PIKETREK | Pike fishing

Advertising

PS Cumulus Flash tag cloud adapted from the Wordpress original by Roy Tanck requires Flash Player 9 or better.

Gallery

THE FRY FLY


EXPERIMENTAL FLY

More details


£0.00


During the Autumn for a month or two, pike tend to get pre-occupied on herding big shoals of small fry into corners of lakes and small bays in the rivers, and the fresh crop of little fish find it difficult to escape. It is sometimes difficult to get takes on any bait bigger than an inch or so in size, even livebaits tend to be largely ignored during this period. The tell-tale signs of this happening are the repeated swirls and crashes as the pike smash into them, and often this behaviour carries on from dawn till dust for seemingly weeks on end.

When pike are feeding like this I have sometimes found it useful to fish under a float with three tiny baits impaled on the prongs of a treble hook; indeed it is often the case that this is the only method that will produce a bite or two.

With this in mind, I set out to design a fly that mimicks a small shoal of these tiny fish. There are many classic flies that exist for fishing for brown trout during fry-feeding time that would probably work, at least on an occasional basis, but I like to think that a bigger fly would probably succeed more often than not (it's a confidence thing!), as I can't really get to grips with the notion of pike fishing using tiny flies, hence this creation!

This fly has been constructed using pearlescent mylar tubing, which has such a lovely appearance that I could almost eat the bugger myself! It has been tied using a silvered hook with the idea of giving off a bit more attraction, but I am not sure whether this is a good move; maybe a bronze hook would be better in an effort to separate the little individual fish a bit, leading to a more natural appearance.

The two fry at the back of the fly contain rattles, and the front four are made using small pieces of closed-cell floating foam inside, in an effort to get the pattern to fish slowly or at a standstill just under the surface. I think this is important, as when pike are feeding on fry they don't usually eat them at the first attempt, they just smash hell out of a big bunch of them and then return to mop up the unfortunate injured fish as they flutter slowly towards the bottom.

This is by no means the finished article, it is just the first attempt at creating a fly that may be of some use when this feeding frenzy occurs. I shall try to develop it further when I get the chance, and as Autumn is almost upon us I had better look sharp otherwise I will miss the opportunity of testing it when it should be at it's most effective! I hope you like the idea, and should you decide to have a go at one yourself, I would love to see what you can come up with, so please send in your attempts by email!

One other thing I will mention, is that this one took quite a while to tie up, so producing them for sale would be nigh-on impossible; as someone said to me when they saw it the other day, "I'd have to take a mortgage out to buy one!"........

Till next time...............take it steady.

From Comment
2011-04-11 Roger G. Awsome, I would love to try this out too, great concept, keep up the great work guys.
Roger

Only registered user can post a new comment.

Advertising

Cart  

(empty)

New products

No new product at this time

Top sellers

  • PIKETREK - UV RESIN - Mr. BOND
  • X-RAY SUPERFINE MONO TYING THREAD
PIKETREK - UV RESIN - Mr. BOND
YIPPEE! NOW BACK IN STOCK AT LAST! THE...
X-RAY SUPERFINE MONO TYING THREAD
X-RAY SUPERFINE MONO TYING THREAD 200 METRE...
TORPEDO RATTLES - STANDARD - For Pike Flies - 21mm x 25
TORPEDO Pike Fly Rattles / Lure Rattles...
FLYLIPPS - WIGGLE VANES FOR PIKE FLIES
FLYLIPPS WIGGLE VANES FOR PIKE FLIES...
FLY LINE BACKING - BRIGHT YELLOW - 100 YARD SPOOL
FLY LINE BACKING BRIGHT YELLOW...

All best sellers