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Rose River Farm, Virginia's finest private water trout fishing experience, has just gotten even better. Now in addition to over a mile of private water managed for Trophy Trout (all strictly on the fly and catch and release) they have added luxury rental cabins. As an introductory special ....

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The Hook & Hackle Company highly endorses this fine bonefish, tarpon & permit fishing destination. Our recent visit there exceeded our expectations many times over.

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Nora's colorful artwork just blow's me away! Best known for her watercolors, Nora has spent time painting on location all over the U.S.

 

I recently purchased a couple of prints from her Rich Pool Series which have become instant favorites!

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From time to time, we will feature different folks who are making a difference to fly fishing, conservation, outdoor art, helping others & so on. We welcome your suggestions for this column.


Peter C. Thompson, artist, writer, fly fisher & conservationist is our current feature.

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Wilderness North – Ontario Canada’s Premier Fly-in Adventure Provider!

Deep in the heart of the Northern Ontario wilderness lies an oasis for outdoor enthusiasts and anglers seeking a definitive Canadian adventure. Accessible only by floatplane, Wilderness North offers a haven for those who want to reconnect with nature.

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Tiger Muskellunge, July 2013, Fish of the Month!

Tiger Muskellunge

Esox masquinongy X Esox lucius

Local Names:

Tiger muskie

Average Size:

20 to 36 inches

3 to 10 pounds

Distinguishing Field Marks:

Color and color pattern are reliable distinguishing field marks for this species. (See the illustration.)

North American Range:

Map to the right shows approximate range in North America.

Diet:

The same as that of both parent species, a short period of invertebrate consumption changing quickly to a diet of fish, which later includes anything that passes their way, including birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals.

Fly Fishing for Tiger Muskellunge:

Look for this fish usually living in the same protected shallow water habitats where you would find either of its parent species.

Take powerful 7 to 9 weight outfits when you go in search of these fish. As “fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree,” Tiger Muskies continue the feeding habits of their original parent species. For the fly-fisher, the benefits of this hybridization is that its offspring take on enough Northern pike characteristics to make them both less solitary and less difficult to provoke into striking than are pure Muskies. The large weed-proofed, often brightly colored flies and surface poppers recommended for Northern pike fishing should produce good results.

Look for Tiger Muskies in typical pike habitats; primarily near and around lake or river bed structures. Weed beds, blow-downs, and rocky outcroppings are all good suggestions regarding where to begin your hunt for these fish.

Light wire or heavy monofilament leader tippets are almost a necessity for fly rod landing Tiger Muskellunge. Boats, canoes, float tubes, kayaks, etc. are also, in most locations, necessary to accessing these fish. Some suggested flies at right.

Again, crossed between two similar parent species, Tiger Muskies fight anglers’ attempts to bring them to hand with powerful runs and occasional head-shaking jumps.

As always, for those new to this species-specific branch of the fly-fishers’ possible quarry, an internet search will produce plenty of information about prime locations, and state, regional, and local regulations.

Significance to Humans:

This is a species recently developed and introduced specifically for sport fishing. There are those who regard the Tiger Muskellunge as an unwanted intruder and those who find it a welcome addition to their fishing opportunities. The choice is yours.

Status:

Maintained exclusively through hatchery stocking programs.