Catch fish with Mike Ladle.

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Mike Ladle


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Freshwater Fishing

For anyone unfamiliar with the site always check the FRESHWATER, SALTWATER and TACK-TICS pages. The Saltwater page now extends back as a record of over several years of (mostly) sea fishing and may be a useful guide as to when to fish. The Freshwater stuff is also up to date now. I keep adding to both. These pages are effectively my diary and the latest will usually be about fishing in the previous day or two. As you see I also add the odd piece from my friends and correspondents if I've not been doing much. The Tactics pages which are chiefly 'how I do it' plus a bit of science are also updated regularly and (I think) worth a read (the earlier ones are mostly tackle and 'how to do it' stuff).

Back home!

While I was on holiday in Crete last week I did a bit of (futile) spinning and I took the chance to try some 'Nanofil' line. I'd never used it before (I generally stick to Whiplash). It's funny stuff - sort of white, very fine and smooth and a bit wiry. I'd simply transferred the entire length on one of my shallow spools and I could see that it was a bit too much but couldn't be bothered to change it.The first thing I noticed was the extra distances I was casting. Even with a lightweight, balsa Rapala it was winging its way much further than usual. I used the normal braid knots and they seemed quite secure. Of course because I'd overfilled the spool it wasn't long before I managed a tangle and I found that it was more difficult to unpick than with my usual braid (if I'm patient I can usually get knots out in a minute or two). After I'd cut off the tangle I had no more trouble, but I was extra careful to make sure the line was tidy on the spool every cast.

Anyway, I probably spun for a couple of hours in all (it wasn't a fishing holiday). When we got back to the UK I decided to have a short, early morning session on my local river in hope of a seatrout and I stuck to the new line to give it a good test. I used my J9f, black and silver Rapala (fitted with new 2x trebles) and found that I had to be careful not to pitch the plug onto the far bank. I adjusted my casting accordingly and after a while I found my range. It wasn't long until I had a couple of small pike, both from surprisingly fast water, but I always use a wire trace so there was no problem.

After a while I came to a deep run under my own bank and made a long downstream cast. I could feel the little plug vibrating in the current as I slowly inched it back. Suddenly wallop! I was in and straight away I knew it was a salmon when it began to twist back and forth. After a few seconds of writhing the fish set off downstream tearing several metres of line off the reel against a tightish clutch. Three times it repeated this tactic before I was able to persuade it to swim back up against the flow. By now I could see that it was a beautiful silver fish of about twelve pounds, fresh in from the sea. I was on quite high bank and couldn't get near enough to lift it out so I walked it fifty metres before I found a spot where I could get close enough to the water without falling in. I slid the salmon onto the dewy grass, quicky removed the hooks and took a couple of picture before sliding it back. After a few seconds it swam away strongly. Anyway, it was an excellent test for the new line and for my knots. Perhaps next time I'll get a seatrout?

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Pike no 1.

No monster but at least it was lightly hooked.

Pike no 2.

Only a whisker bigger than the first one.


In mint condition and nicely hooked in the scissors.


The salmon's none the worse and ready to go back.  I'm gardually getting better at self portraits.