Wednesday, December 28, 2011

VFG bucktails


Taking care of my stash......... Northern VT deer tails for pike and musky flies. Wash and dry....let sit.... wash and dry so on and so on. Era luandry detergent.....never seen whiter whites!!! It's a big learning curve and i'm new to the tail care but i'm learning. I also helps keep my mind on great patterns and the comming of spring. Right now it's blowing and freezing cold like 1 degree outside. Love my wood stove!!! Happy tying folks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas ...Henry Rollins style.

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From Pike Adventures..Merry Christmas to you all and have a safe and wonderful New Year!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A nice Letter from friend at P.A.


Hey Ken,

I have had some insane Pike Adventures over the years in Vermont & New York. Growing up spin fishing for them in Lake Champlain, Monkton Pond, Lake Hortonia, Bristol Pond, Lake Dunmore, Otter Creek and the Lemon Fair. On lures I landed several over the 40 inch mark. I never, ever fished for Trout like most of my friends. Hiking up steep terrain to catch 7 inch Brookies could not compare to the viscous attach a lunker Pike made on a 8 inch top-water wooden lure. However when I started to fly fish it made more sense, but I never, ever wanted to stop chasing pike.

Now I am searching for my first 40 inch Pike on a fly.

In 2011 I did get close to that mark twice. Two Master Class Pike stand out a 36" & 37" both landed on Otter Creek while wading and chucking huge flies. Both were massive and put my 10 foot Orvis 8wt. to the test. Landing them that big with out a net by yourself is a challenge. I moved a FEW that were bigger and just getting a miss or swirl gets my heart pumping!

I did help Jake Haigh land a 40 inch Pike this summer...

This was an epic Pike Adventure for sure & it ended with Jake holding up his first ever 4o inch Pike, his grin said it all! Jake is my girlfriend's cousin and we fish & golf a bunch. He only spin fishes, mostly top-water for Bass. We chase Pike & Bass in small ponds all over the state in my canoe. I use my fly rod and he chucks Rubber Frogs, Jitter Bugs & Hula poppers mostly.

So we were fishing that August afternoon on Otter Creek in my canoe and we had a few follows and strikes from good size ones. We each landed several small Pike and Smallmouths Bass. I had dug out some of my old Pike lures and brought them along. I tossed Jake a 8 inch stick-bait and after about 10 cast he got a hit that was insane. He was using a small rod maybe a 5 footer the reel spooled with 8lb test that he has not changed in years. Anyway it was a crazy battle. I beached the canoe, jumped out and was able to grab the Pike enough to get it out of the water. A random dude was hanging out and took the pic of both of us. Before this Pike Jake had never landed one much over 30inches!

A month later in this same spot I landed a 36 incher which was fat & at the time my biggest Pike ever on a fly rod. This time I was alone and wading. A few cast before I landed a 28 inch Pike that tore me up & jumped once. This was about a month after the FLOOD and the Creek was down for the first time. I was using a fly my buddy Charlie gave me he night before, called the "Fur Burger". He claimed to have landed over 75 Pike on that pattern so far this season!

Then a few days after an epic Steeelhead trip this November I was trying out some new Vermont Fly Guys flies and landed one a few pounds heavier and a full 37 inches! It is the meanest fish I have landed on a fly! It hit Brian's "Switch Hitter"! It fought as much as a 36 inch Coho I had caught 3 days before in the Salmon River in Ny!

One thing that will help me land my 40 incher next year in using bigger & badder flies! I am pumped to be using more of the Vermont Fly Guys patterns. They crush big fish!

Cheers Brian Cadoret


Cheers Brian! Great story and keep at it with a positive attitude. There's alot of know it alls out there that will tell ya this and that just keep at it handle with those pike care and youll be a ok!! Cheers .........Ken!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Little dude BIG flies.......




My son loves big flies. He loves pike becuase they have teeth. I can't argue with that one bit. He also loves to tie. My boy..............

Friday, December 16, 2011

Replica skull


crazy bad ass to the core. Tight Lines..................

Monday, December 12, 2011

"PIKE DUSTERS"


My original and still very deadly , easy casting pike fly. With a bit of classic flare and some flash this is a real tasty pike snack. The trick is bulk. There are 8full legth feathers tied in with 3 tip tied marabou fluffs with hollow tied flash and the head being topped with 3 large saddle hackles. Light weight and flashy makes this one of my go to patterns. It's fun to tie and every pike fly tier has these materials layin around. Enjoy and tight Lines!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

now that's BOLD!


check out this pike's color's those are some stand out markings. Not sure why some pike are like this. If anyone has any answers or ideas I would love to hear about it! Tight Lines and I hope you all are gettin out to toss some fluff!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Get the Blender!!!

