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Northern Pike

Pike/Muskie leader questions
My buddies guide for big pike in northern Saskatchewan. Their leaders are 4' flexible mono, 2' of plastic wire connected with a Allbright knot. That figure 8 knot the bug on. I modify with a small hd
Mono Eyes
Eyes are always fun - or not, depending on whether you simply buy them - or make them (or paint them - then bake them the way I do with Wapsi's presentation lead eyes..)   A few years back I disc
Fly Tyer's Dungeon- Thoughts?
bass, pike musky with congo hair
Rivers to salt
Hi - I live and fish in New York state.. spring is trout in creeks, summer is smallmouth in rivers and lakes, and in the fall - salmon and steelhead in the tributaries. I mostly flyfish all the above,
February Flies from the Vise
Bimini,      Looks like a pike killer.
Musky Fly Swap 2018
I need storage ideas for all of my big flies, trout, pike and musky especially. What do you use at home and on the water?     Kevin
Trolling Flies
Anyone have any experience trolling flies? Have a trip booked for July to a fishing lodge in Northern Manitoba. I've been there the last few summers but this year I want to try fly fishing the majo
SGF article on the cold snap and snook
Good write up. We had a pretty big fish kill up our way, some places 100's of dead snook reported. On the other hand, these tended to be places that were traditionally out of snook's normal range befo
How much does a large muskie fly weigh when wet?
Here's my thoughts on two items that have come up. First ... practice weights.  I can only relate this to weapons training.  You always, and I mean ALWAYS train with heavier weights than you
Question about hens and rosters.
That big fl. green and white bug in the photo is actually a variant of one of my signature patterns with Umpqua Feather Merchants - it's the Tarpon Snake - and anglers world-wide have been catching fi
A Curmudgeon Moment
Beads, cones, Clousers and jig heads are all equivalent to me and they work, very well some times. So does a 5" Garden Hackle.   The state I used to live in said "fly fishing" had to be done with
January Flies from the Vise
free tail pike fly
What is in this body?
According to Feather Craft it's "Estaz-Metallique Long Fiber Crystal Chenille"  I use it for the body of some of my pike flies and Calcasieu Pig Boats.
Jig Swap
Let's do this. OK crappies are not that far away from grouping up in the warmer northern bays. For crappies it's first food, then sex, For me it's first food (fried crappie) then a nap.
IPone camera...
Fisherboy !!! Are you taking pictures of those in the wild or in an aquarium ???  I recognize the Tiger Salamander ... but is that other one  Red Eft (Newt)?   Great pictures, either w
best time of year to fish South FL
My brother and I are going to try to visit my sister in South FL next year to see her and her husband but more importantly fish for things we can't catch in northern CA. I have always wanted to go aft
South Ben Oren-O-Matic
I would submit that auto-winds are not necessarily Small-fish reels. When I was pre-school age my dear, departed Mother landed an 11 pound Northern Pike on a steel fly rod equipped with a red Martin
Paint for poppers?
I really like the Copic system.  It allows you to airbrush with a marker.  You will need to do a clearcoat over top once the marker fully dries.  Their "canned air" does get a little ex
Heads Up-Possible Great Deal on new Red-J-Vice #1065
All- FYI   Just found out the Ebay price on J-Vice, which I can strongly recommend, and will review on another thread soon, is currently priced at $450 in the auction.  This is a $700.00 + p
Tye v Tie
Probably should have gone with first thought- Walleye Pike, a mislabeled "Perch" - I like to hear them called "Ready to Serve" as the Perches, freshwater, are my favorite food fish, thus subject to Fi
Time to fix a stupid choice!
Paul,   I apologize for not welcoming you to the forum.  Did not notice it was your first post, which caused me undue excitement because of your mention of using high-quality vices in past a
Itís Popper Time again
Philly and Mike, thank you for the info. Good advice and insights, have several long Winter months here to work and experiment. Have lot of foams, propellers, balsa, basswood, tiny spin blades; even
Stonfo Dubbing Brush Machine
Has anyone ever used this? How did you like it? Would it work for making bigger dubbing brushes for bass and pike flies?
