Captain Mark Engler has noticed that some of the first pike of the year have blue mouths. Mark is our resident pike master here at Duranglers, and this observation is an interesting one. No, it is not a new pike species…but no one is entirely sure what it is either. Most theories believe this phenomenon happens as pike hunker down in the deepest, coldest parts of the lake for winter. As warmer temps roll around, the pike begin to move from colder and deeper to the shallower sections of the lake; where they are caught by us fly anglers.
Interestingly enough, once the water warms through in the warmer months, this blue mouthed marking on pike seems to go away…at least we don’t catch any with this turquoise coloration the rest of the year. It only happens in the earliest parts of pike season. This has been also noticed by Mark on some bass. We are not sure if this is caused by the depth of water the pike live in during the winter or the temps of the water. Anyway, if anyone out there knows why this happens; please e-mail us at email@example.com. We would be interested in hearing why.
Anyway, Tom and Mark headed out for some pike fishing yesterday at Navajo Reservoir before the oncoming weather. They fished from 12:30 to about 5:00. Most of the day was spent with lots of casting, lots of stripping, and no eats. Right at 4:00 Tom switched over to an olive pike fly and almost immediately hooked up. For the next half hour, Tom and Mark boated a total of 4 pike. 3 ate olive and one ate black pike flies. After about 4:30, the bite died and they headed in.
Tom and Mark were both fishing with Rio Striper Intermidate sink tip lines strung up on 8 and 9 wt rods. If you get out this time of year, make sure you retrieve is sloooow. With the water so cold, the fish will be pretty lethargic (the water temp was about 40 degrees). Make sure to look for water that runs the gamut of about 8-14 feet deep. More often than not, the flies were only being fished at about a 4 foot depth. Oh, and make sure you have a good selection of pike fly colors, they can get picky. At least have black, olive, white, purple, and red.
This is a tough time of year to be pike fishing and it is for those with the patience and fortitude to persevere through the cold and the slow fishing. It is not for everyone…but when you hook a pike, it makes it all worth it. Our local pike season is just ramping up and will go through June. If you plan on getting out, give us a call or stop in the shop for up to date tips and advice. We can also set you up with a guided day out on the water with Mark to really cut down on your learning curve. It is truly a great way to figure out the pike game.
Oh, and watch your fingers.