Mis Fit Heads and future Muskie Flies

With a fresh 13″ of snow that fell have a couple days off to hit the vise pretty hard.  Have a new product I’ve been wanting to play with.  They are called Mis Fit Heads you can find them here at the Lund Fly Shop.  I think one of the hardest parts of finishing big flies, is making your heads look nice and sexy.  Also epoxy products can weigh down your patterns, so I’m excited to see how these new flies swim in open water once we thaw out.

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Muskie Mis Fit Pattern

 

4 replies
  1. Dave Krzeminski
    Dave Krzeminski says:

    Hi Jon,

    Sweet looking fly! I was curious as to what kind of setup you use when pursuing muskies (what wt rod, floating, sinking lines, etc)?

    I recently came across a musky-specific store in SE Michigan. Very cool store with LOTS of nice equipment. I was really surprised to see how beefy the fly rods were that they were selling. I’d like to give it a try sometime in Lake St. Clair or one of the northern Michigan lakes. I really don’t want to shell out $400-500 for a rod, another $300 for another reel, and another $75 to $100 for another new line that would truly fill a small niche in my arsenal of equipment.

    Thanks for your suggestion.

    Dave

    • mangledfly
      mangledfly says:

      Dave,

      Thanks for the comment on the fly, have a couple other materials that I’m tying with, that I hope to do some more pictures of. Some really cools stuff coming out from the fly tying industry for the predator hunters.

      What was the name of the shop in SE-MI for Musky gear, would love to know. Like keeping money in Michigan.

      My setup is very simple, for the most part while Muskie are a tremendous gamefish they do not go on long line burning runs, so honestly any reel that will hold line will work. Even if it’s just a steelhead reel, as long as it feels good on the rod. Also since you are using such heavy tippets, you can really really pull on the line when you hook up. You will actually strip most of your muskie in by hand. 80 pound Sunline Flouro (there muskie line just came out), is one of my favorite tippets. As for fly rods, I’ve been using my Salmon rods, I’m blessed to live in Michigan so I have trout rods, smallmouth rods, steelhead rods, and salmon rods already. So a 9wt or 10wt seems to work fine for me. Company’s like Scott Fly Rod make a pike/muskie rod if you so desire to go down that road. As for lines you will need a sinker 350-400 grain I like SA’s http://buy.scientificanglers.com/lines/mastery-fly-lines/mastery-series-wet-tip-express.html, just to really load the rod, and maybe a floater line like the Titan from SA – http://buy.scientificanglers.com/mastery-textured-series-titan-taper.html. Nice thing about the Titan you can really use it again as a small river floating line for swinging flies too. But for the most part you will be fishing your flies subsurface so the sink tip is really a great line to start with. The SA sinking line with the link I just shared, is one of the best tangle free sinktips I’ve ever used.

      You should call Brian Meszaroz – http://www.greatlakesflyfishing.com he will have all the gear you will need to take on Lake St. Clair.

      Anymore questions Dave let me know. Hope some of this helps, did it really quick as I’m headed out the door for more Manistee River steelhead fishing. But less than a month away from the opener.

      Jon Ray

      • Dave Krzeminski
        Dave Krzeminski says:

        Thank you for the response, Jon.

        The name of the shop is called Michigan Musky Shop (http://www.michiganmuskyshop.com/). They are located in Sterling Heights, MI. They have a great variety of baits, flies, and tying materials, as well as quality tackle for all methods of musky fishing.

        Brian Meszaroz is a stellar guide and overall great guy. I’ve met him at various venues. I plan on fishing Lake St. Clair this summer from my new sit on top kayak (http://nativewatercraft.com/boat.cfm?id=49). The lake is so large, though, it looks very intimidating. Benefits for Brian are 1. his great casting ability, and 2. his boat can get him around the lake pretty quickly. I’m going to need to pick and choose locations carefully, because I don’t want to have to paddle multiple miles, one way.

        The heaviest rod I have is an 8WT, but I do have one of those multi-tip lines with floating, intermediate, and 2 different sink rate sinking lines. I can likely handle 4 or 5 inch bucktail streamer with it. I think I want to get a 10WT, and big reel, and that SA sinking line. I have a few months to decide (and save money)! Those guys at the shop showed me streamers they throw the length of my forearm!

        Thanks again for the response and have a great spring steel season. Post some more pictures and/or videos. I can’t be the only one that loves seeing them.

        Dave

      • Capt. Brian Meszaros
        Capt. Brian Meszaros says:

        Hello Jon & Dave,
        Jon thanks for the invite here. The Musky shop you are wondering about is Jason Chaney’s Michigan Musky Shop located in Sterling Heights about 15 minutes from Lake St. Clair. Ph# 586-580-3668. Tell them I sent you.
        To Dave, I agree with Jon the SA lines are great. I utilize the Titan taper for topwater and the Coastal Express for streamers. Had asked SA a couple of years ago to make an updated version of their Streamer Express that didn’t coil up in the hot weather…thus they came up with the Coastal line. Very nice. I am partial to Scott Rods as well and actually had a big part in the design of the industries first ever dedicated Musky fly rod, aptly named the “Musky-Pike Special” It is a little out of your price range however if you were to want to go out on a guided trip with us the gear is included and you would get a chance to throw this particular rod all day. And yes you can cast it all day. That was something we put toward the top of the list when designing it. It’s a 10wgt that feels like a 7, yet very powerful. If anyone has other questions feel free to give me a call. 734-904-FISH

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