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    Default Perch on the fly (outside large reservoirs)

    This winter I wanted to try something new and have been fishing canals/engineered rivers for specimen (1lb +) perch. I have to say that this is the most challenging freshwater fishing I've done.... and it's been noted on this forum and elsewhere that targeting large perch on the fly is a challenge..... outside of Blagdon/Chew etc.

    The set up I've arrived at is a 9ft 4wt tip flex Helios 2 with a floating line with the recent addition of an Airflo sink tip poly leader. Flies are all heavily weighted with a single AAA shot - the depth of my current venue is around four feet. After ten or so sessions on a Hertfordshire river I've only caught two decent ones, one around a pound, the other around 2lbs! Most of what I catch are 'nuisance' but welcome pike so I now use Wolfram traces.

    I've concluded that the biggest issue the fly angler has is the lack of sensitivity of our set ups compared with modern lure techniques. I am sure I am getting bites but just not detecting them.

    Any experiences, advice, photos etc. would be appreciated.

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    Default Re: Perch on the fly (outside large reservoirs)

    My only experience is stalking perch on Loch Lubnaig, seeing something charging shoals of fry I thought it was trout, after much frustration discovered it was perch, the small ones work in large roaming shoals and are easier caught with a nymph hanging off a dry, the fry chargers are bigger and seem to work alone, makes them hard to target, a flat calm and being able to see signs of them hunting makes it more interesting but not sure its any easier, I'd totally concur that it needs a very sensitive approach, one I never quite cracked, a large fry pattern tweaked along near signs of fry bashing lets you keep a tight line and feel pulls, but not all pulls result in a hookup, you can get surprisingly big pulls then nothing.

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    Default Re: Perch on the fly (outside large reservoirs)

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    Default Re: Perch on the fly (outside large reservoirs)

    I'm find catching Perch rather than Trout a bit of a nuisance but its better than blanking
    There are two basic fly designs, those designed to catch fish and those designed to catch fishermen, the latter being the best seller

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    Default Re: Perch on the fly (outside large reservoirs)

    I've been bitten off twice by pike this year. Wolfram's are very fine, less than your average 8lb flouro, although still not ideal.

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