Good grief, that's an absolute unit. Only query is, what chance would an orthodox fly fisher have of catching one, other than by dumb luck ? Unlikely it got to that size on a delicate diet of buzzers and caenis.. A concerted program of Northampton style fishing with a DI7 or lead core line and a "Datchet nymph" about 6 inches long would seem the way forward...
Feeding on fry around the cages not to mention the odd pellet that drops out of the cage! I reckon there's bigger, !7lb caught off the bank onDB last year and one of the Barr brothers had one on fly pushing 20 a couple of years ago.
Just so you know that is not my fish but caught on deadbait by the pikeboys at the weekend.Another 21lb was taken and returned also. Special backdrifting days will be permitted this season which opens 5 March. Backdrifting will be Sept and Oct for a couple of days only
Its amazing how silver they become as they get bigger looking more like sea trout than inland brownies. I wonder if its partly due to heavily feeding on fish as opposed to insects or lack of light from hanging deep? I'm no expert in such things, can anyone else advise?
In the main a lot of these fish were triploids but not all. Hence they do not go out of condition as long as they have a plentiful supply of food. I remember the early days on Rutland and I was catching silver Browns in a similar condition during May for quite a few years as they were still feeding on drowned earth worms and huge buzzers.