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Don’t forget about lakes!

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With the spring storm we just got slammed with the past couple days, a few of our local streams maybe a bit on the high side for a bit. There’s still an ample amount of good stream fishing to be had, but we have a ton of lakes with great fishing that get overlooked by most fly anglers. A lot of the folks in the shop are deterred by the higher flows, which means it’s a fantastic time to try lake fishing, especially if you’re not used to wading/fishing our streams at bigger flows than average. There’s tons of great lakes...

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Pike Techniques for Spring

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Pike fishing has been starting to heat up around the Black Hills, and will continue to build steam over the next few weeks. Depending on what body of water you’re fishing, the fish could be just getting ready to spawn, spawning, or could have been done for several weeks. These three different types of fish will all act dramatically differently. Because of that, there’s a wide variety of techniques and line densities you’ll need to be successful chasing pike around the area over the next few weeks.

Pre-spawn fish are going to be in the sub 50 degree water temperatures. Most...

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Pike Fly Fishing Guided Trips

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 Northern Pike fly fishing has become very popular around the Black Hills area over the past several years, and for good reason – even a small one is bigger than most trout you’re going to catch, they eat big flies with bad intentions, and it’s something different than your standard bobber and two nymph rig that you’d use for trout fishing. We have some great pike fishing opportunities around the area, with a wide variety of waters and tactics to choose from. There’s places you can go and fish most of the day to have a shot at one 15 pounder,...

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Pike Fly Fishing and Tying Classes

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If you haven’t fished Pike on a fly rod, you’re missing out. It’s some of the most exciting fishing around, and the fish are big and mean. We have several great pike lakes within a 15-60 minute drive from Rapid City, and it’s an underutilized resource to say the least. We’re going to have a fly tying portion of the class, and a ‘how to’ portion the following week – you can take one or both. We’ve been out chasing some around already this year, and it’s going to get nothing but better in the coming weeks.

The Pike fly tying...

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We’ve all been getting out and fishing pike a fair amount this year so far, but we’ve all been eagerly awaiting the pike on Pactola to really get active. A lot of the prairie lakes that we’ve been fishing have been pretty warm for the past couple weeks – 50 degrees or a little better. Pactola […]

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