For tackling giant spring northerns, nothing beats fly fishing
The way a big northern pike explodes on a fly, launching a twisting, surging, head-shaking brawl, is unlike any other angling experience in Canada. It’s pure excitement, and surely the most fun way to catch shallow-water pike. But more than that, I’m 100 per cent convinced that fly fishing is also the most effective way to hook and land early-season northerns.
After a decade of seriously targeting these toothy predators on the fly, I think the evidence is compelling—fly anglers have the deadliest big-pike baits, the most versatile and effective way to present those baits, and the best tool for fighting and landing the fish.