JD's R & W (Pike fly)
Here's a pattern submitted by Frenchcreek for the pike swap.
Hook: Wide gape, 1/0 or 2/0
Thread: 3/0 or stronger monocord, black or red
Tail: White rabbit strip 3/16 to 1/4 inch wide, straight cut
Body: White rabbit strip wound around the hook
Flash: 6 to 10 stands of Krystal flash, white/pearl over pink/red
Head: Red rabbit strip, 3/16 to 1/4 inch wide (cross cut is preferable), wound around the hook
1. Wrap the entire hook shank with the thread front to rear.
2. Get a white rabbit strip about 4 1/2 inches long, split the hair leaving a front tag of about 1 1/2 inches long and tie the "tail" portion of the strip onto the hook at the bend. Make 3 to 5 solid wraps, making sure to "form" the strip around the hook shank. Wind the thread to about 1/4 inch back of the hook eye. The tail should be about 3 to 3 1/2 inches long.
3. Wind the remaining 1 1/2 inch tag of white rabbit strip around the hook shank towards the front, stop about 1/4 inch from the hook eye, pull the fur backwards on each wrap to avoid clumping and create overlapping fur. Tie this down and trim off any excess, this usually gives 3 to 4 wraps.
4. Tie in the Krystal flash on top of the fly, don't use too much because it always gets stuck in the pike's teeth...
5. Tie in the red rabbit strip. Wrap 2 to 3 turns of the cross cut strip and split the fur to tie off. Cut the remaining portion of the strip off.
6. Whip finish and lacquer the head.
This fly is a creation of my good fishing buddy with some refinements from me, it imitates a wounded whitefish, I think?..Pike really like this one slow in lakes. Fish it very slowly, dry line in water up to 8 feet deep, sink tip (short sink tip=5 feet of type 4 sink rate) in deeper water up to 15 feet. Use a 10 to 12 inch long wire tippet tied onto a 6 to 8 foot piece of 12 or 14 pound mono line. Let the fly sink so that it rests on the bottom or near the bottom, make very short jerky strips (3 to 5 inches) until you retrieve most of your line. The take is often subtle if the fly is far away, and can be violent as you slowly raise the fly line and fly to get your next cast away. This approach seems to get bigger fish rather than small ones. In rivers, use a sink tip line and "swing" the fly erratically by making short violent strips and then upstream mends to cause the fly to change direction.
Hooks are debarbed because pike will fight real hard and build up lactic acid really fast. Quick releases are important...use a 9 wt rod so that you can bring the fish in quickly to a "cradle" rather than a nylon net. Barbless + cradle = your fingers stay away from the mouth of these toothy critters and it is easy to turn the hook over for the release.
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