Top 10 Tips for successful river Pike Fishing

River caught Pike

25lb plus wild river pike – Captor: Leighton Ryan

Catching a prime specimen Pike from a river can look like a daunting prospect at first glance…  However they are a relatively easy fish to catch, once you know how! Read on for my top 10 tips on how to land yourself one of these magnificent wild predators before the coarse fishing river season ends in the next few weeks.

1. Travel light and keep your fishing tackle to a minimum. Be prepared to walk long distances – the biggest specimens won’t be in the car park swim! Waterproof breathable fishing clothing and waders are essential, and also a quiver system or fishing rucksack to carry your fishing gear effectively. Don’t bother taking a chair or a day shelter,  just use the bank to sit on.

2. Move swims every 20 minutes – if you don’t have a run within that time then there are either no fish there, or if they are they are simply not feeding in that area. The more water you can cover the greater your chances will be.

3. Tread carefully and quietly when approaching a swim – the pike are very often under your feet in the margins, and can spook easily. Many large pike have been caught just an arms length out from the bank.

4. Use fresh bait from the fishmonger’s counter – e.g herring, sprats or sardines. They smell much better and emit more oil.  Another benefit is the low cost. They are soft for casting purposes, but you won’t be casting them out far – Use sea fishing bait elastic to keep your deadbait on the hooks.

5. When roving there is a lot of physical activity, so breathable waders are a real benefit.  They stop moisture build up which in turn keeps you warm and dry. Breathable chest waders also help if you need to scramble down into the water to net a fish or retrieve your rig from that inevitable snag up !

6. Experiment with added oils and attractants – one of my favourite ploys is to add a cod liver-oil pill (the clear jelly-type ones sold by health food shops) on to the bend of one of the trebles. It leaves a tasty little slick for the pike to home in on.

7. Don’t be put off by colour in the water, or if the river is in partial flood. These conditions often push fish into slack marginal areas and actually make them easier to find.
A full bank bursting spate with trees drifting past on the other hand is a no go!

8. Set your float over depth by about a foot, and use a very long bank stick to keep your mainline up off the surface. This helps reduce drag from the current, and stops debris from building up on your line and giving false bites.

9. Once your float starts to bob under, or  starts moving steadily across the surface set the hooks! Only little jacks tend to fall off from striking too soon…. Big pike are pretty wised up and often drop the bait when they feel resistance. It also makes unhooking a much easier task.

10. Keep your best spots secret! Pike are vulnerable to heavy fishing pressure, so once you land your dream pike and get a picture keep the exact location to yourself and close fishing buddies only, or you might find your future sport declines.

River pike float fishing

Waiting for the float to disappear

How to Repair Leaking Waders

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Repair minor damage to your waders at home with a few simple tips.
Image source: Simms

There’s nothing worse than your chest waders leaking. That moment you feel the cool, slight trickle of water seeping in you’re instantly put off your game. All you can think about is how cold you’re getting and the amount of water that’s quietly filling your waders at a rate of knots.

Here at Fishtec we have created the best wader repair kits for permanent fixes or for a temporary fix on the side of the river.

How do I fix my leaking waders?

First of all, if you can’t find an obvious rip or tear you’ll need to need to find the source of the leak. Airflo Bloc-it leak detector will help you locate the smallest of pin holes in your breathable waders.  This spray should be applied to the inside of a dry pair of waders to reveal any pin hole leaks. Once the leak or leaks have been detected they can be patched with our Block-It wader repair.

Airflo block it leak detector

The Airflo Bloc-IT Wader Repair glue has been formulated to provide a permanent and flexible repair to nylon, neoprene, rubber, nylon and breathable waders. This glue can be applied with ease to any material using a pair brush or flat edge to perform a fix to ripped or leaking waders. Also great for repairing torn fishing jackets, this wader repair glue is the ideal remedy to seal a leaking foot, seam or hood!

How to make a temporary fix

Airflo Block It Wader Repair

If you find a leak in your waders, it usually means you’re already out on the water and you’ll need to wait for your waders to dry out before a permanent fix can be made. Airflo’s Bloc-it emergency repair patches have been designed to create a temporary fix to any leak that may spring up. These emergency repair wader patches are the ideal remedy to block out water until a more permanent fix can be applied. We recommend the Bloc-It wader repair for a solid, waterproof bond.

Airflo Block It Patches