Fly Fishing for Pike Hardcover – 5 Jul 2010
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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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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.
love this book all together tying instruction are also helpful good book to start with.
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My best result on these trips was a 5lb jack and even though I was brand new to pike fly fishing I was able to launch my flies considerably further than my guide! It is clear that although the author knows a great deal about the 'old estate lake' that he fishes regularly he is unable to consistently produce results on other waters where he offers services. For an example I went to certain water with another guide after failing with DWD had 8 doubles to 20lb and my worst session since without a guide has been 2 fish of 14 and 22lb respectively.
I still think the book is a decent read and gives a grasp of the basics but I have since sold it. I wonder where the pictures of the author's numerous thirty pounders are.......
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was bought as a present, so I can't offer a comment other than to say it was very well received by a life-long fisherman.Published 9 months ago by Greypike
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!Published 13 months ago by Matthew Bell
An excellent book at an excellent price. Waffles a bit but don't they all. Definitely of interest to pike and fly fishermen.Published 14 months ago by Stug
Great book an interesting and informative book, very quick posting and good package I am very pleased with deal itPublished on 18 Jan. 2013 by R Westwood