Hi Italo, I am finally going on a fly in fishing trip, something I have always wanted to do. We will be using Cochrane Air and going up between June 10 and 17th on “Today Lake”. The species in the lake are walleye and pike, both of which can be big up there.I did watch one of your shows at Kesagami Lodge where you were fishing buzz baits.In regard to outfits to bring, on the show you were using 20 lb braid with a fluoro carbon leader. Did you direct tie your leaders to the lures or use some type of connector or swivel?When fishing for Walleye did you use a leader like wire or fluorocarbon, and again do you direct tie the lures to the leader.What type of rod would you recommend for the pike? On the show you said 7’6″ to 8′ rods rated for 10-25 lb test, are these rated “heavy or medium heavy”?Also, if you could offer any advice in general about fly in trips up there and what baits you would recommend for that time of year.Thank you for your help, I have always enjoyed your shows and advice, especially for fishing on Quinte.

Posted on May 13th, 2017

Thank you for your kind words. Glad you enjoy watching our TV shows and tips on our Italo Labignan YouTube channel. That time of year the fishing should be amazing in the shallows!! The fishing will be similar in Holiday Lake as it is in Kesagami Lake when you fish the same type of water (reeds, aquatic weeds, shallow structure 3-10′, etc.). The weight specs’ of the rod you should be using should be directly related to the size of lures you will be casting and the size of fish you may hook-up. You have a very good chance of hooking many pike over 42″ and I would recommend you take a 2-piece, 7′ (or slightly longer rod), in baitcasting or spinning action. I have been very pleased with the Rapala Magnum line, https://rapala.ca/products/magnum-freshwater-spinning . I find the heavier action spinning action is ideal for casting lighter lures farther, especially into the wind like a 3/8 oz. buzzbait and spinnerbait. I have a feeling you may hook a big northern at any time on the lake, even when you are targeting walleye. So for that reason I would suggest you always use either a wire leader, or at least a 20 lb. fluorocarbon leader. If you are targetting walleye with a lighter outfit I would recommend you use a Titanium leader that is extremely thin, yet very strong when fishing 1/8 or 1/4 jigs/plastic grubs, or other smaller lures for walleye. Those you can tie directly to your braid. Bernard Yeung-set at Stringese Tackle sells good Titanium leaders on-line, http://www.stringease.com/products.php?cat=leaders&id=titanium_leaders . The 9″ length will  work fine. If you go with 20 lb. fluorocarbon leader, you can use a Blood Knot to connect to your braid. If you want to use a heavier fluorocarbon leader when you seriously target large pike I would recommend going with 50-80 lb. fluorocarbon leader material. To know the best connection to use I would encourage you to visit the Italo Labignan YouTube channel and view this tip, https://youtu.be/4trzxBw3uq4?t=2 . As far as tips go, I would suggest to start by fishing bays, shorelines and points. Reeds (Bullrush), and around any aquatic weeds. I have a feeling there will be no shortage of fish…God bless you.

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