Top-Water Retrieves for Muskie

September 3, 2008 By: Marshall Cutchin

Lefty Kreh once said, “You haven’t lived until you’ve caught a catfish on a cane pole.” Well, if you have caught a catfish or two on a cane pole, what you might consider next is catching a 50-inch northern pike, or even a monster muskie, on a fly rod. And do it with a topwater fly.
This week Robert Tomes shares an article on the techniques for doing just that from his upcoming book Muskie on the Fly. “The Muskie Top-Water Retrieve” will tell you everything you need to know about the sweep-and-strip retrieves that work magic on big muskies (and other big freshwater fish).