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Sea Trout On A Dry Fly - A Daytime Encounter
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Sea Trout on A Dry Fly    -    A Daytime Encounter

I remember when I was about fourteen years old making my way down to the river with my fly rod when I heard a huge splash just behind the next corner. As I arrived at the spot I saw a large white trout leap from the river and take an insect from the air. I was amazed as I had never seen one so big, this looked like three pound plus and up to now I had only ever caught ones about a pound or so.

I made my way to the river upstream from the trout and started to wade out to begin my run down towards it. As I watched I noticed a swam of insects hatching from the trees and stopped to take a closer look. They were small grey midge flies so I looked into my fly box and choose a dry pattern I had tied myself which looked close to it.

I proceeded to make my way down the river and started to fish my fly. I made several casts out to the far bank letting the river flow swing the cast around watching my fly as it passed down the river. At each cast I stepped closer to the trout which was still feeding off the hatching flies. I could hardly contain my excitement already imagining getting taken by this huge trout. It was all I could do to take my time and not rush the stalk as I would get 2 maybe 3 chances to get the trout to take otherwise it would be over.

For those of you who don't know white otherwise known as sea trout are easily spooked especially during the day. Most anglers would attempt to fish for them in the dark of night to enhance their chances of catching because of their timid nature. Not so this trout it was boldly taking fly after fly gorging itself oblivious to my approach or so it would seem.

I was now within striking distance so I took a cast and watched my fly pass by where the trout was feeding. It came up in a swirl and took my fly. I lifted my rod to set the hook and felt nothing and watched as my fly passed by my shoulder. Blast it, I was too quick, I didn't let him turn with the fly. I reset myself to try again. The next cast my fly swam by a bit too far left and the trout ignored it. I would have one more chance I thought to myself don't blow it.

This time the cast was good and the fly passed by the spot. The trout took my fly and this time I gave it time to turn before lifting my rod. When I did the hook set and I had a startled trout splashing on my line which took off at amazing speed down the river. It was all I could do to try and slow it down before I ran out of backing line but luckily it slowed down and started to turn.

I desperately started to wind in the line as it came back towards me and keep the trout in tension. I fought with the trout for about fifteen minutes before I was able to land it. I was so excited I packed up my prize after quickly dispatching it and ran home to show my parents. We would eat well that night as there is nothing nicer than fresh sea trout in my opinion.

That memory has stayed with me all my fly fishing life as it was my first sea trout on a dry fly and my biggest. When weighed the scales showed three pound and six ounces which I have never beaten till this day.


Street Talk

Mark, I imagine catching your own fish makes it doubly satisfying when you get to eat it. Great article.

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  about 9 years ago

That was when I was younger, I do subscribe to catch and release now mostly, occasionally keeping one for the pot!

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  about 9 years ago

There is nothing quite like landing a good sized trout. We are blessed with great trout fishing around here. Thanks for sharing the memory Mark!

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  about 9 years ago

Your welcome Shawn you will have to share some of your memories with me some time. Would be good to hear of you landing a good trout.

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  about 9 years ago

Reading this makes me want to get my rod's, jump in the car and get to the lake. Think this new year I might have to fish that extra bit more

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  about 9 years ago

Makes for a good break away from the screen Morgan. I have made some of my best break throughs while fishing when there is no other distractions to affect my thoughts.

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  about 9 years ago

Reading your story about stalking and catching that trout after seeing it jump just gave me one of those "ah ha" experiences. It was like a light coming on, and I thought, "so that's what fly fishing is all about! I have gotten my feet wet, but not as of yet really gotten into it. If I keep reading your posts I am going to get "hooked."

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  about 9 years ago

It really is a very attractive sport. Some people just think of it as pushing a fly rod back and forth but I hope I have shown you there is a whole lot more to it.

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  about 9 years ago
Dom Wells  

Now I wanna eat Trout at 23:42, where am I going to go get some?

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  about 9 years ago

Does that night time market not do trout? Although it is much better to go out and catch it yourself Dom, you really appreciate what nature has given you and the fresh air makes for a great appetite.

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  about 9 years ago

Good memories and good eating. It doesn't get any better than that

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  about 9 years ago

You said it John, I had a good day, fed well and slept well.

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  about 9 years ago

Fishing isn't usually my thing but I really enjoyed that! A good lesson into not giving up that you obviously learnt early :)

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  about 9 years ago

Glad you enjoyed it Sue. I didn't give up and I was desperate to catch it. I probably had one more go before it moved on up the river away from my disturbance.

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  about 9 years ago

I can see how you got hooked on fly fishing. It sounds like so much more sport than sitting on a river bank and waiting for a bite. Great article.

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  about 9 years ago

There is more to it that Lisa you are always on the move stalking trout for a take. I can do a lot of miles on a days fly fishing, When I get home I'm exhausted but invigorated.

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  about 9 years ago

That sounds like a great memory, How did you prepare the fish? just curious

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  about 9 years ago

That's funny Ty the memory of eating it doesn't come as easily as catching it but if I'm correct we would have simply fried it with some butter and lemon in a non stick pan making sure to have the skin crispy on the outside.

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  about 9 years ago

Sounds pretty good to me, I love fried fish.

  
  about 9 years ago
Meredith  

That must have been a wonderful moment for you. Good childhood memories can last a lifetime & they're fun to remember.

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  about 9 years ago

It was Meredith I really enjoyed it. Writing about it brought it all back to me and I could nearly feel the fight happen all over again.

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  about 9 years ago
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