One lucky (and skillful!) angler braved cold March weather to catch this fine pike - on fly, from a Scottish loch! Jealous? Me?

I've been tying a few pike "flies" lately. It's not difficult to do and works out much cheaper than buying them ready made.  And quite satisfying - especially when you catch a fish on one you made yourself!  

Bonnie Broonie from Loch Broom! Sept. 2023 (Caught & released)
First Pike of 2023 from Butterstone. (My second, in fact. The first one was BIG but escaped!)
Rainbow in Assynt (but looking for Brown trout!) John Clendenen checking his leader for knots.)
Wild Brown Trout from Perthshire hill loch
A 2.5lb Rainbow Trout from Butterstone Loch, in great condition.
14.5lbs Butterstone, Sept. 2021(caught on fly)
And away! Big pike returns to the depths.

Home tied pike "fly", about 10cm long.  Fished on an intermediate #8 line with a short (20cm) wire trace.

Bonnie wild Brown Trout from Loch Avich, Argyll

Pike on the fly are something else!  This is a 10lb female from Butterstone. Mid-May and she hadn't yet spawned.  It's been a cold start to the year (which perhaps explains the clarity of the water due to low algal levels. Quite often like pea soup by early summer).

The Troot Tour

"Troot Tour - The Movie"!

Click on the trout below to watch highlights from

The Troot Tour 2013 and The Troot Tour 2012, complete with sound track!!

Click on the above troot for Troot Tour 2013 movie!
Click on the above troot for Troot Tour 2012 movie!

See Bruce Sandison's feature ("A Man May Fish") in the March 2012 edition of the magazine Fly Fishing & Fly Tying on my "Press" page. )

Sadly, in October 2016, Bruce left us for that big loch in the sky.  Scottish wild salmon lost a great champion, and he will be missed by all those who read his books or had the good fortune to meet him.