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02-21-2002 08:05 AM
Dble Haul Thanks Adrian, I look forward to seeing the flies. As for trying them out, I've been doing some pretty serious research on the pike fishing around here and can say that they come into the shallows and tributaries when the water temps are between 42-48 degrees. Since the temperature of the CT River is already a balmy ( ) 39 degrees, I'd think that the fish could be moving in by early to mid March. I'm going to make some scouting trips with a buddy and see, and I'll keep you posted.
02-20-2002 10:55 PM
Adrian Mark, mailed the flies out today so should make the deadline by a whisker I will email recipe/tying notes separately.

Now, when can we get out and try em?
01-31-2002 03:32 PM
Dble Haul Adrian- I can confirm Esox Lucius' partiality to anything that can fit into his or her mouth. If it's alive, it's fair game.

Looking forward to seeing the flies.
01-31-2002 02:30 PM
DFix What's to say Esox Lucius is partial to any one thing? - if it's smaller cousin is any indication, crayfish is a staple dietary component.

Damn, I wanna go fishing ! :eyecrazy:
01-31-2002 01:54 PM
Adrian Wow, Feb 1st tommorow, better get my skates on!

Someone said that pike like to eat crayfish. I recall seeing some casting lures which had a crayfish look to them and I have a pattern in mind which could be adapted.

Before I get carried away though, I thought I would ask - can anyone confirm Esox Lucius partiality to the crayfish?
01-21-2002 11:29 PM
Done Deal !

Flies on the way..
Flying to you I hope...
01-21-2002 04:30 PM
Roop Don't forget the MEISTER FLY!!

Thanks Mark!

01-21-2002 11:56 AM
Dble Haul Okay guys, it looks like as of today (Jan 21st) we have a good number for the swap:


Six people minus one (don't need to send a fly to yourself) = 5 flies apiece.

1. Please send your flies in a container that can be used to return other swap flies to you.

2. Please include packing and sufficient return postage for the return of the swap flies.

3. Please include the recipe for your fly and any special notes you'd like to share.

4. Please indicate whether or not you would need help with imaging prior to putting the fly into the archive. If necessary, a picture can be taken and e-mailed to you to go along with your entry.

Thanks, and I'll send all of you my mailing address in short order.
01-15-2002 02:47 PM
Dble Haul As of today, the following have signed up for the swap:


Lefty- Although you jumped into the pike talk here, you never indicated if you wanted to be in the swap. Let me know if you're interested. I'll keep it open until Monday the 21st.

Since nobody has groaned about the end of February as a due date for the flies, lets keep it there. I'll give my mailing info next week.
01-11-2002 06:20 AM
Roop Note to self:

No skinny dipping when I visit Calgary this season!
01-11-2002 12:33 AM
Piker Flies

I'll swap some patterns.
P.S. you don't need to go to the Yukon or Alaska or up to the great white north for pikers....
I have some in my backyard pool...., we just call them slough sharks....
01-10-2002 06:45 PM
Dble Haul Adrian, I'm gonna go out on a limb and assume that pike flies that work elsewhere would be successful in our neck of the woods. Some of the more successful patterns are crossovers from saltwater: red and white seaducers, decievers, whistlers, etc. And then there's the Dahlberg series of flies, which are his diver series (rabbit strip diver, mega diver, diving bug). Some of these patterns are 6 to 7" long, tied on 3/0 hooks. And yes, frog and mouse patterns can be quite successful at the right time.

It seems that successful pike flies don't have to necessarily imitate anything specific in nature. Rather, they play upon the pike's predatory instincts by appearing to be weak and reacting to the predator's prescence. A vulnerable and easy meal.....usually something bright and flashy that stands out.

It's almost as much fun to talk about as it is to do.
01-10-2002 03:49 PM
Adrian Mark, a pike fishing trip sounds interesting - never targetted them deliberately but used to catch a lot of jacks early season on reservoirs whilst nymphing for trout back in the UK. They were pretty keen on a size 10 gold ribbed hairs ear but I'm thinking that we would be targetting bigger quarry...

What sort of patterns are favorite in this part of the world (Central CT)?

Presumably baitfish representations - any specific species to immitate, realistic sizes etc?

I've also heard of and seen examples of life-size replicas of mice, frogs etc...

Count me in!
01-10-2002 03:27 PM
Lefty Wasn't confused. The one you speak of is the boat house where one rents canoes, paddles around while your lady friend drags here toes in the lilly filled waters, twirling her white umbrella, while you recite verses of Thoreau and Emerson.
Down river in Billerica are the damn Bass fishermen. The ramp I was thinking of was off of rte. 4. But I heard of another one. I might take a ride out there tommorrow at lunch and look it over. Like I always say: the next best thing to fishing is talking about fishing.
I'd be willing to do it just for the bass. Any pike would be gravy.

01-10-2002 02:28 PM
John Desjardins Sorry to confuse you Lefty. The marina/boat dealer I was thinking of is where rt 62 crosses the Concord river, just south of the center of Concord.
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