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Pyramid Lake Cutthroat Slam

Author Name:epictrout.com

Date: 10-20-2015

Short Desc:     By West Guin After reading an article by Dennis Isbister titled "Trout Royal Slam" my brain went into overdrive so I called my buddies and stated an idea for a Pyramid 10 pound slam.  We talked it over and excitement grew as well as the task.  We are not looking for different species but for different techniques 8 to be exact.  In our minds that would set an angler in a class all their own.        So you ask what is the challenge?  We laid the Gauntlet down on this one!  The angler needs to pull 10 pound cutthroat with 8 different styles of fishing.  Here is how it lays out you need four from the boat one from downrigger trolling, trolling with out a downrigger, vertical jigging, and casting from the ...

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2015 Pyramid Lake Opening Week

Author Name:epictrout.com

Date: 10-06-2015

Short Desc: Todd M  World class fishing is happening at Pyramid Lake in Nevada. Opening day was October 1st and the fishing reports were ridiculous.  So ridiculous that on October 3rd I made a half day trip just to be part of the excitement. I wanted to stick around town and watch my daughter's soccer game and as soon as the game ended I raced out to the Lake and bummed a ride on my buddy's boat.  Not 10 minutes after leaving the boat ramp we started catching fish. After releasing a beautiful cutthroat, I found myself gazing into the water thinking to myself how beautiful Pyramid Lake is nestled in the Nevada Desert, when I noticed something wrong. I knew we were around 50 feet of water so I couldn't understand how the bottom of the lake was rapidly coming into my view.  "We are going to hit bottom!" I shouted.  Then it dawned on me. It wasn't the bottom, it was a huge school of chub the size of a house heading by us just a few feet under the boat. I quickly grabbed my rod and dropped my lure straight down through the stampede of tui chub. My line went to a ...

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Manzanita

Author Name:epictrout.com

Date: 09-23-2015

Short Desc: “Big headshakes!”, I yelled to my brother Phil.  I had just hooked into what felt like a big fish… and in this lake there was one species of trout that reigned supreme… it had to be a brown.  I was only fishing four pound test so I had to be careful.  I let him take drag and he started heading out to deeper water.  We had fished Manzanita Lake quite a few times now and had a few patterns dialed.  This fish had crushed a countdown Rapala fished deep and very slow.  He was dogging now and I couldn’t move him with my ultra-light loomis.  “He has got to be decent”, I told my brother, who had kicked over in his tube to help me try to land the fish, as was our practice when one of us hooked a better fish.  One of the main reasons we loved this lake was the fact that it is a non-powered lake and that set up perfectly for our style of stealth fishing at the time. I was working him slowly but surely back to the tube and we both squinted through our polarized lenses to see if we could get a glimpse ...

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Crayfish and Browns

Author Name:epictrout.com

Date: 08-25-2015

Short Desc:    I wanted to take the time and revisit and share one of my favorite articles from Mark Wiza written back 2011 . This was the first article published for Epic trout .                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Some guys won’t even go fishing if they can’t round up a couple of buddies to join in. While I have a few friends I like to fish with, I’m generally just as happy on a solo trip. My job involves a lot of social interaction and my house is always full of noise, so I truly enjoy time on the water alone, with nobody to bother me.    And no one to tell me what to do. No second guessing. No “Aren’t you trolling a little fast?” or “Aren’t you trolling a little slow?” I fish how I want to fish based on experience and ...

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Martis

Author Name:epictrout.com

Date: 08-12-2015

Short Desc: The phone rang and it was my brother John on the other end.  He was super excited.  “Dude, I just got back from this lake and it was incredible”!  I remembered that he had heard from a buddy about an “artificial flies and lures only” lake near Truckee, California that was supposed to have nice rainbows and a few big brown trout.  He proceeded to relay the entire story in great detail.  When he first rolled up to the lake he couldn’t believe the number of float tubers that he saw.  They were all fly fishermen and he saw a bent rod as he started to drag his gear out of the car. He pulled out his trusty countdown Rapala and pinched the barbs down, noticing a few glares from the other fly fishermen in the parking area that were stringing up their $500 Sage rods.  No matter, he had seen this all before and it didn't bother him any more.  He pumped up his tube and headed on out.  He knew it was going to be a great day when he got slammed hard on his 3rd cast.  A few minutes later he had a fat 16” rainbow to the ...

