Favorable November Weather Brings Pike on Fly

by | Nov 5, 2020 | fly fishing for pike | 6 comments

pike-on-flyThe weather gods are shining over us this week.  Scott Smith, Josh Gallivan and I are camping and fly fishing for northern pike in November and there wasn’t even a frost this morning.  When I lit my stove and started my coffee water it had to be 40°.  Then as the sun rose over my tent the temps began to skyrocket.  Our high today was 65°!


flyfishingThis is the first time any of us have been on this massive lake.  We gathered some intel from a friend who’s been here before, but all in all, we’re winging it.  For me this is the most enjoyable fishing.  Fishing where you need to figure things out for yourself.


bauer-reelOne thing for sure, I’ve done a lot of fly fishing for pike.  Pike generally hang in water 10 feet deep or less.  That led us from the main lake into the bays.  And it’s a good idea to chuck your cast close to the shoreline and retrieve the big fly back towards the boat, allowing it to sink below the drop-off as you strip.


pikeIt didn’t take long to see a pike.  The water color isn’t like a crystal clear trout lake in Idaho but there’s visibility.  As I lifted my dark fly from below our boat I saw a long shape.  I dropped my rod tip and executed nearly a minute’s worth of figure-eight but to no avail.


Apex-predatorsWhen I see a fish I get ultra-focused.  I was ready before we started fishing but after the pike sighting I was fired up.  It wasn’t ten minutes after that I was hoisting in our first pike of the trip.  An extra cool thing about this pike is that he had a Rapala hanging out of his lip from previously breaking someone’s line.  First move for us was to remove the godawful double-treble hooked set up before it caused any more damage.


Jeff-Currier-pikeI took the oars immediately after and rowed the guys further down the bank.  A light wind started but it was warm.  We all shed some clothes and continued to work our flies along the lakes edge.  The excitement of our first fish faded as we casted for an hour with nothing.


I got back fishing and suggested we row the same area we already fished.  There was the one I didn’t get and I suspected there were plenty more.  Sure enough I nailed what I believe was the one I saw earlier.  He wasn’t as stout as the first but a 28” fish that put a bend in my Winston 8-weight nonetheless.


pike-artI’m not sure what was going on but I had the hot hand today for pike.  I had three nice fish landed before either Scott or Josh saw a fish.  Scott finally tagged into a little guy.  But after that throughout the day I landed two more for a total of five.  And all decent size fish with the smallest around 26”.


walleyeDark comes way too early in November.  At 3:30 PM it looked like 7 PM.  The pike bite slowed so we decided to look for walleyes.  On a lake I pick out rocky points with a depth ranging from 8 to 20 feet of water.  Walleye could be deeper but then its hard to get them with the fly.


Currier-crappiesScott has a fish finder on his boat.  Its hard to believe I grew up walleye fishing without sonar.  Despite still doing well back in the day, now I can’t live without the finder for walleye fishing.  However, it wasn’t walleye we found.  We got into a big school of black crappie which kept us entertained.


flyfishingIt was pitch dark when we finally gave up.  Scott did roust a small walleye which along with a couple crappies made it to our grill tonight.  It was a great day that ended with fun, good food and beers around the fire.  We’re back on the lake tomorrow.  I still can’t believe this is November!


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  1. Lance

    Your looking rougher than usual there Jeff.. crazy weather for this time of year up there, glad your enjoying the time.

  2. Jeff

    Been a tough year Lance. And just got the news that most of the Fly Fishing Shows including Denver cancelled officially today. Could be another unfortunately. But don’t worry, once I cut this Corona hair I’ll be just fine again. Now I’m just having fun with it!

  3. Lance

    Ouch!! Lot of us didn’t want to hear that…. I have the Corona extra weight that is getting out of hand.. I need a trip to motivate me to get in shape again! This is a strange time in this world right now.. hope it changes very soon. Stay healthy and fish hard.

  4. Jeff

    I have a couple motivating Seychelles trips on the books for ya – 2021 and recently added a return to Providence for 2022. You and Kevin should be going!

  5. Lance

    Financially I’ve only got maybe one of those trip left in me .. so when Kevin decides he’s ready I expect I will come up with the $$$’s. Kids and colleges are in his way right now.. never say never………..

  6. Brian I


    I received an email that Denver is still on, just rescheduled to April 30 – May 2. Hope you can still make that – I’ll be there to talk Seychelles!

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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!