the BIG and the NERVOUS Cobra-Contest ! Finale

eleven great entries, eleven hard choices but between the big and humorous, the glutinous  and the ‘out of focus… this one goes straight to the heart and the Nervous Water dvd prize goes to Simon Graham.
after all, a first trout on the fly is a BIG moment even from the NERVOUS pike fly fishing expert that he is !
good on ya Simon we all wish you many more !

the BIG and the NERVOUS Cobra Contest- fourth entry

by Simon Graham

“from my recent trip up the Bushmans river at Giants Castle in the Drakensberg Mountains (South Africa). This is by far the most significant fish I have caught in the last 8 yrs as it was the first trout I’d ever caught on the fly,with a dry fly called the RAB (Red arsed bastard) not big by any stretch of the immagination but the biggest trout I’d ever caught.”

the ‘Proctologist’s Indispensable’

“Anyway, You know I like to fish with a condom strapped to a hook, well around a year or so ago I came across a fly from my good mate Marc Fauvet who writes the popular “The Limp Cobra” blog who had a novel idea for a pike fly by strapping on doctors rubber glove to a hook which I thought was down right over the top!”

i came upon this nice little giggle-provoquing surprise yesterday when visiting Simon Graham’s Pike-Guru blog Pike Fly Fishing Articles, a real-life fictional ‘cartoon’ fly i came up with a few winters ago for the nice sized largemouth bass at the local lake in southern France where i lived at the time. nice size there means 50-70 cm tops, nothing like the tourist-eating monsters what one would expect from Texas, Cuba, Algeria or Mexico but fun fishes nevertheless. bass have always been on my favorite fish list because, well, they act like bass.

i sent him the pic above a while back and if memories’ correct, i didn’t include any info on how it was made which makes it all that more interesting to see how he came up with his own variant.

Simon gave us a sort of rubber glove preparation step by step and it starts with:

proceeds to:

and ends up with:

to see the final result and let’s say “Astonishing result…” you’ve have to click here.

tonight there will be some hardcore holiday festing so i’ll go take a good nap in the meantime with the deep, satisfying glowing inner feeling of blissfulness that this time the disciple came nowhere near surpassing the master.

here’s the two of us at last spring’s fair in Stockholm. we had just gone over to A.K. Best’s booth to critique his flies and hand out free tying tips.

photo: Ulf Hagström

Simon’s Pike Stats

Simon Graham, pike guru, friend and funny guy and pike fly tier extraordinaire does it again with this absolutely awesome stats recap of this year’s season on his favorite playground and backyard, Replot Island – Finland where he lives and guides.

“They’ve taken me a while to compile but here are some of the more interesting stats from my season this year around the island. 

2011 stats

Fished exactly 240 consecutive days this season on the island
Approx 720hrs
1838 (pike) before 12h00
1059 (pike) after 12h00
First (120 days) – 1670 pike caught & released + 2 pike for the table
Second (120 days) – 1224 pike caught & released + 1 pike for the table
797 caught between 60cm – 65cm
691 caught between 65cm – 75cm
968 caught between 75cm – 85cm… “

sound good ? want more ? click here for a whole bunch of other details shared with us by Mister Pike. be sure to check out and dig inside his site for pike fly fishing enlightenment.