Things certainly looking good for the future if the fish are breeding :thumbs:Hi all, first of all, Paul you can tell your friend that trout are present in Madeira. They were put in the fifties, both brown trout from Portugal mainland, as rainbows from the US. Every year more rainbows are drop in some streams and nowadays browns are close to inexistent. We think that some rainbows are starting to breed in the streams, because its usual to see them with 2cm. The ones that are put in the streams have 10cm. So the breeding theory is a strong possibility.
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Interesting read :thumbs:It's several years since I last visited Madeira, but certainly there is quite a bit of trout fishing, if you know where to look. I think I have the name correctly - Ricardo Gavinas, a son of the guy who skippered Torpedo 3 for big game - used to (and maybe still does) guide for trout on the island. One thing you will need is the legs of a mountain goat, and plenty of stamina, oh, and ideally a head for heights. Some of the best fish (I caught fish up to about 4lbs, using klinks or small nymphs) are to be found in the "tanks" on some of the streams - these are small reservoirs, less than 1/4 acre, and usually well off the beaten track. I am quite sure trout breed in Madeira, and if you take a walk along some of the levadas (crazy channels taking water from the high hills into Funchal, often only a couple of feet wide, frequently cut into nearly-sheer cliffs) then you can see tiny - and not so tiny - trout scraping a living, feeding on invertebrates hiding in the mosses which line the levada walls. Great to se somebody fishing for trout, rather than the Marlin, Wahoo and Tuna which cost a fortune to catch.