Blending bucktail. It's not rocket science folks , just a simple trick to mix it up a bit. Enjoy and tight lines!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Buck Tail Love.



Prime northern VT bucktails. Alot of work but the end result pays in big time. Brian and I have a surplus of good tails boraxed and drying as well as some that just took the scrub and wash plunge. I use the wood stove in the kitchen to my favor to dry the buggers. I have a process which seems to work so far. From the skinning right through to the final scrub I think we got some good tying tails. White as ever and looking good!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

last ditch efforts.........



Saw some musky got a hook into 1. Congrats to buddy Kevin...fat little musky late in the season on an Ugly Betty. He says its s favorite style of fly. Thanks buddy! Oh how I love those pickerel , pike and musky.....mouth fulls o teeth...mmmmmmmmmm

Saturday, November 26, 2011

On the river............


Who's the looney tune??? Me! Just a still shot of the parting adventure for musky day. Time is tickin so I am out to toss some flies Sunday. Full reprt when I return folks. Tight Lines and sharp ass hooks!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

P.A.'s 2 thumbs up!!!


This time of year demands warmer clothing. Yup 30's and 40's with 50 degree days being a heat wave. It is also the best time to be out before ice up and catch that monster pike or musky on the fly. Well I love being out side anyway wether they are hittin flies or not. My one favorite piece of gear???? Carharrt heavy duty flannel. well priced, comfy as hell and looks pretty snazzy as well. Here's a link to the carharrt site. http://www.carhartt.com Jerimiah Johnson would kill to get his hands on these shirts. Tight Lines!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Louie Spray



Louie's record musky...man what a fish!!! Musky mean bad ass apex predators and alot of fun to chase whether you hook one or not. Just being around is enough for me. Tight Lines folks.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

POW!



"Duce Diablo" ya dig!!! Mr. MUSKY likes em.............

Monday, November 14, 2011

catch...photo ... RELEASE.


This past weekend yeiled a nice musky and a few follows. The 20 count down and slow strip method. Cool water temps and spittin snow. I love late fall in the north country....... Big Flies and angry fish. Keep your eyes peeled as my buddy Brian Price and I are takin on a side project of big flies and custom bucktails sure to please. Winter is long here and nothin beats having a side project to wittle away on while the snow piles up out side. We will keep ya posted.........

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Old Cal Johnson photo...


Alot of history there. That's a beast. I'll troll the net and see if I can find a Louie Spray picture...he was the musky man! Tight Lines.....

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A new additon to Pike Adventures.......


One on it's way and I am very excited to have it!!!!!! This is a handy little gem to get from here to there for sure. Check it out at Orvis . com.....
Tight Lines......get out and fish before the weather turns too bad...enjoy it while it lasts!!!!!!!!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Musky tossers............





Some things you just have to work at. Musky fly fishing is one of them. You may be lucky to nab one on a 1st outing but don't think for one second it's gonna happen again. Atleast it don't happen for me. I love the challange the time of year and every hard thing that comes along with it. When it all comes together ..well sweet victory! I had 2 hook ups and lost both and you know what....victory...I love being around those fish. Big flies ...good friends and good food....nothin better.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Take a bite !!


A little different veiw of a predator's make up. Nice set of dental work there!! Tight lines all!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Use The FORCE!




Dave asked me to tie and fish an all black subbbug just for him this weekend. With Yoda on my side I whipped up an 8 inch all black darth vader style subbbug. Look out toothies I've got the dark side of the force.......................

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pike Adventures...


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Many thanks Sara Palin...........you rock da vote! P.A.'s stamp of approval!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Fly Porn.......


Many thanks to F.B. buddy Earl Judd for sharing this pic of hard core fluff with me. Earl calls this beast "screamin sunrise". Nothin better than big ole natural on a hook for Mike. He was kind enough to offer me a few.... I'll be lookin forward to gettin those guys soaked. Cheers Earl! Fall bite is in full swing so get out and wet a line. Remember no matter where you are fall weather in the north country is very unpredictable at times so be safe when your out. Life jackets , cell phones and a note stating where you are fishing are a must. Tight Lines!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

E.P. aint so bad...


learn how to use the stuff and make some really kick ass pike and musky flies. Some say too much waste i say BAHHH HUMBUG learn how to use it. Tight Lines!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

pike art.........


