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Pike Fly Tying Basics


James

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Pike flies are a pretty simple affair really - you need to tink about them in two ways. If I want a fish to strike - I need to offer 1 of 2 stimulus.

 

1. Food

2. Agression

 

With pike - you are fortunate - since everything triggers an agressive response - including food.

 

Now - I saw the thing I do about Pike from observation. I love these fish. I've fished them on hard gear, hand-lined 40" pike on 4 lb ice line, and caught them on fly gear. I love these fish.

 

Some basics for tying pike flies:

 

1. Movement - Tie your flies to move in the water - that means using marabou, saddle feathers, long hackles, fishair, bucktail - long fibered materials.

 

2. Flashy - Get that sharks attention. Use crystal flash, salt water flashabou, bright colors.

 

3. Weight - Pike don't live on the surface - but they don't bottom feed specifically. Tie with enough weight to sink - but not plummet. You'll want to get down - but be able to predict (by say counting down ) how deep you're getting.

 

So. That said - a couple of started patterns:

 

The Hale Bopp by Ranger Bob: http://www.flyangler.ca/index.php?option=c...21076&Itemid=42

 

The Tarpike by Pacres: http://www.flyangler.ca/index.php?option=c...21009&Itemid=42

 

 

Watch for a new article at http://www.FlyAngler.ca about tying Pike Flies in the next few weeks! (We'll be kicking off our winter swap at that time)

 

 

About pike: http://flyangler.ca/index.php?option=com_c...id=85&Itemid=50

 

Fishing for shark: http://flyangler.ca/index.php?option=com_c...id=21&Itemid=31

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Hi James, "Pike on the Fly" by Barry Renolds & John Berryman is a good one to have if you're hooked on pike with flies. Then there's "Saltwater Flies: Over 700 of the Best" by Deke Meyer; any of the flies in this book will take pike. My preference pike flies utilise rabbit strips for durability and best swimming motion. Feathers tend to get chewed up after a few fish and need to be replaced while the rabbit hangs in there and takes the abuse that pike give a fly.

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Dito Flywing on the rabbit strips that also my favourite material for all my big flies. Action is unbelievable. I like a bunny style and the zonker style I'm doing a method right now that uses both style in the same fly. I also now use the zonker with some of the new long shaggy yarns with a bit of tri-lobel in it and seem to do will especially on Bulls. Scratch can vouch for that.

 

There quick & easy to tie.

 

Tight Lines Always

 

Dennis S :fishing::fish_jump:

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Dito Flywing on the rabbit strips that also my favourite material for all my big flies. Action is unbelievable. I like a  bunny style and the zonker style I'm doing a method right now that uses both style in the same fly. I also now use the zonker with some of the new long shaggy yarns with a bit of tri-lobel in it and seem to do will especially on Bulls. Scratch can vouch for that.

 

There quick & easy to tie.

 

Tight Lines Always

 

Dennis S :fishing:  :fish_jump:

I fished some bunny bugs yesterday, and clouser minnows in chartruese... and not a single take. Hale-Bopp accounted for more then 70% of the fish taken yesterday. Scratch even beat me on my own fly... and marabou is cheap too. I just started using tri-lobal (as metnioned) - and that's neat $tuff too.
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