Welcomer to MFP. I think you will find the site fun and educational. You are certainly right about the trill of feeding a spoon to a big pike! What type spoons have you been having the most success with this year?
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988