From the water’s edge



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There are few lures as effective when it comes to fishing in very tight swims as a ‘fly’ made from rabbit fur. Sharkey and I have been using them for years to take full advantage of spots like this one behind a fallen tree on a small midland river.

Recently several lure manufacturers have caught up and started selling large commercial versions and we had been given a couple to review so we headed for a local river that we both knew would provide plenty of opportunities to try them out.

Unlike the commercial versions, ours are tied on single hooks, so to compare their performance we used, and caught on, both types.

Using his home-made redhead pattern Sharkey quickly had a spectacular take from a small pike as he worked his lure along the margin beneath some overhanging hawthorn bushes.

Having caught one downstream, of the sunken tree, he cast across the front of it and after several uneventful retrieves, a larger fish hammered his fly right beneath the rod tip making powerful runs back out into the river in an effort to reach the snags that it should never have left. In waters like this a reasonably powerful rod is required and his 40 gm through-action Daiwa Samurai was equal to the task. These lures are very seductive and will draw fish from a long way off even ones that are not necessarily in feeding mood.

Although we had missed the worst (best?)of the snow around here, there was enough laying on the ground to provide a beautiful backdrop in the late evening sun as he showed his catch to the camera.

Despite their incredible action in the water these flies look like a piece of old rag once they are out of it; nevertheless, there is nothing to beat them when you want to fish a really small area of water.

They are heavy enough to cast when wet, weigh nothing in the water and can be worked without being retrieved by simply flicking the rod tip.

They are absolutely deadly and at the moment few pike have seen them so they still work really well.

They are easy to make, if you like messing around with that sort of thing, and then you can mount them on a large single hook which makes them a lot easier to use among the snags.

There is really nothing to beat a day’s pike fishing in this sort of place at this time of the year.

December 2009 - Nothing new under the sun





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