I have decided I need a new 8 foot 4 weight for next season – as much as I like my current Greys 4/5 weight, it being a two piece does my head in. Additionally it is always nice getting a new piece of kit. Seeing as how the old sponsorship deals are not exactly flooding in I reckon I might just have to buy this next piece of booty.
The contenders so far are:
I have heard good things about this rod and they say you cannot go wrong with a Sage – somehow it all went wrong when I did though. My pal Alex has the Sage launch and rates it very highly. I reckon it might be a little fast for me. For my 4 weight I want something nice and forgiving. I can test cast this rod at the Glasgow Angling Centre
This is actually a 9 foot rod however if it seems right in the hand it would fit the old budger rather nicely. I doubt I would be able to test cast this rod though so I should just forget all about it.
Orvis Trout Bum
Like Sage you cannot go wrong with an Orvis – in fact Orvis and its amazing customer service might just swing it for me. The only problem is the fact that the Glasgow Angling Centre does not have many Orvis rods to test cast – what I would probably have to do is travel through to Edinburgh to try out the rod there – a hassle yes – however I would do this for the right rod!
Hmmmmmm – pondering – anyone else have a nice slow action rod they want to comment on ?
On one hand I break things and in the other I get praised.
At least I am consistant……no wait that’s not correct…
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 and learn I suppose.
Yet again as soon as I left the house I nearly turned back – it was miserable – I left in rush hour as well (I have a day off work) and my bed was calling me back. Dark and bleak and pissing with rain. I thought the rain would be against me…
However I got to the canal at around 0830, strung up my rod and after changing my fly was almost immediately into a Pike – a nice one as well (I am getting a bit blasé about them now). I had taken the advice of some of my blog readers and was using a fly with a zonker strip as a tail, a black body with just a little bit of flash – oh and some white calf tail along the top wing style – it gave the fly a rather nice action as it kicked back in the water.
Number two Pike came a half hour later – within a few yards of the first – this was a bigger one and put up a fair scrap on the 9 weight. I could see the wire trace it had somehow managed to get it trapped around its gill – I had a choice – I have read how to chin pike out the water and I could have tried it with the Pike last week however as there was people watching me I decided not to in case I fluffed it. This time however I took a bit of time, unwrapped the trace from around its gill and found the spot where I was suppose to lift it – easy peasy.. a piece of cake – a quick photo
And then back in the water.
The rain came on pretty heavy however I played cat and mouse with another reasonably sized pike for a few minutes. It attacked the fly maybe 3 or 4 times, every time it missed I immediately put the fly back in the water and it attacked again. Eventually I think it spooked and went off to sulk. I fished on at the same spot for around another 10mins getting wet and then headed off home at around 11am.
Glasgow Herald – interview with Paul Devlin, the owner of the Glasgow Angling Centre talks about his expansion plans – buys flies for 5p and sells them for 60p – now that is what I call a profit!
Read the full article here!
EDIT: Oh – here is the Fly Fishing Forums take on the article
If you are too stingy to buy a kelly kettle you may like these instructions. You only need an empty tin of soup and some tin cutters…
Wood Burning Trail Stove
These little clippers were great – electric blue, small (ish) they fitted on my lanyard perfectly and cut through mono very easily – I tried them with 20lb mono and they cut through it with ease. I would expect so to for £7.
I wanted a new pair of nippers as my old ones ……ach OK , to tell you the truth I thought they looked sexy… ok… and I had money burning a hole in my pocket at the start of the season.
From Down under. This clipper is a simple, convenient, and affordable option. Constructed from durable plastic, the Aussie Clippers use a razor sharp surgical stainless steel guillotine to snip through mono as heavy as 150 lb. The clippers are light and can be attached with lanyard or retractor.
- Stainless steel blades
- Lightweight, durable plastic
- Cuts up to 150lb. mono
Sounds great eh?
Unfortunately not – they fell apart within 6 months meaning I had to use my teeth one day down at the river. Later I found the little sharp blade down my waders – could have caused a nasty accident that could.
Fishpond kindly sent me an upgrade as a warranty replacement – will let you know how I goet on with them !
I was reading a thread about fly colour over at Shallow Fish about fly colour and whether it really maters or not. The general opinion is that it does not – at least that is my opinion anyway when it relates to Pike. I left a comment agreeing with another reader that I suspected movement of the fly is more important and I stand by that. Trout flies I am not so sure about – there have been days when trout would only take my electric green klinkhammer but shunned everything else – so the jury on trout is still out.
Anyway, as you know I have been catching pretty much all my pike on a pink bodied sparkly thing and I thought I had hit the nail right on the head with that little combination. However, I have now read I have been doing it all wrong – pike don’t take pink flies – in fact they are supposed to be imitative – greens and black work extremely well – and in murky water you are supposed to be using a dark fly as the silhouette shows up better in the pikes vision.
Good job I did not know that when I was catching those pike on my pink fly – might have put them right off!
Ok, Saturday was pretty awesome as I caught that big Pike that I don’t have a picture of unfortunately – however Sunday was just as awesome as I caught 4 (landed 2) – if they were all put together and then doubled, the new pike would be still half the size of yesterdays.
Anyway, lots of excitement in a short period of time – I caught one at this platform – casting close into the side, I noticed a disturbance in the water just next to where my fly hit the water and on the second cast the pike slammed into it. I watched a Jack chasing my fly and when it finally hit it basically fluffed it.
The pike just looked at the fly so I started to twitch it slowly away and then it pounced again this time staying on. Fantastic fun – even though these are just wee jack pike, I don’t think the biggest one today even reached a pound and a half; they put up an enjoyable scrap on the fly rod – plenty of acrobatics!