13 comments


  • Good piece Silja, thanks for sharing. I find that if you time the momentum of the transistion perfect. The rod will do all the work for you, especially with a heavy pike fly. Like you adviced, I do tend to overline. My favorite ‘go-to’ pike line is a Barrio GT90 I, uplined one number.

    January 09, 2014
    • Stuart

      Hi Sieger, my “goto” Pike line is an AirFlo Sniper 😎 , like other “modern” lines it is heavy and has looooots of mass. Just right for launching those big flies. I must admit I have never tried one of Mike’s lines – I will give one a try this winter.

      January 09, 2014
    • I’ll give the Airflo Sniper a try. Good cold weather line?

      January 09, 2014
    • bff

      Jeroen (I got it right this time 🙂 ) – I have only ever used the Sniper under normal winter conditions I don’t know what it is like when it gets really cold. I might get the opportunity IF it gets cold this winter

      January 09, 2014
  • Hi Stuart, cheers for that, but it is Jeroen, not Sieger 😉

    January 09, 2014
    • Haha What’s in a name…. 🙂

      But a really nice chapter again Silja… Thanks for sharing!

      Cheers,

      Sieger

      January 09, 2014
      • silja

        I am sorry about that and…why keep knowledge for yourself. It’s a pleasure:-)

        January 09, 2014
    • bff

      @ Jeroen Ooops sorry about that …
      @ Sieger – it just goes to show I think about you all the time 😉

      January 09, 2014
  • great, simple and sweet advice, Sil !
    hope to meet up soon, hugs !
    marc

    January 09, 2014
    • silja

      Merci my friend:-) A bientot:-D

      January 09, 2014
  • Mads

    The skagit line on a short twohander or switch rod Can do the job as well – and with very little effort!

    Mads

    January 11, 2014
    • Stuart

      Totally agree with you Mads – I have also done quite a lot of Pike Fishing with a switch rod but that will be the subject of a future article.

      Thanks for your reply, have a great weekend.

      January 11, 2014
  • Jari Koski

    Great article Silja!! I’m a big pike fan. Spend about 70 days on the water last year after pike. The new heavy and short lines make casting monster flies a breeze. My favorite lines are the Airflo Sniper and Vision Big Daddy lines. They both work very well in cold temperatures and make life easy for a pike fisherman. I especially liked the tip about not using power with big flies. If your line has enough mass to turn over big flies, I’ve found that the best way to cast that set up is with a very relaxed stroke. 12h a day a week in a row – no problem if your gear is rigged properly.

    January 12, 2014

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