Successful Seatrout Patterns

I am often asked about sea trout flies and which ones I find best.  Let me say immediately that each river tends to have its own favourites, but there are certainly a few patterns I always carry with me.

Teal Blue and Silver Variant

Teal Blue and Silver Variant

I divide my seatrout patterns into 3 main categories:

1. Small or standard patterns

For me key standard size patterns would include flies such as the teal blue and silver, black pennell, kill devil spider, butcher, dunkeld and peter ross.  I would generally have these in sizes 14 to 8 and a few “wee doubles”.

Peter Ross

Peter Ross

One of my personal favourites is the Gold Alexandra.  The variant I tie is pictured below.

Gold Alexandra Variant

Gold Alexandra Variant

2. Larger flies/tandems/surface lures

In the larger flies I fish mainly blue/silver patterns like the medicine fly, black silver patterns and orange and gold patterns.  I find it useful to have a selection of flies tied on low water singles, doubles, tandems and a few snake flies.

orange tandem

I tend to use two types of surface fly for night time fishing.  These would be foam type flies and also flies tied with deer hair (muddlers).  As a general rule the darker the night the bigger the surface fly I fish.

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To conclude, having fished for seatrout on my local rivers for the past thirty years, my approach would be to have a small selection of patterns but be  sure to have flies of various sizes, along with a few surface lures.

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