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Fly fishing for pike

Fly fishing for pike is very popular. Anyone who has ever caught a pike with a fly rod is usually so enthusiastic that many more pike should follow. Last but not least, YouTube series such as "Fly vs Jerk" from Scandinavia contribute to the trend and generate enthusiasm among viewers. Often the desire is awakened to try out what has been seen on YouTube or DVD.

We ourselves have been fishing for pike with the fly rod for many decades and have a lot of experience. The experiences relate to bodies of water throughout Europe and to every type of body of water. The great thing about pike fishing is that usually every fisherman has pike water in the immediate vicinity. Pike live in almost all waters in Central Europe. They occur in small pools, ponds, lakes and rivers. Here in Chiemgau, pike live in the large pre-alpine lakes (Chiemsee, Waginger See, Simssee etc.), digger ponds and even in drainage ditches. It is a real paradise for pike and sometimes they grow to enormous sizes> 1 meter!

The attractive thing about pike is its size (the "meter pike" is the goal of every pike fisherman), the often spectacular bite on the streamer and the relatively easy accessibility of the fish. Fly fishing for pike also offers certain advantages over conventional pike fishing methods. Especially in waters with heavy vegetation and shallow water depths (up to approx. 6 m), the pike can be easily caught with the streamer. Even on very heavily fished waters you can hear again and again that the streamer has been very successful. On the one hand, pike are often not familiar with this type of bait and, on the other hand, a streamer can be used in a completely different way than wobblers, rubber fish and jerks.

Another important aspect is the way in which fly fishing for pike is made. It is a very active fishery and the fly fisherman is looking for a hungry predator. A very important point for the attractiveness of pike fishing with the fly rod is that it is possible to catch a fish with pike fishing in Central Europe that is over 1 meter. This possibility exists theoretically with every attempt to outsmart a pike.

Due to the size and accessibility of most of the waters, we recommend fishing from a belly boat or from a rowboat. This means that the robbers' possible standing positions can be reached easily and noiselessly.

Fly rod

Basically, the equipment for fly fishing for pike differs mainly in the strength of the rod, reel and lines to the classic trout equipment (line class # 2-6). The fly rod must have a decent backbone and high speed. Nowadays rods of line class # 8 to # 10 are used with a quick action. Very large flies in particular are easier to cast with a 10 rod. Due to the further development of the rods in recent years, the rods have become so light that it is no longer a problem to cast a 10 rod all day.
Here in Chiemgau we mostly fish line class # 9 of a SAGE X or SALT HD rod.

The following rules of thumb apply to the use of the line classes:

Line class 8: on smaller rivers or ponds with not weighted flies

Line class 9: with medium to large bodies of water with lightly weighted streamers. The pike streamers should not be over 20 cm.

Line class 10/11: These rods are used on very large bodies of water, when there is a lot of wind and especially with very large streamers (tube flies> approx. 20cm etc). A 10 rod can also be used if the expected fish are very large.

Fly reel & backing

The fly reels should have a large core spool and a proper braking system. The reel must be robust and designed for the somewhat coarser type of fly fishing. Not to be forgotten is sufficient backing capacity. In most cases, backing is not required. But everyone is well advised to have enough backing for "the one big fish" on the reel. We recommend the use of castors with an encapsulated braking system in order to prevent any problems with contamination from dust, sand, etc. The braking system in particular is very important! The brake must start smoothly in every brake setting and it must be able to stop a large fish as it escapes into the depth. A high quality brake helps enormously in the fight and makes life much easier for the fisherman.

Fly line

The use of the right fly line depends on factors such as water quality (depth & structure), action of the fly rod, size of the flies used, personal casting habits and the location of the pike. Ultimately, it is crucial where the pike can be expected and at what depth the bait has to be presented. Due to the depth of the water, it is sufficient to fish with the floating or slightly sinking fly line (intermediate) on the lagoon. Here in the foothills of the Alps, the slightly sinking or usually even faster sinking fly line should be used in order to be able to reach the pike. With RIO we offer you a line selection to find the perfect line for your body of water.
In principle, all pike lines have a similar taper construction: with the help of a relatively strong club, it is possible to throw large and bushy flies against the wind. The running line is often kept thin in order to improve the ability of the line to shoot. Overall, you should choose between a full line or a shooting head system. About 90% of fishermen cast a full line.
We recommend using a full line, especially at the beginning.

The following rules of thumb apply to the use of the various fly lines:

Water depth 1 - 3 meters:
floating (RIO Pike / Musky floating or RIO Outbound floating / intermediate) or slightly sinking fly line (RIO Pike / Musky intermediate or RIO Striper intermediate)

Water depth 2 - 4 meters: intermediate (RIO Pike / Musky floating or RIO Outbound floating / intermediate) or 15 ft (4.5 m sinking part) SinkTip fly line (RIO InTouch SinkTip 15ft Type 6)

Water depth> 4 meters: 24 ft SinkTip fly line (RIO InTouch SinkTip 24ft (7.3 m sink part) or a sinking shooting head (RIO Outbound Short 30 ft. / 9.1 m S3 or S3 sink rate)


We unreservedly recommend the use of a leader with knotable steel silk as bite protection against the pike's 700 teeth. The leaders we offer roll off well and ensure that your pike streamers are properly presented. The leaders are optionally available with carabiners, MICRO-Snap or just for knots.

Pike streamer

We offer you a wide range of different pike streamers. All of our pike streamers are tried and tested and have already caught pike. One of the best pike streamers ever is the "Whitlock pike streamer". It is made by hand and is extremely complex to bind - sometimes there may be delivery bottlenecks. You can get the original from us in different colors. You will not find the quality of this original Hecht streamer anywhere else. In addition, we offer you a great selection of different pike streamers for all areas of application and depths.

We offer you a wide range of pike streamers: HERE


For pike fishing, some products have been found to be particularly useful. The original Boga-Grip in particular serves as a very good landing aid (please leave the fish in the water and do not lift it out on the Boga). The design of the Boga-Grip allows the fish to turn around without affecting the fisherman's hand or the pike's mouth.
A shot basket or variations of it have also proven to be particularly useful when fishing from the bank or wading.
Polarization glasses are important in order to see a pike following the streamer at an early stage and to be able to react. In addition, protecting your eyes from a pike streamer mistakenly approaching is extremely important. Finally, you still need a decent pair of pliers and possibly a throat lock to be able to release the hook more easily.

We wish you every success and good luck with the fascinating fishing for pike with the fly rod!
Let us know if you've been successful! Send us pictures via Facebook or by email.

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