Lure Blog #5

Over the last few weeks I’ve spent most of my time fly fishing for Trout, spring is my favourite time of year, and I can’t think of anything better than chasing Trout in the Spring. The fishing is more predictable than targeting predators due to the fact that Rainbow Trout do not get caught up in the spawning recital that can make the pursuit of Pike, Perch and Zander so “hit and miss” at this time of year.


Fully fined Rainbow from Grafham Water while “deep water” Buzzer fishing.

Fully fined Rainbow from Grafham Water while “deep water” Buzzer fishing.

So I’ve indulged myself with trips to Arlington reservoir, Bewl Water, Farmoor 1, Grafham Water, Rutland Water, Powdermill reservoir, Decoy lake and Lakedown. I also spent a day afloat on the Channel lure fishing for Pollock as the guest of my good friend Mark Bryant, what a great day that was, great weather, good fishing and good company, I even managed to fit in some “work” too.


This mid-channel Pollack was caught on a  “Rhubarb & Custard” Sandeel Shad.

This mid-channel Pollack was caught on a “Rhubarb & Custard” Sandeel Shad.

The trout fishing has been very challenging at times, not only have you had to find the fish but choosing the right combination of fly line and leader length to allow you to present your flies at the right “depth and speed” has been critical for success. Fortunately I love “Buzzer” fishing, the buzzer is the pupae of the Bloodworm which is a major food source to all freshwater fish. This nutricious food has seen the trout mend well after stocking gaining weight and strength they’re now “fighting fit” the prospect of some dry fly action just around the corner will see me struggling to decide where and what I should fish for over the next month.

Lure fishing and fly fishing are similar techniques sharing many basic principles, searching the water for fish and systematically working through the layers of water in an attempt to find their feeding level or comfort zone is the key to success with both methods. The main difference is, in fly fishing it’s the fly line that gives the “depth control” with lines available in a variety of densities, while in lure fishing it’s the lure that provides the depth control.


Expect the unexpected, this Bewl Water Pike took a Damsel nymph intended for Trout!

Expect the unexpected, this Bewl Water Pike took a Damsel nymph intended for Trout!

Over the next few weeks I’ll be visiting Bewl Water in an attempt to find some of its monster Pike that I believe exist in this beautiful water. My “game plan” sounds like it can’t fail but theory and fact are rarely the same, it all boils down to putting in the time, “effort equals reward”. I’ll be using a variety of large lures that fish in the upper layers of the water in areas that I know are inhabited by Trout. I’m hoping that any Pike that has adapted to targeting these large baitfish will be tempted by my offerings. If you fancy doing the same here are a few of my lure suggestions.

Shallow divers; Sebile Magic Swimmer, Koppers Blueback Herring and Rapala Super Shad

Jerkbaits; Strike Pro X-Buster, Strike Pro Big Bandit and Llungen Jerko

Spinnerbaits & Spoons; Lindy Big Fin, Savage Gear Da’ Bush and Kuusamo Professor 00

Tight lines.
Andy Lush