|Open Season||March 17th to September 30th|
|Trout Season||March 1st to September 30th|
|Salmon and Sea Trout||February 1st to September 30th|
Spinning and fly fishing are the methods used for salmon and grilse. In the early part of the year and when the river is in spate, the following give good results for salmon. Fly 'C' in various colours, Devon Minnows - blue and silver, black and brown, brown and gold - sizes 2" - 21/4", Aby Toby - copper, blue and silver - sizes 12 - 20 grams.
Later in the year, smaller baits, Flying 'C' spinners, devons, quill minnows etc are more effective. When the river level begins to fall after a spate, the fly becomes a realistic alternative to the spinner and worm, on several notable pools, Grilse are regularly taken on the fly at dusk in fast runs and are sometimes hooked by anglers night fishing for sea trout. Consequently, it is recommended that you fish with a leader of at least 6lbs breaking strain. Also to be taken into account is the fact that there may not be a lot of room to play a fish on some pools. Fly hook sizes of between 8 and 14 doubles and trebles, depending on the water condition, are advised.
In spate conditions,
running sea trout are taken on small spinners and worms.
Fly fishing for sea
trout during daylight hours is an extremely delicate art and great care
must be taken to avoid disturbing the fish. Use all available cover and
fish from as far away as possible. The best conditions are immediately
after a spate when the water level is dropping and the colour is becoming
clearer. Large showy flies on a sunk line are most effective in those
conditions. At normal or low water conditions, a single fly, size 14 -
18 should bring success to the angler with a stealthy approach to the
lies of the sea trout.
Evening and Night Angling
Night fishing has an attraction all of its own and between dusk and midnight can be a very productive time, particularly when the river is low and clear. Sea trout will continue to enter the tidal pools even in low water particularly around the time of the spring tides and if the incoming or receding tides coincides with dusk, the fishing can be expected to be excellent.
In the colder water of spring, dark flies such as the Teal, Blae and Black, Black Pennell or Bibio account for many fish but as the temperature rises and the river levels tend to be lower, brighter flies such as an Alexandra, Butcher IIen Blue, Muddlers, Teal Blue and Silver or Peter Ross come into their own
Warm evenings with high or rising barometric pressure and light cloud cover are the ideal weather conditions for night fishing.
With luck, you'll catch sight of river otters, geese, herons, red squirrels and mule deer. They're all here!
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