WINDS, TIDES AND EXPECTATIONS
CHRIS WRITES: Every time I fish for sea-trout in saltwater there are things I take care to remind myself.
● Adjust expectations. You’re fishing for feeding sea-trout, creatures that are wild as the wind. Though you may well see plenty of fish, you’ll do well to encounter one or two of them in any given session.
● Find tide-rips and channels, areas where food such as shrimps, ragworms, fry and sandeels may be concentrated.
● Fish the fly in an offshore wind or cross-wind. Trying to fish in an onshore wind is often pointless: floating seaweed can make angling life unbearable.
● Try fishing the last two hours of the ebb and the first two hours of the flood. Food sources are then concentrated into smaller areas (channels). As the tide floods and the lough or estuary fills, sea-trout disperse and become more difficult to find.
● Use a line-tray but keep other gear to a minimum
● Safety is vital. Take sensible precautions and carry something to eat and drink. Wear wader studs rather than felt soles. Use a wading staff and eye protection. Carry a first-aid kit.
Dawn cast. Focus your efforts on the tide-rips and channels.