I have two trips coming up - both are diametrically opposed! I have a pike trip next week to a new location... so a fact finding trip is the name of the game. My partner is a major UK angler of note BUT I don't believe he's fly fished for old esox before... so yours truly is providing kit and tying killer patterns.
In addition to pike flies I'm tying bass patterns (sea bass - like your striped bass for readers across the pond). I was told to tie a Gartside Gurgler by a pal of mine and he suggested that it could do with being a little more on the subtle side! I guess I tie with pike in mind at the moment. However the top two should do for the bass. The surf candy is interesting in that I've put a silver bead in the head and used a Dremel drill to open the hole so that I can retain the barb. There is also something peculiar about this fly in its construction - I'll let you figure it out for a month or two!