Of all the species I fish for, saltwater and fresh, pike are my favorite. They excite me. They intimidate me. They’re primitive-looking, Jurassic in appearance and nature. Their appetites are enormous. Their strikes are savage. My hands shake with adrenaline when I release them.
Predatory fish — especially those better measured in feet than in inches — require big flies. Not only must a pike fly be big, it must also be durable and have good movement in the water. Rabbit strips combine those attributes just about perfectly.
After experiencing some success with patterns that incorporate rabbit strips, I came to the conclusion that more rabbit in a fly might help catch more pike. I also concluded that more rabbit might foul the hook as the flies were cast and retrieved. There are few things more frustrating than seeing a huge fish turn away from a tangled fly at the last moment. It can rip your heart out.
This and 13 other articles can be found in the 2010 Issue of Hatches Magazine(will be published September 1st)