Armed to the Teeth: The Northern Pike of Wollaston Lake

Orvis's Tom Evenson prepares to release a 43-inch northern pike, which hit a topwatere slider pattern.
Photo by Joel Ruby

“Can we please change this fly?” Guide Dan Lembke--all six-foot-eight, two-hundred and ninety
pounds of him--was sitting in the center of the boat, rebuilding my wire leader
and considering what fly to tie on, . . .

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What I Learned on My First Trip for Northern Pike

Written by: Chuck Coolidge


The author hoists his first northern pike on a fly. Can you tell he's excited?
Photos by Chuck Coolidge

Wisconsin is well-known for its solid predator fishing, and muskies get almost all the attention. However, there's another member of the Esox genus that's significantly more abundant and, some would say just as fun, that you can fish for year round: . . .

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Photos: First Success with a Fly Rod is a Powerful Memory

Written by: Mike Lembke, Wollaston Lake Lodge


Nick took to the fly rod quickly, after years of wanting to try it.
Photos courtesy Wollaston Lake Lodge

Young Nick is becoming quite the outdoorsman. While fishing at Wollaston Lake Lodge with his family for the past few years, he kept eyeing the fly rod as his next challenge. After a few . . .

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Wollaston Lake Lodge, Day Three: Duck, Duck, Pike


This pike decided to attack the mouse fly from above, which made for an exciting strike.
Photos by Sandy Hays

The rain started during the night, and we awoke to the steady thrum of big drops hitting the metal roof of our cabin at Wollaston Lake Lodge. The forecast called for things to get significantly . . .

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Wollaston Lake Lodge, Day Two: Bigger Is Better


Dan Lembke demonstrates the proper hold of a big northern pike in preparation for release.
Photo by Sandy Hays

Our second day at Wollaston Lake Lodge (click here for a report on the first) promised weather much like the day before--80 degrees and sunny--and we were looking forward to trying to find some . . .

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Wollaston Lake Lodge, Day One: Big Water


Another Wollaston Lake northern pike comes to the boat.
Photos by Sandy Hays

At the 2018 Orvis Guide Rendezvous in Asheville, North Carolina, back in April, Wollaston Lake Lodge was announced as this year's Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge of the Year. At the after . . .

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Four Trophy Fishing Experiences in the Last Frontier


The 30-inch mark is an Alaskan distinction between really big rainbows and HUGE rainbows.
Photo courtesy Crystal Creek Lodge

Alaska is blessed with an incredible wealth of sport-fishing opportunities—from easy-to-reach streams that flow alongside highways or right through town, to remote waters accessible . . .

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Photos: Fanning the Flames of Fly-Fishing Passion

Written by: Mike Lembke, Wollaston Lake Lodge


Young River learns the satisfaction of catching a big fish on a fly you tied yourself.
Photo courtesy Wollaston Lake Lodge

Twelve-year-old River is on his second trip to Wollaston Lake Lodge this week. He loves fishing, and traveled to Canada with his father, grandfather and brother. He is quite the young man, . . .

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Photo of the Day: A Boy’s First Pike on the Fly

Written by: Mike Lembke, Wollaston Lake Lodge


Just minutes after learning to cast, Zane was into some big northern pike.
Photo courtesy Wollaston Lake Lodge

Being a guide is not just taking folks fishing. The experiences that people share in the boat sometimes are just as memorable as the fish they catch. Teaching someone something. . .

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Photos of the Day: Drunk and Disorderly Pike

Written by: Kubie Brown, Orvis Manchester

Kubie Brown is all smiles, as he holds a 40+-inch northern pike from Upstate New York. Photos courtesy Kubie Brown
Every year, I head up to the Adirondacks with my brother and my buddy, Justin, to hunt the ponds, lakes, and rivers of the region for big post-spawn northern pike. In the past, we've found that. . .

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