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Sea Trout

Posted by Craig Gannon on July 01, 2014
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Last night I ventured into the world of Sea Trout fishing. Never done it before although I have night fished in my younger days in pursuit of tench, bream and eels. Back then though is was using a glowing isotope insert for the float, or using a ledger stop. Night course fishing is a static activity, not the mobile fly fisherman and casting a fly line into nothingness.

I’ve done the research, staked out the swims and river so that I had reasonable knowledge of the lie of the land, and knew where the spots would be. Also I invested in a pretty good head torch from Amazon, dressed accordingly (it gets surprisingly cold and damp during the night in a river) and knew where the holes in the river were. But did it really prepare me for the night ahead?

First of all, let’s get the niceties out of the way. Did I catch a Sea Trout? Yes, only a small one but nevertheless it was a success. Did I stay all night? No, as I was pretty bored by 2am. Did I drown? Obviously no as I am writing this. Is it madness? Possibly….

No doubt catching a reasonably large Sea Trout in the dead of night is probably a very exciting experience, but if you suspend that from the equation, it just doesn’t make sense!
Tangles become a law into themselves, and every time the cast ‘feels wrong’ you have no option but to check the leader – otherwise you could be casting all night and not stand a chance. A tangled leader actually offers some light relief as it means that you can sit down and redo the gear, otherwise you go into automaton mode of cast and retrieve.
There’s also something quite strange about casting into pitch black. Amazingly you do get a feel for the cast length and direction, basically from the feel of the fly line thickness, and similarly the same for the retrieve, but it’s completely blind fishing, which is very odd and not a fly fisherman’s cup of tea where normally you are casting to fish.
Then there’s the weather, last night was warm and dry, but to do this in the rain would be madness, I’m sure that the purists would say that it doesn’t matter, well believe me that it does. Wet and cold and more or less blind? No thanks.

Having said all of that, it’s a pretty memorable experience fly fishing in the dead of night and hearing Sea Trout crash out of the water at infrequent intervals, wondering if the next cast is going to be that special fish.

Would I do it again? Possibly….

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Sea Trouting and eBay

Posted by Craig Gannon on May 15, 2014
General Musings, Salmon / Comments Off on Sea Trouting and eBay

Last night I had a very lame attempt at Sea Trouting down on the Ribble. It was a lame attempt as I haven’t done it before and I was setting my stall out for the real trips later on in the season.

I didn’t want to use the double hander as it seemed to be complete overkill for this, so instead I took my 9’6″ Vision 8-weight and my old faithful floating line on an old Vision Koma reel. I did however take my salmon flies as (to be honest) I don’t see the point in fishing with anything different. I can use heavy tubes, light small tubes, double hook small flies and even some small bombers if necessary, so no need for anything else really.

The rod and line was a bit of a mistake. I usually use the rod for the reservoirs double hauling a long line out – and it’s a bit of a poker. Not really suitable for a smaller river and dipping out a small tube fly using snap-t or whatever. It was also apparent that the line (about 8 years old) has seen better days. However it was a learning experience and so it was a useful trip. Next time I will take a more forgiving rod with a more through action, the Vision is too ‘tippy’ – probably the Sage Xi2 albeit possibly being a little short at only 9 foot – however I will try it and see.

I also packed up at dark, which is when you should really start, however nothing moved and it was rather like flogging a dead horse, apparently they start to run towards the end of this month and early June, however if people don’t fish for them then they don’t know when they run. I did however meet another dangler who was a really decent chap and who has been fishing the beat for years. That was invaluable as I learnt so much about the river and the runs at different heights – all of which has been filed away for future.

My trips to the Ribble have not been too successful yet, however that’s salmon and sea trout fishing, it’s not a case of bagging up on brown trout every trip – and is very much a huge learning experience.

Next step for me is going through my lines and rods and matching it all up for future – I may even get rid of some on ebay as I have so many that are not and will never be used. The Koma reel was pretty crap though, over-ran twice with the drag slipping. That’s a lesson that I have learnt before – it will be going as soon as I can get the line off and get it listed.

About time I thinned out the gear and recouped some cash!

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