SEASON – Fall but can be caught throughout the Summer
TACTICS – Floating long drifts from the boat on the Niagara River, Cassadaga Lake, and other regional lakes
SIZE -Average mid 30″ but well over 40″ common
HABITAT – Big water along weed beds, drop offs, and current breaks – likely ambush positions
THE BROOKDOG PERSPECTIVE…
Muskies are the apex predator and exhibit all of the characteristics you’d expect – they get huge, have sharp teeth, are photogenic, and are difficult to catch. Muskellunge (or musky) are THE apex predators with gills in the region.
Because they are at the top of the food chain, they eat when they feel like it making them hard to target on the best of days. However, when you do hook one, hold on – it’s like playing tug of war with a pit-bull. With violent head shakes and the occasional acrobatics, no other fish displays such intense anger toward its captor as the musky.
All of these characteristics are more than enough to attract a seasoned fly angler that is up for a challenge. The ability to cast big flies and stay focused through what could be many fish less hours is crucial. Musky are one of our main targets because they are native to the WNY region, a gorgeous fish, and found in beautiful locations throughout Western NY and Northern PA.
This has not been a secret among conventional tackle anglers for decades but is just recently gaining traction among fly anglers in the region. Numerous fish over 50” are brought to hand every year and some experts believe the next world record will come from this region. Join us for the opportunity to pursue that monster.