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Doug Busey, aka Mac-The_Naw

Hello, anglers. Well, I’m here to tell you about the eighth annual Pyramid Lake Fishing Derby, which will be on Nov. 8 and 9. This is a special derby. Benefits of this derby will go to Operation Game Thief and to help feed families in need over the holidays.

Entry fee is $65 per person. That will entitle you to a magnificent sit-down dinner Saturday night at the Hilton in Reno. (Past experience: A meal to die for).

Also, they are asking for nonperishable food items for donations. With every six items, you donate you will receive a drawing ticket which allows you the chance at some very special prizes. There is no limit on your donations. Last year, 5,600 pounds of food were raised. This year, they hope to raise even more.

This annual event is sponsored by Mike Freitas at Custom Boat and Marine in Reno, at 9300 S. Virginia St. First place is a 1997 16-foot Tracker boat motor and trailer. Second place is $500 and third place is $250. In addition, all three places will have their fish mounted free.

The derby will start on Nov. 9.

Special note: Preregistration is required. Only 500 entrants will be allowed, and you will be required to have a Pyramid fishing permit. You can obtain one at the Pyramid Lake store, 1.5 miles before you get to the lake, or at the Sierra Fly Shoppe in Carson City, at 200 W. John St.

Starting time is 6:15 a.m. at Sutcliff Marina and weigh-in starts at 2 p.m. and ends at 4. Only one fish may be weighed in and there is – and always has been – a special size limit: 16 to 19 inches or over 24 inches. This is to protect the spawners. Possession limit is only two; 2 each, 16-19 inches or one, 16-19 inches and one over 24 inches. Prizes will be awarded immediately after weigh-in, but you must register now before there is no room. Call Mike at Custom Boat and Marine at (702) 852-4535. Tell ’em you read it here, and I’ll see you there (next to my new boat).

Now I have a question. Recently, (Berkley) power bait company has gone to extremes. First, there was pink, then red, now green, sparkle blue, sparkle green, yellow and rainbow. I thought that was bad enough until an anonymous person left a present for me on the counter where I work. I saw red, pink, orange, yellowish and green salmon eggs and the label said, “Real salmon eggs.” I sure would like to see the salmon that lays green eggs. You show me and I’ll bring the ham.

Well, let’s see what’s going on in our own fishing waters:

South Lake Tahoe: Action has been productive in front of Edgewood Golf Course, drifting minnows for Mackinaw. Trolling by Baldwin Beach has been good for fair-sized rainbows and some browns, using rapalas, rainbow pattern. Some Macs also are in the same area, trolling blue/white rebels or rapalas. For more information, call George’s Fishing Trips at 544-2353.

Caples Lake: Weather is great. The wind has been cooperating and action is picking up. Recently Jeff Walter of Kirkwood caught a 5-pound German brown trolling a rainbow rapala. With the colder weather the lake is starting to turn. Shore anglers have been using crawlers or rainbow power bait (not eggs). Boaters have had good luck using small Kastmasters or rainbow pattern triple teazers. If you go and forget something, the general store is still open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for your sodas or boat rentals. Call them for more information at (209) 258-8888.

Carson River East-West Forks: Fishing fair for those who don’t mind a walk. Night crawlers or salmon eggs have been productive. For more information, call Geoff Beer at Trout Creek Flies in Round Hill Mall at 588-3310.

Indian Creek: Not turned yet. Fishing is slow, and beware of flying bullets. Hunting season is open. For more information, call The Sportsman at 542-FISH.

Heenan Lake: Catch-and-release only. Artificial lures or flies only (single) barbless hook, no gas motors and only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Best bet, large silver/blue fox spinners or black/gold panther martins. These are my favorite.

Topaz: Closed until Jan. 1, 1998.

Taylor Creek, Trout Creek, Upper Truckee (South Shore): Closed until July 1, 1998.

Now let’s see about our fly-fishing world.

Fall fly-fishing is in full swing! This is the time of the year when the browns are moving up the streams, as well as the brookies. They are getting ready for their annual spawning run. In some places they have already arrived and are bunched up in pairs over what they call spawning reds. These are places in the rivers or streams that look like they have been cleaned out. The fish will fan an area with their tails and create a spot to lay their eggs and hang over until they have been covered with gravel and can then begin to incubate. Approximately five to six weeks later the eggs will hatch and try to survive until spring when they will grow at a rapid pace and either be eaten by larger fish or survive to become another wild trout for the sportsmen to catch. If you see these reds in the rivers, please try to protect them so we can have more wild trout.

As for the places to fly-fish during the month of October, try the East Carson River, East Walker River, Truckee River and/or Martis Creek Reservoir. These are only a few of the great spots available at this wonderful time of year. On the Carson River you should fish with stimulators, Adams parachute, PMDs and Madam-X for the surface. For the subsurface, try the red squirrel nymph and a flashback hares ear. The Truckee will fish similar with similar flies. The East Walker River has been great with huge streamers and October caddis pupa for the subsurface and for the top try stimulators, baetis and elk hair caddis.

Martis Creek Reservoir is fishing quite well. The fish are cruising the shoreline and taking Martis midges and small palomino midges. This is a great way to fish along the shore. You can walk along and site-fish for the big cruisers. Just cast about 6 feet in front of them and hope for a take. If they do not see the fly, try a little twitch of about an inch or two to see if that will get the fish’s attention. Heenan Lake has been doing quite well fished with scuds, prince nymphs and caddis on the surface.

Don’t pull out the skis yet, the fishing is just heating up. For further information on these waters or any others in the area, give the boys at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters a call, or stop by the shop for a map of the best spots, at 3433 Lake Tahoe Blvd. (next to Timbercove Lodge) on U.S. Highway 50, or call 541-8208. Please remember to catch and release all of your wild trout.

I hope this helps to put you on fish. Before I go, a special thank you to Howard Zink of Mr. Roy Productions. Howard has donated all of the Mac-The-Naw Fishing the Sierras baseball caps. These hats are sold at Rudy’s Energy Works in South Tahoe for $5 each – a great Christmas gift. And now all proceeds go to Sawmill Pond Kids’ Fishing Day. For Douglas County residents, if you want a hat, call me at 541-3353. I’ll get one to you. And if you happen to be in Carson City at 329 Fairview, stop by and say thanks to Mr. Roy, or call him, at (800) 882-0666.

Now if you have a photo of your catch, drop it by the Tahoe Daily Tribune or the Record Courier in Gardnerville, Attention “Sports, Mac-The-Naw.” You could be in the Naw Hall of Fame.

Good fishin’!


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