2012 fantasy pike fly challenge

This will also be a strict catch & release affair!


Players pick 4 flies for the season

12 flies to choose from
(Found in the left sidebar)
6 tubes
6 hooked
6 substitute flies (3 x tubes & 3 x hooked)

5 flies will be tied for each specific fly design, and will be used through out the season. Once each fly becomes unusable to fish with, it will be replaced with a new one until all five are finished.
Flies will be regularily photographed to show their condition throughout the Fantasy league challenge.

Points tally
Points will be tallied up at the end of each week and added to the league table in the sidebar so players can see where they are standing

1 point will be given for each fish caught
2 extra points will be awarded for a fish over 75cm (2,46 ft)
4 extra points will be awarded for a fish over 85cm (2,78 ft)
6 extra points will be awarded for a fish over 1 meter (3,28 ft)

I will alternate between using tube flies one days and hooked flies the next and each fly will be changed after each fish caught which will even out the playing field so to say!

1. Substitutions will be submitted as and when I feel the need
change the playing field. for example certain flies will perform better during different times of the year.
2. 3 x substitutions will take place throughout the course of
the season.
3. Each player gets to choose one tube and one hooked fly
would like to change. The flies that get the most vote
for that
specific substitution period get used!

Play offs!
1. On the 30th September all the points will be tallied up and
the top 10 players will go into the October play offs which
will end on the 31st October.

2. All the flies will be brought back into play for each of the
ten players.

3. Players can then choose to either keep the
ones they have or change to other models during the play

All entrants need to be submitted by the latest 15th May.
Send your entry name to uivelon_kierros@yahoo.co.uk with (2012 Fantasy pike fly challenge) as a header

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Substitute flies

You might wonder, why would I want to fish in this manner for a whole season with only 18 flies, swapping between hooked flies one day and tubes the next & alternating the fly after each fish caught. Well there are numerous reasons for my madness. Over the last 6 yrs here I've fished this island practically every day (Winter excluded +- 5 & 1/2 months) and when you get to fish a fishery as much as I have, and keep the saught of records I have you obviouly start to get a much better understanding of the fish your targeting. Where to find them, what colour they prefer during what seasons, What speed of retrieve to fish them at, what type of fly works better for each season & what doesn't. This regimented recording of detailed catch reports is now going to be put to the test to see whether what I have learned here over the last 6yrs has been worth all the effort. Summer is going to be extremely interesting because it took me 3 yrs here to realise that the pike were gorging themselves extensively on the many small baitfish shoals and once I down sized my flies and started matching the hatch so to speak, I started to become really successful during the summer months of July & August. This season though I'll be alternating between flies daily, that generally aren't productive patterns during the summer months and could spend much longer periods while fishing these flies without a hooked pike to show for my efforts. this will prove once and for all that my findings are confounded and that I've really come to grips with my fishery...Replot island!

Lefty Krey said "That if its not chartreuse....It's no use!" and this is a colour combination that works in practically every body of water I've fished in since starting fly fishing for pike. I did'nt have it in my starting line up because its a decent summer & Autumn fly to fish with so will hopefully get to use this during the warmer months depending on the choices the fantasy league players choose.

This is also another pattern my "Olive Baltic Scud" that has been earmarked for the summer & Autumn months. All will be tied around 80mm - 100mm in length and they will catch fish quickly and probably attract slightly larger pike aswell than some of the attractor patterns I'll be fishing with. The down side is they are constructed with synthetics so they are going to have to be well looked after if they are going to last the distance.

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