Tuesday, 21 July 2009


This is where Ive been fishing for gladiators (perch).
This is one of the people Ive been fishing with, holding a gladiator (he's not actually totally bald)

This is the tool I've been using.

This is a tool holding a FAT perch just over the pound mark.

Yet another FAT(ter) perch, my first from the loch on my third cast.

Perch love pink clousers.

The biggest perch I've ever caught at 1 3/4lbs, mega strong fish.

Perch like to feed at night too.

Perch STILL love pink clousers.

I can't quite understand why hardly anybody fishes for perch here in scotland, they are extremely common, strikingly handsome, easy to catch and fight like stink on light tackle, refusing to move from the bottom and constantly headshaking making for a characteristic "jaggy" fight, for me its a no-brainer.
On all perch waters it pays to fish tight to any features there are, this particular loch has an inflow which appears to be a perch magnet, the steep marginal shelf in some places is also a natural holding spot for these tough little buggers. I use a #3 or a #6 rod to tackle them, the heavier rod allows you to cast the heavy flies further easier but obviously dulls the fight somewhat, if there was ever such thing as a four and a half weight it would be ideal!
The loch in question also holds a shedload of good trout that seem to average just under the pound, but thats another story entirely.


  1. Have been tageting perch here none stop lately Scott. biggest about the 2 lb mark. Cant believe you'd forgotten about PikeFFArticles.You've missed so much!

  2. I hadn't forgot really, just wasn't online as much. There is a huge amount of information on your page, not to mention loads of innovative tying ideas, in short it rules!

    I'm desperate to nail a 2lb perch, I want to use my #2 for them now, it has a total through action so the fight will be nuts!