Sea Trout Course

Last weekend I travelled up to the village of Bunclody, Wexford to meet up with my good friend Ken Whelan to deliver our sea trout course on the magnificent Clohamon beat of the river Slayney.  The first element of this course took place on Saturday afternoon and consisted of detailed information on the sea trout itself(delivered by Ken) and tactics for catching them, particularly at night on the fly (delivered by yours truly).

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Once the classroom presentations were delivered and some excellent questions from the eight participants answered we were joined by another pal of ours and pro fly tyer Denis O’Toole.  Denis tied the flies featured in Kens sea trout book “Nomads of the tides”, and he tied a sea trout tube fly for each of the course participants which they added to the complimentary box of six flies they already had received.

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We then headed over to a local hotel and had a fantastic three course meal.  That really set us up for a few hours night fishing!  From there we went to the fabulous Clohamon beat which had some lovely water and excellent facilities.  Everyone set up their tackle and spread out to their fishing spots assisted by the course delivery team.  The fishing was slow to start but eventually a few nice fish were hooked (and lost) on surface lures and then one of the participants landed a nice finnock.

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At about 2am it was time to finish up and head to our accommodation.  After a substantial breakfast we all met up again on Sunday morning at the Clohamon beat.  I did a demonstration on some daytime tactics including wet fly and streamer fishing.  The participants fished on for a while and some more fish up to about 1.5lbs were hooked.

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We have already received some really positive feedback on the course from the participants.  They were very complimentary of the fishery and the combination of theory and practice in the course and inclusion of the flies and fly tying session. Once again our resident photographer Kuba Standera did an awesome job. Looking forward to our next course already!

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.

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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.