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Everything here is my own, the words, images and video, all taken by myself whilst out fishing or spending time in wild places, which is what it's all about in my view! Get out there and enjoy it, or grab a cup of tea, sit down and i'll go for you!...

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Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Just the one...



Sunday couldn't come quick enough after enjoying some better sport last weekend, i met up with my brother Adam and good friend Chris and we headed for the river, excitedly!

Roughly 40 minutes later we got our first look at the water, we knew the river had been up slightly due to rain in the week but the level had returned almost to where it was last week, ALMOST. It was fractionally higher......................but there was still some colour, more colour than I'd have liked. My heart sank a little as i knew it was not going to be easy at best, and we could've been in store for a blank...

We donned waders and left the cars, a short stroll later we were bank side, it was coloured alright but the sun was pretty intense making for more visibility through the water than we first thought. We'd already decided that I'd have first "dibs" on this spot so i slipped into the river, stripped off some line and made my way into position, on watching the video back it was my 6th cast that found the desired response...

With trees on my right making casting impossible i faced the bank to cast shooting the fly out on my back cast, i placed it along and slightly over a drop off, a classic Pike ambush point! I let the fly sink a little before starting the retrieve, strip strip, pause............long pull etc until he tip of my fly line appeared on the surface, i stopped the retrieve and started the slow lift of the fly as it came over the edge of the drop off when WHAM The line went tight and i was into a fish! As i lifted the rod the fish showed itself on the surface, i turned to Adam and Chris on the bank "only a small one" i said, meaning it wasn't one of the large doubles that frequent the area! After a short time I'd chinned him, slipped the hook from his lip, paused for a quick snap before he was on his way, off to hassle the Roach and Dace no doubt!

Click on the link below for a short video of the take...

"Only a small one"

After Adam tried his fly through that and other spots along the stretch we made a 10 minute drive(in waders) to the next area to try. Adam was first to cast here and Chris and i stood aside as he waded across the shallows, this spot has given me my personal best at 16lb, at this time of year under similar conditions, so it was with great interest that we burnt our retinas into the short length of fly line between Adams rod tip and the water. For the next twenty minutes Adam fished every possible angle across the holding area, without success, i waded out and offered my successful fly from earlier, but it made no difference there was either nobody home or they weren't fooled by the fluff!...

We entertained ourselves mucking around with the cameras on the weir and i did manage to get my fly hit twice by a tiny little Pike, but soon it was time to head home...






As i write this the river's been up, down and back up again, it'll be brown and angry right now with little chance of clearing by the weekend, especially with more rain due on Friday. I could really do with some settled dry weather for the remainder of the coarse season, the big fish are packing on the weight now and I'd really quite like to meet a few of them, but it's no good fishing for them when there's 3 feet of coffee on the river! Maybe I'll just get out with the camera, i hear the first skylark of the year today, the Daffs are showing everywhere and most flora seems to be getting more vibrant in it's colouration, not long till spring now...

P.S Thanks to everyone who's contacted me recently, it's great to hear from you and to know other's are enjoying varied species on the fly rod, keep it up!

Cheers,


Graham

Sunday, 6 February 2011

A better Pike...

Despite the past weeks foul weather it has been pretty much dry, and therefore the river has stayed it's normal winter level, which meant that i couldn't wait to get back on the bank this morning!

I fished my usual second spot, first, a lovely shallow weir that i know intimately due to years spent wading it year round, in the summer it's crammed full of small Roach, Dace and other small species, in the winter the Roach shoal up here making it a great place for the Pike to ambush them and pack on the weight ready for spawning. I've taken a number of good fish here including my PB, but today i managed a medium sized fish of 6-7lbs who gave a very spirited account of himself before i chinned him, turned the hook and slipped him on his way.

The second spot(my usual first) is another weir(can you see the pattern forming?), only this one is much deeper. My favourite spot is a slack which is mostly around three feet deep with the odd deeper hole thrown in for good measure, this then drops into the main weir where decades of millions of gallons of water have scoured out some lovely riverbed contours. I reached the water and before wading into position i swung my fly out a couple of rod lengths, let it sink and twitched it back, as the fly came into view there was the undeniable shape of a Pike shadowing the "dying Roach", as i let it hang above the fishes head the pectoral and pelvic fins pulsed before it shot off into the green murk.

I moved along the bank slipped into the water and waded into position, i began casting along the bank where I'd seen the fish a moment ago, nothing happened. I'd just cast the fly along the edge of the drop off, where the shallow slack falls into the weir when the line went taut, i lifted the rod and within moments the loose line I'd stripped in was back on the reel as the fish ran off into deeper water. Compared to the average fish from earlier this was a different beast altogether, it took a few decent runs out across the weir and refused to be brought up in the water column. Finally she broke surface and i could see she was a double, a quick measure and at 33ins she went somewhere just over 11lbs, a great result!

I fished on for another half an hour and took a tiny but fat as a barrel wee Pike of maybe a pound and a half before i left for home, a happy man...

Unfortunately i was on my own and therefore picture and video taking was not easy, however click on the link below for a short video of the bigger fish going back

Pike goes back...


Hopefully the rain later on in the week wont have too much impact on the river level and i'll be out again, fingers crossed, i cant wait!

Cheers,


Graham