Fish Facts: Muskellunge (Esox masquinongy)

Virginia guide Mark McKinney hoists a monster musky, caught on an unnamed Virginia River.
Photo courtesy Mark McKinney

The top freshwater predator of North America, the muskellunge is also perhaps the continent’s most elusive game fish, earning its nickname, “the fish of 10,000 casts.” The name muskellunge comes from a French translation of the Ojibwa word maashkinoozhe, which means “ugly pike,” but it is the species’ ferocity, rather than its. . .

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Photos of the Day: Of Muskies and Men

Written by: Dan Davala

One toothy grin deserves another.
Photo by Matt Miles

This past Tuesday, my good friend Trent Jones and I had the opportunity to chase some Virginia muskies with Orvis-endorsed Guide Matt Miles. While Matt guides clients for everything from trout to stripers, hunting down these toothy “river monsters” with a fly rod is his favorite challenge. You can tell it really gets his blood pumping. This was our second time fishing with. . .

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