Fly fishing for large Northern Pike is very popular with our guests. Fly rods, size 8 or 9, with weight forward lines one weight heavier than the rod, are recommended to cast large flies to Pike. Heavy monofilament, or wire leaders are essential for Pike fishing.
Fish caught at Mawdsley weigh up to 30 pounds for Trout and 25 pounds for Pike. Light to medium weight bait casting or spinning tackle is recommended. We suggest 10 to 12 pound test line.
Lures recommended for both Pike and Trout in our lakes include the Len Thompson “Five of Diamonds” (five red diamonds on a yellow background), “Lady Bugs”(orange with black spots), “Frogs” (green with black bars) all in size 1 or 2; Rapala “Fat Raps” (silver or blue), and “Shad Raps”, as well as numerous other spoons and lures traditionally used for these species. Small black, or dark grey flies (size 18 to 22) work best for Grayling. Very small “Mepps” or “Panther Martins” can also be effective for Grayling.