July 31, 2013
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host, Conway Bowman, traveled to the remote regions of northern Saskatchewan to fish for giant northern pike with Canadian outfitter, Mike Lembke of Wollaston Lake Lodge.
Wollaston Lake Lodge is a 5-star fly-in lodge located in northern Saskatchewan. The operation is known not only for superb fishing, but also for comfortable accommodations.
Expert air service brings you right to the dock at Wollaston, where 5-star accommodations await. Owner, Mike Lembke, prides himself on making his visitors comfortable in every way.
While conventional anglers throwing hardware are very successful here, Wollaston offers fly fishers the rare opportunity to sight-fish for pike up to 50 inches.
Conway surveys his fly box as he decides what to try first. When the ice first leaves the lake, pike favor shallow, weedy bays where fly fishing is a primary tactic.
This fly, which imitates a baby frog, was deadly. The fishing guides, here, have a long history with catching pike on flies and some of the most effective pike fly patterns have been developed at Wollaston.
When fly-fishing for big-game fish, line management is critical. Even though it was chilly, Conway preferred to fish barefoot to ensure he didn't step on his line.
A single-handed retrieve is slower but it's a great way to entice pike when the fly pauses. Try varying your retrieve speed from slow to fast to see what the fish like.
When you need to get a lot of line back into the boat in a hurry, use a two-handed retrieve. Here Conway has simply tucked his rod up under his arm to free both his hands.
Use 8- and 10-weight rods for pike up to 50 inches. Here Conway is putting the heat on a nice pike.
Pike surge when they strike, and it's not uncommon for them to slash and completely miss their target. If you see a pike miss your fly, maintain your composure and keep working the fly to entice another strike.
Guide Phil Wiebe has handled thousands of pike. Notice that the hand holding the fish is behind the gills and well away from those razor-sharp teeth and gill plates.
Don't try this at home. Experienced guides bring their boats up on the beach at the end of a long day.
Conway with a nice pike. And because Wollaston is catch-and-release, this fish is waiting for you
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