Doug Draper with a big cutt from his recent trip.
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With the reintroduction of the Pilot Peak strain of lahontan cutthroat, Pyramid Lake is kicking out some monster cutts like never before in modern history these past couple of years. If you check out the Crosby Lodge Resort website: http://www.crosbylodge.net/index.php you can click on the “15 LB. Club” photos where I counted 77 entries from Oct. 2013 to present!!! In the “20 LB. Club” gallery there were currently 13 photos of some toads! The “10 LB. Club” was too numerous to count but I would have to guess there are several hundred in there. The fishery is undergoing a phenomenal resurgence like nothing ever seen!
I got a call from Doug Draper recently about his March trip to the famous lake. Doug has been a TTG contributor for several years and won our “Free Mount Contest” last year with his big hookjaw brown. Doug hails from Utah and makes the 500 mile long trek to Pyramid each spring to sample the action on the big cutts.
This year he hooked up with his brother, Brian, and his son, Mike, and they met at the lake. His friend, Larry Draper, ( not related) also joined the group to whip the water to a froth with their fly rods. Seems the black wooly bugger is “king” for fly anglers on this lake. They fished from Fri. through half day on Sun before heading home.
Doug hooked and released a total of 17 cutts while Larry banged 15 total. Mike, the “newbie” landed 4 and got busted off on a monster for his “break in!” Though they didn’t weigh any, it looks as if several were over 10 LB..
One of my buddies that lives in the Reno area, Mike McNeilly, wrote a good read and interesting article about the unique style of ladder fishing the majority of fly anglers incorporate to help casting and fatigue. You can check it out here; http://www.trophytroutguide.com/articles/ladderfishing.htm He recently caught his PB cutt going just short of 16 LB. Congrats buddy!!
I hope to make it down there myself this fall.....love to get one big enough for the wall!!