One of the crucial intriguing of all of our sport fish, the ocean trout has been likened to each salmon and to brown trout – however it’s completely different to each and really a lot a creature aside! What’s for sure is that it is among the most difficult of fish to catch however now, in the course of the quick, balmy summer time nights, is THE prime time to go out and Chris Hayward gives his high ten suggestions and sort out selections that will help you join with a shocking silver sewin.

1. Don’t neglect your head torch

You do have the occasional probability of a sea trout throughout daylight, particularly in excessive water, however the entire severe fishing takes place after darkish when the fish are extra assured transferring up what could also be a really low summer time river. A torch is important equipment, ideally with a pink beam, which isn’t a lot to keep away from spooking the fish however to forestall your night time imaginative and prescient from turning into compromised. Carry spare batteries too.

2. Daytime reconnaissance

It’s necessary be sure to stroll the beat within the daylight, particularly if it’s new to you, and familiarise your self with the financial institution and the river – the place are the swimming pools with the deeper water and the shallow glides the place the present picks up tempo? Confidence breeds success and familiarisation creates confidence.

3. Don’t be scared to wade

The nearer you may get to your quarry the better the solid turns into, however be SAFE and at all times have a wading stick and put on a lifejacket – ideally fish with a pal.

4. Don’t be overly fearful about stealth

We’re one of many solely nations that fish for sea trout at nighttime! Be stealthy they’re wild animals however don’t let it break your fishing. I’ve seen loads of fish caught after lights have been on the water and even branches falling in after a foul solid into the timber!

5. It’s behind you…

Keep in mind when taking part in a fish at nighttime it may be behind you…the circulate of the river will at all times drag your line downstream and you may really feel this weight even when the fish has run previous you and upstream.

6. Take loads of heat gear

Even in the summertime months temperatures can fall to single figures, in case you have heat gear and don’t put on it that’s higher than being chilly and never having something to placed on.

7. Don’t be frightened of tiny flies

Small micro trebles and micro tubes will take loads of sea trout on their day (or night time!)

8. Chilly consolation

It may be chilly early season however there’s each probability of a much bigger fish so don’t ignore the sooner months. There could also be much less fish in your specific system however the chances are high that they are going to be greater than common.

9. Handle your casting size

Study to solid your line pulled off the reel utterly, so it hits the reel and tightens, it helps the chief to show over and your casting size stays the identical, this fashion you’ll be able to depend again the pulls previous to the subsequent solid, constructing consistency and timing in your stroke.

10. Don’t solid too shortly

At nighttime your casting will naturally pace up as you’ll be able to’t see and this may result in slack line within the stroke so lighten the grip and attempt to really feel the rod tip being pulled by the road because it extends – that is your sign to start the other stroke.

Now be part of me!

If you wish to be taught extra about sea trout fishing then come and be part of me this August because the Farlows Group has teamed up with the well-known Abercothi beats on the River Towy for the second 12 months. The 2014 programs have been an excellent success, with a cracking 9lb fish the perfect of 14 caught.

Sea trout fishing is commonly seen as a mysterious and troublesome pastime, nevertheless, with the assistance of two extremely achieved native guides in addition to myself we hope to supply some breathtaking sport. Abercothi is known for large sea trout which maintain up beneath the overhanging tree strains alongside the banks of the Towy, this makes catching them a problem! You want nerves of metal – and slightly luck – to get one to take however while you do, you higher be holding on tight!

You’ll be staying within the Abercothi farm home, particularly styled to swimsuit the ocean trout fisher, being proper on the banks of the river; it is a lovely place to be and with incredible dwelling cooked meals you might be actually taken care of!

You’ll be taught

• Day time reconnaissance and river craft

• Techniques for night time fishing, together with using floor lures and moist flies

• Appropriate collection of sort out

• Night time fishing know the way

• Daytime techniques for top water together with spinning

• Sea trout behaviour

For additional particulars and to guide click on HERE

Chris Haywards’ Important Sea Trout Deal with


A sea trout rod will, at instances, be referred to as upon to solid giant flies and take care of hard-fighting, giant fish. My excellent software is a 9ft 6in or 10ft #7 – the shorter mannequin excellent for smaller rivers.

The Hardy Jet Fly Rod is good and enjoys all the benefits of 3M Sintrix® Nano expertise giving unrivalled energy and efficiency.


A big arbor mannequin is important and the nice value-for-money Sage 2200 sequence that includes the Sealed Carbon drag System (SCS) drag is an effective selection.


Having a selection of line densities atyour disposal is important with a floating line helpful for early within the night time, in hotter situations and shallow water and a sinking choice to get to the fish when they might have dropped into deeper water later within the night time in cooler situations.

My selection of floating line is RIO Gold, which weights the rod completely and provides nice precision and management.

My sinking possibility is Cortland 444 Intermediate in Ice Blue which is a superb sluggish sinker that’s good for cautious fish.

Head torch

A head torch with each white and pink gentle choices is important as most of your fishing will probably be after darkish; the versatile and sensible Petzl E+Lite is a superb selection.


Flies comparable to Waddingtons and snakes, Tubes and Stoat’s tails are all price having in your fly field, or choose up one among our nice Sea Trout Fly Units to provide your self loads of choices – and carry loads of spares of each sample – casting to the tree line after darkish may be robust!

Wading security


As we speak’s breathable chest waders provide consolation and the perfect efficiency for the trendy fly fisher. Most anglers choose the stockingfoot fashion with separate light-weight wading boots, store the intensive assortment HERE

Life Jacket

Rivers may be hazardous environments, even in summer time, and a life jacket actually is important equipment. Trendy lifejackets such because the Englands are armed with CO2 cylinders and are gentle and comfy to put on.

Wading Employees

A wading workers is an important security pole, it means that you can discover rocks and drop-offs and is your ‘third leg’ when crossing quick currents. The Sharpes Spey mannequin is powerful, heavy, dependable and excellent for summer time use.

Lastly, don’t neglect to pop into your native DIY retailer and seize a pair of Perspex security specs for carrying after darkish too.