there is river fishing, which is generally
distributed around the coast, although it's quality
varies a good deal more, and finally there is angling
in tidal waters, whether estuarine or in the sea itself.
Water conditions are vital when fishing for sea trout.
Not alone do fish need the actual body of heavier water
to allow them to make their way upriver - there appears
to be something in the taste and smell of fresh water
after heavy rain, which spurs some impulse to run. Anyone
who has watched a shoal of white trout drought-bound
in a river pool or small loch and seen their reaction
as floodwater percolates downriver will know what I
mean! The fish rush about excitedly in a positive frenzy
of anticipation, hardly able to wait before taking off
Characteristics of Sea Trout fishing
* In very warm water and weather, sea trout are nearly
impossible to catch during the day. Night fishing is
* A full and steady wind in otherwise settled weather
is perhaps the best condition of all.
* Sea trout take best when they are freshly run; equally
sea trout who have been loch-bound or in a river holding
pool for some time and are "off the feed" will come
back on it when heavy rain comes to raise the level
and freshen the water.
* In calm conditions, small sea trout take better than
big ones; in rougher water and weather the reverse seems
* Sea trout are unlike brown trout in that they are
largely unmoved by hatches of natural fly. Sea trout
have their "time of taking", and if a rise of fly coincides
with this time they will not overlook the natural, but
a rise of natural will not necessarily bring on the
"take". The "take" seems to be the result of a sudden
burst of activity quite unrelated to food. * There is
a time of day when sea trout move about rather than
remaining in one position, it is more often than not
from mid-morning to about lunchtime and then again in
the late afternoon.
* Fast-rising water is detrimental and seems to put
the sea trout off their feeding, while thunder also
seems to have the same effect.
* Dry-fly is usually much inferior to wet-fly and sea
trout can be astonishingly clumsy when it comes to taking
Like all who fish for sea trout, the angler must realise
that by and large they do not generally take the fly
in the belief that it is food but for some other unknown
reason, be it curiosity, playfulness, anger, fear or
whatever! Therefore we can assume that it is feelings
other than hunger, which motivates a sea trout, for
most of the time anyway, to take an artificial fly.