I like the look of this. The jig flies I tied were on 1.5g jigheads and aren't the easiest to cast on the 5 weight to be honest. As I was only fishing the canal I found I could get enough distance though but I was thinking of tying up some unweighted minnow patterns to take next time.Only use one fly for Pike / Perch, not large or weighted on a size 10 B175 kamasan
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Hook - Kamasan B175 size 10
Thread - Florescent White ultra 70
Bead – Plastic red UV
Tail - 1 strand of Krystal Flash doubled twice – 4 strands under the marabou, tied in before the
marabou then when in place folded back to give 4 above.
Tail - White marabou
Flashback – Mirage tinsel (left long at the head)
Body – UV Straggle Standard in Florescent White
It takes Trout, Pike, Perch and Shark ?? Long story, but it works well.
Last week on Grafham it took 2 Perch, 1 Pike and 6 Rainbows to 6lb
It was great to get out and walk the towpath for a couple of hours after working all day. I spoke to a chap who'd been pole fishing and had a good day, plenty of silver fish which can only be a good thing for the predators. It's good to get a bit of variety too, a change from spots to stripesWell done, the next pike will be larger. Do not worry about the size of many pike flies, they are generally tied to be castable. I welcome posts like this as they bring me back to the essentials of Angling.... especially the early days, when long, long time ago we were young and ... well you know the rest, yours in nostalgia
The bigger ones will come, but no harm in practising where there’s lots of little pike.
I'm definitely going to keep at it. I had an hour with my 10 weight set up on Wednesday after work but the weather turned bad quickly. I need to tinker with my setup as the fact I'm using a 9 line on a faster 10 rod means I have to work quite hard and it's not as enjoyable as I reckon it should be. Anyone got any line advice for a 10 weight Shakespeare Agility XPS, in an intermediate?Totally agree with the above and once you start getting into river Pike from 8lbs upwards they really do give you some great sport. I'm all set for a day on the river tomorrow, last Saturday my fish came in a window of between noon and 14.00. Three hours either side of this you would have thought there was not a Pike in the river. It's just plain good fun.
Sounds like great fishing, well done! I had an hour this afternoon but was fishing small jigs as casting space was minimal. Had two jack's, the canal is still very weedy so called it a day at that.I had 7 or so hours out today, managed four Jacks about this stamp.
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A couple of Perch about about a pound or so. And had a follow from a proper Pike, I was fishing along a high bank. She came out of know where, saw me and hung high in the water before gently turning away and back from whence she came. I love seeing them do that.
Apologies for highjacking the OPs thread. I'm to lazy to start one anew.
If that one doesn't count, what about this one, caught on fly by my boat partner on the Lake of Menteith...I nipped out for a couple of hours after work today to fly fish for perch (by design), and test some jig flies I'd tied up. I managed one perch (hurrah) and the smallest pike I've ever seen... I don't think it counts. Lovely fishing on a fibreglass 5 weight though.