The majority of good pike fishing will be found in less than 10 feet of water, but I never use a full-floating line unless I’m casting a popper or other surface fly. I’ve found that a clear intermediate sink-tip has much more benefit. First, it lets you keep a fly hovering just above the weeds, even in shallow water. More important, that tip helps get flies with some bulk under quickly. With a floating line, you may need to strip five times to submerge a deer-hair fly, in which case, you may pull that fly right out of the zone. Heavier sink-tips are useful in certain situations, but if you make them your go-to, you’ll often end up collecting more salad than pike.