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    Default Advice on Tackle for Pike / Perch beginner

    Hi There,

    It's got colder and I live in Cambridge... so not exactly a fly fishing hotspot.

    So, to be able to make the most of the waters around me I want to diversify to try some lure fishing for Pike / Perch.
    (I was fly fishing one day with not much luck when some other guy caught a few pike on a spinner).

    It's my birthday coming up and so I thought I'd treat myself to some tackle to be able to target Pike / Perch. But I know nothing around what sort of thing I should be looking for.

    Any advice on what I should look for in a rod / reel and what sort of lures to start with would be great.

    Do I need a re-enforced lower line for pike as I hear they can chomp through otherwise.

    Basically... I want to start-up and would like to know what people would advise.

    Cheers!!

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    Default Re: Advice on Tackle for Pike / Perch beginner

    For piking on canals or rivers in the area I’d suggest a 9’ or 9’6” #8. If you plan on visiting reservoirs, bigger rivers thennyou might want to step that up to a #9.

    For perch and other coarse species like chub and roach your trout gear and nymphs/small lures will be fine. Red tailed flies are very good and your buzzers and spiders are worth using too.

    Fly line for the heavy outfit needs to turn over big flies and so get a specific predator line. Follow that with 8-10’ of 15 or 20lb leader straight through. You don’t need a tapered leader.

    Where you fish lures targeted at pike and perch you’ll need to use a wire trace as pike will easily cut through even 50lb line. Easily available from most tackle outlets.

    Also, as coarse venues are likely to have more vegetation around them, you’ll probably want a line tray to and it’ll certainly keep your line away from all the winter grit and mud!

    Pike lure wise, something around 5-7” in length and made of artificial fibre (they shed water quickly and so are easier to cast) will get you fish. White belly with olive, tan or yellow back work well as do those with lots of flash. Big streamers are good too.
    Last edited by iainmortimer; 30-10-2018 at 02:20 PM.

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    Default Re: Advice on Tackle for Pike / Perch beginner

    Thanks!!
    Really helpful!

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    Default Re: Advice on Tackle for Pike / Perch beginner

    The kind of thing you want...

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    Default Re: Advice on Tackle for Pike / Perch beginner

    Nice!
    Think I need to get me a heavier rod first!

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    Default Re: Advice on Tackle for Pike / Perch beginner

    Quote Originally Posted by taupe78 View Post
    Nice!
    Think I need to get me a heavier rod first!
    You don't need to break the bank...the Shakespeare Oracle and Shakespeare Agility are both very usable rods and you should be able to get both as kits including rod, reel and line for around £100.

    Its worth noting that unless your venues are very shallow, in the main an intermediate will be your most used line and so if you only get one line, get that.

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    Default Re: Advice on Tackle for Pike / Perch beginner

    Thanks!!
    Christmas and birthday are both fast approaching.

    My concern isn't really the vegetation on the ground... it's being able to do an effective cast whilst surrounded by trees and bushes.
    Using a spinner would be far easier - but would love to use a fly rod.
    Basically, how can you get a large lure, like the ones you've shown, out far enough or off to the side without using a full motion which would catch every tree/bush around.

    I suppose the answer will be practise ... but it's hard to keep at it if you lose a fly every 10 minutes!!

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    Default Re: Advice on Tackle for Pike / Perch beginner

    Quote Originally Posted by taupe78 View Post
    Thanks!!
    Christmas and birthday are both fast approaching.

    My concern isn't really the vegetation on the ground... it's being able to do an effective cast whilst surrounded by trees and bushes.
    Using a spinner would be far easier - but would love to use a fly rod.
    Basically, how can you get a large lure, like the ones you've shown, out far enough or off to the side without using a full motion which would catch every tree/bush around.

    I suppose the answer will be practise ... but it's hard to keep at it if you lose a fly every 10 minutes!!
    That very much depends on the water.

    If you can, Wade. That takes away a lot of the problem

    Consider overlining a rod so that you need less line out when casting ie a #9 or even #10 line in a #8 rod

    Start with lighter smaller flies like streamers as they’re much easier to cast.

    Don’t be fooled into thinking you need to cast miles to strip the lure back at speed. Often casting just a rod length or two is all you need. How often would you flick a spinner out out underarm into a tight spot or under the bank at your feet - using a fly is no different and sometimes a catapult cast is plenty.

    Also, bear in mind that with a 20 or 30lb leader and wire many branches will give up your prize if you do hook them - just grip the line in your hands rather than trying to pull out with the rod bent.
    Last edited by iainmortimer; 02-11-2018 at 09:51 AM.

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