Written by: Mike Lembke, Wollaston Lake Lodge
In the event you’re chucking the fitting flies, you may land large northerns on a fly rod.
Picture courtesy Wollaston Lake Lodge
During the last 25 years of chasing large pike with a fly rod, I’ve realized quite a bit about what makes these creatures tick. I spent the primary 9 of these years as a fishing consumer of my favourite place and now the final 16 as proprietor and operator, so I’ve spent hours buying and selling concepts with my guides, and others who go to, on what makes a very good pike fly. Our check labs are the waters of northern Saskatchewan, particularly at Wollaston Lake Lodge.
An important pike fly will need to have a number of key traits. First it should catch fish persistently all through the water column. It must be neutrally buoyant for essentially the most half, so you may park it proper in entrance of a pike’s face and make her take it. Subsequent, the fly must be powerful sufficient to not be destroyed by a number of fish and requiring a re-tie. That is one issue many could argue in opposition to. You received’t see numerous lovely feathers, marabou, hackle, and different pure supplies. Though flies made with these supplies definitely can catch fish, they only don’t’ final. The very last thing you need to occur is you miss out on a 46-inch pike as a result of the 36-incher you simply landed destroyed your fly. The checklist of flies under can stand up to the punishment.
So, after many hours of dialogue, trial and error in fly design, and destruction, we’ve give you our High 10 Flies for Northern Pike.[Click the name of each fly to be taken to a place to buy, a recipe, or a video.]
1. Chip’s Northern Magic
Designed by a pike information with 30 years’ expertise, Dwayne “Chip” Cromarty, this fly is the primary go-to sample of all flies we’ve tried. A easy bucktail collar and fish-hair physique make an unbelievable fly that has caught hundreds—sure, you learn that accurately, hundreds—of massive pike over 40 inches.
2. Chip’s Monster Magic
Years in growth and confirmed to maintain the little guys off, this fly is a continuation of the “Magic” collection by Chip Cromarty and has earned its place within the high ten by producing large pike. The sunshine materials and large profile are pleasant to each the fish and fisherman.
Three. Barry’s Baitfish 2.zero
This sample was launched to us years in the past by Barry Reynolds after which refined by us. This little man is lethal in clear-water conditions and is hard sufficient to face up to the punishment of a number of fish with out being changed.
four. Poor Man’s Whistler
Initially designed by Dan Blanton for saltwater use and now tailored for ours, the Whistler gives a barely deeper presentation. For these occasions these large pike are holding within the Three- to 5-feet-deep, this one delivers.
5. Pike Bunny
Consider it or not, pike maintain on the underside at occasions. We’ve seen them burying their head into the delicate backside to dig out small creatures and leeches for a snack. This bunny-fur sample mimics the swimming leech and rings the dinner bell for the typically torpid fish. Though it’s not at all times a pleasure to solid, it may be very efficient.
6. Phil’s Li’l Purple Dude
A easy variation of the EP tarpon streamers, this little fuzzball entices these finicky pike that aren’t on the lookout for a giant meal however can’t resist the temptation of a straightforward baitfish. Utilizing EP Fibers and a touch of flash, this baitfish sample is a fast five-minute tie.
This one is only a easy sample, with unbelievable motion and impartial buoyancy, that large pike love.
eight. Lefty’s Deceiver
The basic baitfish imitation will be tied in lots of sizes and colours.
Numerous topwater flies will be efficient. Making a splash and sound is the important thing to attracting the water wolf when they’re feeding on swimming prey. Frogs, mice, and geese all work.
10. Half and Half
When you could go deep, this fly is the ticket. Taking the most effective from Lefty’s Deceiver and Clouser’s Deep Minnow, the Half and Half gives a baitfish profile with a seductive jigging motion.
Mike Lembke is the proprietor and operator of Wollaston Lake Lodge in northern Saskatchewan.