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Old 07-23-2009, 02:52 PM
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Here are a couple of Pike streamers I have been fishing this year.
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Old 07-23-2009, 03:20 PM
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Gar: Nice looking streamers! I have never fished for pike, but I can imagine it is a lot of fun hooking one of those toothy monsters.

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Old 07-23-2009, 05:35 PM
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Those are awesome flies, Great ties, How are they working out for you on the Pike???
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Old 07-23-2009, 08:58 PM
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As well as any thing else. The rivers have yet to go below flooding this year and are continually dirty. I think the larger size helps the fish to find them in the muck. The are actually pretty light to cast and hold very little water. The epoxy heads are pretty small so they run in the top 6 inches of water.
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How do they hold up to the fishes teeth? I've stuck to rabbit strips for my pike streamers for a while. Thanks for the photos, they're giving me ideas for my own streamers!

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Nice streamers,why do you use short hooks Gar?
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Unfortunately they only take a few fish before they are pretty chewed up. But I will change after one good hit if it messes up the fly. I am a fly tying phobic and have boxes of flies at home. I never see the point of using a bad fly.

Alll my streamers are tied on gamaktsu circle hooks or bait hooks with large gaps and short shanks. The heavy wire hook adds weight to the bottom to help the fly keel straight in teh water but not to add extra unneeded wiehgt, because I dont want these to sink anymore than they do. I fish rivers and they get hung up badly on the bottom. I dont like fish guards. The short shank also gets close to eliminating this much material getting wrapped around the hook bend while casting. I flyfish because I like the dynamics of casting not because it is more efficient that my bait caster and I like throwing a full line whether it is needed or not. Long shanked fly are more likely to foul and its one of the few things that gets my goat while on the water.
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Unfortunately they only take a few fish before they are pretty chewed up. But I will change after one good hit if it messes up the fly. I am a fly tying phobic and have boxes of flies at home. I never see the point of using a bad fly.

Alll my streamers are tied on gamaktsu circle hooks or bait hooks with large gaps and short shanks. The heavy wire hook adds weight to the bottom to help the fly keel straight in teh water but not to add extra unneeded wiehgt, because I dont want these to sink anymore than they do. I fish rivers and they get hung up badly on the bottom. I dont like fish guards. The short shank also gets close to eliminating this much material getting wrapped around the hook bend while casting. I flyfish because I like the dynamics of casting not because it is more efficient that my bait caster and I like throwing a full line whether it is needed or not. Long shanked fly are more likely to foul and its one of the few things that gets my goat while on the water.
Gar: Good explanation, I was also wondering about the short hook shanks. thanks.

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Ever try them on muskies??????????
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Default Re: Pike streamers

Nice looking flies there Gar. Like glassrodder, I pretty much stick to the rabbit strip streamers (Reynold's pike fly). I changed the way I do the head though. I started using heart beads from the craft store instead of the big thread head. It covers the thread making the whole fly tooth proof. I almost always kill the fly with a backcast or some equally stupid move before fish wreck them. I'd post a picture but they still haven't fixed the attach function yet.

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