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Old 05-21-2012, 12:01 AM
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Ran into a large muskie holding in a creek above a reservoir. (Check out the link to a video I took of the fish) It seemed to be feeding on the surface, but it would not take the dry fly I presented. I did get it to take a Wooly Bugger, but it snapped my line immediately.

Any tips on tackle and/or techniques needed to land a large river muskie?

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You have to get a pike/musky leader, something like Cortlands toothy critters. it is a braided steel leader. They are still knot-able. And when you do land it make sure to have something to grab it with other than fingers. They have a mouth full of nasty teeth and will shred a thumb instantly. Other than that good luck!

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Hard to tell by the video if it was a muskie or pike. The color tends to make me think it's a pike. Either way all the above still applies.
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Have no idea by the video what that fish is. But I do know one thing he is having a feast! He keeps on sticking his head into the flow and all that food that's tumbling down is going down his throat. You should be able to throw anything at a fish that actively feeding and get a strike!
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[/COLOR]Hard to tell by the video if it was a muskie or pike. The color tends to make me think it's a pike. Either way all the above still applies.

I know its hard to see on the video, but the fish had very defined stripes on its' side that made me think Tiger Muskie. Do Pikes have similar markings?
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I have a pretty good idea of where you were, and there are only tiger muskies in that res, no pike.
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Joe,

Tyger Leader is a great product for toothy fish. The leader has a thin layer of clear plastic. You simply twist the stainless steel braid 5 times, heat the end with a lighter, and you have a knot that will not break.

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Vanish is correct, only Tiger musky in there. I just read they were introduced to control the sucker population.
If you guys ever want to meet up and do some exploring around there let me know (ie, if you know where we are talking about!)
You'll most likely catch a bunch of these up there.
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You'll most likely catch a bunch of these up there.

Wait... that looks an awful lot like the growler I caught today:
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They must be cousins!

This area does demand thorough exploration. Is it possible to hike from the inlet (aka Muskie Country) to where the the river meets the road? If so, this is grounds for a meetup for sure. Having cars a point a and point b sure beats the hell out of hitch hiking.

Just to get the juices flowing, here are a couple other pics of some fish I landed in the area this morning.

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I went to the inlet this evening. No musky sighting (dude, I am seriously jealous!), but I did have the inlet all to myself for a few hours. Managed to hook a big bow in the river, but never landed it. Little stocker trout were slapping at streamers, but not with much success.
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Wait... that looks an awful lot like the growler I caught today:
Click the image to open in full size.
They must be cousins!

This area does demand thorough exploration. Is it possible to hike from the inlet (aka Muskie Country) to where the the river meets the road? If so, this is grounds for a meetup for sure. Having cars a point a and point b sure beats the hell out of hitch hiking.

Just to get the juices flowing, here are a couple other pics of some fish I landed in the area this morning.

Click the image to open in full size.

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I will drive up from AZ to fish to the musky, while you fish the trout. HAHAHA! And then I will assist in shuttling ppl back and forth......Musky is next on my list of fish!
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