Wednesday, July 29, 2009


FYI, David Edwards of England has just posted a fine review of Toothy Critters Love Flies at his website: You can click on that to get a European slant on fly-fishing for pike. Two others, one in Finland and one in Scotland have also asked to de reviews. Apparently that are hungry for a down-to-earth tome on the subject. Some good information and some other fly patterns are on his blog.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Here's the fly. Missed uploading it on the last post.

Best Pike Fly

Here is a photo of my favorite pike fly. This is the same pattern that Ken took the 45" musky on, but his had a stinger hook, mounted point up, between feathers. This could have been a better picture, but basically, it's a 3/0 hook, a mylar tube body (add a rattle, if you wish), a red marabou pair of flared under wings, a white marabou pair of flared over wings, w/ crystal flash and flashabou toppings, 2" longer than the marabou. Large dumbbell eyes, finish it off. This one was tied w/a weedguard, but it's nearly as weedless if tied hook up, between the feathers.

Another good fly that I've recently had a lot of success with is the Flashabou Streamer. I hope to post that one soon, with a photo

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Canadian fishing

As you may know, it was the latest Spring in recorded history in northern Canada. Reindeer Lake still had some ice in late July...a real boon to flyfishers, since the lake trout are still in shallow water and may be available to fly-casters all season. Tate Island Lodge has reported several fish in the upper 40 inch range, the largest this season so far of 48". Like many other lodges, they are finding more and more interest in flyfishing for toothy critters.

Kesagami Lake Lodge (N.E. Ontario) reported a 50" pike taken in the 1st week on a fly. It's a shallow lake and fish are available to flycasters all season, as well as lots of walleyes. They are going to shoot a fly-fishing video next season.

Several northern lodges are considering doing a "fly-fishing for pike" week next season, too. Many are asking my imput on that new page for their web sites.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Nice musky

My friend, Ken Buzzi, just returned from 8 days on Lake of the Woods, Ontario, where he took a half-dozen musky. Ken is primarily a bait-caster, but he took this 45" beauty on my favorite red & white marabou streamer. Despite those who claim "stinger hooks" are unnecessarym Ken's fish exploded on the fly right at the boat and was securely hooked in the corner of the mouth...with a STINGER HOOK. As so often happens with spalshy strikes at the boat, the fish is often missed. The stinger did the job this time. Good job, Kenny. Ken also took several pike over 40" and a whopper smallie of nearly 21." Sadly, none were on flies, but he's bought the book and intends to fish flies harder next time.