Lake Ontario report.... - Fly Fishing Forum
Warmwater flyfishing Bass, pike and even muskies in your backyard

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05-03-2004, 04:55 PM
Dble Haul's Avatar
Dble Haul Dble Haul is offline
Fly chucker
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: New England
Posts: 3,674
Thumbs up Lake Ontario report....

My friend Bert and I have returned from three full days of fishing the backwaters of Lake Ontario for pike. It was a great trip, one that lived up to our expectations.

The weather was the big wildcard for the weekend...one day we were in shorts, the next day we were in warm jackets and got poured on. But the fishing was steady, with many, many pike caught in the 22-26 inch range and several over 30 inches. We also ran across a few clusters of pre-spawn smallies who had no reservations about whacking our pike flies....oh, and Bert landed a four pound largemouth that hit in about 6 inches of water.

The best flies were those that combined both movement and flash; if it had one without the other, it just wouldn't get attention. Another thing worth noting is that on the first two days when the weather was fairly warm and stable, we caught more of the medium sized fish and fewer of the big girls. However, on the third day when the cold front moved in, we caught nothing but fish over 30 inches.

Here's a few pictures....

Me with one of many nice pike on one of the warm days...


Here's Bert with one of many pike as the cold front started to come through...


And finally, here's the biggest fish of the trip, caught by yours truly as the storm with the cold front finally arrived in force...


All in all, I think that I could go again.
__________________
Mark
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old 05-03-2004, 05:19 PM
juro's Avatar
juro juro is offline
Coast2coast Flyfishaholic
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Steelhead country|striper coast|bonefish belt
Posts: 20,591
Thumbs up

Good stuff! Pike on the fly look like a blast, I'll have to try that action soon.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3  
Old 05-03-2004, 08:03 PM
flyjkol's Avatar
flyjkol flyjkol is offline
tubin' for a bruisin'
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Posts: 224
Send a message via AIM to flyjkol
Jeesh Dble Haul, your getting me excited for my Minnesota trip!

Great looking toothy critters! Keep up the pike slaying !!!
__________________
Singing Reels,
Jared
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4  
Old 05-03-2004, 10:02 PM
Adrian's Avatar
Adrian Adrian is offline
Flats Rat
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Connecticut/New England
Posts: 2,952
Great report Mark!
__________________
When sight fishing, look over your shoulder from time to time, you never know who's behind you
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5  
Old 05-03-2004, 10:52 PM
flyfisha1's Avatar
flyfisha1 flyfisha1 is offline
Marine Scientist
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: NYC, South Jersey, Eastern PA
Posts: 1,080
Now that's what I'm talking about! Nice fish!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6  
Old 05-03-2004, 11:35 PM
doogue's Avatar
doogue doogue is offline
Wanna be striper bum
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Manchester, NH
Posts: 646
Mark,

Do you mind posting a photo of the go to fly that you were using?

I have heard of some pike action here in NH and I was hoping that you could give me a visual in terms of flies to try.

I need confidence to shoot for the fish of 1000 casts.

Great photos!

Thanks,

Mike
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #7  
Old 05-04-2004, 08:26 AM
Dble Haul's Avatar
Dble Haul Dble Haul is offline
Fly chucker
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: New England
Posts: 3,674
doogue-

For what it's worth, the best fly of the trip was without doubt a white Page Rogers big-eye baitfish, size 2/0 and 4 to 5 inches long and with plenty of flash. Being a Northeastern saltwater fisherman, I'm gonna assume that you're familiar with the pattern. If not, I can point you in the direction of an image (alas, my remaining patterns are chewed up almost beyond recognition). I've often brought salt water boxes with me when pike fishing because of the crossover appeal, and very often they have been the answer.

A few other flies that worked fairly well were Adrian's daredevle flatwing, and Frenchcreek's Yakka-Pikka fly, both of which are in the archives. Unfortunately, the featherbrains that I tied didn't do welll at all. I think this is because they have the flash on the inside. I'll tie some up with more flash on the outside for further evaluation in Alberta next month.

Also, muskie are the fish of 1000 casts....pike can be had much more easily. If you can throw 50 or 60 feet of line and consistently hit structure with that distance, you can get them. Look for structure with close access to deeper water; if you find structure in shallow water, or deeper water without structure, your chances aren't as good as having the two together.

Let me know if you need more info regarding the flies.
__________________
Mark
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #8  
Old 05-04-2004, 08:53 AM
John Desjardins John Desjardins is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Central MA
Posts: 1,839
Sounds like a great trip.
__________________
John Desjardins
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #9  
Old 05-04-2004, 09:46 PM
robow7 robow7 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Illinois
Posts: 25
I'm as green as those pike with envy. Great job.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #10  
Old 05-05-2004, 08:16 AM
BigDave BigDave is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: northeast salt chuck
Posts: 1,401
Awesome! Were you using wire or just heavy floro? Great pics...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #11  
Old 05-05-2004, 08:21 AM
Dble Haul's Avatar
Dble Haul Dble Haul is offline
Fly chucker
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: New England
Posts: 3,674
After the lengthy discussion we had here a while back about pike leaders, I decided to try heavy fluorocarbon (50 lb test). All fish hit the flies using this shock tippet, including both species of bass. The water was quite clear in some spots and we didn't want to deter any leader-shy fish by using wire.

An interesting observation was that the smaller pike did more damage to the leaders than the larger fish. We had to retie after every one or two small pike, but hardly ever after a fish of greather than 30 inches.
__________________
Mark
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #12  
Old 05-09-2004, 11:37 AM
Quentin's Avatar
Quentin Quentin is offline
_
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Berkshire County, MA
Posts: 1,520
Great report! Sounds like you guys had an awesome trip.

Interesting info about the line damage too. Guess I should pick up some 50lb fluoro for all those sub 30" fish in the Housy :hehe: .

Q
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Fly Fishing Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
N. Lake Ontario trib's blown... Henry Great Lakes Steelhead & Salmon 1 02-18-2005 07:19 AM
Recomendations for Ontario Brook & Lake Trout Stillwater Flies/Techniques chard Worldwide Flyfishing Discussion 0 10-24-2004 04:39 PM
Lake Champlain Bass report dewey Warmwater flyfishing 2 08-18-2004 04:24 PM
Ontario Tribs Report BigDave Great Lakes Steelhead & Salmon 75 12-23-2002 05:54 AM
Lake Ontario Browns? Geoff Great Lakes Steelhead & Salmon 3 10-05-2002 12:25 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:52 AM.



Copyright Flyfishingforum.com (All Rights Reserved)