Pike on The Fly - In Pursuit of the Water Wolf
featuring Barry Reynolds
If you have ever fished for pike on the fly rod, then you know how exciting it can be and if you haven't done it before, I think this DVD might have you wondering why not! Pike flyfishing expert Barry Reynolds takes us to Alaska and Saskatchewan in pursuit of Esox Lucius, the "water wolf", the northern pike and when it comes to big fish and big action, this DVD delivers. In the beginning Barry answers the question of "why flyfish for pike?" by saying that pike hit flies with bad intentions, no little nibbles, they strike and mean to do the fly serious harm. The DVD shows some of the biggest pike ever caught on film, one of them tapes out at 54" and a number of other 50"+ fish are shown. On a scale of 1 to 10 for "fish porn" value, I would put this DVD at a 10.2, with the one caveat being that much like actual porn, there is a somewhat unrealistic aspect to it, in that the DVD is filmed in a place that has more 45"+ pike than anywhere else in the world. That doesn't make it any less enjoyable to watch though, just don't expect to grab the fly rod and head out to Boardman Lake to catch trophy pike after trophy pike. In terms of instructional value, there is a bonus section on gear that lays out rod/reel, leader, and fly choices very well, but it lacks a bit in terms of actual tactics and how to find the fish. For that info, Barry's book Mastering Pike on the Fly is the way to go. Read the book for the instruction, watch the video for the excitement, and get out there and try it!
The Northern Angler