Trout Surgery

Ron­nie Glass of­fers so­lu­tions for bet­ter sport on rivers and still­wa­ters

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - THE TUG’S - Phillip Gent, via email

This au­tumn I caught four lovely brown trout of around 5lb from Anglian Wa­ter fish­eries. Why aren’t more brown trout stocked in reser­voirs?

For­ward-think­ing fish­ery man­agers are re­al­is­ing that brown trout are an in­vest­ment risk that is worth tak­ing. In some years they might not show up, and yet in 2017 and 2018, they pro­vided ex­cep­tional sport. As they are more ex­pen­sive than the faster-grow­ing rain­bows, they tend to be stocked at a smaller, af­ford­able size, which may not im­me­di­ately pro­vide mem­o­rable sport. But over the next few sea­sons, they will grow on. I am cer­tain that stocked brown trout are more in­quis­i­tive for a longer pe­riod of time than rain­bow trout. They can, at first, be too easy to catch, but then they in­vari­ably dis­ap­pear into the depths. They will dis­ap­pear in medium-sized wa­ters as well as large reser­voirs. My lo­cal Cold­ing­ham Loch (22 acres) has a his­tory of pro­duc­ing qual­ity brown trout, but most vis­i­tors wouldn’t think they were present at all. A late-evening hatch of buzzers can bring them to the sur­face, as will a good sedge hatch – usu­ally af­ter

most an­glers have gone home. By Oc­to­ber, how­ever, they seem to lose their cau­tion and will often make some lucky an­gler’s day. If fi­nances are tight, fish­ery man­agers are re­luc­tant to stock with brown trout, as they may never show in suf­fi­cient num­bers to jus­tify the out­lay.

The Mid­lands reser­voirs are be­com­ing bet­ter known for their ex­cep­tional brown­ies than their rain­bows.

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