This weeks Fly Friday comes from PRO-Team member Arthur Greenwood and it is the Pike Peach....

With the game fish season closure on the horizon, I’ve been looking forward to targeting the predators once again, specifically pike. Here, I’d like to share my most successful pattern from last season. I’ve found that a peach colour is particularly attractive to large pike in the often-peaty waters here in Ireland. On my last trip in February this year, this pattern accounted for an 18 pounder from Lower Lough Erne. No reason why it won’t work elsewhere!

Dressing 

Hook: Partridge Universal Predator #4/0
Thread: Red Kevlar
Body: Alternate bunches of peach synthetic fibre on top with the same in white below. I’ve also sparingly blended in some pearl ripple flash
Throat: A small bunch of red synthetic fibre. A bunch from a large red saddle cape works too
Eyes: Ultra Eyes in red/silver, 10mm. I’ve used Evo-Stik ‘Serious Glue’ for attaching eyes and found that it is by far the best adhesive for this type of work. Here’s a handy tip for securing eyes – cheap and cheerful!

Fished in the margins on an intermediate line in early spring, this one is my go-to pike pattern.

 

Arthur Greenwood

Arthur lives in Carryduff near Belfast, Northern Ireland and is a retired Head Teacher. He is a member of the Association of Professional Game Angling Instructors (Ireland) and is Secretary of that group.

Arthur’s area of expertise is in tying and demonstrating traditional Irish lough flies although he enjoys dressing the whole range of Irish trout and seatrout flies including the more modern and innovative patterns.

As an ex-teacher, he particularly likes working with young people and beginners to the world of fly dressing and demonstrates and teaches in this area at all the major Irish Country Fairs and Shows each year as well as selected overseas events such as the Dutch Fly Fair and the FFF Conclave in Montana.

When not tying, Arthur sometimes finds time to actually go fishing! Local rivers and streams for wild browns in spring-time, then the big western loughs for trout at mayfly time followed by a seatrout odyssey on the lakes and rivers of Connemara to end the season.

Since the Irish are not fortunate enough to have grayling as a native species, an annual pilgrimage (or two!) is necessary to England, Scotland or Wales each winter.

Each summer Arthur usually takes a flyfishing visit abroad, often to Montana and Alberta but also to various destinations in Europe including Slovenia and Romania and within the UK.

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