Have a look at what northern fishing is like at a pristine Canadian Fishing Lodge. Trophy northern pike eating smaller specimens right off your hook? This takes sight fishing up a notch!! You see the pike, cast, watch him eat and set the hook…all of the sudden the it feels like you’re hooked on the bottom. The food chain unfolds before your eyes! What a story to share at happy hour in the lodge!
Have a look at this short clip of a big northern pike waving goodbye (until next time) from the waters at Scott Lake Lodge. This doesn’t get old to our guides even after 15 years!
Have a look at this gem of a clip. An angry pike chomping on a big swimbait not far from the lodge at Scott Lake.
It is amazing after the concentration we get on the island at Scott Lake Lodge how far the guides spread out in the off season, after spending the summer chasing trophy northern pike and trophy lake trout at what we think is the best fly in fishing lodge in Canada, home is worldwide, travels as well. This off season we have guides living in New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan (maybe the highest concentration is around White Fox), British Columbia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and South Africa. They travel, live, work, farm, guide, fish, hunt and spread the word about the special place they have returned each summer now for many years. Each brings his own twist to the boat, each makes life on the 12 acre island great in a unique way. Here is a sampling, in photos, of what the group was up to, and where they’ve been so far this fall.
If you took a survey of what was tied onto fly rods in guides boats at Scott Lake Lodge this would account for 90% of the flies. Simple, easy to tie and effective. The bunny strip moves with the slightest twitch begging to be eaten, even by a pike with the a whitefish tail sticking out of its mouth.
Sight-casted it offers a fine contract to the silt covered bottom of the pike bay, easy for the angler to track and easy for the fish.
Short strips, pauses and a painfully slow sink even on a tieable wire leader are the cause of many “bow wakes” from giant northerns in skinny water.