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Seatrout and Trout Flies: 3

Sunday, 16 August 2015  |  Simon

Our third blog on seatrout and trout flies looks at the these fascinating fish in more general terms. We’ve said previously that they can be unpredictable, even slippery (in every sense of the word) beasties. Certainly it requires all the tools in the angler’s armoury to outwit them. Even a seasoned fly fisherman should consider himself fortunate to take one under cloak of darkness, which is the time of day, we regret to inform you, that your chances of doing so are highest.

Some nights the seatrout is content to take small, sub-surface flies. On other occasions, if you are to stand any chance whatsoever of prompting a response from the fish, a much larger lure is required. Another condition to look out for is sudden waking. Just like suddenly waking a deep sleeper you’re likely to get an explosive reaction. A seatrout wakened from a daylight torpor will explode with a burst of energy. At this stage it will want nothing more than a large fly walked across the surface of the water. For this to work well it’s worth having a good local knowledge of rivers and flies, which will prove to be an asset when fishing for seatrout. Otherwise, you’ll need a lot of trial an error to select the right pattern.

Secretive, pernickety, shy and unpredictable it may be, but if the salmon is the king of fish, then the seatrout is surely the prince of the river. Luckily, we have plenty of trout flies to choose from when you go to challenge this particular prince.

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