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    Default End of season seatrout?

    I only managed 1 trip to the river for browns this year and as the brown trout season has now finished I can only fish for salmon and seatrout until the end of the month.

    My question is what is the best way to fish for seatrout during the day? I have caught them at night in the pools with small doubles pulled across and drifted but never caught during the day but know others have.

    So I need to know what flies and how to fish them and what areas of water they are likely to be lying in during the day.

    I'll only manage maybe 2 trips before the river closes so just trying to maximise the chance of catching.

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    Default Re: End of season seatrout?

    In low water conditions they will be in deep pools some times they will take a streamer if you pull it through. When the waters high and coloured they move about a lot more freely and will happily take a nymph usually they will be sitting behind structures in the river also a streamer will work again.

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    Default Re: End of season seatrout?

    In some rivers sea trout do feed a bit and late in the season nymphing in the deep pools can work well. On mild days you might still get a few on dries.
    I used to catch a fair few big late season sea trout on big (2 inch long) salmon shrimp flies in lowish water. But most of them will be well coloured and not up to much in terms of fighting, possibly better left alone.
    I think so, therefore I maybe

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    Default Re: End of season seatrout?

    I wont be fishing that far up the river so is there still a good chance of catching well coloured fish? Everything gets put back very carefully by me anyway and won't be out the water any longer than a quick pic takes.

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    Default Re: End of season seatrout?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lewis McIntosh View Post
    I wont be fishing that far up the river so is there still a good chance of catching well coloured fish?
    Sea trout vary so much from river to river that your best bet is just to go and try, it's just something to be aware of. You will get real kippers just above the tide but if there are still fresh fish running then low down the river could be the place.
    I think so, therefore I maybe

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    Default Re: End of season seatrout?

    Silver stoat tail is a good all rounder fly or black and silver tubes.

    Fishing for sea trout in the day is very hard, if you can try and fish the hour before and after dusk.

    As said, a lot of fish will be spent now unless you can access the very lower stretches of your river.

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    Default Re: End of season seatrout?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lewis McIntosh View Post
    I wont be fishing that far up the river so is there still a good chance of catching well coloured fish? Everything gets put back very carefully by me anyway and won't be out the water any longer than a quick pic takes.
    Lewis, any sea trout coming in now will be gravid, and coloured!
    Aint an estuary thing, is the time of year!
    Same can be said for salmon, northern rivers have closed, last day in September mostly, is because of the condition of the fish as they come in!

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    Default Re: End of season seatrout?

    By the end of August my sea trout expeditions have practically ceased, by then, what's usually in the river system have adorned their spawning attire & with the concerns nationally of dwindling migratory stocks, these fish should be given a very wide berth so that they may continue their journey. Whatever else enters the system during September/October deserve to have a free passageway to spawn.
    There's more to life than just fishing....but I ignore them.

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    Default Re: End of season seatrout?

    Quote Originally Posted by aenoon View Post
    Lewis, any sea trout coming in now will be gravid, and coloured!
    Aint an estuary thing, is the time of year!
    Same can be said for salmon, northern rivers have closed, last day in September mostly, is because of the condition of the fish as they come in!

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    Quote Originally Posted by taffy1 View Post
    By the end of August my sea trout expeditions have practically ceased, by then, what's usually in the river system have adorned their spawning attire & with the concerns nationally of dwindling migratory stocks, these fish should be given a very wide berth so that they may continue their journey. Whatever else enters the system during September/October deserve to have a free passageway to spawn.

    There are places where silver sea trout run even until the end of October. Some of these are rock solid and are most probably not going to spawn that winter. Most of the fish I've had like this are in the 1.5lb - 2.5lb class but I've seen bigger. They are in season and are fair game. They don't occur everywhere but if the season is open there is no harm in trying for them. If you find you get nothing but kippers from your rivers then yes leave them alone but October (and September) form a major part of the sea trout season for some of us.
    I think so, therefore I maybe

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    Default Re: End of season seatrout?

    OK people I'll take the advice of the majority and give it a miss. I do not want to aid in the decline of these fish I just assumed that since we are allowed to fish for them until the end of the month it would be ok.

    I guess I'll need to try some rainbow bashing soon.

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