When I was younger, I used to fish for pike with one and only one fly , an over-sized white bucktail streamer with a silver-ribbed body. It worked well enough and my rationale was that the pike were going to rip my fly apart anyhow, so why bother putting too much effort into it.
Well, times have changed. These days I tie bigger, fancier offerings. They need to stand out, move water, hover, undulate and look like a full course meal.Somewhere along the line, I started enjoying this type of tying too.
My flies are workmanlike -- easy to tie, impressionistic, effective -- but there are others on the Internet who take tying pike and muskie flies to something approaching art.
The best part of this is that it is an indication pike and muskie are getting the respect they deserve as a fly rod fish.
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