A Short Guide to Musky Fly Fishing

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Muskies are the crème de la crème of fly fishing.

These top-of-the-food-chain predators always make for an interesting, challenging and fulfilling day for all anglers alike.

Just like every part of fly fishing, there is an art to catching muskies. It’s the perfect blend of the right starter kit and equipping you with skills and techniques. Here are a few nuggets of thought you may want to take with you.

Musky Starter Kit

First things first: Your flies. There are a lot of musky flies being sold out there. The key is to never go cheap and to invest on the best ones. Ties courtesy of musky feeder Brian Bergeson are always reliable. Also, keep in mind that the standard size is 10-12 inches. Midcurrent shares, “Start with black and yellow, black and orange/red, black and chartreuse/orange (“firetiger”), and all black.  To round out the palette, toss in an extra-large tan and cream sucker pattern.”

Second, your leader. Don’t make it complicated and hard on yourself. The simple formula to always remember is three feet of stiff, heavy monofilament, and 12-18 inches of bite tippet. As for the bite tippet, we strongly suggest you stick with wire.

Do away with floaters and intermediates. The best you can do for musky fly fishing is to go for the Scientific Anglers Sonar Sink 25 Cold. As for your rod, the Orvis Clearwater, TFO BVK, TFO Esox and Redington Predator Musky are all good rods to start with.

Musky fly fishing is all about enjoying the hunt, learning to assess the structure and finding an ambush point as well as arming yourself with the right gear.


Image source: midcurrent.com


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