Full of enthusiasm I got to the canal at around 1000. It was freezing cold and within 20mins my hands were all blotchy and my fingers numb. The boats started to cruise up and down mixing up all the silt – “bugger this” – I thought, “I am away home”.
So I spent ages last night making a fly – it was made entirely out of calf tail and looked great. I used some lead to help it to sink – I was looking forward to giving it a bash today – as it was the damn thing floated rendering it useless – you live [...]
I decided to have a morning off of thinking about essay stuff and headed out for a couple of hours down the canal for Pike again. As usual, the weather all week has been fine – nice temps, no wind and generally good for the fly, however today the forecast was for rain and [...]
I have lots of work to do – I have one essay due in around 2 weeks and even though I have a good plan guess what am I thinking about constantly?
Yup – Pike slamming into my horrors down on the canal.
I think about it when driving, when falling asleep, in meetings, at [...]
Woke up – 8am – already things are not going well as I have slept in. I get my shit together and head out – the day is not looking good – pretty wild weather with a smattering of light rain. Still, I have been looking forward to this all week. It does not matter [...]
Well, two sessions after Pike the last two weekends – result – nil points!
I took peoples advice and on the deeper sections (the canal basins) I used a fast sinking leader – it got the fly down deeper but did not manage to raise a Pike from the depths. After a couple of hours [...]
My wife was on nightshift – the plan was as soon as she got home I was going to have a morning Piking down at the Forth n Clyde canal. Unfortunately I had not factored in the neighbours BBQ, copious amounts of alcohol and a young chap from Bosnia who encouraged me to sample [...]
We searched for Pike – jeepers we walked around a whole loch looking for them. The loch we found could not have been more Pikey – it was weedy, shallow in places and actually had trees growing in the middle of the loch. It looked like perfect Pike habitat. We attached it with plugs thinking [...]
Mixed results as the season draws to a close. I have had several sessions on my other favourite river, two at the local canal for Pike and one down the Kelvin.
I met Mike down at my other river for a few hours, the river was slightly high and the colour of tea but did [...]