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Yesterday was a game of two half’s and a very successful one at that, the morning saw @hampshire.bass.nut bank his first double figure Pike on the fly at 10lb 8oz, the afternoon stint gave me the fish I have been searching for since I started my mission in October.....................at a bit over 21lb my first fly caught twenty pounder! What an incredible moment, to see the fly land in the water, and the fish appear from absolutely nowhere and inhale the fly at lightning speed. Massive thanks to @obob1 for kitting me out with the rod of all rods the “Big Daddy” and a shiny new super posh reel for Christmas, I think the old shit I used to use would of shattered into a thousand pieces under the strain! With 37 pike landed on the fly since I started my fly only challenge in October, and 15 double figure fish (3 of which were close, and 1 could of possibly made 20lb but I forgot my scales 🤦🏼‍♂️) I thought I could be out of luck. Strangely the 9th of January seems to be a bit of a lucky one for me, as last year on the 9th I banked a 27lb fish whilst bait fishing. Best buy a lottery ticket next year just in case!!! #pike #pikefishing #pikehunter #esox #rivertest #river #hampshire #hampshirechalkstream #chalkstream #fishing #fishinguk #cold #winter #welcometowinter #waninggibbous #pikemoon #erp #pikeonthefly #slippedawayatthenet #pikeonfly #flyfishing #flyfishingforpike #pikeonthefly #testisbest

Back when it was nice and crisp in the mornings! ❄️☃️🐑 happy weekend everyone 👍🏻🎣 #Testvalley #rivertest #sheep #sunrise #morning #morningsunrise #river #rivertest #hampshire #hampshirechalkstream #deepsouth #frost #frosty #frostymorning #welcometowinter #winter #ukwinter

Hope everyone had an excellent Christmas 🎅🏻This evenings much more subdued compared to this time yesterday. Strong winds and lashings of rain saw the place littered with fallen branches and a very coloured and swollen river greeted me this morning. It continued to rise throughout the day but was a very welcome drop of rain, as the river was looking desperately low. The local Pike population will be pestered once again as soon as the river returns to its normal winter state 🎣#pike #pikefishing #pikehunter #esox #rivertest #river #hampshire #hampshirechalkstream #chalkstream #fishing #fishinguk #cold #winter #welcometowinter #waninggibbous #pikemoon #erp #pikeonthefly #slippedawayatthenet #pikeonfly #flyfishing #flyfishingforpike #pikeonthefly #dusk #sunset #trees #clouds #purplesky

He caught it. I landed it. Both slightly bloodied in the process, but it was my first pike up close and personal, and I loved it.
Thank you, @hampshireriverkeeper for your generosity.
#pike #onthefly #cantmiss #hesgood #sharpteeth #first #catchandrelease #flyfishing #christmaseve #ontheriver #rivertest #hampshire #hampshirechalkstream #hampshirelife #orvisuk

Huge thanks to @orvisuk and all involved for a wonderful day yesterday. Fantastic company, great food and plenty of refreshments on offer 🍺🍺🍺#pike #pikefishing #pikehunter #esox #rivertest #river #hampshire #hampshirechalkstream #chalkstream #fishing #fishinguk #cold #winter #welcometowinter #waninggibbous #pikemoon #erp #pikeonthefly #slippedawayatthenet #pikeonfly #flyfishing #flyfishingforpike #pikeonthefly

Miles stomped, the reward was lunch at the pub 🍺🍺🍺🍔..............Not even the humble Sprat could provide the goods! Today was a super tough day, bright and still, both nippers had brief encounters with a Pike but the net remained dry. #pike #pikefishing #pikehunter #esox #rivertest #river #hampshire #hampshirechalkstream #chalkstream #fishing #fishinguk #cold #winter #welcometowinter #waninggibbous #pikemoon #erp #pikeonthefly #slippedawayatthenet #pikeonfly #flyfishing #flyfishingforpike #pikeonthefly

