August 17, 2014
Sewin, herling, finnock, whitling, sprod, peal or truff, whatever name you know them by, we’re smack dab in the middle of sea trout season. For those of you unfamiliar with them or for anyone reading from America (outside Europe and the native range of Salmo trutta), these are sea run brown trout.
One of those mysteries that science has yet to answer is what makes some trout stay at home in the fresh water of the river of their birth and others strike out for the salty sea. What we do know is the sea-bound adventurers all return to the rivers of their birth to spawn the next generation. Under cover of darkness, the sea-silvered trout wend their way upstream in search of the perfect redd.
Ask any sea trout angler what makes pursuing these silver visitors on their freshwater visits so compulsive and you will get a diversity of answers. Fly casting in the dark, uncertainty of numbers of fish in the river, sensory overload of all the noises in the dark, the chance of catching the fish of a lifetime will all be cited.
The universal truth of sea trout, and a good measure of its allure, lies in its claim to being the most frustrating of the fly fishing disciplines. Much of this rests in the unknowns of sea trout behaviour and reasoning.
One minute you’re being serenaded by the music of fish jumping in the dark, a sound big enough to be cows toppling off the bank into the river, with not even a cursory sip on the fly. And as if by magic, the next moment something changes (a drop in temperature, shifting of the tides, or universal sea trout truth we have yet to uncover), and the fish are flinging themselves at the fly like ravenous beasts. What we know is that between the mystery and the fight is some fantastically addictive sport. To quote a Spanish fanatic, “This fishing is really dangerous: you could finish up too crazy.”
We are delighted to announce a collaboration with a Wessex fishery extending from tidal river mouth upstream for miles to offer hosted nights of sea trout fishing. Whether you’re an experienced sea trout charmer looking to enjoy a new water, or a complete newbie at nocturnal fluff-flicking, we’d be delighted to share the Avon after dark.
A walk of the river in the evening gives us the chance to show you holding pools and runs. Getting the lay of the land before the moment famous sea trout aficionado Hugh Faulkus describes as ‘when the colour leaves the grass’ when fishing can commence, pays off as twilight becomes darkest night. We’re happy whether you slope off to a waiting bed in the small hours or fish through until first light. All we ask is that you hold a current migratory fish license. For full details of the package and to discuss best dates, states of the tide and phases of the moon drop me a line.
Tags: flyfishing, hampshire, sea trout, seatrout, wessex