Monday, May 18, 2009

Chain Pickerel....Esox-Niger

When I started pike adventures I was with the idea of just northern pike. Silly me, the whole esox clan deserves our respect! I want to share a little info with everyone on chain pickerel, which I have been haveing alot of fun flyfishing for. They have a very aggresive nature which makes up for the size . A big pickerel is going to be a most 5lbs.....that is a good one! The ones we have been getting into are around the 3lb rage and if you have a place that just holds pickerel a light flyrod...maybe a 6wt would be a ton of fun. I have been getting them on a 8wt and they are no slouches with lots of jumps and thrashes! I did a little research and will share a few facts of this awesome fish.... They are the only member of the esox clan that have fully scaled cheeks and gill plates. Their color ranges from green to olive green and yellow areas broken up by brown which is why they are called chain pickerel because they look like chain links. They have a creamy white under belly as well. On average I learned that pick's have a life span of 9years and they reach adulthood at 5. In spring when the water reaches the mid 40degree mark they hit the shallows for the spawn. When in the spawn they lay strings of eggs to weeds, sticks and even rocks. When the spawn is complete they leave with no atempt to protect the eggs......dog eat dog world I geuss or survival of the the fittest! They prefer a variety of food leeches, baitfish, crayfish, dragonfly larva, salamanders and frogs.......pretty much anything is fair game, like our pike flies!! I have to admitt I have a new found respect for pickerel and hope you get a chance to try for them. They are a awesome fish with a bad attitude,the last few we caught were very agressive with hits on our flies right by the boat. I have a pond not to far from my house that has just a population of pickerel and largemouth bass. I will be makeing a trip over that way soon and will keep you all posted on the pickerel adventure.................

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Lake Carmi

I am lucky to have a place like this in my back yard. I have a five minute drive for some good pike flyfishing. I have to say that the last 2 nights have been very good to me. Each pike I have caught reminds me of why I fly fish for pike! Big or small I love'm. Water temps have been in the 56-60 degree range and air temos in the low to mid 60's. Lake Carmi has a surface area of 1375acres and is the 4th largest natural lake intirely within Vermont,and has a max depth of 40ft. The last 2 nights I have had a chance to get out and flyfish but what is been real good is that when I get home from work I can putter around the house because the pike fishing seems to be the best from 6:30pm-8:15pm. Most of my pike have taken purple and black,perch colors,rabbit strip bunny bugs in yellow,black,orange and chartruse. I also had the great experience of landing a 3rd cast 8lb snot rocket which once hooked bolted to deeper water. After a quick tussle and a couple of pics I noticed the tail end of what was a small pike about 12inches......fricken awesome I thought! Maybe we should tie some pike colored pike flies! Any way enjoyed the evening and am very happy to say that I love the switch to 60-80lb mono...the best thing I have done! Would also like to thank my friends Simon Graham, DaveLindsay and Dave Edwards for the fantastic flies reports and friend ship be sure to check their sites out if you don't your'e missin out!!!!!!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

lake Champlain Pike

overcast skies, 73 degrees and hungry pike made for a nice morning out! Played hide and seek with the pike and got a few before the rain hit! Nice pickerel caught, some largemouth bass and some very nice pike. Lots of black flies which also reminds us spring is here! Most of our fish were caught on black,purple, silver,and perch seemed to be a real winner. Water temps were in the 56 degree range and most fish hit in the weeds in about 4feet of water some real explosive hits! Like I said got caught short on the fishing due to rain but the next big adventure is soon around the corner..............