Saturday, July 11, 2009

Early Pike Pickin on the Fly.....

I am a magazine junkie...well fly fishing magazines anyway. I won a while back a almost complete, missing maybe a handful" Flyfisherman Magazine" collection stemming back to 1970. Let me tell you there is some reading there. Being the pike lover that I am decided to do a little research starting from 1970 straight through to 1990. I was able to find a few small articles on pike and pike flies. the pike obviously being overshadowed by trout. I learned that alot of the guys who were targeting esox were doing so by way of oversized trout streamers and from their cousin the saltwater fly. Lefty Kreh, Joe Brooks and Dan Blanton were just a few names that stuck out as far as flies go. These guys were useing the Brook's Blonde, Lefty's devciever and Blanton's flashtail whistler. A few guys were also just makeing up hunks of fluff like easy marabou streamers in all the bright colors on long shank streamer hooks. It was also very neat to see the rods and reels they were useing. 9 and 10 weight rods like us but back in the day Pfueuger medalists reels and Martin reels were the state of the art "I was given a medalist reel" and have a handful of martin reels just for collection sake and not to forget Orvis. Rods of choice were Fenwicks and Shakespeare Cortland andOrvis. It was really neat looking through and seeing a rod in 1978 from cortland graphite for uder 30$ band new!!! Lines were being put out by cortland" 444 "series and berkley line co. A man by the name of Dave Engerbretson did a nice article on pike fly fishing in canada....stateing the guides there were not to sure that their giant pike could be landed on a fly rod...well 1st cast with a 5/0 deer hair mouse to the edge of a nice weed bed changed their mind as he landed a 15lb pike! This is a topic that I have only scratched the surface on and will be doing some more homework on this subject. I thought it was real neat to see the early pike guys at their best. I have tied a few patterns up that accompanied the pike articles so everyone can see the flies used....may even throw them on the next outing!! Also included a picture of the medalist reel...not the large arbor version but you get the idea. Enjoy and tight lines fellow fluff chuckers!!!!!!

1 comment:

  1. really good interesting article mate look forward to reading more