Good Vibrations

Vibrations – that what I need in coloured water to attract those Pike. You see, they have a long lateral line to detect the slightest vibration and once located the prey doesn’t stand a chance. The dorsal fin works in conjunction with the ventral and tail fins to provide the incredible acceleration we love to see behind our pike flies.

Anyway, after a conversation with Mike I decided to tie some up using deer hair as a body material – this should make them a lot more noisy in the water. The problem with deer hair is that the stuff floats incredibly well so I have added a few turns of lead to help them to sink.


Once I have got over this bug I have at the moment I will hit the local canal !



  1. Paul · December 10, 2007

    Hi Alistair,
    Hope you are feeling better.
    I tie wee rattles into some of my flies for fishing in coloured water.They certainly catch pike, although i haven’t experimented enough to say if they catch MORE fish than a normal fly.This is the kind of thing here:
    You can buy them in the angling centre.
    Was out on sunday and landed a few smaller fish.

  2. Alistair · December 10, 2007

    Thanks for the link Paul – they look like just what I am looking for – my deer hair flies alas did not do the bizz as they floated like corks – they should be good for during the summer as poppers but for this time of year they are useless !

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