Trout surgery

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - CONTENTS - Bruce Young, via email

Ron­nie Glass with ad­vice on stock­ing trout, grayling in March and ty­ing per­fect split wings

If you’re ask­ing me to back your opin­ion, I am happy to do so. Gen­er­ally, March is a cold month with grayling pre­par­ing to breed and trout re­cov­er­ing from the hard­ship of spawn­ing and win­ter. Per­haps the group thinks that at present they only close the fish­ery for two weeks, un­til the le­gal start of the trout sea­son, so why not of­fer fish­ing all-year round? My opin­ion is that they should con­tinue to close, even if it’s only for those two weeks. It gives a de­fin­i­tive end to the grayling sea­son and re­in­forces in an­glers’ minds that their next trip will be for brown trout. My first out­ing on the river for trout is when I can see them feed­ing on sur­face flies. The trout tell me when they are ready to be fished for – be it the last week of March or the sec­ond week of April.

We should leave grayling alone when they are pre­par­ing to breed in March.

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