I´m getting more and more into the tying world of musky streamers lately.
I do not know why, but somehow most of the streamers used for musky differ quite a lot from those used for pike, especially in Europe.
This year I started doing some research on the different techniques and materials the good folks in the US use for their flies. In my opinion, the first real difference is that most of the musky patterns are still tied using only natural ingredients, or at least to a big part (for example Blane Chocklett´s T-Bone or Brad Bohen´s Buford). Whereas in Europe, the streamers for pike are usually at least 60% made out of synthetics. We do work with bucktail and schlappen feathers, but more to build up a base or profile of the fly which is then completed by a mix of different synthetics.
Another reason why I think musky fly design can influence my streamers for pike in a positive way is that a lot of those flies have some really cool action because of these materials and tying techniques. The Americans usually tend to do a lot more work with articulation, be it only with several hooks or even quite a lot of shanks (think about Chocklett´s famous GameChanger). Quite a lot of thoughts went into the design of those famous musky patterns and we pike fishermen shouldn´t overlook them completely.
So I sat down at the vise and did my best to create two musky inspired flies for our local pike.
The first one is a pretty big mix of a Deciever and a T-Bone. I did use a bit of synthetic Yak Hair for a better silhouette and movement, but I´m not sure if this would have been necessary. What I didn´t use was body tubing, but that only happened because I still had to order it ;)
Hope you will enjoy trying it out,
Lukas alias Church
It’s Sunday evening and we’re tired yet super happy. The weather could not have been better for all the visitors, flycasters and exhibitors at the „Erlebniswelt Fliegenfischen 2017“, Europe’s biggest flyfishing fair.
Church and Lukas were based at the Mauri Flyfishing booth where they delivered insight into the upcoming fiberglass rods and guidings by Michael Mauri in Florida, US.
Meanwhile, Kristof has been working at the Flyfish Europe booth, giving visitors a look into the 2017 product line of Scientific Anglers, Waterworks Lamson and Scott Flyrods.
Many familiar faces came by, the chats of course were all about fishing and tackle.
Furthermore, new ideas for this blog were born and projects planned even more precisely. We got great feedback on the stuff that we’re doing right now and the ideas for what’s next to come.
Highlights of this show FOR US were meeting Nikolaus Bauer, the super friendly and welcoming pike guru from Sweden, the new „Art“ flyline from Scientific Anglers that everyone who casted it really enjoyed, the Mauri Flyrods „Kraftglass“ prototypes and of course you guys, who showed interested in the products and work that we love, too.
We want to thank everybody, who made this event possible, especially Michaela and Robert Stroh for organizing this beautiful event for the 12th time in a row.
This event is a special one for us and we really appreciate being part of it.
And a huge thanks to the following people of the show, who gave us the feeling of being part of a big flyfishing family.
Jörg & Anja Kraft
and Felix Hansvencl - from the Angel Bär booth
and Thibaut Giband - from the Flyfish Europe booth
and Josh Jenkins - from the Scientific Anglers HQ in the US for flying over and a great chat
and Christian Auer - from the Mauri Flyfishing booth
That’s it, see you in 2018!
Your Danica Dudes