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Muskie Hunter: How to Fly Fish for Muskies

Fly tackle and strategies to catch muskies in well under 10,000 casts.

Muskie Hunter: How to Fly Fish for Muskies

Rob Smith, aka "the Stache," hoists a huge Virginia muskie taken on a Game Changer fly, designed by Blane Chocklett. (Blane Chocklett photo)

Muskies are often called “the fish of 10,000 casts” because they have historically been misunderstood, not widespread, and difficult to catch. But unlike species such as West Coast steelhead, their distribution in recent decades is actually expanding. And because anglers today know more about these fish, and when and where to target them, and because we’ve got better flies and tackle, it’s not as difficult to catch muskies on fly as it used to be. It’s now like the fish of 500 casts if you learn their habits during seasonal changes—maybe even the fish of one cast if...

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