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Some Pike Flies
Posted 12 April 2008 - 07:33 PM
What do you guys think of these? Will they catch pike? I was doing some experimenting with spinner flies yesterday and today. I try to make these pretty large because it seems with pike that big is good. I'd be glad to hear any suggestions/comments on the flies of just pike fishing in general. I can't wait to do it for the first time!
Posted 12 April 2008 - 07:39 PM
Owner- Steve Clark
Posted 12 April 2008 - 07:42 PM
Posted 12 April 2008 - 07:58 PM
Posted 13 April 2008 - 12:10 AM
Thanks guys! The stinger is connected with a heavy wire leader so it should hold up. I'm interested to see how the spinners look in the water. They seem like they'd do the trick! When should I start fishing pike here in Michigan?
Dude those look great. The spinners will work great. I've been casting pike flies with spinner blades for several years, and I'm really pleased with how they work. When should you start fishing? NOW! They're already catching them on Lake St. Clair. I don't know if inland lakes are open, but I know LSC is. Check the regs and get out there!!!
Here's some of mine; even though some guys don't consider them to really be flies since we use blades! I had one guy tell me my flies are illegal on "fly only" water. Maybe, but they're not trout flies fished in fly only areas, so until muskie lakes go fly only, I'm set! Don't sweat them; they're just snobs!
Posted 13 April 2008 - 06:50 AM
Posted 13 April 2008 - 05:06 PM
I've got some safety pin spinners as well. It looks like you used the ones you use to clip onto a jig head. Those will work well. But they're too small for what I use. I take bottom bouncing frames, melt off the lead weight with a torch, and use the left over frame and swivel for my flies. I'll get some pics up later tonight.
But those look really good. Make some practice casts before you take them out.....just to save the frustration of figuring it out while there's fish in front of you!
Posted 13 April 2008 - 06:33 PM
Posted 14 April 2008 - 01:45 AM
And from time to time I use buzzbait blades too! Better not let any of the nay-sayers see these; their head will explode!
Posted 14 April 2008 - 05:56 AM
Posted 14 April 2008 - 07:22 AM
Reason I ask is that spinner baits and buzz baits have a heavy (often lead-headed) lure behind the blade to anchor it, the water resistance moves the buzzer or the blade, because it is anchored. A light fly does not seem capable of doing this...but maybe it could if its water resistance was greater than that of the blade.
Have you guys leaded up the fly to create this effect? Are there only certain materials that will do it?
Posted 14 April 2008 - 12:24 PM
And I'm talking up to size 6, but most often sizes 4 and 5. I don't know how double 10's would work, as in a conventional muskie bucktail. I know there's a "start-up" with blades that large.
Posted 14 April 2008 - 12:33 PM
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Posted 14 April 2008 - 12:33 PM
They work well for LMB and Crappies, and your versions will no doubt work for pike.
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Posted 14 April 2008 - 02:00 PM
Another thing that helps is that Colorado blades generate more lift than do Indiana or willow leaf blades, and this helps keep the fly upright, as the blade helps pull the fly upright. I like Colorado blades for their heavier "thump," and wider spin, but I do use the occasional Indiana or willow leaf if the situation dictates.
I cast these fairly easily with 9 wt specialty lines, but they cast with ease on a 10 or 11. Alot of guys don't like to swing a rod like that all day long, but that's because alot people tend to muscle a cast on a heavy line, or bigger rod. The more efficient your cast, the less you have to work.