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  • #5996

    Scotty MacFly
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    Now that Valentines day is basically over, and the wife is happy, I can get back to more important things. But in order for me to do that, I have to back up a bit.

    While the wife and I were at dinner, we were talking about our yearly family vacation, and it has been decided to go to Minnesota where my wife was born. She then brought up a question; imagine catching a pike or Musky on a fly rod? I said I have always wanted to, but my 4wt rods were just not up to snuff, so I need something bigger. She said I have till July 10th.

    WAS THAT PERMISSION ???? Well ALRIIIIGHT!!

    Rods, not a problem. I have two in mind and I will test them out later. But a reel for northern pike, that’s where I am struggling. My only question is due to my only concern; what type of drag system do I need. Do I need a drag that will stop a run away train?

    I fished northerns with conventional tackle, bait casters, and if I remember correctly, pike will run, but for not very long. But I could be wrong.

    Any suggestions?

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    #5999

    Creek
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    Steelhead fisherman have discovered that a C&P reel is better for their type of fishing than a disc drag. Just make sure you can palm the reel. You applying the drag when needed with your palm is much better than a disc drag working all the time. When they switched to C&P reels they eliminated the majority of break offs they were getting with disc drags.

    #6000

    Grsdlnr
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    I have more experience with muskies than pike on a fly rod (the upper Niagara River has an amazing musky fishery) and Creek’s right, a good C & P reel will do fine. Even in a big fast river they don’t take off running like salmon or steelhead.

    So just to be contrary I’m going to suggest you try to find a disc drag reel – a Battenkill 8/9 to be precise. The older made-in-England cast alloy one. They’re available used for not much $$$ and all but bulletproof. Had one for years, gave it to a young family member ages ago and he still uses it.

    #6001

    Scotty MacFly
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    I don’t think I will be fishing rivers. We will be on a lake, so lots of room for the fish to run.

    Would you still recommend a C&P?

    #6002

    Creek
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    Yes, as long as you can palm it. Palming is a much better drag, because you use just what you need. It’s not fixed like a disc drag.

    #6003

    Scotty MacFly
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    I guess I have some looking around to do. C&P it is then.

    Unless someone can put up a great argument to go with a smooth disc drag, and then I will weigh the differences.

    I always thought a C&P reel was only associated with trout fishing. This could be fun catching like with a C&P.

    #6004

    Creek
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    What do you think they did before disc drags? :)

    Even when I use a reel with a disc drag. I set it as low as possible to prevent over-run and then palm it.

    #6005

    Scotty MacFly
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    That’s why I like you creek, because you make me think of things that are so obvious, I don’t even think about them.

    I don’t know what they did? Probably used 12 foot rods made from toxic wood with a string tied to the end. When they would hook a fish, they’d back up and bring it on shore? 😉

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