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Saturday October 26th, 2014

I'm prepping for a 3-day pike adventure next week. In this case, prepping mainly means tying flies.

The gear is ready: Three 8-wt rods, reels with a selection of shooting heads, and a couple of new WF-lines to try out - Rio's Pike and SA's Magnum and Titan Taper. I haven't used WF-lines for pike for at long time, but now's the time to try some of the new breed. A good friend is very satisfied with Rio's Pike, so we'll see.

I've been tying pike flies all this year, just one or two flies before each trip, since I somehow managed to loose a box full of huge pike flies. I've no idea where it went - probably on the bottom of a lake some where, dropped out of the side pocket of my float tube, or maybe forgotten, and hopefully found by someone, on a parking lot.

Most of my pike fishing is in lakes, and the general experience is that the bigger the fly, the bigger the pike. And so, I use quite big flies! But next week's trip is for brackish pike, and I have it on good authority that huge flies aren't necessary, and sometimes even counter productive. And even though casting and fishing huge tube flies is good fun, I don't mind if I can get away with something smaller.

Patterns are relatively simple. A favourite colour combinations is white and red, and lots of flash. Another is black with some contrast (red or chartreuse is cool). Above mentioned good authority also tells me that in brackish water, brown is a good colour. So I've been tying some brown flies too.

Pike are funny creatures. They are the one fish I know to true switch on/switch off fish. Many times we've been fishing 3-4 people on the same lake, not catching anything for hours, and then all of a sudden, everyone will be into pike within the same 5 minutes. It's intriguing how they all seem to switch on, and even more intriguing what causes them to do so!

Huge flies aside, one trick that sometimes will pick up and pike or two during periods of inactivity is using smaller and/or more imitative flies. If I go for imitations, either a roach or a perch imitation is a good choice, but I also need to tie some pike imitations. Big pike certainly don't mind eating smaller pike.

So there are still some flies to be tied today and the next few days, before I head south east for some brackish pike. I really look forward to it!

Have a great weekend!


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