Pictured below are some shots taken of the action from a four seasons in a day’s fly fishing for Pike.
April showers is a term that denotes spring rain in the UK and Ireland, during the month of April. One of the major causes of the often heavy downpours is the position of the jet stream . In early spring, the jet stream starts to move northwards, allowing large depressions to bring strong winds and rain in from the Atlantic. In one day the weather can change from springtime sunshine to winter sleet, hail and snow. The track of these depressions can often be across Ireland and Scotland bringing bands of rain followed by heavy showers and strong blustery winds.
Pike are typical ambush predators; they lie in wait for prey, holding perfectly still for long periods and then exhibit remarkable acceleration as they strike. In short, they will inhabit any water body that contains fish, but suitable places for spawning are essential for their numbers. Because of their cannibalistic nature, young pike need places where they can take shelter between plants so they are not eaten. Pike are known to spawn in spring when the water temperature first reaches 9 °C. The males are first at the spawning grounds preceding the females for a few weeks. The larger females tend to be earlier than the smaller ones. Mostly a female is followed by several smaller males. When a pair starts slowing down the male will put his tail under the female’s body and release his spawn that is mixed with the eggs due to the tail movement. The spawning consists of a great number of these moves several times a minute and going on for a few hours a day. Every move between 5 and 60 eggs are laid. A female can continue the mating for three days in a row. After the mating the males tend to stay in the area for a few extra weeks.
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