Eventually started my Pike fishing last week. The river had dropped to an acceptable level, although it was quite coloured - it flows through meadowland so can pick up a lot of mud along the way. The section that I fish is about 1/2 mile upstream of the main river (R Wey) so it has had plenty of distance to colour up.
Well, I chucked out (technical term for lure fishing) my lure, casting it to the far side and letting it swing round in the current. Allowed a slight pause to get it close to the river bed and started a retrieve along the near bank. Suddenly it stopped. Lift of the rod, no response back except an unyielding solid object down below. Further pull and rod bends over. Still no response. Started to pull a bit harder and 'object' below starts to yield, no great fight in this one and at last all returns to the surface. It's a very weedy stretch here and my river gardening skills have been honed to a fine degree, but attaching weed guards to all my Pike flies means I do not lose too many flies on the bottom.
May return next week to try my new flashy lures. They really do look good underwater.