The fly in the photo below, held by my buddy Mike, was officially retired this past Sunday. Dubbed the Toxic Avenger, it scored Mike's first-ever northern pike. It is also the only fly that has fooled at least one member of the Esox family in three consecutive winter floats. Considering how cold the water is here in the Northeast, and considering that this time of year you're only looking for one or two bites anyway, I think that's pretty impressive. It's not the best-looking fly I've ever tied, but it just seemed to have the right shimmy or color or something that turned frozen pike heads.