Pike / Predator Fly Fishing Rods

Fly rods used for targeting pike and other predators need to be strong enough to cast the heavy lines and flies often used and to subdue strong fish quickly. For this reason rods with line weights of #8 to #10 are commonly used, often around 9ft long. Large flies, tied to imitate bait fish, are commonly used for targeting predatory fish. These flies are often quite heavy, especially when wet, so heavy line weights and matching rods are required to cast them effectively.
When fly fishing for pike especially, it’s common practice to land fish as quickly as possible to avoid over tiring them and enable successful catch and release. These strong rods, especially #9 and #10 rods have plenty of backbone to play large fish to the net quickly.
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