FLY TV – Float Tube Pike Fly Fishing in Holland
I am Niklaus Bauer.
– I am Marc Zitvast. You are watching FLY TV.
Today we are doing this: Yeah, fish on! That is a nice one. What a monster! Hi everyone!
Welcome back to FLY TV. I am Niklaus Bauer.
This is Marc Zitvast from Smartlures. We are in Holland for some float tubing
for pre-spawned big mamas. What do you say about the conditions?
– They are pretty good. The water is around 10 degrees.
Most pikes in Holland spawn at 11 degrees. We will be close to the spawning areas.
– It is mid-March. The spring has been a little bit warmer
than normal down here, right? In Sweden, it is much colder than normal.
So, it is nice to be here. The flowers are starting to burst.
The daffodils are already blooming. It feels good to be down here.
What do you say? Up for some float tubing? Let’s jump in and get some big mamas.
– Let’s go! We fish in the channel, near the dropoff,
where we search for baitfish. The fish is almost ready to spawn now.
They will be close to the shallow areas. We search for the dropoffs that are
between 1 and 5 metres deep. We hope to find some decent pike. We are fishing with heavy sinking lines
with slow retrieves to stay deep. You can see that Marc is fishing
these coves close to the shoreline. I am fishing the edge here,
where the slope is going down to 3 metres. It is about finding these small coves
and try to pocket the fish. On these small edges, you can find a fish
that is 4 ft and weighs over 33 lbs. It is really cool and you need to be
thorough when they go through the pockets. Fish on! Probably a small male.
It is not that bad. Just hooked it on a stinger hook.
We have a pike. Nice one! A little fat male who is probably here
on the shallows to spawn in the next week. I hope there is
a big female in this area too. First one on! One of our favorite patterns,
a tube fly with black holographic flash. A rittle inside. The water is always murky
and it gives the fish a good silhouette. Hey buddy! How are you doing? Why does it have a dishbrush on top?
– It is for the birds. So they can clean their asses? You have got some big birds in Holland. I went from a wiggle tail
to a wave tail in silver. Second cast.
– On the shallows? Right on the line of the weeds.
On the stinger. A fat one. A really nice one.
– Yeah, it has not begun spawning yet. The black and green tube
with the silver wave tail. Just to give it that extra flash
in the murky water. Right on the stinger.
A really fat one. A perfect fish.
She is ready. Cheers, man!
– Thanks, man! That fish took a simple tube fly.
Want to know how to tie it? Click up here. Click the TIE-TV link
to see how it is tied. This has some green in it.
The one on TIE-TV has some blue on it I just fished a 2.5 gram conehead on it
and then a bigger wave tail in silver. Just to get that little contrast flash
when you give it a tug. It worked well. We are in a new spot.
This is a channel between two big lakes. The fish come here to migrate
to the spawning areas. They stay underneath the bridges
as the pillars are hollow. They can stay underneath them.
There is also baitfish and a bit of shadow. This is always a good spot
to get some pike. The channel is about 15 feet deep
with one small place that is 20 feet deep. We fish the fly close to the bottom
with a heavy sinking line. The pike stays close to the bottom
because of the current. This is such a cool environment
with all this structure. You need to think differently
compared to when you fish in Sweden. The structural, shady parts hold baitfish.
We want to get the flies into the shadow. It is really cool and you can learn
a lot from this type of fishing. I am positive that this will work in
Sweden, Finland and Norway too. Not only in Holland.
We need to try it. Fish on! It is small, but fat.
Probably a little lady. The best way is to take it by the gills,
when you are fishing from a belly boat. It is getting a bit angry.
Small, but nice and fat. There is still a lot of worms on it.
They are still standing near the bottom. It is a pink articulated
with a new dragon tail in silver. It goes really well with a slow retrieve. I am fishing it with a conehead,
so I can fish it near the bottom. The pink fly is one of
my favorite colours in the winter. We have moved down from the bridge.
This is where the channel enters the lake. There is a shallow bay area over here
that is full of baitfish. There is a nice slope here
out to the channel. We will just try to fish this slope. To see if we can find some big fish that is
ready to move in here to hunt or to spawn. Let’s see what happens. It is really good weather
for fishing spring pike. It is a good day
for fishing spring pike. The temperature is slowly going up
during the day. Fish on! A big one?
