It’s just about mid-April, which means less than a month away from opening day of fishing season in Southern Saskatchewan. For me, early season means chasing hungry pike in the shallows. Outdoor Canada recently had an article on the topic. You read their 3 Unbeatable Rigs for Catching Huge Early Season Northern Pike.
i am especially drawn to the third heading in the article, the Fly Fishing Formula. I have a few streamers that are well liked by pike. But, I have my own summer fishing plan that was inspired by a different Outdoor Canada article so before I go into my fly box and tie on some of the big streamers, I first have to work the water with some of the Seven Flies that I have tied for this season. Maybe a variation of the Clouser Deep Minnow will work for early season pike. In my article, I tied all the flies with blue and white bucktail. Now I am going to go back and tie some other colour combinations, and add some length, to try and match the look of the whitefish spoons and cisco baits used by many anglers. Combinations of white, silver, and gold might look very whitefishy. Some mixed green colors, with yellow, white, and a flash of red can pass as perch soon to be a meal.
More to follow, as i tie some patterns, and more in a month as they hit the water.