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Cree River Lodge provides nearly unlimited opportunities for the fly angler. Endless shallow bays, channels, and flats teem with hungry, toothy pike. Feisty Arctic Grayling await in the nearby rapids, their spectacular leaps and brilliant colours will amaze you.
The aggressive, slashing strike of a monster northern pike as it inhales your fly right in front of you has to be one of the most spectacular moments in freshwater fishing. Chasing pike is becoming increasingly popular with fly rodders in recent years, and with good reason. Pike are an ideal quarry for fly fishing. Sight fishing for huge fish in the shallows is a blast!
For many people, the Arctic Grayling symbolizes the last frontier, the far north. To seek out these amazing creatures, you need to travel to the land of the northern lights, leaving civilization far behind. The best part is that Grayling are a lot of fun too. Imagine a fish that leaps completely out of the water to eat your fly… or better yet, come catch a few for yourself.
Whitefish can often be seen rising within easy casting range of the dock in the evening and endless numbers of walleye roam these waters. While neither is an easy target for the fly rod, both can provide entertaining fishing under the right conditions.
For the angler wishing to give fly fishing a try, we have several rods and reels available at the lodge. We can provide some basic instruction and our fish love to eat flies. Your next angling addiction awaits!
Fly Fishing for Pike
Fly Fishing Tackle Tips
These tips are meant as a guideline only. Most of you will have your favorite equipment and lures that you know work well. We have an excellent assortment of tackle at the lodge so if there's something that you are needing once you get up here, or have forgotten, don't worry. We probably have it!
Pike Fly rods
- 9 or 10 wt rods with WF floating lines. Sink tips can be advantageous under certain conditions.
- Large streamers in a variety of patterns and colours, poppers and other topwater patterns can be a lot of fun at times.
Grayling Fly rods
- 4 to 6 wt rods with floating line
- dry – Sizes 8 to 14 – mayfly, caddisfly and stonefly patterns, heavily hackled for fast water. Foam patterns work well too.
- Wet – sizes 6 to 12 – Nymphs of the same species as well as streamers and soft hackle patterns.
Fly Fishing for Grayling
Grayling are a true river fish, preferring the flowing waters and the steady supply of protein flowing past in the form of surface and aquatic bugs. The rivers are also preferred by Grayling over the open waters of the lakes where their life-span can be shortened in a hurry by Northern Pike all to eager to make then into a meal.
Fly Fishing for Other Species
Beyond the thrill of big Pike thrashing at the end of your fly line, Walleye and Arctic Grayling are also well known to chase flies with abandon. In fact Arctic Grayling fishing on a light weight fly rod is one of the special treats of fishing in Northern Saskatchewan.Many wet fly patterns will work for many species of fish. The streamers used for Pike can be a very successful Walleye fly. Use a sinking tip line and leave on your steel leader to sink your flies down a bit deeper into the Walleye holes. Large Woolly Buggers and Leech patterns are excellent for Walleye as well. Almost all fish will chase a minnow imitation fly such as a Muddler Minnow or a Clouser Minnow. These minnow patterns will also work well on Whitefish. A Whitefish might surprise you with an aggressive battle and are another fun fish on a fly rod.
“First class accommodations and guides. Biggest Pike caught in 40 years (45”). The food was amazing.”
“Fantastic week! Pike, Walleye, Grayling were all a blast. Team Cree River Lodge were all awesome! Thanks to all, greatly appreciated.”
“First time fishing in 25 years, you guys made it so easy. Awesome people, great food and a super time. Hope to be back.”
“Great lodge, great staff, great guides, and most importantly, great fish!”
“Hoy muchas pescas, no? Great guides, staff, fish. Thank you for the memorable week!”
“Amazing trip, tons of fish. Amazing staff and lodge. Dunes was a great day trip. Will be back, thanks all.”
“Awesome times on the lake and at the lodge. Big fish. Thanks to all the staff at Cree River Lodge. River trip to the sand dunes was amazing and huge Jack on the river!!”
