2018 going into 2019 has to be the best on record yet with personal bests being recorded several times by individual fishers.

With high numbers being caught and released in the Autumn slowing down slightly in the Winter months but still having no blanks recorded.

All Pike where released unharmed and any injuries recorded so if caught again we could see if any improvement in condition. In general all pike where in 

excellent condition with 1 Pike with a broken jaw recorded. Any Pike that where tagged earlier in the year have put on lots of weight and are in perfect condition.

What we have noticed is that Pike are now becoming more popular among fly fishers as the thought of fly fishing poppers across the surface and watching an agressive 

Pike chse with mouth open and jumping on it is far more appealing than first expected. 

Teaching fishers that pike are not the Demon in the water as first portrayed is so important to us as still taoday in some waters across Ireland and the Uk Pike are still

being slauthered for no other reason than ignorance by the killer.

We at You Fish Scotland last year caught a young Jack Pike and kept it in a Large Fish tank in as close to Natural conditions as we could. Over a period of time we dropped in 

fresh young fish into the tank to try and film the feeding habits of the Pike. At first we put 1 fish in at a time and the response was just amazing. The speed and the way it kills it prey

is just amazing to watch. After a while we then put in several fish to see if the Pike would kill everything in a frenzie or eat everything. The Pike done neither, it lived along side the young

fish with ease. It would eat about 1 fish every week. The Growth of the Pike was amazing and after only two months we had to return the Pike to the water as it was out growing

the Tank. Pike are not the killer everyone believes and indeed are a very fragile fish. We have a very healthy water due to having Pike here and if you ever have the time i would highly recommend studying 

these magnificent fish. Next year we are going to do the same type of experiment but this time with a Brown Trout. I have a feeling that the Brownie will be far more aggressive then the Pike! 

 

 

 

 

With the ending of a great 2018 we are looking forward to an exciting 2019 fishing season.

The prospects are looking good with good numbers of fish spawning and great catch returns from Pike, the forecast is looking rather good.

We are really looking forward to fly fishing for Brown Trout on the dries again as it proved to be a large success especially on the evening Rise. Looking at our reports from 2018

we experienced an average of 7 pounds in weight per fish with the heavist fish weighing in at 28.3 and the smallest at about 3 ounces.

Fly fishing in Scotland can certainly have it's challneges with 4 seasons in 1 day but the rewards certainly outway all challeneges put in our way.

The one thing we did notice last season was that when it was windy and the water was hard to read, we always caught the larger fish. This would most definitely prove that 

these large shy fish will come out and feed when the water is stirred up with the wind and turbulent water hidding any mistakes by the fisher.

So in general do not be put off by high winds and bad weather as these can often produce great fishing conditions.

 

 

Pike on the Fly in Scotland

 

At this time of year, while fly fishing for Pike do expect great numbers as you may be fly fishing for that one Pike all day!

With cold air and water temperatures it could be an uncomfortable day if not kitted out properly but with dogged determination 

and the right line you will pick up one or two.

At the moment we are fly fishing with Di 7 Lines on a 9 and 10 weight rod throwing some heavy hand tied Pike fly's by Stuart Smith

The long slow pulls of the line will definitely provide the odd exciting follow and eventually the take of that large female Pike.  You will soon forget the numb feet and numb fingers when she is on

and the rewards of your determination will be there to realease back to the water again. 

When out on the float tube we are all wishing it was the summer months again where we can fly fish top water poppers again! 

Pike is truly one of the U.K.'s finest fresh water predators on the fly.

 

 

 

Jen is now back from her two month trip to Texas and is already catching Pike on the Fly.

Jen went to Texas in October and stayed with our amazing friends Richard and Leslie at their amazing "Pull Two Ranch"

She has embraced the Texan way of life and was shown all over Texas and parts of California too.

She was able to fish for Bass, Reds and Drum when over there and she had to say that one of the highlights was with Andy at "Chasin Tails Guide Service" in San Antonio Texas.

Andy certainly did not disappoint and had Jen and Leslie catching Reds within minutes and the odd Drum.

Texas has certainly made an impact on Jen as she will be going back in Feb to see our great Friends at the Pull Two Ranch again.

Jen is getting as much experience as possible in both Salt and Fresh water species and i think America has not seen the last of her just yet.

I can see a trips to Belize, Alaska and Canada coming soon as her appetite for Fish is now growing.

Jen will be available for Guiding this year and is looking forward to meeting all our new and returning Guests in 2019.

 

 

Guided Safari fishing in Scotland

Perfection

Our Guided Fly fishing Safari trips is truely an awe inspring adventure.

Its not just fishing, its the locations, the remoteness, the scenery en route to each location and the great food and drinks.

Our safrai fishing trips are all tailored to each individual or group. Species and locations are adaptable and easily chanced to suit each Safari Trip.

Our Trips vary from 1 over night to week long trips staying in either canvas tents or hotels depending on the weather and location. The possibility of

Midgies in certain areas will also dictate our accommodation type!

The possibilty of catching your personal best fish and record numbers are also very high as some of the remote locations we fish frequent more Deer than Humans.

Sitting by the camp fire in an isolated location with only the light of the Moon, the sound of Trout sipping of the surface and a Malt whisky is simply amazing.

We would tend to fly fish Streams, Peat lochs and Limestone Lochs with 3, 4 and 5 weight rods with 7's incase of high winds. For the small yet hard fighting little Brownies we can play with 

Tenkara rod as it is great fun and a new method to many but very effective and in many cases will out fish the fly rod.

If we get a chance we will go dapping as this method of Fly fishing can be great fun and give many a surprise, especially if its your first time and even if its not.