• Fly Fishing for Big Pike in the Mountains of Northern Sweden
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    Niklaus Bauer
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Fly Fishing for Big Pike in the Mountains of Northern Sweden

3 years ago, we visited a remote mountain location in Northern Sweden for the first time to target pike on the fly.

The plan was to make a really cool pike film with meter-long fish slamming mice and lemming patterns on the surface. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen because the water was already too warm by that time and most of the fish had moved out of the shallow coves.

So, fast forward and we decided to try again later on during the first week of the open season. During spring I had developed a pattern based on the new Surface Seducer Howitzer baitfish popper heads that was more of a subsurface pattern with 2 hooks, a Fish-Skull Articulated Shank, and a big Dragon Tail at the end. I wanted a pattern that would work well both when fished roly poly as well as with strong pulls.

The helicopter brought us out the Tjuonajokk fishing camp, located way above the Arctic Circle.

The plan this time was to drive with the river boats through the rapids upstream to a big cove were the pike had spawned a few weeks before and were still hanging around waiting for whitefish and grayling to come in and feed in these shallow areas.

We took turns poling the boat forward and with only one of us fishing at a time so our cameraman could catch every single take in slow motion. How did it turn out? See for yourself.

Howitzer Topwater Pike Popper Fly Tying Video

If you liked this fly featured in the Topwater Mamas video, give it a try yourself!

Fly Recipe

  • Hook: ​Partridge Predator CS86 X 4/0 in the front and Partridge Attitude Extra 1/0 in the back.
  • Glue:​ Zap brush on, Devcon Epoxy 5 min
  • Thread:​ Textreme Power thread 100D
  • Connection:​ Partridge 49 strand pike wire 40 pound. Fish-Skull Articulated Shank 20 mm, One 6 mm articulated bead your color choice
  • Connection for wiggle tail: ​Partridge 49 strand pike wire 20 pound, Fastach size 0, one 2 mm bead
  • Head:​ Surface Seducer Howitzer Baitfish Popper Head, Large, Yellow Chartreuse
  • Eyes:​ Epoxy eyes 5, 5 mm Fl. Red
  • Tail:​ Dragon Tail large Fl. Yellow or Wave tail XXL Fl. Chartreuse
  • Body:​ Extra Select Craft fur in Fl. Yellow and Fl. Orange, Polar Reflector Flash in Yellow and Hot Orange, Ripple Ice Fiber Shrimp Pink and Electric Ripple Ice Fiber Fl. Orange

Will you tie this fly? Where would you use it? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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About Niklaus Bauer:

Niklaus Bauer is a Swedish pike bum who has been targeting pike on fly for the last 30 years. He has been a big part of the modern pike fly tying development in Scandinavia for the last 10 years, especially when it comes to pike tube flies and tails. He is a part owner of the Swedish fly fishing company Fly-Dressing, which is a distributor in Northern Europe. Their YouTube shows #flytv and #tietv have become very popular and are watched by 12,000 people every day all over the world.
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Comments on this post (11)

  • Jul 22, 2024

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  • Aug 10, 2023

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  • Dec 31, 2022

    Great movie,
    Looking forward to exploring the fishing in Sweden – so many amazing opportunities

    — adrian westlake

  • Nov 14, 2021

    I was wondering what weight rod you use and do you overload the line weight or use line weight recommended by rod manufacturer, Your videos are really great keep em coming

    — David Przybylski

  • Jul 13, 2021

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  • Mar 17, 2021

    Just found you and am really excited to tie up some flies for muskies that I started chasing a year ago with the fly rod. Your detail really helps a novice appreciate whats done and why in building a fly.Thank you so much!
    Gary Anderson

    — Gary Anderson

  • Dec 03, 2020

    Just tied up a bunch of these patterns in a couple of colors. They look great with the XL size wiggle tails. Going to give them a shot for pike this weekend!

    — Jesse Erhardt

  • Dec 03, 2020

    sweet vid
    what kind of boat is that? Here in Alaska we often use jet boats but I think that type of boat would be awesome up here traversing weedy lakes where jets do not preform well.

    — Chirs

  • Dec 03, 2020

    Just awesome!

    — Jan Balvan

  • Dec 03, 2020

    Great vid guys, really enjoyed it!!

    — Michael Gabrion

  • Dec 03, 2020

    I have been watching this Pike Fishing Video for several months and have tied about a half dozen of these in various color combinations (thanks to his fly tying video also). Both are awesome, can’t stop watching those two having so much fun catching all those huge Pike and the videography is Fantastic. Can’t wait to get out this spring for some NE Ohio Pike. Thank you Nicklaus for ALL your fly tying videos and insight into fly tying and fly fishing. Also: Love ALL the Flymen products.
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