When jigging walleye loses its challenge, what do you do? Bust out your fly rod, of course. With a fast-sinking Versileader weighted leader I was able to get my Clouser fly down about eight feet, which was enough to tempt the walleye, including the 24-incher above. If I was hungry, fly fishing wouldn’t be my first choice, but once I got the hang of it, I did almost as well as the spin guys. Walleye aren’t known as fighters, but on a fly rod, a two-footer puts up a pretty good tussle.
Then I had an idea. For a few years now Gord Pyzer has been urging OC readers to use more aggressive baits for walleye. So I changed to a bushy, weighted eight-inch-long Monster Magic pike fly on a 2/0 hook, and darned if I didn’t get my biggest walleye of the trip. Thanks Gord! I also landed a few northerns, including a 36-incher that was probably in the rivermouth snacking on walleye (just like I would be at shorelunch an hour later.)