Animas Lunch Report – 4/15/16 – Pike Mood

15 April 2016
Comments: 2
15 April 2016, Comments: 2

Animas Lunch Report – 4/15/16 – Pike Mood


If targets of fly anglers have a soundtrack, then trout tend to crank up the bluegrass.  Banjo and stand up bass for high country speckled specimens.  Maybe the occasional streamer day requires some heavy hitting hip hop.

You could probably figure out a soundtrack for every species of fish that is fly fished if you wanted.

Bonefish get a little reggae while tarpon bump Jimmy Buffet.

Bass requires cranking the outlaw country.  Cash or Hank III or Merle.  “Tonight the bottle let me down…”

Love me some steelhead accompanied by great instrumental post-rock.  Maybe Bjork if fishing is tough.

With pike, it kind of seems like a no-brainer.  Metal of course.  When the bite is on that the fish are ruthless, it’s time to spin Mastadon’s Blood Mountain.  Suicidal Tenancies, Cro Mags, maybe even Metallica (Kill Em All or Ride the Lightning of course)

Pike Mood Illustration Andy McKinley

Andy McKinley Illustration

But when the bit is not on…it’s black metal.  Droning and zoning.  Depressive and Norwegian.  This is the music to accompany my current pike mood.  Drummings of rain on the roof and we sit here in the shop, awaiting the height of pike on the fly here in Southwest Colorado.  Drummings of rain to match the blastbeats of A Blaze in the Northern Sky.

Pike Flies

We are now stocked up on a few pike flies.

John Flick Tuning

Tuning rods.

It will be here soon enough.  Pike season arrives with the rains of April.  Until then; we tie flies, tune rods, and illustrate with pen and ink this pike mood.

Andy McKinley
Andy manages Duranglers Flies and Supplies online store and web content. When he is not plugging away in the basement of Duranglers, he can be found in the shop talking weird flies, throwing spey casts for few fish, eating pizza, drinking coffee, painting, and raising a family in Southwest Colorado.

His fly fishing writings have been published on blogs such as the Daily Drake and Simms Wading Room.

2 responses on “Animas Lunch Report – 4/15/16 – Pike Mood

  1. Jeff marsh says:

    Awesome.. Great Pike choice music.

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