I'm going to be fishing for bass in the same water that I could also hook into a pike or muskie. What kind of leader and tippet will I need? I've never thrown flies for largemouth bass or fish with teeth.
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Rigging For Pike
Posted 10 July 2017 - 04:22 PM
The bass aren't an issue, I use straight 8-12 lb test Maxima Chameleon myself for both large and smallmouth bass. I have and old butt section of a leader I cut back to not much morre than a tag with a loop tied in and attach my straight mono to that. Bass aren't very line shy.
For the pike you might want to consider something like this or I suppose you could use this for both species:
John 7:38 ESV is about "Rivers of Living Water"
Posted 10 July 2017 - 10:00 PM
When I go up to Northern Ontario, I'm in the same situation. The lake's known for it's walleye and smallmouth but it does have a good population of pike. My main target with the fly rod is the smallmouth but the odds are at some point I'm going to run into a pike. Typical set up for my 6 wgt is.. For the floating line. A heavy thread furled leader with 5 or 6 feet of 25# fluorocarbon tippet. Intermediate line set up is a furled fluorocarbon leader that tapers to 40# and 5 or 6 feet of 25# fluorocarbon tippet and for the sinking line just a straight 6 foot 25# fluorocarbon leader. The time of year I go up is usually late July, early August and the odds of hooking a big pike aren't very good. Over the years the biggest pike I've landed on a fly rod is 28". I've had a few bite offs but not enough to switch to wire. One of the tricks that helps is I tie my streamers on hooks similar to the Partridge Predator in Dave G's post though I seldom tie larger than 2/0. The shanks are 2XL, sometimes 3XL which provides a bit of a bite guard. This is what one of my pike/bass streamers look like.
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Another possibility is to tie something similar to this where the fly is tied on the back of the hook leaving the shank to act as the bite protector.
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Posted 11 July 2017 - 04:45 PM
Although I rarely fish for pike any more what I like to use is a 12 inch nylon coated 20# wire leader hooked to my fly. I don't know anything about bass but pike a certainly not leader shy, and your casts rarely have to be that perfect. Then you could also use what Dave G suggested - a short section of 12# running line from your flyline. I generally would use an 8wt rod.