“Topwater Mamas (Pike Fly Fishing in the Mountains)”
Catching pike on fly is cool, but catching them on topwater is even cooler. Niklaus Bauer and Robert Hansson go fly fishing for big pike in the mountains of Northern Sweden (Tjuonajokk), with the target set on topwater action in shallow water. It’s the middle of the summer, but this far up north the season has just started and the water is quickly getting warmer, resulting in extremely hungry and aggressive pike.
“There is one! I’m gonna figure-eight this son of a bitch. Oh, it’s a big fish. Continue with doing that. Yeah, a little bit faster maybe. Faster. A little bit faster. Nice…!
I caught my first pike on fly more than 30 years ago and since then my whole life has been all about it. I mean catching them in cool areas with great people, exploring new types of flies, tying different patterns. Just kind of pushing the limits on how can you catch them, what kind of materials you can use… it’s just a awesome fish!”