It appears to me that these days, thank christ, that we have lost our fascination with large, overweight farm reared, rainbows, these things were classed as ‘fish of a lifetime’, why? I can assure you they are/ were and never will be.
Let’s be honest we have witnessed some really ugly rainbows and browns in many fly fishing publications in the past and now on FB and the likes, but these days, thanks to modern fish farming methods and indeed angler’s preferences, trout are normally in a pretty pristine condition, looking good and fully fined, the ‘Saturday night, out on the town trout!
For me, and I’d guess the majority of the UK fly fishing fraternity, a large, grown on or better, wild fish is what it’s all about these days? It doesn’t have to be huge just ‘proper’!
Many of our large reservoirs and even a fair few of our medium sized small waters will see a sharp increase in the size and the quality of the fish being caught form now to the year’s end.
Right now the water is cooling, following some of the silly and at times prolonged temperatures we saw through the summer and the trout are now ‘hopefully’ coming back on the feed. They are looking to pack on weight for the winter ahead and as they do they become a little less wary in their need to survive.
Trout that have been at large for some time are on the prowl and are imminently more catchable. It’s these beauties that we, as anglers, want to catch more than anything.
Trophy trout now are the fin perfect, streamlined, muscle packed variety, not the heavy hitters of the late 80’s early 1990’s, thank goodness.
Unless you’re stalking there is – and this is strictly MY opinion – no skill to catching, massive, recently stocked trout from any water. You can’t see what’s going on, you cast out, with whatever fly, pull it back in whatever way you see fit, and if one of the lunkers manages to see it, then they’ll have it, it’s total and utter luck!
These page three pin ups of the trout world however, take some skill in order to be fooled.
As with most things in life, timing and patience are the key to getting it right.
You’ll need to offer them something that they are feeding on first of all, you can’t get this wrong, if you do you’re not catching.
I recently fished a very difficult and moody Rutland Water, there were only a few stockies playing ball but the big resident trout both the browns and rainbows were there to be caught, tough but if you stuck it out in the right area, you had a few chances.
Nymphs were the majority’s line of attack, Crunchers and Diawl Bachs and Nemos fished on long leaders using a floating line were the best bet. Myself and few others went with little fry patterns. Although the anglers that braved the tough conditions never had many trout, the standard of the ones were caught were second to none!
Sadly, these fish came on in the run up, three weeks before, to the English National Final, I was catching the for fun. Then, a week before the final, they stopped, weather, pressure or they were just being absolute a*******s! Who know’s, but they were great fun while it lasted, give it a few weeks though and they’ll be back on it and we’ll hopefully, like that bird that’s married to Kanye West, have a great back end!