These are a few variations of my favorite pike fly for different situations. I've posted them elsewhere before but thought I'd add them to the blog. The pictures make them look a little scraggly but once these flies get in the water they come alive and really swim. The 3 variations I've tied are a basic standard one, one with eyes and one with a spun deer hair head.
To put the eyes on one of them I used some loon UV cured resin. I loved having the ability to get it all in place without worrying about it curing then hitting it with the light to set everything in place. I'm not completely sold on it yet and would like to try out some of the other brands too before coming to many conclusions. My flytying room is a little cool and the resin seemed to be a little thick to work with at that temperature. The finished head was slightly tacky too but for fishing flies I'm not worried about it. I look forward to using more of it.
The deer hair version can be fished as a popper with a floating line but I've had the best luck fishing it on an intermediate line. I can get a couple good pops on the surface then work the fly back with fast, erratic strips just subsurface. The action is a lot like a jerk bait fished with conventional tackle. Last year I got one of the most amazing topwater strikes I've ever seen by a nice musky on an orange version of this fly. That strike still plays over and over in my mind.