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  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Quiller Publishing Ltd (5 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846890543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846890543
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 2.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Two things drew me into this book from the start: the fact that I regard pike - mean, moody and magnificant - as our most compelling freshwater fish and also that the author is not a mere dabbler in this branch of flyfishing. Pike are Wolsoncroft-Dodds' principal quarry and he makes a living from guiding and instructing others in fishing for them. His occasional dalliances with trout, salmon and bass he describes as 'mere casual affairs'. To accompany such an enthusiastic wanderer along this road less travelled makes for a fresh, engrossing read and he effortlessly transmits his enthusiasm for his prey in what is a comprehensive guide aimed at both the pike debutant and the old hand alike. Illustrated throughout with full-colour photographs, all of which earn their place in the book and many of which feature - as you'd expect - some mighty impressive fish, the author provides a comprehensive guide on tackle and tactics for rivers and stillwaters large and small, as well as his approach to pike fishing in each of the four seasons. Without swamping the text with fly patterns, the book offers five to cover most eventualities, along with chapters on boats and belly-boats, care and conservation and destination fishing worldwide... the perfect introduction to the pursuit of pike on the fly --Trout Fisherman

Fly fishing for pike is booming in popularity. David Wolsoncroft-Dodds has been at the forefront of fly fishing for pike, so it's fitting he has published this quality hardback book packed full of information. --Angler's Mail

I took my copy for a good, relaxed read whilst enjoying a week's fishing recently; an ideal environment to do so... and was instantly impressed with the quality of the book, in both design layout and the outstanding professional photography; this made me want to read on... The one thing that really stood out for me throughout is David's unstuffy, very human and humourous approach to getting the information across. You always want to read more and so in the process learn more and more too, very refreshing! --Pikelines

About the Author

David Wolsoncroft-Dodds is a professional pike fly-fishing guide and instructor. He writes on the subject, demonstrates at game fairs and gives talks at fly-fishing clubs. He has pursued his passion for the sport on the many types of water that pike live and in many different countries. He is a consultant to Hardy's, the celebrated fishing tackle suppliers.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wye078 on 29 July 2010
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Having kept all of D W-D's articles from Fly fishing and Fly Tying since June 2006 in a separate folder I wondered whether this book would add anything extra or just duplicate the same information. He is not only personable and a good fisherman, but obviously delights in helping others to share his passion for pike fly fishing.

It is definitely worth buying as it is not only beautifully produced and logically laid out, but reflects the value of "time on the water"; he spends more days per year fly fishing for pike than most of us will spend in a lifetime and is obviously continuing to learn and adapt his techniques. A couple of examples are his evolution of leader construction and the design of the heads of his buoyant flies in comparison with his magazine articles and recent talks at the British Fly Fair.

I have 4 other specialist Pike fly fishing books and have pursued them with a fly occasionally every year for the past few years, this is by far the best book of them all, particularly for the UK. The biggest problem remains trying to find accessible local waters with a reasonable head of pike - if you manage that this book will certainly help you enjoy the sport!

He also incidentally explains how to handle pike well and treat them with the respect they deserve, which is invaluable for fly fishermen who may be apprehensive about handling a large predatory fish with potentially dangerous teeth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian on 18 Aug. 2011
A very good book. This was a joy to read as are DWD's web blogs on the same subject too. David has a wealth of experience and is a full time guide in the UK so his knowledge is very varied, current and useful. I took the book on a 2 week holiday and read it over about 5 times. Each time I learned a little more and his advice on casting and tying was a real help to me. I recommend this over any other printed books on the subject.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Viktor Miske on 30 Oct. 2012
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Great advise from first hand
love this book all together tying instruction are also helpful good book to start with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By christylangton on 29 Dec. 2013
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Extremely interesting guide A must read for anyone who fly fishes for all predator fish
A good deal from Amazon
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Good book but heavily influenced by boat flyfishing for Pike. Better book(s) in my opinion is Barry Reynold's books on the subject. They are more in depth about fly fishing for pike and have a more dynamic approach to flyfishing for pike.
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By joachim bujok on 22 Mar. 2013
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The author is showing that his knowledge is based on experience. Even I would not agree with all the aspects of the book, I think this is a valuable book.
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By Matthew Bell on 20 Jun. 2015
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What a good book, it's easy to read and has lots of advice. I have gone on to catch my first pike on the fly from reading this book. Thanks to David!
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