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What Pike Fly Fishing means to me - By Dave Scales

Pike fly-fishing to me its fast, its furious, heart stopping at times with moments of calm and long silent waits just waiting, breathing, hoping for that strike as if from nowhere the take, the line pulls tight your heart stops then the run, the reel screams the rod bends over and the fight begins with fast exploding lunges, all the time thinking, how big will it be?

Nervously the line shoots from the reel after a few lunge's you get control, then the second thoughts come to mind will the hook pull, off he goes again on a mad run, steady as you go and wondering if this is the one the one that will break the scales, the big one. Suddenly two big eyes are looking up at you, gently you slip the fish into the net, yes he's yours, only a double but still a great fight and very welcome.

Daves First Pike on the Fly

I have only been fly-fishing for pike since October and only taking pike to over double figures the sport has took me by surprise with fast hard fighting pike and the fact you can just wonder off walking around the lake with next to nothing just a small flask of tea, flies and your thoughts for the day ahead. I can't wait to get my rods out, just the drive there gets my mind racing with what will happen today, what new things we will find, things that work today that didn't last time you were there. Your mind is always thinking, always active. I am writing this on a very cold winter day in January its -2 out there all the lakes are all frozen solid and no chance of getting out there, just can't wait to get back amongst the unknown, the monsters of the deep.

Taking a rest with a cuppa

 

The lake I am fishing at the minute is about 30 acres with depths up to 20ft. Packed with loads of feature from reed line margins to floating weed beds. The main concentration of pike is around the southern edge of the pit, concealing themselves in the deeper water. There is a deep drop off near a floating bed of reeds. The pike are usually lying under the reeds watching and waiting to ambush any poor unexpected baitfish that swims by. Nobody truly knows what's in there, rumours of monster pike and the one that got away are rife. Only a hand full of people have fished there but there loads of baitfish and plenty of neglect and we all know what that means, big pike! Can't wait to see what comes in the warmer months ahead, my ideas are running wild with things to try, surface fishing pull a floating line a cross the top with a popper, the pike ferociously attacking the fly, the pike jumping clear of the water, what a sight to see. Float tubing gets you amongst em, real up and personal. Finding new and exiting waters with monsters lying beneath and you never know a competition or two.

 

I have been lucky enough to get my hands on a pikesaber, a 9foot 11 weight pikeflyrod, it's a truly awesome rod. Casting a line with ease and plays a fish with all the finesse as a ballerina but still the strength where you need it. This rod really helped me to get into the sport. As the saying goes, it does what it says on the tin "it's a true pikeflyrod" and it looks sexy too and with a price that fits. I have many things to thank Greg and Ben for at piketrek.com for getting me back into fly-fishing and the many great times we are going to have this season.

Cheers,

Dave Scales

Author: Dave SCALES
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