Flash blend bait fish brush
If your fly fishing for pike try pike trek.com dubbing brushes are not a lot of use for lures as they don't provide the life like movement that long fibres produce a better action I have been tying my
Stocker trout
In PA,I see the trout stocking program as primarily a money maker for the fish commission. A good portion buy their license right before opening day and maybe fish a handful of times the rest of the y
New to the forum
I still have love river trout fly fishing that got to expensive so I took up pike fly fishing and making my own pike flies as i did when I fly fished for trout if could choose one kind fly fishing it
AZTEC patterns?
I remember the aztec from an article I read when I was a kid, probably the late 70's or early 80's. I tied a few and they're pretty easy to tie, basically a yarn matuka. The ones I tied were out of wh
Can Someone Please ID This Insect?
One afternoon I seined the San Juan River in Northern New Mexico to try and determine what the fish were rising to. My sein trapped a very odd insect (seen below) besides a lot of (expected) midges. &
Late Summer / Early Autumn Dry and Nymph Swap
Lets try again.   As the northern hemisphere moves towards winter, I want you to think about your favourite late season patterns (typically for brown trout).   Some friends and I are heading
Feather Emporium - HEADS UP!!
Patriot, In no way did I think you were ranting. My comments come from my skeptical nature. Still, consider me warned. Opinions from established members of the forum are a good cut above those of co
New to the forum
Hi there ! Im a guy from sweden 36 years of age and a father of twins, boys. I have some nervedamage in my hands, love to fish for pike, but my condition prohibits me from fishing anything above a 7
Fall Au Sable pike
Spent Friday tying up some flies for pike, after six hours of non stop double haul casting the 10wt on the river Saturday I came home with a box full of chewed up pike flies and wire tippets bent into
November Flies from the Vise
That's a good article. I can see that 'jumping' action working well for zander and pike too.
Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout...
I was trying to make it easier to place the hackle consistently at an angle that would create bulk, so I made a cone with braided tubing, like I have seen in other pike flies. I could have tied it hid
You Tube is not what is not what it used to.
And I will admit to one video that is too funny to pass over. You U.S guys may struggle with some of the dialect, she's from Sheffield in Northern England but Kays Good Cooking is something you have t
Tenkara is just for little fish...
Looks like his backcast could use some work, though. LOL  Yeah ... his whole fishing style is a bit ... hectic.  And that lure he's got tied on ???   But definitely proves the rod
Everglades backcountry, 21-23 October
In general the waters in that area are still quite high (the hurricane, more than a month ago now left so much water on the ground that it's still draining back down toward the south..).  Once co
Show Us Your Tube Flies
I love tube flies.     Kevin   [attachment=64515:16177757_1884823108470196_4641168687954465326_o.jpg]   [attachment=64516:My olive tube.jpg]   [attachment=64517:My pike t
Danvise
The state size 28 to 2/0, have a friend that has done 30's    Mine has securely held 6/0 Orvis 13KE Pike Hooks.
Spray for neoprene waders to make them easier to put on?
Does anyone know of a spray or powder to make neoprene waders easier to put on and take off?  WD-40?    Kidding, of course.  Or has someone already tried this?????   My old Or
Super Cheap DYI Dubbing:
I looked at places close to me - northern NM - and didnt really find much in useful colors. I couldnt sleep last night so I Googled paracord. There is a place, I swear, called paracord planet that sel
Veevus 50 Denier - Amazing thread
@planettrout   I found your website very interesting and entertaining.  I did a quick search to see if you have ever fished our San Juan River here in Northern New Mexico.  I did not se
Start thinking Christmas Swap
Hey vicrider,       I do not see where I am on the list.  Please add me as I will be tying some articulated streamers for the larger type fish  that can be used
Jo-Ann Fabrics Haul
I've been tying a lot of midge larva, pupa and adults for my up coming trip to the San Juan river in Northern New Mexico.  But, I ran out of the Larva Lace that I had been using.  A look aro
Need some info on this Sage rod
@Rocco @Dave G. @Capt Bob LeMay @flytire @spiralspey   A big "Thank You!!" to all of you who have responded to my query.   I feel that I owe all of you a bit of history on myself, so for the
Strip Rattle and Roll
If you have ever fished for bass, you know that in most instances, a rattle helps attract them.  They are also attracted big baits.  Things that push lots of water.  I created this fly
Found a great source for Miyuki 3.4mm Fringe Seed beads
@Tom Cummings   What did you mean when you wrote, "...so I buy the beads made for us now."?   My info came from the Autumn 2017 issue of Fly Tyer. On page 38 is an article by Hans van K
Couple days on the Au Sable
I guess we always want what we don't have, but any place where you can go from trout to smb, to lmb, to walleye, to pike is fantastic in my book.
