Monday, 28 May 2012

Fly action!!

A short video I took of a white/orange baitfish tied with sparkle fibre. The action this synthetic material imparts is very realistic.

Tight lines.......Rich

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Pike Fishing with my 10 yr old son.

Today was Oliver's first time Pike fishing on the fly, and what an eventful couple of hours we had!

We got to the Erewash around 6.00pm and set the rods up in the car park. We had a quick look either side of the bridge to see if we could spot any fish, as there had been a few Pike surface cruising the evening before. I saw what I thought was a small Pike sat amongst the lillies so we decided to try there first.
Oliver was using a simple silver/orange baitfish pattern I had tied and I put on a large deceiver to give the fish a choice of 2 different flies.
Within 5 minutes of fishing I lost what felt like a reasonable fish and Oliver pulled out of one. We carried on fishing for a further half hour without a bite so we decided to move. The fish must have been spooked from the lost fish and constant thrashing of the water.....:o)

We had a walk to the other side of the bridge and immediately saw a very large carp crusing close to the Lock gates along with a shoal of what looked like small roach. With this many small fish around I knew a pike must be fairly close by, so we decided to give it a half hour and then move on if we caught nothing. Within 10 minutes I had banked a small Pike of around 3lb and Oliver had yet again pulled out of another fish. I looked at the fly and the hook seemed o.k but just to be safe I asked Oliver to pick another fly to use. After another few minutes and with an impatient dad chastising him he picked a Clouser minnow style fly.

On went the fly and approx 10 minutes later he hooked a Pike. He was playing the fish well when suddenly the rod tip slammed over and he shouted me to help. I got there just in time to see a Pike of epic proportions (well it is to Oliver) let go of the smaller Pike he had hooked. The rod tip sprang back and almost flirted the poor little Pike onto the grass bank.The look on Oliver's face was a mixture of panic and joy at catching his first fly caught Pike. I netted the fish and removed the fly easily as I had crimped the barb on the mustad C68SZ tarpon hook.

In the Pikes left flank was a large and very deep gash where the larger Pike had hold of it.  I wiped down the wound with an old towel I keep in my tackle bag ,and applied some Kryston Clinic antiseptic wound wash. Normally I only carry the clinic when stalking carp with my older son but luckily I had left it in my tackle bag.

Oliver and I had a fantastic couple of hours fishing together and I am really proud of him taking his first ever fly caught Pike.

In a society obsessed with money and technolog its days like these that remind us all of whats really important..........

Tight lines.......Rich and Oliver

Friday, 18 May 2012

Streamer flies for Pike

Hi all.

I have been tying up a storm lately and have had loads of fun tying Streamer flies for the local Pike to (hopefully) have a chew on.

These flies are a pleasure to tie and fairly easy as long as you get the proportions right. The action varies with each fly depending on hook size, dressing etc. and half the fun for me is seeing them in action and working out how to improve them.

Give them a go and see how much fun they can be....


Monday, 14 May 2012

Pike Fly, Hot Pink Bunny Tube fly

I have been experimenting with tube flies recently, mainly because some of the patterns I want to tie will close the gape up on a standard hook and affect hook ups.

This fly is tied on a Pro Tube system flexi tube with a soft sonic disc. I have cut off most of the retainer tube leaving approx 10mm left.

I first tied on a "pillow" of UV hot pink fritz followed by a collar of barred blood marabou. I then attached a length of 2 tone zonker strip before locking everything down with a drop of superglue.
The body is a mosaic fritz followed by a marabou collar and topped with some peacock hearl.

Video coming soon......

Tight lines......Rich

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Bend Back Minnow and Surf Candy

These 2 patterns where originally designed for Saltwater fishing, but as with many saltwater patterns they make excellent Pike flies.

The bend back has been weighted with lead wire and is tied on a Mustad 34007 size 1/0 and fishes with an excellent jigging action.

The surf candy has been tied on a size 2 short shank wide gape hook and is coated with 2 layers of Deer Creek diamond hard resin.

Tight lines......Rich

New Video. Articulated Baitfish

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

New 3D Epoxy Gel eyes "Blue Fusion"

New colour gel eyes, currently only available from me.

Blue Fusion 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, 12mm and a whopping 14mm!
Magma (Red) 8mm, 10mm, 12mm
orange Fusion 12mm
Lime Fusion 13mm

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Pike Flies. BunnyBou flies....:o)

Hope everyone is well...:o)

I have been tying a lot of flies recently with rabbit strip and marabou as the movement you get with these flies caanot be obtained with synthetics. The flies are not as hard wearing as my usual synthetic baitfish but I dont mind changing out the fly every couple of fish or so.

Hope you like em.

Tight lines.....Rich