Trout Angling : Pike Angling : Coarse Angling
Mainly on the river Barrow, although occasionally caught on the river Figile and the river Slate. Click on association waters for more detail.
ledgered worm: Tie on a size 8 swivel to your main line and then a hook length of about 18-24 inches with a size 6 hook. Depending on flow add split shot . Cast in across a pool and let it swing around in the flow and settle. If after 10-15 minutes, no bites were detected repeat this process and work your way through the pool.
Free lined worm: Set up as above with split shot just holding back your bait slower than the flow of river. Cast in and walk along the river/pool keeping in contact with your bait. The aim of free lining is to present the bait flowing down the river as natural as possible. Keep your finger on the main line so that you can detect the softest of bites.
Cast small spinners across the river and retrieve. Mix up the speed of retrieve, this may provoke a take from a following fish. Cast spinners upstream and then retrieved just faster than the flow of water to spin the blades. This method of up stream spinning is good for catch and release as the fish are nearly always hooked in the scissors of the mouth.
Wet fly: Wet flies are fished under the surface of the water. If you are using more than one fly tie on droppers at 3ft apart. Cast across the river and let the flies swing around in the current, mending(flicking up stream) the line as necessary to eliminate the current dragging the flies to fast and to let the flies to get deeper in the water.
Dry Fly: Dry flies are fished on the surface of the water. Normally only one fly is used. Cast upstream and over rising fish. Let the current bring the fly drag free back over the rising fish. Hopefully the fish will come up and take your fly, when this happens lift the rod to tighten into the fish.
What Tackle ?
Rods : Standard worming rod 9-10 ft
Reels : Spinning reel holding 100 mtrs line
Line : 6-8 lbs b/s monofilament
Hooks : size 6 worming hooks
Accessories : Size 8 swivels, long handled landing net, forceps pliers, assorted split shot/weights and scissors.
Rods : Lightweight spinning rod 9ft 15-20grms
Reels : Lightweight spinning reels holding 100 mtrs line
Line : 6-8 lbs b/s monofilament
Lures : Small mepps style size 2-3
Accessories : Size 8 swivels, long handled landing net, forceps pliers, assorted split shot and scissors.
Rods : 8-9 ft with line rating #4-5
Reels : To hold #4-5 rated line with 75 mtrs backing
Line : #4-5 rated double tapered floating
Leaders : Dry fly 2-5lbs b/s monofilament : Wet fly 3-6lbs b/s fluorocarbon
Accessories : Size 12-16 flies, long handled landing net, forceps pliers, floatant, sinkant and scissors.
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Pike can be found along the entire waters controlled by the association. The river Figile (Black) produces good catches with many fish into double figures. Noted pools on the Figile are the "Bell Hole" and the "Point", although good fish can be found throughout the river. On the river Barrow the best pike fishing is to be found south of the town. From the "Sally Island" to "Dunraily Bridge" being the most prolific.The canal will produce many pike along its course, with the "Wide Waters" being noteable for some bigger fish. Click on association waters for more detail.
Dead Bait :
Ledgered dead bait: Dead bait like mackerl, roach, herring, smelt etc. Fish the bait on the bottom using weights to hold down the bait. Use a two hook rig, put the barbed hooks of the trebles into the bait, (with the hooks facing the tail), one at the tail and the other half way up the bait. The use of fish oils as attractors may help increase your chances of catching fish. If the bottom of the river is very sllted or weedy you could use pop ups to float your fish off bootom just over the weeds. When bites are detected, strike early to prevent deep hooking of the fish.
Wobbled:Use a two treble hook set up. Put the barbed hooks of the trebles (with the hooks facing the head) into the fish, one in the mouth and the other down the body. Have the bait slighty bent, this will cause the bait to wobble when retreived. Cast out and retreive the bait in an erratic maner by jerking the rod and varing the rate of retreive. The bait will rise and sink and will move from side to side just like an injured fish might behave. Keep a close watch on your bait as its being retreived as a pike might attack it but not hit the bait. If this happens stop the retrieve and wait to see if the pike will pick it up.
