The start of a sea trout career

You may remember the 4½ lbs brown trout caught by Luke’s young son Ruben while fishing for salmon with his dad back in March.

More recently, in the first week of September, Ruben caught his first fly-caught sea trout at night.

Reuben’s first night-time  fly-caught sea trout.

Caught on an up-river beat, the fish had been in for a couple of months and weighed 1¾ lbs.

How has Totnes weir pool fished?

Since fishing restarted last month, TWP has fished reasonably well, with a decent number of sea trout caught up to 5 or 6 pounds.

In May, about 400 fish passed through the fish counter, mainly sea trout. In June about 150 had been counted at the last check.

Of course the fishing in TWP will now tail off as the fish move upstream.

Oddly, given their prevalence over the past few years, no sea lice have been seen on fish and no fish with saprolegnia fungus infestations have been reported. Could this be some effect of lockdown or is it just coincidence?

Another good brown trout

This lovely approx 2lbs brownie was caught by member Ben Beardsworth just above Abbotsmead recently. The image is a bit dark, as the photo was taken in crepuscular light.

Ben tempted the fish with a size 14 BWO and says it was quite an acrobatic character, leaping about 3 feet in the air.