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Fishing - Fly Fishing

Many times fly fishing is the most effective way to catch pike, lake trout, whitefish and arctic grayling. In addition, fly fishing is the most enjoyable way to catch these great game fish. If you are new to fly fishing or have only tried it for small trout or pan fish, this is your chance to enjoy the sport on a whole new level. The big pike at Munroe offer fly anglers from novice to expert tremendous opportunities to catch and release trophy fish and lots of them.

At the right times during the season, lake trout are also readily caught on flies in shallow water. Add grayling and whitefish to the mix and it is easy to see that Munroe offers fly fisherman first class angling.

Pike

Munroe Lake is so far north that pike are available in shallow water throughout the season. They move around a bit from Spring to late summer but they are never outside the reach of properly equipped fly anglers.

Rods and Reels

Flies for pike are typically large and wind resistant so your rod should be hefty enough to cast them in all conditions. If you already own an 8 wt rod for bass or light saltwater fishing bring it because 8 wt rods can work. If you own a 10 wt. rod, it can be just right for casting sinking lines and big mega-diver flies. But if I had to choose one rod that is best all around, it would be a 9 wt. fast action rod.

Large arbor reels are ideal but any fly reel that holds 150 feet of backing will do fine. Most of the time even big pike won't take you deep into the backing when caught while casting but trolling with flies is a deadly technique. Pike caught while trolling will often run into the backing.

Floating lines work great throughout the season whenever pike are shallow. In the later part of the summer when pike are hanging around the cabbage weeds in 8 to 10 feet of water, sink tips and full sink lines can be very useful.

Leaders for floating lines can be 7 to 9 feet long and be 12 to 20 lb. test. A short wire tippet is critical for pike. Without a wire leader, pike will bite off flies routinely. Some folks use heavy fluorocarbon or mason hard mono instead of wire. It is a matter of personal choice but thin coated wire tippet like American wire or Tyger Wire have worked best for me.

Flies for pike should be big and move water. Dahlberg divers, Lefty's deceivers, large clouser half and halfs and the classic bunny fly are all you need for Munroe's trophy pike. White, black, red and white, chartreuse and yellow are all good colors to bring.

Lake Trout

The rod, reel and flies you bring for pike will all work for lake trout. Since trout stay deeper much of the season, sinking lines are more effective than floating lines much of the time. However, just after ice-out in Spring and again in late season, floating lines will work when the trout are shallow. You don't need wire tippets for trout.

When using sinking lines, the leader should be three to five feet long and test out at 12 to 20 lb. Trolling with a sink tip or full sinking line is a very effective way to find lake trout. It allows you to cover lots of water and determine where active fish might be grouped. Once the trout are located off points or around islands, you can then drift and cast over the area.

Arctic Grayling

Grayling behave much like stream trout. They take dry flies, wet flies and nymphs. Any small buggy fly will do but dark flies sometimes seem to do better. Since the usual grayling fly is a size 12 or 14, fly rods as light as a 3 wt. will work. However, wind and current will often create challenges that are best handled with a 5 wt. If you only bring one rod for grayling, make it a 4 or 5 wt.

Flies for grayling include the royal wulf, similar attractor patterns, elk hair caddis, hare's ear nymph and prince nymph.