Musky? Pike? Yes indeed! This is a massive fly and one that would be ideal for either pike or musky. I still need to find a musky on the fly, and something like that might fit the bill. Of course, you could scale this one down a bit for a lighter rod, but it’s made with Anglehair mostly, so the weight shouldn’t be too bad. 8-9 weight should do.
This is a great Musky and Northern Pike fly for both fall and spring. The Tight Lines smallmouth guides also love tying this pattern in smaller sizes for smallies
A nice tutorial for big massive flies pike flies. I used a ton of the saltwater yak hair on some streamers for a customer last year and loved the results. The hair has a bit of translucence similar (but not quite as nice) to polar bear, but you can easily find it in a 12 inch + length. The technique of tying in materials and folding them back is going to create a really durable fly. Let those teeth fly, chuck and duck.
It’s been a while since I last strapped on a chicken sized fly in pursuit of a Snot Rocket. I’ve been following Simon Graham’s blog [http://pikeflyfishingarticles.blogspot.com] reading about the flies and techniques use the hunt them down. He’s just posted a step by step tutorial on how to tie up the oddly named Ballydoonah Bomber. The fly is designed by an Irish tyer, Alan Hanna and the end of the article includes some great video highlighting his flies and the movement that they exhibit in the water. Check it out.