Want to drive 1000 miles north, to be caught in potential snow storms, wear buffalo plaid and long johns, and eat fresh walleye and baked beans before stripping flies for 20lb pike? Welp, we know exactly where you should go; 1000 miles north of Montana to Saskatchewan. This is one of the most fun trips we go on, and some of us have been going to some of the same lakes since elementary school so we are very familiar with what you can expect. On the northern Saskatchewan lakes it is tale of 2 distinct goals; walleye and pike.
Looking to target new species and travel the world at the same time? We would like to help you live that story. North 40 Fly Shops offers hosted trips, and access to destination fly fishing to catch some of the coolest species on the planet. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get the ball rolling on your next trip.
Line: We recommend bringing a floating line to fish poppers and top water divers in the cattails and shallow weedy areas. However, we often use a sink tip line for most patterns. A lot of the shelves, and rocky banks have quick and deep cut offs, and the fly needs to get down quickly. .
Reels: To be really honest, the reel doesn’t have to be overly fancy for pike. Pike aren’t known for long blazing runs. The takes are aggressive and they can be strong but a reel with decent drag system will do fine. If you have to make a choice, spend more on the rod and line than on the reel for pike.
Leaders: There are a few options here. Most common is to take 20 lb test line for about 5-6 feet followed by wire bite tippet. However, check out Fred’s example of another amazing option here.
Flies: You have the opportunity to be creative here. Pike aren’t overly choosy. One of our favorites is a simple red/white bunny strip leech. However, a selection of top water poppers, gurglers, sliders, frogs are all good, as well as a big selection of baitfish patterns in colors like firetiger, chartreuse, red/white, etc.
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With my family and a few close friends, it's time to head back to my favorite lake for our annual (for the most part) pilgrimage 800 + miles north to Lake