Sink n' Draw: Similar to wobbled dead bait. Set up as for wobbled, cast out and let your bait sink. When the bait has hit bottom, lift up your rod, this will have the effect of bringing your bait towards the surface. Then let the bait drop back down towards the bottom, retreiving slack line as the bait drops. Keep repeating this process untill you have retreived your bait back to the bank.
Artificial Lures :
There are many types and varieties of spinners, plugs, jerk baits, spoons and rubber shads to pick from. Your local tackle shop will be able to inform you in there different uses. Cast your choosen bait into likely areas where pike might be lying in wait, like beside weed beds, overhanging vegetation or other obstacles. Vary the rate of retreive, this might provoke a take from a following fish. In order to catch more pike when spinning you will have to cover more water, because of this it is best that you travel light and bring only the essentials.
Fly Fishing :
Fly fishing is much like spinning for pike except you use flies instead of spinners and plugs etc. Cover the water and likely lies just like spinning. The difference is that you are using fly fishing gear. Depending on the water and how far down the pike are, you will need to have different lines e.g. floating, intermediate and sinking lines. As with all other types of pike fishing you will have to use a wire trace or similar. Make sure that you use proper pike fly fishing gear as it will be a lot easier to cast the size of flies that are used and if a fish is hooked, it would be easier and quicker to land the fish. This will help the fish recover and not distress it unnessecarily.
What Tackle ?
Rods : When using dead bait, a rod capable of casting a large dead bait over long distance is required. A 12ft rod with a test curve of 2½ lb would be needed.
Reels : A large spinning reel with a bait runner facility, holding 200-300 mtrs line
Line : 15-20 lbs b/s monofilament.
Hooks : size 6 semi-barbless trebles.
Accessories : Swivels, large landing net, forceps pliers, unhooking mat, assorted split shot ,weights, wire traces(rigs), pike floats, beads, float stoppers and scissors.
Rods : Lightweight spinning rod 10ft 20-35grms
Reels : Spinning reels holding 200-300 mtrs line
Line : 15-20 lbs b/s monofilament or 50lb braid
Lures : Assorted types and sizes of spoons, plugs, spinners, jerk baits and rubber shads.
Accessories : Swivels, large folding landing net, forceps pliers, assorted split shot, unhooking mat, wire traces and scissors.
Rods : 9-10 ft with line rating #9-10
Reels : To hold #9-10 rated line with 100 mtrs backing
Line : #9-10 rated pike fly line in floating, intermediate and sinking
Leaders : 12-15lb b/s monofilament or ready made pike tapered fly leaders
Accessories : Assorted pike flies, large folding landing net, forceps pliers, unhooking mat and scissors.
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Mainly on the Grand Canal. There is good stocks of bream, rudd and perch on the river Barrow and Figile, but are not generally fished for by members. Click on association waters for more detail.
Pole fishing is the most productive fishing method. Float fishing can aslo prove effective. If possible, raking the swim can enhance sport. It is recommended that, begining a session,the angler targets the middle if the canal, approximately 6 to 9m from the bank. Baits should be fished on the bottom. Small amounts of groundbait should be introduced at the start of the session, between four and eight small balls, and loose feed thereafter. It may be worth adding some extra groundbait if a number of cruisers pass. Fish with No. 6 or 8 elastic, 1.4 kg main line to a 0.9 kg hook length, and a medium-wire size 18 hook. Heavier tackle will be rquired if tench or carp are the intended quarry. The most productive baits include maggots, worms and sweetcorn. For carp and big tench it is worth having pellets, paste, bollies and a range of modern groundbaits on stanby.
The above is only a basic guide, your local tackle dealer will be able to inform you in more detail about the different types of tackle/fishing and set you up with the correct equipment suited to your type of fishing.