bring all you will need to drink and clean. Vault toilets are decent to good shape, we will all camp just west of the power lines at Medeiros campgrounds, look for signs, take first off ramp after you cross the bridge below the San Luis dam, take a left on HWY 33 and go 1/4 mi and turn left again into the campground.
Be aware that float tubes must be taken out of your vehicle and inspected before you camp. violations are severe. Everything must be clean and dry, even dew or a few drops of water will reject your boat. Follow washboard road past the power lines and look for our club banner. (photo here is taken from last year's camp. It rained and the wind blew hard last two years so be prepared for anything).
Hope to see the largest group ever, we always have a great time and it's only about 70 miles from Santa Cruz.
Pyramid Lake Fishout-Mar. 24th-30th, 2019 Fishmaster: Mike White - (831) 706-5556
The Pyramid Lake fishout is one of the best-attended fishouts the club has, and for a good reason. Large fish cruise parallel to the shore in easy casting distance from shore. Cost for the week including meals and lodging and is around $300+ per person depending on the number in attendance. You need not fish all six days as there may be openings (usually later in the week.) Contact Mike for more details (831) 706-5556, to check on openings, or be put on a waiting list. First come first served.
You can also make your own arrangements either by bringing your own RV (Crosby's Lodge has hook-ups and sells permits to park on the any of the beaches along the lake) or staying in Reno. Reno is 45 minutes away. Call Crosby's lodge to inquire about last minute cancellations in their cabins as well (775) 476-0400 and check out their website to see what the cabins look like at www.crosbylodge.net. The General Store in Sutcliff offers meals on selected nights only to those who call in before 2:00 PM. Check at the General Store for details.
Equipment: 6-9 weight rods with hi-speed, hi-D shooting heads or fast sink integrated lines to fish the bottom in 6 to 9 feet of water, and a floating line for indicator fishing. You should bring a stripping basket and a ladder that will accommodate it. A ladder helps to get you up out of the cold water and enable you to cast out to where the fish are. You can still catch fish without one but not with near as much consistency.
Flies: Woolly buggers in black, white, purple, olive, midge, caddis and mayfly nymphs to name a few. If as in years past the Confab in February is offering the opportunity to see how some of the best Pyramid patterns are made plan to attend and bring a vise and tie some yourself. Flies may also available from club member Jim Hall who ties some very good flies specific to Pyramid cutthroat as well as other species at reasonable cost. His number is (831) 713-6835. There is a general store with provisions as well as tackle and an assortment of flies.
How to get there: Take US 80 to Reno-Sparks, take the Pyramid Blvd. off ramp and go north about 35 miles. Crosby Lodge is at Sutcliff, near the Ranger Station.
If you have any questions about equipment or how to get there, check the "Gearing up" columns in the March 2017-2018 archives on our great club website, or call Mike White at (831) 706-5556.
If you are considering going to Pyramid again this year with the club and you have not already done so, please contact the person who is booking the trailer you stayed in last year. Trailer-masters, if your trailer has gaps or cancellations, you can call Mike so he can pass the names of members who don't have lodging to fill the empty spots.
Fishing, Camping, and New Ladder Regulation:
Fishing and camping permits can be purchased online prior to the fish-out. We would highly recommend doing this. Go to www.plpt.nsn.us to obtain your licenses. There is also an RV Park available at (775) 476-1155.
www.plpt.nsn.usAs with any great fishery there are always a long list of rules and regulations. We would recommend you review them on the website above. Suffice to say those of us who have been going to Pyramid Lake for many years are a good source of information as well. We will help inform and guide all newcomers.
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