A Contemplative Man

So Sunday evening I had a big family meal – full of fajitas I decided I wanted to go and catch some fish – problem was I could not be bothered getting my shit together to catch some trout – I stringed up my Loop Pike Booster and “ahem” boosted a few hundred yards from my front door to the Forth N Clyde canal.

The Pike were not playing ball – even the perch were just chasing my fly – every now and then I would spook tiny jacks by just walking past them.

I had one hook up and that was too a cruising Pike that was just simply swimming along in plain sight – it was maybe three feet long (you measure Pike in feet not inches) and was cruising a few inches under the surface at walking speed. I walked along next to it for 20 feet and then I ran ahead – no pictures of the green submarine as my heart was pounding like a steam engine – I cast at the beast and stripped my fly past its snout – it changed direction and snapped at the fly – it was on.

Here Be Monsters

Here Be Monsters

Two things happened.

1. I thought how the hell am I going to land this beast as there was about 3 feet of vegetation between us and I was two feet above it

2. The beast jumped clean out the water – gave me a glare straight from the depths of hell and spat my fly back at me.

I walked home a contemplative man.


  1. scott · July 13, 2009

    I was out for a couple of hours today, i pestered a few small pike I spotted to no avail. I love sight fishing, easily the best thing about summer!
    Its a shame the beats broke free, check my new blog for a few photos of beasts i was lucky enough to meet http://www.scottsflyfishingblog.blogspot.com


  2. Andy C · July 13, 2009

    it happens 2 the best of us

  3. Alistair · July 13, 2009

    Scott – I love the blog – your patter ROCKS “prehistoric murder machine”

    You still doing the business on the canal?

  4. Stuart B · July 13, 2009

    “You still doing the business on the canal?”

    Maybe you should explain that remark Alistair.:-) 🙂

  5. scott · July 13, 2009

    Ta much alistair,I do have a habit of talking shite when I get excited! I’ve not been fishing the canal much for pike, perch more often than not. I can’t bring myself to chase pike too much locally anymore, because i know it wont bea patch on that trip on my page 🙁

  6. Bill · July 13, 2009

    Having grown up in the South where bass, catfish, crappie and bream are the targeted species, I know next to nothing about fly fishing. Your blog is giving me an education.

  7. scott · July 13, 2009

    Bass are supposed to be excellent fun on fly gear, I suppose theoretically any fish that eat’s bugs, frogs or live fish can be taken on the fly.

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