When you're gone for a few days into the wilds of Nevada you can get into places where Internet service is spotty at best and local weather temps hover at 29 degrees...oh and fly fishing from a ladder in the middle of Pyramid Lake will net you 10lb Cutthroat Trout.
This is where I have been, and yes I was chest deep in freezing waters, in a snowstorm, with about 15 other braves souls pitching weighted sink tips into the deep - searching for fly fishing's top trout this time of year.
The squadrons of white pelicans flying through the snow storms we encountered did not seem to mind one bit.
Of course I was not alone.
This annual fly fishing hajj to Pyramid Lake always begins with a call from Steve Blair. The phone call begins with, "dude the fish report is amazing and the weather is clearing up." You have a choice to believe one of two things about this particular statement, as for me I tend to believe in "the fish report" as some of the wildest weather I have ever fished in has been on Pyramid Lake.
It did not disappoint, and neither did the fish. I landed three quite respectable fish over the past few days, drank copious amounts of Pyramid Ale and basically took a few days off from work, phones, media, to cast, reflect, and enjoy the wilder side of life.
You sometimes have to disconnect to appreciate and gain perspective on things. That's what I came away with this week. Now, it's on to a flight to Nag's Head North Carolina...work you know.
Patric Douglas CEO
Westslope Cutthroat Trout illustration copyright Joseph R. Tomelleri