This Instructable will give you tips and hints on how to catch pike in rivers.
All methods have been tested and work.
Please tell me how they work for you, any problems you have or other questions about it.
Step 1: THE GEAR
The gear you use doesn't have to be expensive all you need is:
THE ROD:any rod over 8foot that is fairly strong is okay
THE REEL:the reel isn't that important as long as it has a tension meter and a rear drag system.
THE LINE AND LURE:I would recommend 20 pound line along with a trace but you could use lighter line with a trace. I think the best lure for pike is a silver or bronze spoon or similar spinner.
TOOLS:A long nose pliers is good for getting out hooks and there's a tool that will hold the pikes mouth open so you can get the hook out.
Step 2: Where to Fish
WHen fishing in a river you have to be quiet and not too close to the edge or you will spook the fish.
Pike like to hang around weed beds where they can hide and then shoot out unexpectedly. You should cast your spinner as near as you can to the weed bed but try not to put it into it.
I find in rivers that pike like to stay in the bends I don't know why but they do.
Step 3: Hooking and Playing Pike
In clear rivers you can see pike following or taking your spinner so it is easy to see what the pike are doing and where they are.
Pike are fairly easy to hook because they attack aggressively but sometimes can follow your spinner. If one should do this slow down your retrieve and jerk it a little.
When to Strike:If you get a strong pull strike it hard straight away but if you get a few small tugs(which doesnt happen very often) wait for a solid pull or speed up your retrieve.
When playing pike make sure you keep the line tight and your rear drag off. The most dangerous time is when they jump, give them line at this time but keep it tight enough.
Try to keep them out of weed beds as they will tangle up the line and get it stuck. To keep them out apply side strain the opposite direction but dont do it too suddenly.
Also watch out for when you get their head when they see you they can make a desperate last move.
Step 4: Coming Soon
I hope to add more info shortly and I will accept more information.
This is my first Instructable I hope you like it.
I hope that the info so far will help you.
Remember to treat all fish with care and return them if you can!!!!