Five top tips for sea trout fishing
Sea trout guru Steffan Jones shares his top five tips for sea trout success...
1. If you have never fished for sea trout before then don’t make life difficult for yourself and start too early in the season. Wait for the main run to enter the river and you will find your learning curve to be less steep.
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2. Learn which water to fish when. Certain water should definitely not be fished until it’s dark, but then other water should only be fished before it gets dark. Leave glassy pools alone until you cannot make out the colour of bankside foliage.
3. Strike! The quicker you strike the more chance you have of success. This is, however, easier said than done at night and does take practice. The bigger fish can give the lightest of takes, so strike regardless of whether you think it’s a tiddler or a monster.
4. Seek local advice on run times etc. This cannot be stressed enough. Run times vary dramatically between rivers and you may have a wasted trip if badly timed.
5. Keep the flies moving; most anglers new to sea trout fishing approach them as salmon. However, they are more like trout in many ways and it’s always better to fish slightly too quickly than too slowly for sea trout, unless you’re fishing cold and/or coloured water.