– A strong one, but I do not know how big. A decent one. I am fishing with a small black fly
with a bit of coat and some white feathers. It is used to imitate
a little baitfish. When the sky is clear, I use a black fly
to create a good contrast. They are still pretty fat. They have not spawned yet.
Still a lot of worms on the fish. On this side too. A nice fatty.
– That is a really fat one. Probably a lady, I am sure. We are changing spots. We are taking the car to another spot.
Let’s give it a try. Fish on! It is all in the game. Normally a fish likes the bridge’s shade.
It stands by the edge from light to dark. It is a good swagging point for the fish.
The baitfish cannot really see them there. We fish with 9 foot rods and 10 weights
here in Holland as the fish can be so big. You also may need to hold them away from
structure, concrete pillars and boats. We definitely prefer 10 weight down here. I fish the Big Mama rods.
This is the new saltwater Merisuola. I use sinking lines, from intermediate.
What you really need is sink 3, sink 5. It is not a bad thing to
have an even faster sinking line. Big flies, with or without wiggle tails.
In colors like the black bream. Black flies are good, but also green, gold
and pink are colors that work well here. Do not make them too bulky,
so they sink well. That is the important fly to bring. We are fishing this channel now,
it is a small hole here. We are going out to deeper water
with a 32 feet deep hole. Hopefully we can find some really nice
pre-spawned ladies out there. The water is much clearer here,
it is almost 2 degrees colder. The fish is not ready to spawn yet,
it is probably two weeks away. Probably one to two weeks.
It depends on the weather. Perfect for hunting them on the edges.
This can be one of the spawning places. There is a lot of grass out here. There is no fish right here,
they are probably standing a bit deeper. What do you think?
– I think they are deeper down. They are still feeding on prey. They have not moved to
their spawning grounds yet. No, not in this place.
Should we move on? We can go out to the deeper place.
– To the hole. I saw a big echo on the depth finder.
It is about 20 feet deep. It hit the fly really hard. We are fishing a really deep hole.
– A nice one. Yes! Good job!
– Nice one! It is a fat one.
– A fat one. Got the cradle net? I can get the cradle here. She is not happy with me. She gave me a good fight
on a 9 foot solo rod. It is really nice for fishing pike.
Lightweight, good backbone. Easy when casting big flies. That is why!
Fucker, banana. That is why!
You put a banana in my belly boat. I got two! Back to business.
Green and gold. Green and gold.
– Follow the leader. We fish these deep holes
and the fish stands very deep. The last two fish I caught
were down on a depth of 25 feet. We use a refer stripping. We call it that way because the edge drops
down and we strip the line back like this. We pull it again and again,
so we can stay deep for a long time. Like this, you strip it up a few times
really slowly and then strip it back. Like this, and always stay
in contact with your line. Because a few times you get to strike
when the fly sinks down. Let’s talk about slow fishing, man.
– Even the crayfish could grab the tail. I was definitely close to the bottom. That is so funny, man! Have you ever caught one before?
– Yes, but on a hook, not a wiggle tail. It is a nice pray for zanders.
They eat them too. Let it swim. Crayfish time! That is fishing deep and slow.
– Yeah, I was. That is the trick.
– Taking it to a new level. Slow fly fishing. Fish on!
– Good, nice! It is a zander.
No, it was a small pike. It was a small pike,
I thought it was a zander first. Another nice pike in a deep hole. She hit the fly really hard. We have caught a few fish in the hole here. We have gotten a good picture of it. A lot of the fish is standing
about 15-25 feet down. We are working around
the edges the whole time. We are trying to find out
where they are standing. Trying to find a big echo on the bottom
and just work that place down and dirty. Heavy coneheads on the lines. A fairly short cast and try to get
the fly down to the fish. You can see this deep hole.
It is about 30 feet at the deepest. The edges here are 15-20 feet.
We caught the fish along these sides. We are trying to fish the dropoff from
15 to 20 to 30 feet down here. This is where we have caught the fish. We caught two fish in these shallow parts,
where it is not that steep. We are entering the new water
as you can see. It is starting to create a map here. I have not been in this area,
the red line is where I have been fishing. I have not been in this area,
now it is creating and redrawing the map. It is not just useful in new waters,
but in your home waters too. You may have a cove where you
catch fish in different spots,- -but you do not understand why.
