Originally Posted by sbourdelais
thank man, i appreciate it. on the note of leader, im not to worried. i picked up a wire one at orvis the other day. as for deep water, i assume that means they'll be deep in it, so floating line wont cut it?
You are going to need more than one leader. They are hard on them. The cheapest way to do it is make your own. I buy bulk nylon coated steel leader (spool). I use a few knots making my Pike leaders. The Bimini twist, Albright, Blood knot, and perfection loop. How many of the knots do you know?
If there are no big shallow reefs in mid lake then no. You are going to need a sinking line for bigger pike. We have big reefs in one part of the lake here and you can go pull the bigger pike off the tops in mid summer. If there are not any then you need to be out in the main lake in a boat. It's not as easy to find them that way. I'll look for a lake map and see if I can figure out the best shot at bigger fish.
For future reference, if you want to get numbers and size, looking at where the lake you are going to is, the second and third week of April give or take a week or so (weather variables) is the best time. Look at the local regulations for there. Not all lakes are open for Pike that early. For instance here along the Canadian border where I live it is open but the rest of the state isn't. Also, when I say bigger fish I mean those in the 40" + zone.
As for flies I don't think there is a better pike fly than the Reynold's Pike fly. I have modified it from the original Barry Reynold version. He used a big thread head. I use 5 minute epoxy on the weed gaurd ( used mostly to keep the tail from wrapping the hook ) and instead of the big thread head I use heart beads from the craft store. It is a pretty bullet proof fly. It works so well I don't even think color matters.
Another really good fly is the Dahlberg Mega Diver. It's a great fly earlier in the year if you are looking for bigger fish, but the time of year you are going it would be better in smaller sizes along the edge of weed beds. You probably will get more modest size fish but your numbers will be better.
How much fly tying do you do?