I am new(ish) to fly fishing, and have decided that I need to take an old obsession (Pike Fishing) and pair it with the new craze. So I picked up some heavy weight rods, some sinking line, and I am trying to get ready to really get after some warm water predators.
This is where YOU come in!!!
I'm looking for advice on tying up large flys intended for large Esox species (30"+ Pike, 40"+ Musky) I am typically tying on 1/0 to 5/0 hooks and throwing with 9 or 10wt rods
I've banged out a couple of flys that I like, but would love to hear some feedback / advice on a few things specifically;
• Tips or techniques that others find work well to reduce weight while still providing a large profile
• Recommendations on hooks for larger toothy critters
• Reliable leader setups that include or integrate wire bite leads
• Tricks for casting a 9"+ "Wet Mop"
• Anything else that you feel would be good for someone specifically targeting Esox
If nothing else, let me see the biggest flys you've tied!!!
Tight Lines from the land of 10,000 Lakes!