by Anthony Larson @ Maximum Outdoors
“Guy” gave me a call about a month ago after he read in a forum a negative review someone gave me. He mostly wanted to let me know that someone put information about me in a forum he frequents, and wanted to know what was up with that.
His second question to me, since the post peaked his curiosity to visit my website, was about the NuCanoe. We talked in depth about the NuCanoe and the stability of the unit and why I choose the NuCanoe to guide out of instead of the traditional boat. I told him that the NuCanoe makes me the most aggressive and competitive canoe/kayak guide in the country and once people get in the NuCanoe, their skepticism quickly fades.
When Guy and I finally hit the water, it was about 3:30 and muggy/ humid. I already had the NuCanoes set up, and ready to go. He had one question: what fly rod to grab. He had five rods at his finger tips. I told him to grab the 7 wt, he felt it was too heavy and went with the 5. I was worried because I wasn’t sure the 5 will have enough backbone to hit a pike; but he will quickly prove me wrong.
|Pike hitting popper off the water|
Once we got to the spring, it was game on. Guy tied on a yellow popper that produced several northern pike. At first he found himself getting clipped off, so he upgraded to a thin steel leader. Then he honed in on the pike, after the pike tore his popper up, he switched to a silver streamer with a trailer, a rig the bass and dogfish couldn’t keep their teeth out of.
|Bringing a 30 inch Pike|
Like many guests before, I had no problem running point, netting the fish, taking it off the hook and allowing my guest to fish. It’s nice to be face to face with my guest when they pull up their catch and high five them on their release.
After a 40 fish day, Guy was in tears. Never in his life would he imagine catching bass, pike, dogfish, and garr in the same 150 yards, and if he had smaller tackle, he would have caught crappie and bluegill.