Catching Really Big Pike On A Fly

Brace Lake Outfitters

For fly fishers who love to catch really BIG pike on a fly, Brace Lake Outfitters is the place you want to go. Mark Melnyk, one of the hosts of The New Fly Fisher Television Show, had heard about this legendary fishery for years and was quite excited at the prospect of fishing there.

The lake system here has cold-water springs which help keep the lake water cool all season long. That is why it has huge pike and walleye in shallow water throughout the summer. This type of fishery and water system has made them famous for all types of anglers.

Mark recommends a combination of big and medium-sized streamer flies for the pike. Specifically blue/white, green/yellow and all-white flies in 6- to 10-inch lengths are perfect for the fish on this lake system. The topwater action for pike can be absolutely explosive and Mark found early morning and late evening light perfect for this style of fishing. Mark used either a 9- or 10-weight fast-action rod coupled to a floating line. A stiff mono leader of 6 to 8 feet in length (25 - 35 pounds) joined to a 30-pound wire bite leader is an absolute necessity with the monsters here.

Watch The Anatomy of a Pike Attack

This fly-in facility features great boats, season long great fishing access and wonderful accommodations. You can opt for the full American Plan packages or bring your own food. Kyle and his wife Teri are experts at taking care of anglers. Whether large groups, families or even fathers and sons, they can accommodate everyone. Mark had a great week here, you will too. Give them a call to learn more!

To contact the lodge directly visit: or phone (807) 329-1116

About Colin McKeown

Colin McKeown is the producer of The New Fly Fisher Television Series, and several documentary series for the Outdoor Life Network, the Discovery Channel and the History Channel. With a passion of fly fishing, Colin's goal is to help both novice and veteran fly fishers everywhere by giving them a top-quality fly fishing series that will make them better anglers. Known for his keen sense of humour, Colin has two wonderful children and is married to the most understanding and patient woman in the world. 

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