Pike on the fly — 0 for 1

Run-off is in full effect and to further enhance the waterworks a low-pressure system has squatted over the Peace region. The system has dumped 120 millimeters of rain on the region in two days pushing the already swollen rivers of liquid muskeg to flood levels. Arduous river conditions have now officially become absurd. It’s time for a new approach.

I did a little bit of research and found that hungry Pike are moving into the shallows after a long winter trapped under the ice to feed and spawn. This sounds interesting. This is a fish that is known to eat ducks. Stillwater fishing isn’t really my thing but any fish capable of eating a duck should at least be investigated. Stalking shallow water with a fly rod in search of a predatory behemoth is definitely in my wheelhouse. Targeted casting and creative stripping to incite a Pike to violence is definitely me.

For my first foray into the world of Pike fishing, I chose Charlie Lake. Charlie Lake is a largish brackish lake to the north of town considered “waterfront” for Ft St John. I’ve heard about and seen pictures of some decent sized Pike in the lake so it seemed like a logical place to start.

The temperature was just above freezing when I got up Sunday morning and there were hints of rain turned to snow lying about on car windshields and foliage. I decided to wait a few hours for it to warm up and by 11:00 I was in my boat heading north past the waterfront properties on the south end of the lake to find some good “Pikey” looking water.

Being new to this whole lake and Pike thing I wasn’t really sure what I was doing but I looked like the guys catching monsters on YouTube. I anchored the boat off-shore and pounded the banks with a streamer tied to imitate a Perch. After a couple hours and a few different locations, something slashed at my fly as I stripped it back to the boat but it missed and that ended up being the only action for the day.

0 for 1 for Pike on the fly. It will be a month before the rivers clear. In the meantime, I’m going to research out a few more lakes in the area and continue my pursuit of these toothy water wolves.


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