Spring Pike!

Firstly to the gent in the boat who I possibly destroyed his last ten minutes of fishing by attempting to sidle past his bobbing float – a apologise profusely. Why am I doing it here? Because I think the gent may be a reader – after I shouted an apology he called me by my name – it was only later did I realise  that he could not have overheard it. So apologies – put it down to excitement and the fact that you possibly just fished more in one weekend than I will get this season.

We cool?


Good – you are  gentleman and a scholar – and also quite possibly a sex fiend – I mean taking your wife fishing in a tiny wee boat for a couple of nights. Well played sir, well played!

Anyway, moving on swiftly – this trip was a trip of firsts – firstly I actually had my first cast of the year and caught my first fish.

Yay - I caught a big green pike!

And here is the boy in question on the end of my line – all fired up for some red hot sexy pike action.

Sex - NOW!

It was actually bigger in my hand – it was a high single – maybe around 7 or 8lb.

Another first was actually getting Alan Atkins (Chair of the RKAA) into his first proper Pike on the fly..

Look at that bender!

Unfortunately I did not get a picture of him holding the beast as it promptly wiggled out my hands however managed to get a picture of it diving in the water.


He then went on to catch another smaller one and miss a bigger one later.

Meanwhile buddy Alex was hauling them in on the other side of the pond…


Sweet action all round.

I also got a chance to wear a new pair of glasses sent by Kontrol Sports – they sent me them a while ago however seeing as how it has hardly been sunny I have not been wearing them much. The model is the Polar Ice Polarised Sports Sunglasses” and they cost a rather sweet £25.

They are pretty sweet – they fit comfortably around your ears due to their spring hinges and fitted rather well under my cap. They have a 1.7mm Polycarbonate lens which is 50x stronger than glass. Seemingly this is the toughest most shatter resistant material commonly used for protective goggles lenses. This is the same material used for aircraft windshields! It is also scratch resistant. This is all good news when you have an enormous fly whizzing past your face at Lord Kelvin knows how many miles an hour – a lot I would imagine. Nothing says a trip to the hospital than a Pike hook embedded anywhere your eye.

If you fancy a pair you can buy em’ from the Kontrol Sports website with free shipping – if you meet me by the river and you fancy a shot of them just ask!

You do not want that orange thing in your eye!

Judging by the weather today lots of folk will be out with their sunglasses on over the next day or two – if this keeps up the trout might actually show an interest in a dry fly soon.



  1. DavieC · March 27, 2011

    Lovely Pike..nice shades as well.

  2. alan atkins · March 27, 2011

    Alistair, had a great day out yesterday and can’t wait to have another go and maybe get a good double !

  3. DavieC · March 27, 2011

    Aye looks like it..Hoping to try get out this week and next week for them..Also head back down the Kelvin do a spot of fishing..went for a walk yesterday 2 guys fishing with maggots ..very apologetic when told fly only on a sunday and packed up and went to the GAC for permits..Looks like you two had a good day (lol don’t know if i would have been so pleasant if u disturbed my float though Ally LOL) Gd to see some nice clean fish

  4. Alex · March 27, 2011

    A grand way to kick the season off, thoroughly enjoyed it. My wife just read your post and thought you were probably a sex-obsessed maniac!
    Look forward to the next session.

  5. robbie c · March 27, 2011

    Lovely Weather,Lovely Water,Lovely Fish.Youdont realise how lucky you all are with a superabundance of fishing on your doorstep.(I’m just jealous)

  6. Alistair · March 27, 2011

    After a quick text session with Campbell we have decided my Pike had not yet spawned and yours had alan.

    Robbie – where abouts do you live?

  7. alan atkins · March 27, 2011

    That makes sense, I’m sure mine would have been a good double before spawning !!! Seriously, can’t wait to get back and snare a bigger croc ! I may have to start tying Pike flees now !! In the meantime I’m off to Galloway for some spring salmon

  8. robbie c · March 27, 2011

    Frankfurt,Germany Alistair.Advantages and disadvantages and Angling possibilities is one of the major drawbacks.On the other hand,the beer is rather superior,but i would happily give a hundred euros for a day on the Kelvin or the White Cart and a couple of pints öf Guinness.

  9. Phill Wheel · March 27, 2011

    What a great start. Well done to you sir.

  10. Alistair · March 27, 2011

    Thanks Phill.

    Technically Robbie you could pay hundreds of euros and fly over to fish the Kelvin Robbie 🙂

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