Pike on the bank..

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 that as soon as we located Pike we would start bombarding them with flies. Alas it was not to be – we fished around that whole loch and did not catch a think. It seems like either Pike are switched on and you get plenty of action or they are off and you would swear the things were not in the water.

We decided to head to the Forth n Clyde canal for a little more Pike action – within half an hour I had a Pike – not a big one but it certainly got the old adrenalin pumping. The pike took right under my nose and came at the plug like a green torpedo – fantastic fun. I am hoping once the weather gets a bit colder the weed in the canal with die back a bit as at the moment a good cast is damn near impossible.

We met a young lad who had never been fishing before so Alex and I gave him some advice on tactics and …er…casting.

Alex rather gallantly took my photo…

We met a chap called Vinnie who fishes the canal all year round for Pike – mostly dead baiting – he told us a few more spots to try.

Looking forward to it already!


  1. Trout Underground · October 9, 2007

    So when are we going to see some real drama — a pike big enough to remove a thumb?

    You could Photoshop in a lot of blood, and be the toast of the Internet.

    Just helping here.

  2. Fish Swami · October 9, 2007

    Were you able to spot any pike? I’ve only fished for pike once, this past summer in Alaska, and it was amazing. We tried blind casting and rarely had any luck. We were able to borrow a boat and row quietly into bays and find pike lying motionless in very shallow water. It was incredible watching them eye your fly for a few seconds before torpedoing after it.

  3. Alistair · October 9, 2007

    Hey Tom,

    To be fair it was just a teeny one…bet hey do you remember this one from last year ?


    We did spot some Pike – unfortunetly they were around 4 inches long!


  4. George · October 9, 2007

    Hey Alistair, that middle picture … looks well dodgy man !

    Howya man ?

    George :o)

  5. Alistair · October 9, 2007

    George πŸ™‚

    How are you getting on? you seemed to disapear mid season ! Are you still catching massive bags up at your loch ?


  6. mick · October 9, 2007

    hello alastair, long time since i’ve seen you on the kelvin, where on the canal is good for the pike?



  7. Alistair · October 9, 2007


    Where the heck have you been ? I thought you were lost to that stocked little pond you were going on about πŸ˜‰

    Pretty much all over the canal is good for Pike – drop me a line and we can meet up !


  8. Steve · October 9, 2007

    Great picture on that Loch Alistair. I shall be putting time into stalking small river pike now I have a little more free time.

    Have seen some craking fish to upper double figures, well worth catching!


  9. Alistair · October 9, 2007

    Thanks for the comment Steve – where abouts are you based ?


  10. Steve · October 9, 2007


    I’m based in Staffordshire at the moment (Midlands Flyfishing ring any bells)? It’s been a while since I posted as we’ve had a very busy year:).

    One stream near home runs very clear and weedy, enabling pike to be sighted (some big chub too). Drop me a line next time you are in Birmingham, we can set a trip up!


  11. Alistair · October 9, 2007

    I am well up for that Steve – will be in touch πŸ™‚

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