Tenuous Fishing Photos 14/52

I should really try and get these out earlier than the end of the week – next week (tomorrow or today if you are reading this on Monday) will be the 15th week which should be pretty interesting as the trout season is now under way – I only have one problem – I have somehow managed to lose my camera battery charger and lead to transfer photos on to my computer – I will get it sorted though – what makes it even more annoying is the fact I went fishing today and am now unable to get the photos to you guys – ah well.

Which brings us to the 13th tenuous fishing photo – I tried to take a photo of my son through this bit of stone work using my new HTC Hero Android Smartphone however it takes so long to take a picture he had started to move off…

Tenuous Fishing Photos 13/52

Anyone who fishes the Kelvin should know this stonework – leave your guesses in the comments.

By the way – I cannot believe nobody noticed my my one a week tenuous fishing photos included two for week twelve – actually it was just the numbers that got mixed up.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-04-11

  • Is set lining just a Scotland thing-sticking a worm and a weight on some line and chucking it into a river or lake does not seem fun to me! #
  • The river leven.. another urban river .. http://twitgoo.com/nap7q #
  • For the love god I need to catch a trout ! #
  • I just had a clash of the Titans battle involving a huge wasp, 3 spiders and a bird while cleaning out my shed #
  • Seriously was trying to get the wasp out with a brush then it was attacked by three spiders I think the bird was interested in the spiders! #

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Pike Tips – Mastering Pike on the Fly

Here is a great book about Pike fly fishing tips – I keep it in my loo for essential reading:

Tenuous Fishing Photos 12/52

Not that tenuous actually..

Pike Flies

These flies were sent to me by Simon Graham – you can buy some of these enormous beast attractors here.

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Vet school


I am down at the vet school for a walk… the joys of mobile internet!

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-04-04

  • Clocks changed last night… means the fish get a longer time in bed and may make em less grumpy! Me? I am going pike fishing! #
  • Just back from first trip of the year … a fair few pike caught .. full report to follow on blog! #
  • Power cut last night … told ya in like a lamb out like a lion! It is now all sleet and freezing out there! #
  • It is Easter! If there was a proper start to the trout season in Scotland this is it! #
  • Cannot stand April fools day posts.. at best an insult to your intelligence..at worse they taunt the gullible! #

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Trip 1 – Pike Madness Takes Hold

It was cold and the wind was blowing – usually I would just score some brownie points and sit it out knowing that in a few weeks things are going to look a lot better weather wise for trout fishing however there was an itch that had to be scratched and that itch was  for Pike.

My fishing companions were  Campbell and Ewan – Ewan had never caught a Pike before so it also made the trip a bit more exciting regaling him with stories of enormous teeth and ferocious monsters.

Big fly for a big fish

Of course all the talk seemed a bit pish as after the first hour it looked like we were going to blank – we did not see any fish at all in the margins – so we decided to try some deeper water (3 footish) – we were bothered quite a bit by weed however Campbell found a channel down the middle where all the Pike were lurking so after taking the picture of his catch I started to cast away frantically– he only noticed this sneaky weasel manouvre after I caught a pike – nice one!

A bend in the Sage...

A Bend in the Sage - Campbell

The wind was fair blowing causing some pretty meaty waves – I suspect the Pike (which were all Jacks – the biggest maybe just above the 5-6lb mark) were using the waves as cover to pounce on any passing bait-fish – the takes to the flies were on the whole very visual – when a Pike took you could see them crash into the fly on the surface – we eventually worked out that they were all pretty definitely in the one channel – we lined up appropriately…

Lined up - waves at the back..

Pretty soon Campbell and I had a few Pike under our belts however Ewan was still struggling – we could not work out what he was doing differently – he was using an ever so slightly smaller fly ..

A classy pose

Holding the Beast!

The way the Pike were taking the flies was very varied – sometimes the fly would be just in their mouths and on others the fly would be down the throat..

Fly down the throat!

I am reminded of my first few trips out after Pike after raking a long break and being scared that I would scrape my fingers with the teeth – I did do that actually – I remember a couple of guys looking at the blood dripping from my fingers with good humour however these days it takes literally a few seconds to get the fly out..

Holding a Pike

Even chinning Pike now holds no problems – the first time I chinned a Pike I was pretty nervous however after seeing how secure and safe the fish is I now use the technique with confidence.

Sadly we found evidence of guys that had not been so careful with their fish – Pike have a reputation for being hardy souls however they are pansies when it comes to taking any kind of abuse – they go belly up quite quickly..

Dead Pike

As you can see the fish was also damaged by a bird – not sure if this was after death or not – at least its nutrients will go back into the system and will feed the insects, the small fish, the bigger bait fish and then will finally feed the big Pike again. I have seen several fish in this area that have been damaged by anglers – Pike fishing seems to attract people who are ill equipped o deal with them.

A Pike in the water - grab it!

Feeling a bend in the rod after the cold months of winter felt great – the jacks put up a fair scrap even on my 9 weight loop. All the Pike we caught were in great condition – they were fat and ready for some hot sex – we commented on how some of them seemed to have small heads not in proportion to their bodies.

Run Run Run...

We wondered why Ewan had still not caught anything – I changed places with him and instantly had a Pike at my fly – we changed his fly – not long after he finally broke his cherry and caught himself a Jack of a few pounds – sadly no photo as it got off at the last moment before pick up however at least contact was made..

At last a fish...

As I was righting this post I received a cracking email from Simon Graham. Simon is quite literally the king of the Pike fishers – he runs three excellent resources for Pike Fly Anglers.

Pike Fly Fishing Articles – Simon’s blog dedicated to Pike fly fishing

Baltic Pike Flies – Simon’s store to buy flies for the monsters

Baltic Pike Tours – Simon’s guided trips

The email was so good as he had tied me up some of his flies and sent some to me – we bloggers do nice things like that for each other – if he ever came over here I would be taking him fishing near some abandoned burnt out cars in the Kelvin.

I must say the flies are going to arrive at just the right time – just in time to whet my appetite or the new season of both trout and Pike.

Bring it on – when baby allows ~grin~

Tenuous Fishing Photos 12/52

Today I actually went fishing – a report on that Piketastic Extravaganza to follow – however this weeks tenuous picture is an image of some of my fishing gear in “winter mode”

A heap in my attic!

I have no idea what I was thinking when I decided to stick all my gear in a heap in my attic – needless to say it meant trying to find anything was a bit of a nightmare – in fact I think I have lost a fly reel – there is every possibility that the last person I leant it too still has it (you know who you are).

When I told fishing buddy Campbell he wondered how I could lose anything considering I keep my reels in a “poofy bag”


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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-03-21

  • I would love to know how crap like this ends up in our rivers .. surely it takes less effort going to the dump! http://twitgoo.com/krh8p #
  • More litter next to a burn that I pass! http://twitgoo.com/ktbad #
  • Spring .. let's not get too cocky .. in like a lamb out like a lion! #

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Tenuous Fishing Photos 11/52

It is a pile of litter next to a burn..

You guys that follow me on Twitter have already seen this photo during the week – I have been taking pictures of litter next to water – this wee bridge goes over a burn somewhere and is used as a dumping ground by the looks of things.

I want to fish the burn – it holds trout.

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