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Huge Muskie caught on a Fly in MN

An absolute Monster caught on a fly.

Robert Hawkins knew the muskie was big when it hit his fly. It wasn’t until the fish, having come from straight on, turned broadside, though, that he realized just how large it was. Hawkins, who owns Bob Mitchell’s Fly Shop, in Lake Elmo, Minn., and his two friends had been flyfishing on Mille Lacs Lake, a hundred miles north of Minneapolis, for four hours on Monday morning when the muskie chased and ate his bucktail streamer two feet from the surface. To read more go to ……..
http://www.fieldandstream.com/blogs/field-notes/exclusive-video-potential-world-record-57-inch-muskie-caught-in-minnesota?src=SOC&dom=fb#ooid=ZiNjlzeDo1QWwDpVwXYhcliQOU-S9LNn

Last Day Chasing Muskie

 sunrise on muskie waters

My 2013 Muskie chase has come to an end as of today, but had one of the best sun rises of the year.  Brings to mind the old sailors saying.  Red Sky in the morning, sailors take warning.  As the last day brought with it 20-30 mph winds that chased us off a little early.  Now back to my home waters and the steelhead chase begins in full swing.  It’s truly a mix bag of emotions though.  While Muskie absorb you in every way and almost eat at your sole, I do love my leaping, jumping, cartwheeling, quick-running, dime silver friends that I will be coming home too.  I will miss the muskie waters and look forward to the chase in 2014.  During the winter thoughts and patterns will be developed and new techniques will come to mind. If any of this muskie stuff interests you I am booking additional muskie fly fishing guide days in 2014.  Feel free to contact me direct at jray@mangledfly.com

Thank you to all that joined me this fall season!

 

First Tiger Muskie

Guided Chuck Hawkins to his first Tiger Muskie.  For those that don't know a Tiger Muksie is a hybrid between a Muskie and a Northern Pike.

Had a chance to guide Chuck Hawkins for a couple days, and we scored the first ever Tiger Muskie for both Chuck and myself.  For those that do not know I found this definition online at Wikipedia

The tiger muskie is the result of the true muskellunge (Esox masquinongy) and the northern pike (Esox lucius) interbreeding. The tiger muskie has some of the characteristics of both of these fish. The pattern of the tiger muskie is varying amounts of color with vertical dark stripes on a light background. The pattern on a tiger muskie very rarely is the same as a northern pike. The body is deeper than the body of either parent fish, but that is common in hybrid fish. The caudal fins are more rounded than the tails of true muskies. The tiger muskie has ten to sixteen pores on the lower part of its jaw.

Fly in the picture is one of my favorite sunny day streamer patterns for predator fish such as muskie, pike and now tiger muskie.  Fly is tied by Eli from Great Lakes Fly.  Called the Bingo.  If your a predator chaser you should get some, they work best for me personally when the sun is shining.  Here is a link to Eli’s site and other patterns.