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Re: Chain Pickerel on the fly

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Posted on: 2010/5/11 8:47
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Re: Chain Pickerel on the fly

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Anyone ever hit up Deep Creek Lake for Chains?

Posted on: 2010/5/12 21:59
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Re: Chain Pickerel on the fly

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Heading down to DC/Baltimore next week for business. Any suggestions on Chains on the fly with no boat?

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Re: Chain Pickerel on the fly

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In Sullivan County PA Camp Brule Lake is infested with pickerel. In fact, the Rangers ask that you please keep as many as you can.

Camp Brule is near Hillgrove, PA

Posted on: 2010/5/20 9:00
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Re: Chain Pickerel on the fly

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Thanks Jigs!

Posted on: 2010/5/20 13:00


Re: Chain Pickerel on the fly

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spent the weekend back at my favorite pickerel spot... caught some more... the ones i was catching a couple weeks ago were a bit bigger and put up a much better fight this time around. caught one over 20". however, i had a little more trouble getting them released successfully. i ended up killing two out of a dozen or so caught. this almost never happens to me and kinda bums me out. i'm going to get some longer pliers for the next trip.

on a higher note, i caught MANY nice sized bluegills (in the 1lb neighborhood) and a couple good sized largemouth. its a shallow lake so i don't often target bass here but i know of a deep spot with some structure/cover so i threw a popper nearby. in the course of 20 minutes i caught a 5lb+ largemouth and a 3lb-er on a sneaky pete. the 5 pounder is the largest fish i've caught on any tackle. it was quite an experience. seeing that giant mouth crash the surface and devour the popper. and the fight was intense. he didn't want to come with me. he actually drug my kayak around quite a bit. i finally got him in an he was obscenely large. i didn't have anything to weight him but i think he was conservatively 5lbs. he about swallowed my popper and i got my whole hand in his mouth to dislodge the fly. and released him safely. i hooked a huge one last year on a rubber worm and broke him off in my hands. i'm wondering if he's the same bass a year larger.

Posted on: 2010/6/29 18:49


Re: Chain Pickerel on the fly

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When I was kid we would catch chains on Jacks creek in Mifflin co. Useing mickey finns,black nose dace and muddler,s that was a lot fun but hard on the flys, A lot of the stae park lakes have chains in them.

Posted on: 2010/6/29 23:29
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Re: Chain Pickerel on the fly

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I was banging them all day Saturday while avoiding my family at Minsi Lake in Carbon County.

I just stood on a rock and tossed a brown/ginger bugger and drew it back over the weeds. Not the most exciting fish to bring in, but the way they'd slam that fly was a treat. They'd nail the fly on every cast when the sun went behind the clouds.

Posted on: 2010/6/29 23:50
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Re: Chain Pickerel on the fly

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Alright so you're in Dutchess county NY, I'm in Fulton County.

I have a tried and true pattern I always use for Pickerel, Pike, and Smallies and they seem to love it.

Henderson Perch

1. You wrap with black thread.
2. Start at the back with yellow chenile.
3. About 3-4 wraps of the chenile tie in some orange bucktail on the bottom and trim it short to perch fin length.
4. Then wrap the chenile farther forward and about 2/3rds of the way to the front of the hook wrap another orange fin on bottom.
5. When you get to the eye of the hook, tie in green bucktail with holographic flash on top.
6. Bulk up the head with the black thread, dot a yellow eye on each side of the head.
7. Tie a few up, tie one on in a lake or river that has Pickerel, Pike, or Smallmouth Bass and on a fast strip you'll be sure to pick up a few good fish.

Just understand that even though Pickerel are a typically smaller version of a Pike, they still have teeth, and I would be using either Tyger wire, or very strong tippet, that you can set the hook without them getting near the tippet.

Good luck, and any questions about the fly, or others that I use up here for pickerel, pike and smallies just let me know.

By the way, if anyone has a kayak. Take it out on a lake that has either of these 3 species and let them drag you into rocks and weed beds. Its a whole different experience in fly fishing.

Posted on: 2010/6/30 12:34
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Re: Chain Pickerel on the fly

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By the way, if you use this perch pattern, you avoid catching perch if you tie on a large 0/1 Saltwater hook, the perch won't even bother.

Big Flies catch big fish.

Posted on: 2010/6/30 12:39
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Re: Chain Pickerel on the fly

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Patriot, Can you send a pic of your Henderson Perch. Thanks

Posted on: 2010/6/30 15:58
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