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David Bisnett

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Flyfishing for Pike Leader formula and rigup
« on: June 12, 2018, 01:51:22 PM »
Hey Guys;

Goin back home to the St. Lawrence River to do some flyfishing for Pike, first time I ever targeted them on a fly rod ! Anyway, I was wondering if anyone knows a good leader formula and rigup system for them.  As you know, they are big, strong and have very sharp teeth! Im planning on using a wire leader to attach my flies to but Im wondering leader length and size more than anything . Thanks 😊

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Re: Flyfishing for Pike Leader formula and rigup
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2018, 10:58:20 AM »
I have been using Rio wire bite with good success this year so far.
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Re: Flyfishing for Pike Leader formula and rigup
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2018, 07:42:25 AM »
If they're spooky, 

Full fluoro - 6-8 feet 60lb-40lb-20lb-60lb

If they're not,
Stock rio toothy critter leaders are great.

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Re: Flyfishing for Pike Leader formula and rigup
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2018, 11:00:19 AM »
I fish Northern Pike frequently and mostly in the spring and fall for the larger hens. At this time of year in many our our local waters in Alberta and Saskatchewan you can frequently come across twenty pound fish with attitude. They are very aggressive and can destroy leaders and flies easily. For my leader design I use a loop to loop section of 80 or 60 pound Triline big game that is 5 feet long. This rolls over any good sized fly in the 4-13 inch range. At the bottom loop we add one of two tippet type sections they are: 40 pound mono of 2 feet with a loop connector and a double uni knot on the bottom to a trace wire. This trace wire is from Michaels craft store. It is called Beadalon, is a 7 strand 24 pound test wire that is knot-able. Cheap at 5.95 per spool.  Here on the tip we run a double Davey Knot to the hook. The second tippet section we build for spookier Pike is  with 3 feet of 60  pound mono/fluorocarbon with a loop connector on one end and a blood knot connection to 24 inches of 40 pound fluorocarbon. Very few pike ever break a 40 pound tippet section.

All tis is cast on a 10'-7 weight or a 9'-8 weight single handed rod. Never a casting problem in the ten plus years we have been using this leader system. It is simple easy to make and more importantly versatile to easily change out tippet types and well worn/torn tippet sections.
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