Saturday, August 18, 2012
Preparing for the Mighty Musky
There are a few lakes in my area and some rivers, which contain these mighty beasts and I plan to introduce myself soon. Time to hit the vice. If you search muskie (musky) flies, streamers etc., you will find a bunch of examples of gaudy streamers to lure this mighty esox. The guys at musky country outfitters and eastern trophies have some great, creative examples. But like most of my streamer tying I decided to start with what the gear guys use. I saw the lure on top in an in-fisherman magazine issue dedicated to pike and muskie and found the picture on the internet. Everything I've read has suggested that orange and orange/black are key colors when pursuing muskie, so why not start there.
The other picture is my initial prototype fly version. Two perfect bend 3/0 hooks lashed together with wire, orange grizzly hackle tail, marabou body, and arctic-fox head to push water. Oh, and plenty of holographic flashabou for good measure. I took it for a swim in the bath and I was satisfied but there is still room for improvement.
Hopefully I will stick this or its progeny in some toothy critters soon!