“Cree River Lodge is fantastic!! The only place in Canada where the fish bite better than the mosquitos!!”
“Good times, great fishing. Had a blast! Great meals and guides. Thanks for everything, especially the 45.5” Jack!”
“As an outdoors writer for the past quarter century, I've had the opportunity to fish a great deal of water with a great number of people, from the far north to Mexico. I can truly state that never have I spent time with better, more experienced anglers than the folks at Cree River Lodge. I felt comfortable from the moment our boat touched the dock at Cree River until; sadly it was time to depart. The fishing, food and hospitality were top notch and I am eagerly awaiting round two with those big pike and walleye.”
“I have fished a lifetime to catch the quality of fish I battled with at Cree River Lodge. The pike fishing is so insane I had to make time to fish for walleye and arctic grayling—I love first world problems like these.”
“I have been in outdoor media industry for 11 years, and in that time I've been able to travel to some amazing places to fish. But I can say that of all the incredible locations I've visited, none has stuck with me more than Cree River Lodge. I have an insatiable passion for pike on the fly, and I truly don't believe any experience will ever top the fishing at Cree River. It was as close to paradise for a guy in love with toothy fish on the fly as you can get. If I could visit every year, I would.”
“Cree River Lodge is a truly outstanding destination for giant pike! In the vast river system there, you can catch huge ‘gators in weedy backwaters, rocky river sections, and in wide-open lakes—loads of pike over 40 inches, with some pushing 50! If you get worn out by these monsters, take a break with a hot walleye bite, with most fish over 17 inches and some close to 30 inches. Finally, big grayling are waiting for the right spinner or fly pattern in the fastest river sections. The guides and accommodations are awesome, too”
“Made the trip with high expectations. All expectations were exceeded, blown out of the water. Was hoping to land a few pike on my fly rod and broke all my personal records with a 46" pike on the fly. 8 pike 40" or larger in 3 days. Thanks to the guides, Darren, Joel, Georgie for putting us in the right spots, again, again, again. ”
“Patrick, Best Walleye fishing in 10 years! Thanks for doing a great job as our host! You continue to improve the wonderful experience. All the best. ”
“Cree River Crew, We had an outstanding time at the lodge and on the lake this week. Biggest pike on the fly. Stef's biggest pike, grayling and walleye and summer whitefish! Meals were too good. Hope to see you again soon. Cree river lodge is like fishing in a dream. Thanks All! ”
“Unreal. What I love about Cree River is you are in walleye, monster jack and grayling within minutes of the lodge - no 20 minute boat ride. I would recommend time at the rapids and the river. Four casts with 4 fish over 40 inches has to be the highlight!! The amazing food and shore-side lunches topped off the trip.”
“Date: Aug 21, 2015 Thx for the awesome fishing + Great food and Company, Completely awesome, Thx.”
“Date: Aug 21, 2015 Best fishing ever! 46.5" Jack, lots of Walleye! Awesome food, awesome people. Keep doing what your doin. thanks for the experience.”
“Date: Aug 21, 2015 Great fishing, Great people, Great food, Tons of fun. Thanks for everything.”
“Date: June 10, 2014 Greatest fishing experience I've ever had!"
“July 5, 2014. Thank you for the family atmosphere, good laughs + the BEST fishing these green eyes have seen. Also thanks for not sending us to the hospital during spoons! Cheers from Chicago! 29 inch Willy the Walleye. 45 inch Jack."
“Date: June 30, 2014. What a great time - food fish and food. Take the River trip and see the Canadian North. Thanks for the lesson on catching the Walleye. Pike fishing was Great. We both enjoyed it a lot."
“Date: July 5, 2014. My first 40" Northern, 28" Wally, and a very nice grayling to say the least it was a trip of firsts. So lucky to have had the chance to experience such a friendly and fun family. Can't wait to come back."