Old dogs, new tricks: Northern Pike 2018

Hey folks, Matt Stansberry here with an update from our annual fishing trip to Mar Mac Lodge on Lake Esnagi in Ontario. My dad and his buddy have been coming up to this lake for fifty years and I’ve been going since I was just a kid. You can read some highlights from the wilder, younger (drunker?) years here.

It has been great to bring my nine-year old into the tradition, but also fun to watch my dad and his friend John learn to fly fish for Pike. Nate and I had been doing this since we were kids — we had picked up some Larry Dahlberg VHS taps at a very young age. In fact, our very first fly rods were super-cheap 8-wts specifically for our first time on this trip.

It’s an incredibly effective way to catch really big pike in clear, shallow water. And it’s fun to see these guys who’ve been trolling for walleye their whole lives take up the fly rods and bee successful. John is flinging his 9-wt Redington here in the photos below. I hope you enjoy! -MS

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