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    One for Moosekid

    Finally got around to taking the kayak down from the rafters for my first trip for pikes last evening. Temperature was pleasant with little wind and the sky was still a bit overcast. Water levels are a bit low and the turbidity was rather high with a subsurface visibility of probably less than two feet.

    In the Big Fat Gnarly Swap I received an extra ditty pike streamer tied by Mooseladdy. My goal last evening was to test out that fly and see if I could take a toothy critter on that creation.
    Fishing was a little slow but I did manage to roll two fish and land one on this offering. The fish was not a giant, but a respectable 33-34" that gave a nice jump and a couple of drag taking runs.

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    Some observations I can make on this fly are as follows.
    The fly lost material after the first fish, which would indicate to me that the materials were not secured as well as they should have been. On pike flies the materials need to be tightly wrapped along with the use of plenty of Zap-a-gap on each wrapped section.
    This particular fly was not neutrally buoyant, but rather nose heavy. It did not lend itself to a strip and pause retrieve, as it would not side kick at the pause but would sink nose first more like a jig.
    It did however work very nicely with a tip down, double hand retrieve. The trailing flashabou had some good movement when retrieved in this method. By the way, this is the retrieve that brought on the three strikes.
    One last point I would like to make for Moose when tying these. When tying in that tailing flash, do not have the tail cut square. Before tying in the material, tease out some of the fibers to make the tail uneven, this will create a better profile and will keep the material from matting together. I took a scissor to this fly to taper the tail as can be seen in the following photo.
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    It's a good looking and working fly if used properly and could be better with a few tweaks.

    Thanks for the fly Moose, the pikes seem to like it too.

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    Re: One for Moosekid

    AKA don't participate in swaps with moosey.


    Kidding - nice lookin fish and cool of you to product test and provide feedback on it.


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    Re: One for Moosekid

    Yea, he did have more excuses than a 5th grader.

    The reason I critiqued his fly was because he said he was headed back home this summer to fish for pikes. I just wanted to give him some feedback before he tied anything for his trip.

    On last criticism would be that he used craft fur like a zonker strip. Bad idea because I had a mother f'r of a time getting the fly out of the fish. The backing on the craft fur is like one half of a Velcro strip with the teeth on the fish. He would do better to either use a natural zonker strip or just tie in long natural hair (which I prefer to keep the fly light when wet).

    Moose, are you gettin' this laddie?


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    Re: One for Moosekid

    Rusty told me flyfishing for Pike are for people who cant fly fish for trout? Not wanting to make trouble i am just interested if he is correct? Is so, that is ok we still love and accept you anyway.

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    Re: One for Moosekid

    Quote Originally Posted by WBDluver View Post
    Rusty told me flyfishing for Pike are for people who cant fly fish for trout?
    No. People that don't fly fish for pikes are just pussies that are afraid of getting their hands bloodied up. So if A=B, and B=C, then A=C=Rusty must be a pussy.

    Besides I do pretty ok in the trout department, be it above or below the water line.


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    Re: One for Moosekid

    Quote Originally Posted by FIN-ITE 34 View Post
    No. People that don't fly fish for pikes are just pussies that are afraid of getting their hands bloodied up. So if A=B, and B=C, then A=C=Rusty must be a pussy.

    Besides I do pretty ok in the trout department, be it above or below the water line.
    I fished for pikes when I was a kid. Then I grew up and became a man. Not it's 100% dry fly for huge, wild trout or die.


    And I agree on using real rabbit zonker strips. Pikes have big teeth. Best they not get intertwined in your flies.

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    Re: One for Moosekid

    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty Spinner View Post
    I fished for pikes when I was a kid. Then I grew up and became a man. Not it's 100% dry fly for huge, wild trout or die.


    And I agree on using real rabbit zonker strips. Pikes have big teeth. Best they not get intertwined in your flies.

    I took the snobbery to a new level this weekend and did the 100% dry fly for huge wild trout on BAMBOO. Finally learned how to cast this damn thing and will admit the feel of the fish in the butt of the rod is very cool. I was also impressed with how well bamboo protects tippet. You can set the hook pretty hard even on 6x.


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    Re: One for Moosekid

    Silk line?


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    Re: One for Moosekid

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    Silk line?
    Let's not push it!

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    Re: One for Moosekid

    Quote Originally Posted by flyI4 View Post
    I took the snobbery to a new level this weekend and did the 100% dry fly for huge wild trout on BAMBOO. Finally learned how to cast this damn thing and will admit the feel of the fish in the butt of the rod is very cool. I was also impressed with how well bamboo protects tippet. You can set the hook pretty hard even on 6x.
    Next time lose the Buff and wear some tweed, will you?

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    Re: One for Moosekid

    Quote Originally Posted by flyI4 View Post
    I took the snobbery to a new level this weekend
    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty Spinner View Post
    Next time lose the Buff and wear some tweed, will you?
    That would be the NEXT level Rusty.


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    Re: One for Moosekid

    So what you're saying is that both of my flies caught fish?????

    It wasn't craft fur, it was a Magnum Bunny Strip. The magnums are what the fish is imagining when her eyes are closed, and your puny little fly is in her mouth .

    I only used the magnums for the olive strip that rests along the top. The barred orange stuff is cross-cut and has the thinner backing. Still a good tip though, and I'll keep it in mind.

    I actually just got back from Minnesota, but I only spent an afternoon Pike fishing and I used mice exclusively (and only caught dink bass).

    I flew back for a hex hatch on a particular river that is actually more of a swamp. Hit it just right, put up big numbers and got one pretty large trout (for that particular river).... I'll post some pics for all seven of you.

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