FLIES AND LEADERS
Red, yellow (or chartreuse), white, and black are the basic colors in pike streamers. Big and bright is the traditional approach, but in recent years the most effective fly has been made with a long strip of black-dyed rabbit fur. These bunny flies range from 4 to as much as 8 inches long and are especially effective on big fish. Unfortunately, fur-winged streamers soak up lots of water and become heavy in the air when you're trying to cast them. Patterns like the Dahlberg Mega-Diver, with wings made of synthetic fibers, are sometimes just as effective and substantially easier to cast.