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  1. #11
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    I'm suprised there are any Pike left over here.

    Heard a lot of places have been cleaned out by our non indigenous anglers.

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    I use a sage TCX 119 #8 for pike, amongst other things, including salmon, and I have to say I find it ideal. Far easier to throw out larger flies and to help combat any detrimental winds. Not saying I can cast much further than my 9' #9 single handers but far more easier and less tiring. If anything the fight is enhanced after hooking a pike, the single handers are a bit "poker" like compared to the longer two handed switch rod. I use #10 Rio Outbounds on it, the longer headed version, not the short, and it suits the rod just fine. Much pefer it than the single hander and use it almost exclusively now.



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    Nice custom build there Spruce. Very nice.

    Outbounds are great lines. I used the Outbound Short for a lot of single handed salmon fishing. Great with a poly leader on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rrw35 View Post
    Nice custom build there Spruce. Very nice.

    Outbounds are great lines. I used the Outbound Short for a lot of single handed salmon fishing. Great with a poly leader on.
    Thanks...but the credit goes to Alan aka Springer, he built it for me and did a fantastic job!

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    Nice job. That composite cork is definitely the way forward.

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    I have used an ECHO #8 (roughly equivalent to a #10 1hand) SR switch for the best part of 3 years fishing for Pike in the Baltic.

    When Tim Rajeff first introduced his series of switch rods, skagit switch heads were not available so I cut a skagit compact down to size - roughly 500grain and approx 5m max 5.5m long. Since the introduction of the skagit switches last year I have been using a 510grain skagit switch head, normally with an AirFlo Predator Poly leader up front. To get the flies out I use a snap c, or perry poke, and more recently a skagit double.

    The pike flies I use were designed by a Danish Fly-Tier called Morten Valeur, he uses flashabou (if you are not familiar with his flies ) most of them are between 15cm - 20cm in length.

    It took me some time to dial into chucking large pike flies on a set up like this - the biggest problem was getting the large flies to come up out of the water. The breakthro' came when I read a number of threads on Spey Pages regarding casting LARGE heavy intruders with lightweight spey rods which pointed me in the direction of short heavy (self cut) skagit heads. Next problem was the fly sinking & getting caught on weed during the anchor-set phase. Keep it moving was the answer, recently I've changed to the skagit double, which doesnt allow the tip/fly to sink so far. I also use a flexi-stripper to store the running line.

    Fishing for Pike with a switch is by no means perfect and a #9 or #10 1hand is probably better BUT if like me you are a DH junky then its worth the effort. Since switching ('scuse the pun) to a switch rod set up for Pike I have caught loads of Pike up to just under 10Kg and nowadays only revert to a 1hander if I need to field trial some new rods.

    Have fun.
    Last edited by BalticFlyFisher; 19-02-2012 at 08:32 AM. Reason: added link to skagit switch video
    get out there ....

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    That composite cork is definitely the way forward.
    , I agree its very hard wearing, the only downside is increased weight.
    get out there ....

  8. #18

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    Quote Originally Posted by rrw35 View Post
    I'm suprised there are any Pike left over here.

    Heard a lot of places have been cleaned out by our non indigenous anglers.
    I've had a terrible season for pike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BalticFlyFisher View Post
    I have used an ECHO #8 (roughly equivalent to a #10 1hand) SR switch for the best part of 3 years fishing for Pike in the Baltic.

    When Tim Rajeff first introduced his series of switch rods, skagit switch heads were not available so I cut a skagit compact down to size - roughly 500grain and approx 5m max 5.5m long. Since the introduction of the skagit switches last year I have been using a 510grain skagit switch head, normally with an AirFlo Predator Poly leader up front. To get the flies out I use a snap c, or perry poke, and more recently a skagit double.

    The pike flies I use were designed by a Danish Fly-Tier called Morten Valeur, he uses flashabou (if you are not familiar with his flies ) most of them are between 15cm - 20cm in length.

    It took me some time to dial into chucking large pike flies on a set up like this - the biggest problem was getting the large flies to come up out of the water. The breakthro' came when I read a number of threads on Spey Pages regarding casting LARGE heavy intruders with lightweight spey rods which pointed me in the direction of short heavy (self cut) skagit heads. Next problem was the fly sinking & getting caught on weed during the anchor-set phase. Keep it moving was the answer, recently I've changed to the skagit double, which doesnt allow the tip/fly to sink so far. I also use a flexi-stripper to store the running line.

    Fishing for Pike with a switch is by no means perfect and a #9 or #10 1hand is probably better BUT if like me you are a DH junky then its worth the effort. Since switching ('scuse the pun) to a switch rod set up for Pike I have caught loads of Pike up to just under 10Kg and nowadays only revert to a 1hander if I need to field trial some new rods.

    Have fun.
    BalticFlyFisher, do you fish waters where the use of a double handed overhead cast is prohibited by obstructions behind you or do you simply prefer to use an anchor cast?
    Last edited by spruce; 19-02-2012 at 09:43 AM.

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    Spruce, where I normally fish for Pike, in the sea!!, there are no trees and obstructions in the back cast area are no issue at all. I just prefer to cast u-hand/modern spey etc, and the head weight I use is based on that.

    If I were to cast 2hand overhead with the rod above (ECHO SR #8) then I would drop the head weight by approx 60grains/4grams, perhaps even a tad more.

    If you intend to cast 2hand o-head then getting the fly out of the water should not present any problems. I sometimes do it myself when night fishing for cod and there is a good swell on (not very often in the Baltic) making it difficult to set the anchor.
    Last edited by BalticFlyFisher; 19-02-2012 at 12:10 PM.
    get out there ....

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