On a fly rod? Ridiculous. (Yet, addictive.)
Gary Swank fooled this one earlier this winter while fishing with guide Blane Chocklett, who also is not only a muskie fishing specialist but an innovative creator of flies, including giant muskie flies like the one pictured here.
The difficulty of fly fishing for these critters is not about the flies. Flies can sometimes out-perform lures because the fish aren’t used to seeing them, and I’m sure that can be the case when muskie fishing. Plus, when you get all that hair and those feathers waving around in the water, it’s got to look pretty tasty to a big predator.
The work is in the actual fishing. Casting a monstrosity like that on a 10-weight fly rod, then stripping it back is physically demanding. I’m in decent shape and I managed about an hour of it on my trip with Matt Miles. Then I quit with a whimper and went to lure fishing.
So extra kudos to Gary for making it happen!