You find out that it has a rocky bottom. Or maybe it has a deep hole.
It is a really helpful tool. Another nice fish from the deep hole. It is probably about 3 feet.
A really nice one. She hit the fly really hard,
you can see where the fly is. Or not.
It is buried inside. Fly fishing from a belly boat
is the best there is. It cannot get better than this.
Bye bye! The baitfish has a tendency to shoal in
the harbour during the winter in Holland. But this is a more of spring trip and
the baitfish is starting to move out. There is still some nice fish
hanging around in the harbour. We will see if can catch one of those. The baitfish shoals underneath
most places where there is some shade. Then the pike stands under
the boats and the docks. You will want to cast the line
against the dock and kind of mend it up. I missed one. There was one there. It was standing right by the dock.
It just nibbled it twice. Normally, you can find pike in the harbour
in the winter time, near the docks. Also near the big boats.
They lay underneath them. They can be found in the darker places,
where they strike the baitfish. We hope they will strike our flies. Fish on! Good! A nice little harbour pike. Golden bream. That is a fat one.
– It is a really nice pike. It is so cool with these harbour pikes.
It is a cool environment to fish them. There she goes.
– Good job! On the golden bream?
– It was a black bream. With a wiggle tail?
– Yeah, a gold wiggle tail. This is limbo, belly boat limbo. Full of baitfish. When you fish these harbours,
and structures in general,- -it is not about long casts,
but getting the fly into the corners. Especially where there is some shade,
as that is where the pike usually stands. It is not about casting, but swinging
the fly in and letting it sink down. Just get some distance and retrieve it. The cool thing is when the pike strikes.
It is so hard as the line is so short. It is just going to rip it
out of your hands, it is badass. Fish on! It is foul-hooked. I think it is a big one,
but foul-hooked. Is it foul-hooked? Stupid rope!
It is a really big one. It is a really big fish.
– Yeah, it is about 35 lbs. It was probably the echo I saw.
That was shitty. You have to get it up and release it.
– It is really heavy. That is because it weighs more than 35 lbs. I have never foul-hooked a pike. Ladies and gentlemen, this is how
you fight a foul-hooked 35 lbs pike. I really cannot move her.
She is that fat and that strong. Where is it going?
Please! It is more than 35 lbs.
– We are in more shallow water now. She is hooked in the tail,
she is really strong. Or maybe with the tail.
Something like that. I will get her in this way. She turns around. What a monster! That is a big fish, but it does not count.
– I still want a picture. We can weigh it too. That was a workout.
– I have never seen a big pike like this. This is a really big pike.
– It is unbelivable. Let’s go in and get the measurements.
See how big she is. It is unbelivable how big she is. That is what a fat Dutch pike looks like. 3 feet 11 inches?
– 3 feet 11 inches and then some. 40,39 lbs.
That is with the cradle. Just take a look at her.
Time to release her so she can spawn. In the next few days.
This is a really awesome fish. Jesus Christ, that is a big fish. She is super fat.
Really ready to spawn. We have to release her,
just let her swim like this. She is gone. That was a big girl.
– A really big girl. Let’s see how much she weighed. 3.66 lbs.
So, 40.39 minus 3.66. 36.73 lbs.
– Yes, 36.73 lbs. It was just a crazy fish
with a crazy story. And you know what?
You have it on film, Marc. It was really cool to see
the biggest pike I have seen alive so far. I would have been really happy
if it had taken one of our flies. That would have been better.
– Maybe it did, we do not really know. We are just happy that we have seen her
and that we could release her healthy. As you have seen, there are
some really big pike in this harbour. We are staying to the bitter end. Hopefully, we can catch her sister
or something like that. Something funny is happening out there. There is a big wake and bubbles out there. Let’s go there and have a look,
see what it is. When you have a bright day like today,
with almost no clouds whatsoever,- -these last two hours can really
be the hunting hours for the pike. Especially when you are fishing
these shallow spawning grounds. It can really be the key thing. A fish hit really hard on the surface. It is a nice one too. We are fishing really shallow waters. We saw something on the surface before. I took off the cone
and put the normal tube fly on. It is a nice fish. It just inhaled the fly completely,
as you can see. That is a nice one. It is rock hard. She hammered that black tube fly
with the silver wave tail. A really heavy and healthy fish. English subtitles: Daniella Twedmark