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Old 03-11-2010, 06:04 PM
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Default Need advice from experienced Pike Fisher

Will poppers work with pike in the early spring after first ice thaw. If not what works well?

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Early spring the Pike will be shallow, and you can often sight fish them. If you drop anything right in front of them and move it they will most likely hit it. As far as flies go, the two best are the Reynold's Pike Fly, and the Dahlberg Mega Diver. The latter being as close to a popper as I toss at 'em. I used to tie them with one color heads, which work fine but I'm getting fancier in my old age. Have you ever tied leaders for Pike fishing?

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The other good fly. (Not that these are the only ones that work)
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Default Re: Need advice from experienced Pike Fisher

Poppers will work for pike. Ask any bass fly-fisher who has lost several to toothy critters. However, like Diver Dan, I prefer deerhair divers, popularized by Dave Dalhberg, and Dan's examples are good ones. I've usually done best with Charthruse, whie or black, and I prefer long artifical fiber tail (like Fish Hair or Harabou) to bunny strips because the shed water more easily and therefore are less work to cast. That's how Dalhberg originally designed them. The should also have weed guards, especially if the fish are in pickerel weeds, as is often the case in shallow bays.

Like Dan said, you need a good leader. TygerWire or American Leader Wire offer very thin stranded stainless steel material (25 - 30# test is good) that is knotable and keeps those toothy guys from cutting you off.

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The only way I will fish for Pike is up in the shallows, where the weed beds will be and then later when they have regrown. I fish them in less than 3' of water, more often in less than 2. Good luck!
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deerhair divers, popularized by Dave Dalhberg,

artifical fiber tail (like Fish Hair or Harabou) to bunny strips because the shed water more easily and therefore are less work to cast. That's how Dalhberg originally designed them.
That's Larry Dahlberg, and the originals were tied with "Big Fly Fiber" but Larry now prefers Rabbit for tails because the action is better. If you have a hard time casting Rabbit, you have to small a rod or need to eat more Wheaties.
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Dan,

That has got to be the coolest, punk rocking, psycadyllic, boogie bug diving Dahlberg I've ever seen in my life.

I'm copying that one to my album and telling my buddies not to come down here for tapon without a half dozen EXACTLY like it.

That'll drive em nuts.

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Dan,

That has got to be the coolest, punk rocking, psycadyllic, boogie bug diving Dahlberg I've ever seen in my life.

I'm copying that one to my album and telling my buddies not to come down here for tapon without a half dozen EXACTLY like it.

That'll drive em nuts.

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I've been having fun with Deer hair. Check out this one I did with Icelandic Sheep for a tail.

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Dan,

If you ever set down to tie more of the punk rockers or blue sheep, I'd like to buy a couple of each tied on a 3/0.

I'd like to give them a try late May early June at night on an outgoing tide for tarpon.

Send me a PM if you're interested.

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Thanks for the advice everyone
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