Our Stillwater guru, Phil Rowley, sits down with Nico Sunseri of Pyramid Fly Co. to take us to Pyramid Lake fly fishing. Nico shares his extensive knowledge of the area and gives us insight into the unique fishing techniques that work best on this North American Stillwater.

We hear about the history of the extinct-but-not-so-extinct Pilot Peak strain Lahontan Cutthroat. We also hear about Phil’s time fishing the waters of Pyramid Lake.

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Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing Show Notes with Nico Sunseri

01:51 – Phil went Pyramid Lake fly fishing earlier this year with Nico Sunseri and the Pyramid Fly Co. crew. A few things changed since his last visit to this North American stillwater in 2011.

02:24 – Nico also runs the BearFish Alliance Podcast, where Phil has shared his stillwater experiences as a guest several times.

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07:32 – Nico grew up in San Dimas, where Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure was filmed. He is relatively new to fly fishing but has been an avid spin angler since he was a kid and used to fish at the Puddington Reservoir.

12:05 – Pyramid Lake is located 40 miles northeast of Reno, Nevada. It is home to Summit and Pilot Peak strains Lahontan Cutthroat.

The Pilot Peak strain was the original strain at Pyramid Lake and was thought to be extinct in 1943 due to overfishing.

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Photo via https://www.pyramidflyco.com/

Other species in the Pyramid Lake

  1. Ancient Cui-ui
  2. Tui Chub
  3. Sacramento Perch
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Photo via https://www.pyramidflyco.com/about-pyramid-lake

28:56 – Nico talks about the different techniques you can try when fishing Pyramid Lake.

35:57 – He walks us through his setup with a switch rod.

46:09 – Nico also talks about using ladder chairs at Pyramid Lake.


51:40 –  March is the most popular month to hit the Pyramid Lakes waters.

55:38 – Nico tells us about the Pyramid Fly Co and how he and Capt. Robert Hagerty partnered up. He also talks about the team of experienced guides like Morgan Kane, Trevor Herring, and Cole Hildahl.

1:00:36—Nico discusses the wide range of services offered by Pyramid Fly Co., details the delicious food they serve, and the different accommodation packages they offer.

1:11:57 – Pyramid Fly Co. can also be found on YouTube, where viewers can catch some exciting fly fishing action on Pyramid Lake.

You can connect with Nico on Instagram @pyramidflyco

Facebook at Pyramid Fly Co.

Visit their website at Pyramid Fly Co.

Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing Videos Noted in the Show

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Littoral Zone #1 with Phil Rowley – Finding Fish on Stillwaters, Fly Fishing Tips and Tricks

Littoral Zone #2 with Phil Rowley and Brian Chan – Stillwater Fly Fishing Tips and Tricks


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Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing Conclusion with Nico Sunseri

It was a pleasure hearing from Nico Sunseri about the Pyramid Fly Co. and his experiences at Pyramid Lake. Phil’s adventure provided great insight into the changes in the area over the years.



  1. Love the Littoral Zone! Having fished Pyramid Lake a few times already everything Nico said reinforced what I have been slowly learning and provided even more knowledge that I wasn’t aware of.