I’ve had a jones for pike on the fly for several years now. That jones has sent me as far as Northern Saskatchewan, and a close as some seedy local Jersey backwaters. To be honest, if you pay attention to trends in flyfishing, you might notice that toothy pursuit is ranking higher and higher on “in things on the fly” scale. In fact, I’d go as far as to say it’s the new fly fishing for carp. Because of this, I get a lot of questions about how I rig for pike. As with most things, there are always going to be several ways. This is just my way to build a fly leader, and it hasn’t failed me yet. It’s pretty fast to put together, and in the big picture, a lot cheaper than buying pre-tied tapered leaders with the wire pre-attached. Note that while I’d say this leader will get you by on muskies 90% of the time, if I’m making the effort to flyfish for those, I’m making the effort to beef up poundages of the materials a notch or two.