A few years ago in October, I was with a couple of friends invited to go northern fly fishing in Aaland, Sweden. We were promised sea-trout, perch and pike. The salmon season was closed and we were again beginning to wind down our fishing season. The sea-trout fishing unfortunately went wrong, but the trip was rescued when we were guided to pike instead. We brought one hand rods in class 8. We should be using floatline and a relatively short trace and as tip, it was used approx.30 cm kevlar thread with break strength of 44lb. We understood soon it was predators we were looking for. More below products.
The pike flies we used looked weird, as they were tied on a single hook and all the material was behind at the hook bend. We were divided into two boats and were brought to several hotspots. We fished at weedlines in shallow areas and threw the fly against the weedline and pulled it in jerk-wise. Several times we could feel that the pike was after it. They told us not to do any hooking, but keep pulling in the same phase. Almost every time without exception, the pike came back and took the northern fly. The pikes were released again and we now could see the advantage with how the flies were tied. They were solid and we got a good grip around the hook shaft when they should be unhooked.
Through one days fishing we got over 40 pike! The biggest weighed 15,2 lb and everyone of the pike was caught with a northern fly. In the autumn and the spring, pike sticks close to weedlines and in shallows near land. Here they hide and wait for suitable prey. Try with floatline and +0,40 mm trace. Through the summer the water is getting warmer and the pike move to deeper water when you have to use intermediate or sinkline.