Pike are top of the heap when it comes to British freshwater piscine predators, lying in wait to ambush prey. Learn to read a water for these aquatic monsters, casting big flies and handling 10weight fly tackle in pursuit of pike on the fly.
Fortunately, the expert Mr Esox is to hand. A guided day will have you mastering pike principles, from casting budgerigar-sized lures to tying knots in wire traces.
Golf and spa days are available for non-fishing partners, as is luxurious on site accommodation for those wanting to make a short break of it.
16th June – 14th March
Prime season for monster pike is between October and November and again between February and March.
KIT & CLOTHING
There is no specific clothing required, but neutral and natural colours are most suited to subtle bankside stalking.
Dress appropriately for the season and local conditions. We recommend wearing layers to enable you to adjust your clothing and temperature over the day.
Wading is not required:boots or shoes are fine.
Polarised sunglasses and a hat will not only provide protection but make spotting of fish easier.
All tackle is provided, but should you wish to bring your own it should be:
Floating and slow sinking lines with a wire trace
Big colourful streamers (also available from the guide on the day)
One or two anglers
VISAS & LICENCES
Travelling to the UK from within the EU needs no visa
Travel from outside the EU may require a visa at the port of entry
UK fishing licences can be arranged by Outside Days or purchased on-line.
It is standard practice to tip the fishing guide at the end of the day. The size of tip varies depending on the number and size of fish caught, the amount of coaching and assistance requested of the guide, and how much fun you’ve had. Of course tipping and the amount tipped are at your discretion, but there are a couple of different ways to work this out. One school of thought is to tip between 10 and 20% of what you are paying for your fishing. Others calculate it on a flat rate per day (usually somewhere between £20 and £50).