Scott Gardner
Scott Gardner

Why this Saskatchewan lodge may have Canada’s best pike fishing

This may be Canada’s best pike fishing

Some places have big northerns, some have lots of them, but Cree River Lodge has both

jakeTo pass the time in the evenings (not that it was a problem given the gifted storytellers/BS artists among my group and the other lodge guests) I had packed a small fly tying kit. And on our final night, Jake—who had experienced heavy casualties among his few pike flies—tried his hand at tying some. Turns out he was a natural, and next morning it didn’t take long for him to land a pike (above) on one of his creations—a Seaducer in a custom blend of colours he dubbed Jake’s Tiger Lunker (below).

Scott Gardner
Scott Gardner

Jake is a serious, no-nonsense guy—he’s a business exec, and a US Army vet who saw combat in Afghanistan. So seeing him grin like a little kid when he caught fish on his fly was a true highlight of the trip, if not my outdoor career.

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