Posted 4/23/2023 8:29 AM (#1020141) Subject: Musky Fly Fishing
I have been mulling around the idea of doing some fly casting for musky as I fish a couple spots were it might been effective. I wanted some help setting up the outfit so i decided to make the 3 hour drive to Musky Fool in Wanakee WI. Glad I did, these guys really knew their stuff and the staff took the time to walk me through the different rod weights and line options etc.
Posted 4/23/2023 12:12 PM (#1020153 - in reply to #1020141) Subject: Re: Musky Fly Fishing
With limited fly fishing experience I wanted some guidance so, after some discussion I ended up getting a two handed Chippewa River 9' - 10 weight rod. This was matched to 400 grain intermediate line with a shooting head. Leader will be 3' for 40 lb to a ten inch wire leader. Leader will be joined to fly line and snap with a perfection loop while wire is joined to leader with an alberto knot. I also got an extra reel loaded with Sonar sinking line. Very simple set up
Posted 4/23/2023 12:24 PM (#1020156 - in reply to #1020153) Subject: Re: Musky Fly Fishing
Saw an episode of Keyes Outdoors where one of his guests was fly fishing for musky, on a river I think. Caught at least one and moved others. The big streamer type fly looked great in the water, seemed to pulsate. Wish I could remember the guy's name, think he may be a guide. Good luck in your new venture!
Posted 4/24/2023 9:04 AM (#1020191 - in reply to #1020141) Subject: Re: Musky Fly Fishing
A local guy here in Colorado (Barry Reynolds) is a famous Fly Fishermen and has wrote many of Fly Fishing books on fishing for Pike with a Fly Rod. And another good book "Muskie On The Fly" by Robert Tomes. Barry used to kick our butts in the Muskies INC fishing contest every year.
I have a 9 Weight I've had for years but never taken the time to learn how to use it. I think I'm going to try to catch some Carp this year.
Posted 5/8/2023 2:00 PM (#1020575 - in reply to #1020153) Subject: Re: Musky Fly Fishing
A word of caution...stay away from "hardware" at any cost, it'll fail you at some point, guaranteed! Those snaps...dont! Use a simple "jig loop" knot that many saltwater folks use. Easy to tie..EASY and darned near fail-safe!
If you wish to go that route I'll look it up on my 'puter some[lace and post it. It's very - VERY - simple and as good as any I've found to be 101% reliable...