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Northern Pike

Fly Fishing For Northern Pike

The northern pike is a relatively aggressive species, especially with regard to feeding. Pike can grow to a relatively large size: the average length is about 40–55 cm (16–22 in), with maximum recorded lengths of up to 150 cm (59 in) and published weights of 28.4 kg (63 lb). They are typical ambush predators, lying in wait for prey, holding perfectly still for long periods, and then exhibit amazing acceleration as they strike.

How Frontiers Can Help Your Dream Northern Pike Become a Reality 

We have five decades of experience, and our services are free. There are no surcharges for our efforts and advice. So why not give our team a call! Remember, we want to speak to you so we can best advise you! Below you will find a list of our fishing experts. Contact one of our consultants, and they will do the following for you:

  • Talk you through the options and provide you with impartial advice that you will not receive directly from a lodge. We have 50 years of sporting travel experience!
  • If you like what you hear, we will book your trip and assist with all preparations.
  • Frontiers will provide you with our industry leading pre-trip prior to your departure, which will tell you what to pack and how things will work.
  • If you need equipment, we will put you in touch with some of the most knowledgeable people in the business. They will provide you with exactly what you need.
  • While you travel, Frontiers provides 24-hour emergency contact.

Fishing Tackle for Northern Pike

Fly rods should be 9-10 wt. or a 7-foot bait-casting or spin rod (medium heavy to heavy). 65 lb. wire leader is a minimum strength, and you’ll need it for both fly or spin fishing. This is a typical setup to handle large pike.

Fishing Flies for Northern Pike

You’ll want larger flies that mimic the look and movements of their prey. Typically these are minnow imitations both weighted and unweighted and poppers for fly fishermen. Lures can range from noisy prop baits to subsurface stick and swim baits that mimic the baitfish in that region.

Ask The Expert


Senior Program Manager

Specializes in Alaska and Canada fishing, and South America fishing and big game programs.


Department Manager

Specializes in South America fishing and shooting departments. Plus, fishing in Mongolia and Canada.


UK Managing Director


Sporting Travel Specialist

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