A lovely video from You Tube
So last year a couple of friends and I headed down to the river Endrick for a spot of Pike action. If you were a reader at that time you will now remember that “action” is the opposite of what happened. We did not in fact see any Pike at all and my and the Endricks reputation was on the line.
Our main plan was too hit the river with the fly and to that end I had bought outrageously priced Pike Flies from the Glasgow Angling Centre. What I should have done was head over to eBay and pick up some pike flies from there
However, we decided not to use the fly because of the bright sunny conditions, instead using some giant rattling pike plugs bought from the Glasgow Angling Centre, I would like to say we chose them because of the fishing technique we had planned however if it had a pretty colour, rattled and had a name like Fat Dawg or Little Gem we bought it.
It was quite sad when we got to the river as farmer that owns the land had sold it to a neighbour to rear expensive racehorses, the neighbour does not want plebs like us tramping across his land and catching “jumpy” on the back cast. Anyway, as I knew the farmers wifes family we were allowed on for this last time.
When we got to the river we were quite optimistic, the place reeks of Pike, we could sense there presence¦
I got into a Pike within 15mins, it was around the 6lb mark and fought well. The banks were very steep being of the 4-5 foot vertical variety so I sent Alex down to get the fish out while I expertly played the fish. Unfortunately the Pike shook its head and was away. I was not too bothered as we had at least seen a Pike this session. This was a definite improvement on last time.
Later, I was retrieving my rattling “Little Gem” with what I thought was a particularly enticing retrieve “ quick quick, slow slow imitating an injured fish, when my line went dead in the water. Then came the immortal words that I shall say time and time again when I tell people this story.If Alex is present I shall look to him to back me up and to nod wisely in respect of the momentous occasion..
You may insert a slight note of panic, boredom or hopefulness into that line I am not sure exactly how the hallowed words were said.
It was then I realised it was a Pike, I called out I thought it was a fish, Alex at this point thought I was kidding on (you do that when you get snagged, you kid on you are into a big fish for a bit of excitement)
Eventually, the Pike was landed, the hooks removed a quick photo opportunity and then the Pike was safely back in the water- immediately swimming off with a flick of its tail. I did not want to lift the Pike up as you see most anglers do as I am certainly no expert in Pike handling, anyway, it was damned heavy. It was one big fat Pike. I would be interested in knowing what peoples guestimate of its size would be. We reckoned it was between 15-20lbs- it was by far my biggest fish and I think I have caught this little Pike bug for the winter months- at least until the start of the trout season.
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1.Try a rod before buying it; those that know me are aware of the rod I bought on a whim. I even got a discount after mailing the owner of Fulling Mill. It is a Fulling Mill Ti4 Fly Rod 9ft 4 Piece #5 rod. Looks lovely, I fished with it once and did not take to it immediately so have not used it again. To be fair I should fish with it properly but do so like my old trusty Greys that I just donâ€™t have the heart to fish with a different rod (other than my Tea Stick Bamboo).
2.If you fly does not come out the bush after the first couple of tugs, go after it- donâ€™t bother pulling again as you will weaken your tippet even if you do manage to get it out. If you do keep on pulling then you will lose your fly to a rather nice trout making you damn your luck when in fact it had nothing to do with luck but stupidity.
3.No matter how many flies you tie you will always have â€œonly oneâ€ of that essential fly in your box- you will then lose it in a tree. (see previous)
4.I get panicky when wading- so why did I buy rubber soled wading boots? Oh yea it is because I walk to the river, even though my last felts lasted the test of timeâ€¦.kind of. I suppose the trade off was between saving Â£25 or slipping every few steps and spooking every trout in a hundred yards- hmmm gimme the cash I said to myself.
5.Look at a rooster cape before buying it- if you are going to spend over Â£25 on some feathers make sure you donâ€™t buy it mail order. I know some people have managed this and won, unfortunately I was not one of them. I did manage to get a nice cape from Ebay but seemingly they are not shipping feathers across the pond anymore.
I am trying to blank the whole end of seson situation, as such I have not updated in a while. On Monday I shall be giving Grayling a bash so will see yo then ….
When I started this blog about my exploits down the Kelvin and the other rivers that I fish this was the only dedicated fly fishing blog on the net. Sure there were updated regularly news sites but no actual personal fishing experience blogs. Now there are lots of fly fishing blogs out there, kinda makes me feel special in a funny kind of way….some people have emailed me to say that I was the inspiration for their own musings and deep down I am proud of that…
Tom Chandler over at Trout Underground wrote a most excellent post about how to subscribe to all those Fly Fishing blogs out there – check it out