Iv'e featured this before but I just love it. Bob White art is just great stuff ! Enjoy and tight Lines!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

PUCKER UP




Dinner is served. MIKE is fall hungary. As a personal request , MIKE asked for more subbugs...I can do that MIKE.. Tight Lines and sharp hooks!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Understanding fly lines


The basics on how different types of fly lines work on the water. The picture demonstrates it visually. There are alot of specialty lines like your pike and musky , bass bug, spey , dry fly and salty stuff to get lost with. I remember when I started out a simple level line 5wt was all I had. Then when I started throwing bigger streamers at trout I bought a brand new orvis wt forward 6wt line and I couldn't believe the difference. Anyway just a Little something to share with you all from Pike Adventures. Hope it helps. Tight Lines and sharp hooks!!!!!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Pike Porn





Thanks to good friend Jonny B. This was his latest catch from a local pond nice work buddy! Dave's been chasin em down from across the pond as well. Look at the teeth on those Scottish pike love it!!! Subbugs were the ticket and am not surprised. They should be in every piker's arsenal. Send some pics and I'll feature you here on P.A.!! Tight Lines folks!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Pike Art.......


Yum look at the chops on this man!!! Great art indeed!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Tossin Tips.....


Hammer Head pike flies. A mix of D diver's and the imfamous SUB BUG by pred head Dave Lindsay. Just a quick video on coating my fly with 5 min epoxy......... enjoy. I you want the step by step on how to tie this killer fly just post here and speak up i'll be glad to do it for you.">

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sunday Pike Art


Send me this post card please!!! Enjoy and tight lines.......

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Pike Adventures..........





Cooler temps shorter evenings and yep the sweet smell of a woodstove in the distance. My favorite time of year and the pike bite is pretty good too! Fat willing to eat pike eating big wads of feathers , fur and bucktail. A fly fisherman's best shot a fat fall pike. The smaller ones are eager as well so don't count them out as they fight like junk yard dogs. Lately I have been tossing snacks on the 10 inch and over side and with big bucktail heads with lots of flash to get some attention. Water clarity varies from spot to spot I fish so having plenty of flashy colors right down to natural or neutral colors helps. Don't be afraid to fish those odd colors as well as sometimes the strange and out of the ordinary color in a pike's world will cause them to eat and kill anything that seems strange or vulnerable. I try to think like a predator sometimes and it's the best game plan to start with. Here are some pictures of some recent outings. Big and small no matter the size they are all worthy when you love what you do "pike , pickerel and musky" all have a place in my heart! Tight Lines and keep safe on the water whether on foot or in the boat!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Thanks To Everyone!!!


To all who visit and bookmark my Pike Adventures blog. Thanks for the continued support and all the kind words. When I started this blog way back when I had never thought it was going to be as good as it has gotten. Iv'e met some great and interesting people along the way. So from the pike ranch here in VT a big ole US thumbs up and tight lines.....CHEERS!

Friday, September 16, 2011

E.P. vise......tasty!!!


Check this out from E.P. flies.

This looks like a sweet little rig. I enjoy tying with E.P. material. A bit pricey but when you learn to tie with it I think it pays for it's cost ten fold. Tight Lines and welcome fall time BOOOYAA!!!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Good Stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Rabitt one of my favorites for pike , pickerel and musky flies. The movement is unmatched in my opinion. Check out Spirit River's new line up. I picked up some magnum fire tiger zonker's yummmmyyy!!! http://spiritriver.net

Monday, September 5, 2011

Champlain Greats.....



The neighbor let me take a couple of pics of a pike he caught a few years back. Though I am sad to see it on the wall it goes to show there are some good sized pike out there. The rain is comming down and makes for a good day to be inside with the family. Stay dry and tight lines!!!!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Pike Art


A Man hole cover never looked sooo good!!!! More cities need to get on this band wagon!!!! Awesome work and very stunning!!! Your feet never had it so good!!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

"Tallywacker" 1 Esox 0!!



Lots of takes and a couple of pike stuck on the 9 inch flies. My son Kaiden with a nice ditch pickle on the fly!!! A nice musky was lost at the boat but thats how it goes!! With the hurricane looming I am hoping to get one evening out before the storm...will see. Tight Lines and good luck!!!