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PROJECT RAINBOW

PROJECT RAINBOW

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PROJECT RAINBOW.

This is a design that I've had on the bench for a while now and all it needed was field-testing at the correct time....e.g. when the pike had finished spawning and moved out of the shallow bays in search of food.

And of course, that coincides (usually, that is) with the time that the first stockie rainbows are stocked into the many trout waters that are now open for pike fishing with fly tackle.

The water that I now concentrate my efforts on is one of these venues, and the opportunity to test the fly duly arrived as the weather improved following the late arrival of spring this year.

All manner of flies (including my own favourite roach patterns) had been flung in vain at the dour pike, who were in a miserable mood and just seemed to be disinterested in everything and anything that was tried.

Until this was tried.................

From the off this fly outscored anything else, despite us using all manner of creations in order to test the effectiveness of the Project Rainbow. In fact, I caught a seventeen plus on only the second cast of the testing period, one of four big doubles I took that afternoon with three of them at over fifteen pounds so surely something was happening?

The fly was designed to be fished at a very slow speed using a figure of eight retreive at a constant speed without catching the bottom weed in the very shallow water we were targeting, as this is where the majority of the pike were lying-up in wait to ambush the stockie rainbows.

The pattern is eight inches long and is dressed to closely resemble a rainbow trout, with some over-emphasis on certain features of the natural I am attempting to imitate. Fashioned on an Eagle Claw size 3/0 hook, it fishes perfectly when presented at shallow depth on a steady retreive, and the takes are really positive with most pike being hooked right in the scissors which is where I find the best hook holds to be. This does as little damage to the pike's mouth as possible and the pike fight much better when hooked in this way. As you probably know yourself, pike tend not fight as hard when hooked further back in the mouth and some damage to the pike's mouth can be done if the hook takes hold in the softer tissue in the tongue, or even worse in the delicate gill-rakers, so getting the hook to stick in the jaws of a big fish is a much more desirable outcome for us and the pike.

I will have these flies on sale in the webshop soon for those of you who don't make their own flies, but for those that do I will be doing a video on Youtube showing the method of construction soon so look out for it.

If you want to pre-empt this situation then the materials list is as follows.....you'll have to work out how to do it yourselves for now! ENJOY!

Main body - 2 x bunches of Mr. Softee tied two-thirds style with Harmony Angel flash mixed in.

Stripe - Flaming Pink Stealth Fly Fibre with 4x strands of Rainbow Pink Spectrum Fibre mixed in.

Back - 1 x small bunch of Weed Green Stealth Fly Fibre dressed to cover the stripe slightly, followed by one small bunch of Kennet Green S.F. Fibre dressed over to darken.

One strand of Harmony Angel over head before whip-finish. 

20mm Laser fishgills and 10mm Chartreuse eyes glued on and coated with Mr. Bond to protect.

Random spots marked over the entire fly with a black permanent marker pen.

And that's it, take it out and give the pike a bashing!

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