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No cigar

Sunday, 7 October 2018 at 15:13

Little 'un First trip of this pike season, working softbaits over the dying weedbeds. Water temperature 12C, air temp. at best 15C, light SW. Moved 10+ (including a giant), hooked 6, landed 4, all small. Best around 5lb. Plenty of action but somehow I fished badly, and therefore.... Close, but no cigar. It was noticeable that several of the pike simply showed and swirled at the lures without taking them, or followed and nipped. They seemed curious rather than hungry.

Fiddling with spiders

Saturday, 6 October 2018 at 13:21

Holographic spiders The light in the study isn't right for photography but the image at least gives a fair impression: I've been fiddling about with spiders and other classic Northern wet-flies, trying to work in strands of holographic tinsel to standard dressings. To the left of the image, for example, are a couple of Woodcock and Reds (a classic spring pattern) together with the variants of the same pattern tied with red holographic bodies (top left). These last seem to me perhaps worth an experiment, especially when notionally cast to autumn and winter grayling. The Peacock Spider variants (mid), tied with red holographic ribbing, are already tried-and-tested and I wouldn't be without them.

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