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If you’re looking for an illintentioned fish with a reputation for delivering dynamic eats, give fly-fishing for northern pike a try.

Gone are the days when fly-fishing was limited to pursuing delicate trout with flimsy rods and small flies. Modern fly gear has made it possible for anglers to chase a myriad of freshwater and saltwater species of fish. Whether sharks, tarpon, giant trevally or muskie, the list of sport fish that can be caught on a fly includes almost anything that swims.

One of the species growing in popularity among fly anglers is the northern pike. Known for its predatory instincts, penchant for large flies and savage eats, this toothy fish can be found across North America, Europe and Russia. From Saskatchewan to Sweden, pike have created a global sensation for fly fishers looking for vicious action on the fly.

With a face only a mother could love, pike resemble a mutant alligator—part gator, part fish. A wide, flat head and yellow eyes give them an intimidating appearance, while strong jaws, big teeth and a lean body allow pike to be the ultimate predator. These fish are known for lying in wait and granting a death wish to a host of unsuspecting prey. A pike’s menu may consist of frogs, snakes, ducks, mice, muskrats and fish, such as perch, walleye, bluegill and even other pike. Though stalking fish this size requires a departure from traditional fly gear, it’s good to know that whether you’re targeting hammer handles in the Midwest or 20-pounders in Manitoba, the gear and the methods remain essentially the same.

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