Esox Niger

Just about all year long I have fun chasing these in my local cranberry bogs and just about everywhere. Meet Esox Niger or the common Chain Pickerel. These guys will go after anything you  throw at them. They put up a fight as long as you have some heavy leader and tippet otherwise they will saw through your line like a Swiss Army knife. 

Below is the largest one I caught 2 years ago in the Fall on a saltwater streamer I tied. 

When the fish aren’t biting elsewhere I know I can rely on catching at least a bunch of these on a trip to the cranberry bogs. The best part is going first thing In the morning when the water is calm and as soon as that streamer hits the water, it’s like watching sharks attacking from multiple angles. Ripples in the water, the fish fighting over your fly. To me it’s exciting. A lot of people would disagree as they hate catching these, but they suit me just fine. To each his own I suppose. 

Birthday Fishing Day

I am slowly getting my stepfather into Flyfishing. Getting him the essential gear and teaching him gives me great joy. He has taught me a lot over the years growing up and it’s nice to be able to give back and teach him something that is most meaningful to me in my life. We’ve been out a bunch of times over the years and he has had no luck catching a single thing. Until now. Now they might only be bluegills, but for him, just to catch something made his day. And to see his face light up and hear the excitement in his voice is why I like to get people involved in Flyfishing. 

Thanks for being there for me whenever I needed you.