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  1. Default Re: Pike and Muskie Rods/flies

    I can honestly say that I have been fly fishing Pike my whole fly fishing life. First fish I caught on the long rod and still my fav to persue. I use a 9 wt outfit to cast the flies I use and also use it to land the fish a quickly as possible. I make my own leaders using 6 ft. of 17 lb. Trilene XL and 2 ft. of Mason Nylostrand wire. I start by putting a double surgeons loop in one end of the mono. Next I use an Albright knot to attach my wire to the mono and finally a figure 8 knot to attach my fly. I do use a lot of different flies but here are a couple of pics of my favorites.






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    Default Re: Pike and Muskie Rods/flies

    I have a question now regarding how to work flies in a river/creek setting for pike. How do you work flies in a stream for pike? What structure should I look for?

  3. Default Re: Pike and Muskie Rods/flies

    Pike in rivers are usually in backwaters, sloughs and eddies. They don't like a lot of current, so the retrieve is very similar to lakes. If you see fish or know where they will be, and there is a bit of current, cast above them, across and slightly up stream and work the fly through the area. You'll figure out what works on the spot. Good luck.

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    Hi MikeG!

    I agree with PikeFlyGuy! Get a #10 rod (medium fast), or a fast action #9 that can cast a #10 pike taper.

    Itīs not the size of the pike, itīs the size of the flies! You can cast big flies with a # 8 rod, but youīll have to put in som more work!

    / Christer

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    Just adding...
    If you are going to fish without a guide, learn to hand-land the pike, if yo get the right grip in th gill, the fish will open its mouth enough for you to play dentist with the 9 inch forceps I strongly recommend you to buy!
    / Christer

  6. Default Re: Pike and Muskie Rods/flies

    I would be interested in your book when you get it done. I'm moving to a place where they have large Muskies and, never having even seen one, need all the information I can get.

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    Default Re: Pike and Muskie Rods/flies

    For Muskie would a 9' 9wt fly rod using a reel that has 10wt line on, is that suffice for muskie fly fishing?

  8. Default Re: Pike and Muskie Rods/flies

    That outfit would do. Caught tons of Muskie on the 9 wt. I have. The best so far is 44 inches. Wish I had a pic of that one.

  9. Default Re: Pike and Muskie Rods/flies

    Awesome looking flies and nice pike DarkCahill. I have never fishing for pike or musky anywhere although I'm going to start fishing for musky this year on a fly rod. Both of those flies look like they would be great in a river.

  10. Default Re: Pike and Muskie Rods/flies

    Both of those flies have caught numerous Pike and Musky. The Weedman's Slider, bottom pic, in black is my most productive pattern. If you do it in a brown and yellow you will have my second best producing Musky fly. I hope you get one.

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