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    Default Out of season brown trout

    What are the sporting rules about river fishing for trout out of season? If you are out fishing for grayling, is it considered bad form to target trout you come across?

    I understand any trout caught must be returned and it's important to avoid disturbing spawning ground when wading. But is it against the rules / unsporting to intentionally target trout with fly choice and presentation?

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    Default Re: Out of season brown trout

    It's illegal.
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    Default Re: Out of season brown trout

    Hypothetical question ? I think you must know the answer !!
    You can't change the fish but you can change the fly !

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    Default Re: Out of season brown trout

    Perhaps a stupid question, but no, I was not asking hypothetically!

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    Simple , don't target them at all , when grayling fishing you might catch a OOS Brown Trout , return it as soon as possible .

    If you stick to known grayling hotspots you should be fine , common sense and all that jazz .

    Grayling will be in deeper water on the whole , in deeper pools where there are nice gravel bottoms , tail end pools and in the eye of the pool .

    Pocket water , shallow riffles , and the head of the pools I would avoid if you are catching trout and not grayling .

    These are only rough guide lines , you have got to think of the ratio of trout versus grayling too . You are better of fishing known grayling rivers .

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    Default Out of season brown trout

    Well you not meant to target brown trout in the off season. But obviously if a brown trout takes ur fly accidently who would know? Most river anglers don't see another soul on the rivers so in reality you do what you want and held in check by your own moral code.

    Also err asking on a public forum what basically is pc or not pc is asking for sarki comments.

    I am a realist and well...if on a days fishing you not seen a fish all day and low and behold a fish was rising mid stream looks like A big fish would the avg fisherman refrain from casting at it, I doubt it lol.
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    Default Re: Out of season brown trout

    As said it’s illegal to target them and if caught clearly using a large fly unlikely to catch a grayling you risk being banned or worse prosecuted.

    However, it’s unlikely you get caught.

    Therefore it’s a question of ethics and morals. What type of person you are. What type of character you are.

    Have I ever caught trout out of season - absolutely. Have I ever caught grayling out of season - definitely. One a very big grayling that took a size 8 dry, extended body mayfly when I cast to what I’d swear was a big trout rising mid river!

    But, have I ever deliberately targeted one or other out of season...no.

    You get the idea I’m sure...
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    Default Re: Out of season brown trout

    On my grayling trips I almost always catch a trout or two, but very few and I don't target them. The only way to avoid them completely is not to fish.
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    Default Re: Out of season brown trout

    Quote Originally Posted by iainmortimer View Post
    As said its illegal to target them and if caught clearly using a large fly unlikely to catch a grayling you risk being banned or worse prosecuted.
    Grayling will happily take large flies on some days, cased caddis being a good example, so I don't think that using a large fly, unless it's a streamer, could land you in trouble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andygrey View Post
    Grayling will happily take large flies on some days, cased caddis being a good example, so I don't think that using a large fly, unless it's a streamer, could land you in trouble.
    Grayling will hammer a streamer. I even pick up grayling on crank baits. I find its a good way of trying to pull out larger fish once you find the fish. I cant think of a way that you can target grayling with out risking an OOS trout and the same during to coarse closed season when targeting trout. Fish appropriate water that holds the target species and moved if you get plagued by OOS fish. As most have said the real risk of getting caught is next to 0 but I like to give the fish the much needed time off.

    I'm not overly concerned over the of OOS fish, I would want peoples major effort to go in to not disturbing Reds and control of pollution.

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