Monday, 31 August 2009

Last of the summer pike...




The end of the summer is here! The bank holiday weekend isn’t the remnants of high summer but the onset of autumn (fall… for those over the pond). We’ve had high winds up to 50mph and that put paid to me fishing a few bass marks I’ve come across, never mind, we’ll see what happens over the next few weeks.

I decided that I had to fish and decided to seek out a stillwater that holds a few pike but is very over grown in parts and casting is a test of keeping swearing under control at the best of times. The wind was really moving the lake surface and casting opportunities were few and far between… however, there is always a lee shore and a patch of quiet water… isn’t there? It was one of those rare opportunities that this particular mark was available… the wind was just right! Cast out and allow the 50mph wind take the fly around the corner some 5 foot short of the reeds. Wait a little and allow the fly to dead drift toward the reeds and dropping gently through the water column at the same time… now strip gently but firmly two strips… wait and so on. Cast again… same thing. Strip, strip and bang… Fish on!

Not big by any stretch of the imagination… a smaller pike valiantly sucked on a large fly at another mark… I love the impudence!
So there it is… the last of the summer pike… Roll on Autumn…

1 comment:

pikepicker said...

any pike of any size makes me happy! Nice catch Dave!