Jeff Prest asks whether an­glers want va­ri­ety of fish stock or qual­ity

We asked an­glers how big a deal is the range of trout types on of­fer when they de­cide which fish­ery to visit

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JUST like any other busi­ness, trout fish­eries must ad­dress di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion. For the more am­bi­tious among them, this will mean look­ing at on-site ac­com­mo­da­tion, or mak­ing the fish­ery just part of a gen­eral field sports ‘pack­age’. At its most ba­sic, va­riet y will in­volve stock­ing the lake with more than just one t y pe of trout. Rare is the wa­ter, in­deed, which con­fines its menu to rain­bows alone. Yet how much does this mat­ter to their cus­tomers? Via our Face­book page and the fo­rums at w w w.f ly fish­ we asked an­glers how big a fac­tor is the num­ber of trout ty pes avail­able, when they de­cide which f isher y to visit next… It's nice to have some va­riet y, but it’s not re­ally high up the list. I'm as happy f ish­ing for ' bows as I am f ish­ing for brow ns, blues, tigers, or coarse f ish. I like a good mix of sizes but it's the qualit y of the f ish and the f isher y that mat­ters. Geof f Hadley

Stalk­ing dif­fer­ent species is in­cred­i­ble. The dis­tances peo­ple travel to Rock­bourne to stalk A rc­tic char says it all. I also love blue trout as they look in­cred­i­ble in the wa­ter and f ight ag­gres­sively for their weight. Aaron House

Browns would be good, but just hav­ing caught my f irst blue......a tough call. Fa­cil­i­ties count a great deal. John Whurr

I like a bit of va­riet y, a few brow ns are al­ways nice as they fight much bet­ter than rain­bows pound for pound. Blues and tigers are some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent and make a pleas­ant change. Gary Mor­gan

Would pre­fer va­ri­ety over size any day. Maybe even mix a few coarse species in as well. Peter Lor­rimer

I like a good mix of species and sizes: noth­ing worse than turn­ing up to a wa­ter and ever y f ish in it is the same. It's al­ways a thrill not know­ing what's on the end of your line. Scott Mcdon­ald

A quiet, nat­u­ral-look­ing venue is most im­por­tant re­gard­less of species, for me. I fish for rain­bows and browns and wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily look for still­wa­ters of­fer­ing other species. Paul Kay Peo­ple just seem to want big f ish, although it doesn’t mat­ter to me what size or species it is. It’s the joy of catch­ing, play ing and re­leas­ing the f ish. Kevin Daw­son

It's know­ing a wa­ter is well stocked. I won't f ish any where that’s catch and re­lease only as a good turnover of f ish means stock­ing. Qual­ity over quan­tity of species is also a pref­er­ence. Ja­son Nor­man

A key fac­tor for me is the way the wa­ter and sur­round­ings look...and if it’s a spring fed lake, to keep the f ish and wa­ter in bet­ter con­di­tion. A lso key is plent y of in­sect life… As for f ish, I like va­riet y but more im­por­tantly is f ish with full f ins and a fair [ra­tio], 55 to 65 per acre. Neil Co­hen

I’ve only had one tiger and never a blue, so I'll choose a venue that has these over one that doesn't, other things be­ing equal. Philip Roberts

The op­por­tu­nity to catch dif­fer­ent species and of dif­fer­ent sizes is a big draw. Clif f Hoare

Small f ish for eat­ing, big f ish for the thrill. Like to get a brown now and then but any f ish gets the adren­a­line go­ing. Andy Mor­gan

■ Dif­fer­ent trout don't bother me, how­ever a loo and some­where to ‘take f ive’ come high on the list. Ian Ak­ers

■ A trout is a trout. A good va­riet y of size is more im­por­tant than its colour. An­drew Lu­cas

■ Qual­ity rain­bows in the 3 to 5lb range does me just f ine. Cameron Gra­ham

■ A va­ri­ety would be nice, more browns in par tic­u­lar. Reg Bet­tles

I've had more than my share of big fish but now I f ind I like qual­ity and va­ri­ety… A nice blue or maybe golden which I have not seen for many years, or a tiger or char which I have yet to catch. I would prob­a­bly tar­get them in­stead of big rain­bows. Colin Bed­doe

It makes the day in­ter­est­ing to catch other species but I wouldn’t visit a f isher y be­cause there were a va­ri­ety of species. David Hockin Qual­ity f ish is key: noth­ing worse than catch­ing a sloppy pig of a f ish with only a f in or t wo lef t. Richard Gar­bett

Size does not mat­ter in this case. I like to catch f ish that re­sem­ble wild f ish, even if they aren't. Bill Har ris

High-qualit y, hard-f ight­ing, res­i­dent f ish – this far out weighs size or species. Mil­lets Farm Fly Fish­ing Club

Qual­ity fish mat­ters most. Stumpy tailed f ish of any va­riet y is the big­gest turn-off. Rus­sell Sy­mons

Fish qualit y and va­riet y con­quers all. Size is a bonus and not the most im­por­tant thing. Camy Mcg

I base my f ish­ing lo­ca­tions on the qual­ity of trout avail­able (good shape and full f ins) the va­riet y is for me just an added ex­tra. William Craw­ford

“I've had more than my share of big fish but now I find I like qual­ity and va­ri­ety. A nice blue or golden, which I have not seen for many years.”

Good qualit y, grown-on f ish are all I re­quire. I like browns and rain­bows equally. Jim, cen­tral Scot­land

Pre­fer qualit y over size these days. Still like a bit of rain­bow f ish­ing and par­tic­u­larly en­joy the f ight from blue trout but lately I’ve been get­ting back to do­ing more wild brownie fish­ing. Scot t, Fife

Qualit y of the f ish is top pri­orit y, plus the na­ture of the wa­ter, in­ter­est­ing fea­tures etc. If a lo­cal f isher y had brook­ies or tigers I'd be tempted to have a go as I've never caught ei­ther…but I wouldn't go out of my way to catch one when there are de­cent fish­eries and abun­dant wild trout f ish­ing nearby. ‘York­shire­lad15’, A' Cho­ingheal

“The most im­pres­sive trout to look at are tigers but browns are my favourite; so in­di­vid­ual and catch­ing them on dries does it for me.”

Within rea­son­able trav­el­ling dis­tance and qual­ity f ish prefer­ably. There was a time when I stalked the clear wa­ters and wanted dou­bles, but I’ve been there, had the T-shirt and couldn’t be both­ered any more. I guess many of us go through times when we're ob­sessed with cer­tain as­pects of the sport. Andy Wren, Lon­don

The ab­so­lute key is fish qual­ity to me… and catch and re­lease only, so that f ish are ed­u­cated and not fooled by the f irst big lure in front of them! A fter that, the more va­riet y the bet­ter… [dif­fer­ent f ish] are ac­tive at dif­fer­ent times of the year and dis­play dif­fer­ent be­hav­iour. Pati [ Va­ri­ety] comes be­low the qual­ity of the f isher y (40% fac­tor), the qualit y of the f ish (30%), and then the va­riet y of species avail­able (15%), the re­main­ing per­cent­age cover all the other con­sid­er­a­tions when mak­ing a choice. ‘Vi­tal’, south of Eng­land

Rain­bows/ blues pro­vide ex­cel­lent sport…but are like peas in a pod, although a sil­ver y pris­tine rain­bow is beau­ti­ful. Most im­pres­sive trout to look at are tigers but browns are my favourite; so in­di­vid­ual (even stocked ones) and there’s some­thing about catch­ing them on a dr y f ly that does it for me. ( Well said – Ed). Scotty90, Ed­in­burgh

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