Pyramid Lake - Guys Trip, February 2022
My group of angling buddies and I fished Pyramid Lake in 2020. The lake tested our patience, but also offered up a little love. Eager for redemption, I knew we had to return. Camron, Kevin, Derek, Richard and myself began planning in the fall.
Planning is half the fun of taking a big trip; purchasing new equipment, tying flies and imagining what the trip might bring. I must have tied another 50 chironomid patterns (chids), in preparation for the trip.
For whatever reason, Kevin did not have much success fishing with the indicators last time.
"I'm bringing my bobber game this year!" Kevin piped up one day on the group text message.
" 'Atta kid! Try not to go cross-eyed!" Camron chimed back.
"Got that bobber eye prepped and ready!" Kevin replied.
Our last trip was defined by sunny and calm weather, forcing us to fish deep rocks with indicators. Staring at a bobber all day on the water made all of us go a little crazy. For weeks after the trip, I would close my eyes and just see a small bobber sitting on glassy waters. Hours and hours of staring at the same thing can do that to a person. We hoped this year we'd get a little weather to mix things up a bit.
Just before the trip, a storm came through and the reports really began to get good. Derek and I looked at the weather and realized our "best" nasty, windy day was the first day of the trip. Not wanting to miss out on any action, we decided to pull an all-nighter and drive through the night, getting to the lake at sun-up. The other guys coming from Utah would arrive mid-day.
Our anticipation was high, making the drive a breeze. By 4:45 am, we were rigging up and getting ready for a day on the Ol' Salt Pond. Derek and my crazy plan to drive all night had been a good one because we immediately began catching fish.