Sea-Trout Fishing Method: Day Fishing with Wet Fly
The best time for day fishing with fly is usually as the river falls after a spate, since the water is then dark enough to hide the grosser features of one’s tackle and the fish are fresh-run and keen. In the right conditions some heavy baskets can be taken.
Greased-line or sunk line can be used for this fishing, the relative temperature of air and water being the deciding factor as explained earlier in the salmon fishing methods). In these conditions, sea-trout are usually lightly poised in the water and will readily dart after a fly fished across their ‘window’.
A partly-greased silk line makes a good compromise. The silk is greased to within a couple of metres of the tip, but the last two metres and the whole of the leader are thoroughly cleaned with detergent. The angler can then fish his fly at varying depths and speeds according to the angle of his casting and the direction of his mends. By greasing the whole of the line one can fish the fly almost on the surface; liberal use of the degreasing pad enables a fully-sunk fly to be fished. This is a flexible method.
Low-water fishing by day is a different proposition, since clear water and a bright sun raise great difficulties. The best chance usually lies in the runs, especially if these are shaded by trees. The open sun-lit pools are usually impossible.
Trout-size flies are suitable for low-water fishing. Patterns can be matched with natural fly on the water or the angler can use small ‘fancy’ copies — flies with a floss or wool tag. Patterns dressed to simulate the TROUT fishing methods).of natural flies are also effective. Fishing tactics are exactly the same as for brown