Hi from Central Ohio
I'm new to the forum but have been trout and bass fishing for 60 plus years.  I seem to be enjoying trout fishing and tying trout flys more these days.  Joined a trout club in northern Ohio
tiny fly questions
My preferred trout water is the San Juan river in Northern New Mexico.  From past experience most mayflies are typically a size #20 or #22.  Midges, which is the predominate fish food, range
Hello from Nova Scotia, Canada
Not that I ever caught in Nova Scotia. I'm sure there i, but probably in small number due to fishing pressure and invasive species. I know northern Ontario, northern Quebec, and Labrador do.
Thousands of 10-pound Atlantic salmon were accidentally released
blah blah blah.    Turns out even the ecosystem-destroying northern snakehead is having next to no quantifiable impact in the waterways it is inhabiting- tidal reaches of the Potomac, e
Fishable and Fanciful
Here are some things I've come up with this year.   [attachment=63922:2017-01-Finished.png] [attachment=63923:2017-01-Finished2.png] [attachment=63924:2017-01-Finished3.png] Three cupped Wapsi Po
Clouser Pattern Bluegill
I concur with Mike that the clouser is not  a good fly to imitate a wide body bait fish.  Most of the lakes I've fished for pike have good populations of yellow perch.   Two choices a n
Spike fly
Here are the materials for "Spike".   Hook: Mustad 3366 Size 2 Body: Spun and clipped natural deer hair Hackle: one or two natural red or black rooster palmered Legs: 4 or six white rubber  
Any float-tubers out there?
Years ago, like almos 50, St. Paul MN experienced a huge influx of Hmong refugees. There were several nice little lakes around us and most had a full walking path around them. I used to take my belly
The value of the roll cast
Dave,   I rarely sleep through the night. A grumbling fridge or restless dogs having rabbit chasing dreams are enough to wake me and its hard to get back under.  A wild party might be an int
U.P. Trip Report (photo heavy)
Great trip, great narration, great photos!   I lived in Marquette for five years and loved it! Have fished and hunted much of the UP too.  In short, God's Country.  Not much is written
I'm Back !!!!!
Flats roamer I don't believe we've met but it is nice to meet you.  I primarily fish for trout in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. I am going to Wisconsin in early september to see my sis
YouTube video links
I really like the videos by Hedronic and Flytying.eu. Their by a Danish fellow who does a great job and ties really nice flies, from smallish bugs to huge pike flies
Senyo's Laser Dub & Fly Tyers Dungeon?
I've seen a number of your vids, nice work. As for me I'm planning on using this stuff for heads on big Galloup/Schmidt streamers that call for wool or Laser dub. Thanks again! Well I have a video o
Humphreys reel
I have one of the Humphrey reels and it is sure odd with the line coming out a hole in the side. I fished exactly as you're saying utyer but I used the old Shakespeare Silver Bullet, I think it was mo
Synthetic Baitfish Material
I know everybody has their favorites, but what do you think is the best synthetic bait fish material? I'll need it to tie bass and pike flies. Thanks for your opinion.
howdy all
Just a fish pic I wanted to share of a 47lb king on my 9 weight back a few years ago. ) caught char, grayling, rainbows, dollys, pike and 2 hangovers on that trip,  also 11 mosquito bites in
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