Posts Tagged ‘Sea Trout’

On the last day of the 2012 season a sea trout swam between my legs as I was concentrating on fishing a dry fly through a pool. Later on, I saw a pair jumping at the head of the same pool and ever since then I’ve wanted to catch one. As Friday night drifted into Saturday morning, I finally managed it.

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It’s been a long time in the making, especially as I started in April. I didn’t really expect to catch anything in April, but it seemed like a good idea to get used to fishing in the dark. Over the last couple of months I’ve got slowly better at that, and the reward is very much worth it. I’m still chuffed to bits.

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Silver Squirrel

This weekend a combination of Christmas shopping, household responsibilities and poor conditions mean that I’m not going fishing. But that doesn’t mean the weekend has to be spent in a blue funk, moping and sulking from one end of the living room to the other, far from it. This weekend is the perfect time to tie some of the flies I’ve been meaning to cobble together. In particular, some Sea Trout flies. I have, for absolutely no good reason (and probably a lot of bad ones), sworn to only fish for Sea Trout with flies I’ve tied myself. Why make a task that is already difficult even harder? Because it’s there. Or something.

I should make it clear at this point that I’m even less of an expert on fly tying than I am on fly fishing. If you’ve come here hoping to learn something useful then I’m afraid you’re in the wrong place. Now that’s out of the way, let’s wrap some thread.

The first fly on the menu is the Silver Stoat, a variant of the Stoat’s Tail Salmon fly that is particularly good for Sea Trout. It begins, as do so many things, with black.

The reason it’s called a Silver Stoat is because the wing is constructed from the hair on  a Stoat’s tail. But first we must tie in the silver, and the Golden Pheasant.

The finished Silver Stoat. Well, as it happens I’ve used Squirrel tail instead. Stoats have very small tails and, perhaps as a reflection on the vicious character of the animal, they’re hard to come by and expensive. So Squirrel it is, which I suppose makes this fly the Silver Squirrel. As I’ll be fishing at night let’s hope the Sea Trout won’t notice the difference.

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