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solstice

Author Name:epictrout.com

Date: 07-21-2015

Short Desc:     Dusk or dawn. Major, minor Moon phase. High pressure, low pressure.  Full moon or new moon. On and on again. Most fishermen have their own theories of what is the best time to plan a trip to catch trophy trout.  I know this is breaking all of the trophy trout fishermen's rules but I will give you one of MY most productive dates year in year out to catch monster trout.   Dusk and dawn are always prime time for trophy trout.  So how do you make the prime times of the day work in your best advantage?  Take dusk for instance.  Hungry trout have been waiting for hours for the perfect time to ambush their dinner.  As the sun goes down the bait fish wander away from structures making themselves vulnerable to the predator trout with far superior eyesight. With ever minute trophy trout grow hungry in anticipation for the dinner bell to go off.   Imagine eagerly waiting to place your order at a restaurant in which everything listed on the menu sounds delicious. The longer it takes the waiter to take your order, the hungrier you get.  Now if only you can make trophy trout feel the same way.  Well, I know of ...

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The Red Side Shiner

Author Name:epictrout.com

Date: 07-08-2015

Short Desc: It pays to know your quarry.  Big trout get big for a reason… they eat other fish.  Have you ever seen a 300 pound vegetarian?  I think not!  If you want to target the biggest trout in the lake then you need to understand all of the forage fish that they feed on. We have talked about Kokanee and Tui Chub in our minnow series.  Now we are going to talk a little about another very important forage fish in western waters that doesn’t get talked about much… the Red Side Shiner. Many of the lakes you fish have Red Side Shiner in them and you may or may not have noticed.  Most of you have taken a look at the stomach contents of big trout and have seen minnows in their gullet.  Decomposition begins quickly so it is sometimes hard to ID which minnow species the trout have been targeting.  Many times all that is left is some meat and bones.  Some of the minnows that you have seen were probably Red Side Shiner.  There are several ways to determine if Red Side Shiners are in your favorite lake.  You can take some stomach samples and hope to catch a minnow fresh ...

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Hidden In Plain View

Author Name:epictrout.com

Date: 06-23-2015

Short Desc:   In this article I would like to revisit parts an article that I wrote regarding lure painting and color.  Custom lures have always been attractive to fishermen as well as to fish. I have a many friends who do not airbrush their own lures but that doesn't keep them from having some of the most productive color patterns in their tackle box for trophy trout. They search and find custom lure painters who charge a small fortune for their little piece of art work. Unfortunately, just as most artists do, they move onto different forms of art and the fisherman is left with no one to paint lures for him.  The whole process repeats itself with a new painter year after year. Because these lures are a custom blend of colors and techniques they can be very hard for another painter to duplicate. This is the very reason I decided to airbrush lure for myself years ago. One of my favorite techniques that is go outside of the box and hide an irredescent, shimmering, or ultraviolet color in my paint schedule. In most conditions this is nearly invisible to the human eye. These colors become visible again under the right conditions. ...

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Kokanee Candy

Author Name:epictrout.com

Date: 06-10-2015

Short Desc:  What is your favorite snack… your guilty pleasure?  For me it used to be zingers.  Now that I am older it is a piece of toasted wheat bread with some Nutella.  For big browns, bulls and lakers it is the Kokanee salmon.  I am sure most of you have eaten Kokanee a time or two over the years.  They are mostly planktivorous filter feeders and usually have a nice pink meat and taste amazing.  For Mr. Brown Trout there is nothing better to snack on.  Kokanee have thin skin and tender bones and are easily digested compared to many other forage items.   Why is it then that we automatically start pounding the shoreline whenever we fish for browns when the Kokanee are in usually in deeper water?  It is because we have watched or read about others who pound the shorelines and this is the traditional way to catch big browns.  It is time to start thinking like a trout. The Kokanee is a landlocked version of the Sockeye salmon.  They usually average 9”-14” but can get to 20” and beyond.  The ones that we are particularly interested in are smaller, schooling size fish that brown trout can fit easily down their ...

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Put That Lure Away !

Author Name:epictrout.com

Date: 05-19-2015

Short Desc:   I have a few lures that will never touch the water again. I have permanently removed them from my tacklebox. What's wrong with these unlucky lures you ask?  Absolutely nothing. In fact, they are so good I put them away forever. My father started me fishing at an early age. We would walk along the shoreline of a few Sierra Nevada lakes all day long casting lures in hopes of catching dinner. We would leapfrog each other every 20 yards as we made our way around the lake.  Looking back we were a deadly fishing team. But there was one major flaw in our fishing system. We would snag the bottom and lose a lot of gear. Nowadays I fish out of a boat and if I snag up I simply turn the boat around and retrieve the lure. Sure there's a good chance that I spook every trophy trout heading back to my lure but with the price of custom lures these days sometimes it is worth it, sometimes its not. Getting back to the reason why I retire a lure that has worked so well for me after I have caught a trophy on it. Looking back my father ...

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