My brother Nate and I have been fly fishing for Northern Pike for about half our lives, over three decades collectively. These are the patterns I use to chase them.
The first pike fly pattern, The Carpet Muncher, is Nate’s and is probably based on somebody’s fly that we’re not crediting but oh well. The Carpet Muncher is named for the Antron carpet fiber used to create the body/head of the fly. This is a light-weight, ultra durable bug that uses the action of rabbit strip. I fish this fly in shallow flats where I need a pattern that I can work slowly and not spook the pike.
This second pattern, I’m calling the Stansberry Big Eye Baitfish. The main features on this fly are the huge eyes and big fat baitfish belly profile. See exhibit A:
I use these patterns for big pike feeding aggressively in slightly deeper or off-color water. This version of the fly uses Saltwater Yak Hair, but I’ve had a lot of success with Icelandic Sheep as well and like both.
Stansberry’s Big Eye Baitfish
Hook: Gamakatsu Saltwater hook 2/0
Thread: 140 denier ultra thread, white
Eye: Hareline Aluminum Sea Eyes
Pupil: Hareline 3D oval eyes
Tail: Saltwater Yak Hair
Collar: Craft Fur, white
Flash: Ice Wing Fiber
Any variations of these two pike fly patterns in white, black, yellow or red should do the trick.