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Default Re: First attempts Pike/Bass flies

It's about 5" long. I do versions with BigFly Fiber that are longer. I have only had one really big Pike bust off, and I did it intentionally. We had a flood up here back about 10 years or so ago. The only way you could tell where my dock was at, was by the log jam stuck on it. I had a serious bruiser on and I could not get it to turn away from the jam. It went in and I could not back it back out. I couldn't leave the Pike with a long bit of leader stuck in there so I got at the best angle I could to bust it off as close to the fish as possible. It bummed me out but stuff like that happens with big fish.

One of the reasons I don't have THEM bust me off is that I double check every knot. I don't go small on leader line. They are not a line shy species, and most importantly, I set my drag with a good scale and then don't monkey with it.

Oh, I lied. I had a really big one bust me off on a sunken hunk of wood a few years back. That one was in the mid to upper 40" zone. A 46" fish here will go arounds 30lbs. I got a really pretty Pike on video and if you listen to the guy filming it, he asks "Is it as big as the one that got off?" and I say, "No it doesn't feel like that one" and it didn't. This was a nice fish but nothing like the one I lost on the sunken wood. That one peeled me out to backing with me running after it down the shore. Amazing fish. Here's the video. Listen to my buddy.

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Wow that was a tank sorry to keep picking your brain here but for leader material do you use heavy mono or steel wire?


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