What to bring – Tackle Edition
Coming up to Kasba or some other far north destination for a fishing trip? Don’t know what kind of lure you’ll need to land that pike, trout, or grayling of your dreams? Not sure of the difference between a Flatfish to a Pixie to a Kasba Bustinator? Well you might be able to find some of the answers to your questions here!
Pike – Lures used for pike fishing on Kasba tend to have slight variations based on the time of season you are fishing for them. In the early season, just after ice-off (end of June), top-water action can truly be a blast. The best top-water lures we have found for pike are the Zara Spook and the Cedar Wood Poe (series 1400), any colours should work. The most tried-tested-and true pike lure we use is the medium or large sized Johnson Silver Minnow. These spoons are great for shallow weedy bays and if you throw a white or yellow twister tail on the back you shouldn’t have to wait too long to see your first gator. Later in the season (mid-July to August) the pike on Kasba will move into deeper water off ledges, in cabbage, and outside the mouths of bays. For this time a #4 or #5 Mepps Spinner with a bucktail (I prefer chartreuse) work great, or else any coloured Troll Devle Weedless (although orange, red/white, and gold are favorites) will surely gain you some action. The great thing about Pike on Kasba is that one sized lure will catch you anything from an average sized pike to the gator you’ve been dreaming of.
Trout – The staple of trout fishing at Kasba has to be Eppinger Spoons. From Daredevle, to Husky Juniors, to Husky Seniors, we use them for all sized trout! Colours blue and silver, hammered copper, five of diamonds, and red and white are just a few of the selection we use. Small Pixies and Rattletraps are also great lures to use when looking for lots of action when trout hunting. Meanwhile, when searching for fat bottomed trout we like to stick mostly to Flatfish T-65’s (Pearl White, Blue, Purple, and Chartreuse are all great colours). Flatfish get great action and dive deep to where the big ones are waiting. Jigs are also a fantastic way to catch big lakers , as well as large rubber swimbaits such as those by Storm (5-1/4oz Kickin’ Minnows and 9″ WildEye Swim Shads).
Grayling – Pumpkin Seed Jigs, Pumpkin Seed Jigs, Pumpkin Seed Jigs! These small orange and black jigs (Don’t forget the jig heads! 1/32 oz) work wonders for arctic grayling on most day, but if not small #1 mepps spinners (pink, gold, or silver) and small Berkley Gulp! are great additions to your grayling tackle box. As for flies… well that will have to be a whole other post.
We have tackle shop at the lodge, so have a look and you can see exactly what metal we use to catch those memory-making fish you see plastered all over our website. Feel free to ask any question about our tackle, or anything else about the lodge, below, and for now, tight lines!
Terrific fishing at a very well run lodge. Great people and a great experience. My 4th time visiting Kasba. Superb accommodations and meals. Great equipment and guides. Pike, grayling and lake trout on a magnificent lake.
The fishing was amazing . Guides were great as was the food. The house keepers were also very attentive . Great experience overall ! The trip to the kazan river was the highlight of the trip, huge grayling and trout.
Travel was timely and uneventful. Accommodations were clean and well maintained. Cook and wait staff were friendly, courteous and polite. Miklane my guide was outstanding. He always found fish, offered friendly advice and was good company. Management was visible and available at all times.