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Northern Pike on a Fly

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Northern Pike on a Fly

Rebekka Redd shows off a big northern pike caught in Algoma Country. • Credit: The New Fly Fisher

Fly-in fishing at Brace Lake Outfitters

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Rebekka Redd from The New Fly Fisher recently had an opportunity to visit Brace Lake Outfitters in Northern Ontario to sample the pike fishing on a fly. She discovered that this was one of the best angling experiences she has had. Located in beautiful Algoma Country, Brace Lake is a short floatplane flight from Nakina.

This lake system is spring fed which means the water temperatures remain relatively cool all season long – an important factor when heat waves hit. Big pike remain in relatively shallow water throughout the season that means they are accessible to fly fishers.

Rebekka found that using a 9- or 10-weight rod was a necessity because of the size of the pike. She initially used an 8-weight, but it was not adequate for the job of landing big and strong pike. For a leader setup, Rebekka used a six foot length of 50-pound test stout mono going to a two foot length of bite wire.

These toothy pike can easily cut through line so wire is the way to go. Larger streamers that resembled perch or walleye were best in 6- to 9-inch sizes. Topwater action can be an option if the conditions are right. Dahlberg divers or large tarpon poppers in black, green and brown worked well to incite explosive surface strikes. Brace Lake is also known for walleye and often, when casting for pike, you will hook into big walleye.

The owners of Brace Lake are Kyle and Teri, who have a love of providing superior service during your fishing adventure. This lodge is exceptionally busy so book early to avoid being disappointed. Did we mention how big the pike are? Average sizes are in the 35-inch range, but over 250 pike in the 40-50-inch range are caught each summer.

For more information visit www.bracelakeoutfitters.com or phone (807) 329-1116

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