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PROJECT DYNO-ROD

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PROJECT DYNO-ROD

8/10/17

I have been working on this project for the last couple of months after leaving it on the back burner for a few years. It is based on my thoughts on how a pike takes a fly and how that fly behaves once it is engulfed in the pike's mouth. It is also I suppose a development of the hair-rig principle, that is to say that the bait (in this case fly) is attached to the hook but not fixed rigidly to it.

This has many benefits to aid the carp angler, indeed the hair-rig has become de-rigeur to carp anglers and a bait with the hook buried in it is a thing of the past mostly. So why should this principle not be of use to the pike fly angler?

I remember that pike anglers were experimenting with hair-attached baits (dead or live) way back in the eighties, shortly after the rig became well know among carp anglers. The results of these experiments were somewhat mixed, some people said they were happier with the new rigs and some said not......but the idea retains a few advocates who still maintain that it is fairer to the fish as deep-hooking problems were avoided in most cases.

So where does this leave the fly angler and how does it affect the way we fish? I think that the major difference is that bait anglers wait for a take to develop before setting the hook......and we don't.....and bait anglers rarely use any kind of 'instant stike' techniques or rigs......and we do.  

A lot of rubbish has been written in the past about how pike apparrently 'tail-nip' or 'come short' when following a fly.....I have not believed this for a few years having watched pike taking flies at close proximity and how this transmits itself to the angler at the end of a long line.

Pike are extremely adept at gulping in ANYTHING and blowing it back out in a split second, and this is what happens when they are 'tail nipping'......the fly has been in the pike's mouth and already been ejected before you feel the 'take', the interruption of your retrieve is what you feel, not a bite.....the bite has already been and gone before you feel a thing.

So my idea was to leave the hook in the pike's mouth after the fly had been ejected......and the concept of the detatched hook rig was born.

So far the idea is still in the early stages and the designs need perfecting so that the tying procedure can be established. But I am convinced that this could be the way that ALL pike flies will be tied in the future.

The design has many benefits for us to consider.....

the action is amazing and can be changed at will,

it is EXTREMELY weed-free,

it hooks the pike in the jaw or mandible instead of the tongue or gill-rakers,

the hook can be replaced easily without changing the fly,

it is simple to incorporate a rattle into the design,

it can be trickled along the bottom without fouling,

you can use whatever kind of hook you like,

it doesnt suffer from any kind of tangles or wraps around the hook,

the fly doesn't get damaged as it is free of the hook and normally gets ejected during the fight,

the hook is free of the constraints of the fly tangling in the teeth,

your wire traces suffer a lot less damage if you use nylon coated wire like me, 

and most importantly it converts far more takes into hook-ups.....I reckon it outfishes standard designs by at least four to one. I can see my fly at all times on the field testing venue and I can tell you exactly how many takes I get and how big the pike are before I hook them.....and it is only the very tiniest pike of less that a pound that dont get hooked and don't completely engulf the fly. So far I have only missed one take in five visits and caught around 19 pike up to eighteen pounds. I'd call that encouraging. 

These are just a few of the benefits I have discovered so far.....

The name by the way is only a codename until I have the thing perfected......and I chose this name because it is emptying all the drains around this neck of the woods!

I am so convinced by these early experiments that I have designed a mount for the purpose and commissioned a batch to be manufactured......and I have also sourced the other bits and bobs I need to make the design easy to make for all you fly tyers out there who may be interested in the principle.

I will detail how to make them right here once I have the design perfected, so watch this space.....in the meantime just have a look at the pics above and work it out for yourself if you fancy having a go at something truly unique and possibly life-changing....who knows?

Update 12/10/17......now I'm on 27 takes to this rig and 26 pike landed, the one that didn't stick was about twelve ounces! Scroll the pics above to see continued successes. Really convinced that this rig could be a major game-changer.......we'll have to wait and see!  

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