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Vwlandon
 
04/26/2017 04:54PM  
I have a trip planned for the second full week of September this year. It's is my first time ever going to the boundary waters as I am from South central Pennsylvania. I was just wondering if anyone was willing to give some tricks or hints for fly fishing that area that time of year. Never fly fished for pike before and I am extremely excited to get up there. It will be me and two other friend's all fly fishing. Thanks ahead of time.
 
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smokedwhitefish
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04/26/2017 05:22PM  
Got an entry point chosen yet? Pike and smallies are generally pretty easy to find just about anywhere in the BW, but I've never targeted them in the Fall.

RM
 
Vwlandon
 
04/26/2017 05:30PM  
Our entry point is 31. Farm lake. We are planning on keeping the rush down and camping at 2 spots over 6 six days. Not sure what the actual trip is going to consist of. I know there are supposed to be some smaller lakes in that area which we chose for possible less wind
 
smokedwhitefish
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04/26/2017 07:41PM  
Watch this. If you're not yet into tying, I highly recommend you buy a $15 vise and the $40 in material it would take to tie up 20-40 of these *SIMPLE* streamers in various colors. They can be tied weighted with lead eyes or fished with a sink tip or full sink line depending on your situation.



I look forward to bouncing these "crawdad orange/rusty brown" lead eye variations for smallmouth on my next trip.



Swinging this unweighted version in "yellow/olive" on a sink tip has produced browns and brookies for me on the Brule this year. They sure look sexy in the current.

RM



PS- If you do get into tying these streamers for pike, make sure you use a solid hook. I tie mine on Mustad Size 1 "Stinger/Deer Hair" hooks and they work great. They're also only $6-7 per 25pack unlike the $8-10 Partridge brand 15packs.
 
Vwlandon
 
05/02/2017 03:04AM  
quote smokedwhitefish: "Watch this. If you're not yet into tying, I highly recommend you buy a $15 vise and the $40 in material it would take to tie up 20-40 of these *SIMPLE* streamers in various colors. They can be tied weighted with lead eyes or fished with a sink tip or full sink line depending on your situation.





I look forward to bouncing these "crawdad orange/rusty brown" lead eye variations for smallmouth on my next trip.





Swinging this unweighted version in "yellow/olive" on a sink tip has produced browns and brookies for me on the Brule this year. They sure look sexy in the current.


RM



PS- If you do get into tying these streamers for pike, make sure you use a solid hook. I tie mine on Mustad Size 1 "Stinger/Deer Hair" hooks and they work great. They're also only $6-7 per 25pack unlike the $8-10 Partridge brand 15packs. "
do you have the recipes or names of these streamers? I do a little tying and wanted to get a bunch of streamers tied up before this trip. Thanks for the advice
 
smokedwhitefish
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05/02/2017 08:43AM  
It's all in the video above. The guy calls them "laker takers" but I think that's self proclaimed. I think the tying instructions starts around minute 9 of the video.

RM
 
Vwlandon
 
05/03/2017 05:27PM  
Thanks man. I started watching the video one day before I left for work but ran out of time and never started it up again. I'm gonna sit down and watch it now. Thanks again
 
smokedwhitefish
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05/05/2017 09:59AM  
You bet! Good luck out there! And welcome to BWCA.com!

RM
 
jeroldharter
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05/05/2017 06:27PM  
Just my opinion: pick your lakes well to make sure they are pike lakes. Most of the lakes I have fished up there have pike, but I would not call them good pike lakes. In September, the weather can be pretty rough and sometimes which makes canoe fishing more difficult. We find fish around the edges of dying weed beds so if you find weeds definitely fish the edges. Don't forget about trolling - if you are moving from point A to point B, fire out a bunch of line and then some and be prepared to really set the hook.

Fall is not fast action but you can get bigger fish. When I go up in September I usually am in a boat and troll very large flies which is not the most fun but it is just one trip and we hook up with our biggest pike of the year usually. I like Clouser Half and Halfs in white and chartreuse in the largest size hook available e.g. 3/0 for trolling. But I would not want to cast them all day!

Have a great trip.
 
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