Winter wonderland ❄️❄️☃️☃️☃️I bet those 2 swans had cold legs! Another frost related picture from yesterday morning, this time a Cormorants eye view of the river, directly above the "pool of plenty"! #trout #troutfishing #troutonthefly #flyfishing #flyfish #flyfishuk #pikeonfly #pikeonthefly #flyfishinguk #flyfishingforpike #river #rivertest #chalkstream #hampshirechalkstream #hampshire #testvalley #birdseyeview #fromabove

That's more like it! ❄️❄️❄️ -6 brrrrrrrrr☃️☃️☃️

The 20lb Pike challenge continues this weekend, Sunday's weather looks rancid..........perfect for stirring up those Test Crocs 🐊🐊🐊#pike #pikefishing #pikehunter #esox #rivertest #river #hampshire #hampshirechalkstream #chalkstream #fishing #fishinguk #cold #winter #welcometowinter #waninggibbous #pikemoon #erp #pikeonthefly #slippedawayatthenet #pikeonfly #flyfishing #flyfishingforpike #pikeonthefly

Sunday was one of those days...........perfectly clear, bright sun and a bitterly cold wind, far from ideal conditions for hunting for a few Pike with @hampshire.bass.nut and the fly rods. I remember my granddad once telling me that the shallows were always worth fishing either side of some deep water on the brightest days, as the Pike will hunt the small fish in the shallow water in the sunlight. I had covered the usual spots with no interest, so it was time to put his theory into practice. Just downstream of a deep run sat about 30 years of shallow water, you could almost walk across it In wellies, perfect water for a Grayling. First cast across the shallows met with a gust of wind and a messy ball of line landed in the water. As I striped the line back to sort it out I noticed a large shadow charging across the shallows behind the fly creating quite a disturbance in the water, second chuck was better, the fly swung round and was smashed in an explosion of water by a decent sized Pike. A respectable 11lb fish was landed in a mere 18 inches of water! A second fish followed, slightly bigger, same tactics, targeting the shallows that I would usually walk straight past. Turns out that old Gramps wasn't talking bollocks! The 3rd and final fish came from a classic spot, a nice section of slack water behind a fallen tree, twitching the fly right along the edge of a cress bed right under our feet produced my biggest fly caught Pike so far, and at 18lb it's getting closer to that magical 20lb #pike #pikefishing #pikehunter #esox #rivertest #river #hampshire #hampshirechalkstream #chalkstream #fishing #fishinguk #cold #autumn #wintersonitsway #waninggibbous #pikemoon #erp #pikeonthefly #slippedawayatthenet #pikeonfly #flyfishing #flyfishingforpike #pikeonthefly

Not a bad start to the fly caught 20lb challenge, a beautifully marked Pike and only 5lb off the target from a couple of days ago, today the search continues with @hampshire.bass.nut
#pike #pikefishing #pikehunter #esox #rivertest #river #hampshire #hampshirechalkstream #chalkstream #fishing #fishinguk #cold #autumn #wintersonitsway #waninggibbous #pikemoon #erp #pikeonthefly #slippedawayatthenet #pikeonfly #flyfishing #flyfishingforpike #pikeonthefly

Autumnal Sunsets over the river take some beating 🔥🔥💥this was from last Friday.........bit of a different story tonight 🌧🌬

@hampshire.bass.nut with his first fly caught Pike, the colours on these fish never fail to impress. We took a hike further upstream onto another beat to fish a classic Pike spot.........a big belly of slack water right on a bend. It didn't take much doing, as first cast provoked a savage take from a little jack about 3lb, second cast saw the fly inhaled right alongside the bank, this one slightly bigger at 8lb. As you can see in the picture the fly is nothing special, it took about 2 mins to make and consists of old Christmas decoration tinsel and 2 red feathers but they seem to love it, cheap and deadly 👍🏻 #pike #pikefishing #pikehunter #esox #esoxlucius #deadbait #deadbaiting #rivertest #river #lake #hampshire #hampshirechalkstream #chalkstream #coarsefishing #fishing #fishinguk #cold #autumn #wintersonitsway #misty #mistymorning #waninggibbous #pikemoon #erp #pikeonthefly #slippedawayatthenet

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