I started off my Sea trout season on the Tywi mainly fishing the middle of the river this year for the whole of the season. This year the season started off with very cold conditions and the river was clear and up a few inches, it pretty much stayed that way from April 1st, until the first week of June.
I like to start night fishing as soon as the season start’s if conditions allow, it can be very cold at night at the beginning of the season, so I always take plenty of clothing and a warm hat. This is usually enough to keep you warm early season to put a couple of hours in. If it get’s to the point where your finger’s are getting numb, it’s time to head home.
I had my first outing at night in the first week of the season, it was a very cold evening and windy, so decided to fish an hour in to dark. My fly fishing tackle for most of my sea trout fishing consists of a 10ft 7/8 airlite rod, an airlite reel with a selection of 40 plus fly lines. This trip I decided to fish with a 40+ fast intermediate. I decided with the windy condition’s to fish with a single 2 inch aluminium tube with a fairly short leader of around 4ft or so.
I like to fish a fairly square cast at night a lot of the time, with a very slow figure of eight retrieve and just let the flies swing around with the current and slowly retrieve when it’s come around 2/3rds of the way. I tend to mix it up a bit with faster retrieves and casting angles, but I find the slower the better, especially earlier in the season.
So first run through I got about 1/3rd of the way down the pool and cast square to the far bank and just letting the fly swing. As the line started to swing, a good solid take and a good fish on. This fish fought very hard and used every inch of the pool before I slipped the net under it. A cracking 10.5lb Sewin in prime condition and a cracking start to the season. I finished the run through the pool and then called it a night as it had got very cold.
With it being so cold and windy at night, for most of the time I fished the same setup up until the middle of June, with either a 2 inch aluminium tube, 1.5 inch aluminium, or a 35mm 1.8 Gray’s needle tube. I like to use the needle tubes if I want to fish the fly a bit deeper, as they are a good weight and very slim.
It had been worth the early season effort at night and by the first week of june, I had landed six Sea trout over 10lb and quite a few between 4lb and 8lb, and a few lost.
The day’s started to warm up in June and there was no rain for a long time, the river levels dropped below summer level the lowest I had seen it for some time. To say the fishing was difficult in June and July would be an understatement. One of the biggest problems for weeks was the mist at night. Very warm in the day, but with the clear skies at night the mist would be on the water as soon as the sun started to set and there would be a big temperature drop, which is never ideal for fishing at night.
There were fish in the system, but very hard to tempt, and zero new fish coming through, with the low water condition’s. I had some success fishing a slow intermediate 40+ with surface lure, small half inch plastic tubes, tied on Scandinavian tube liner and small singles, with fish up to 14.5lb by the end of July.
The fishing picked up a lot in August and September and there were good numbers of fish being caught. I had a session one night where in between landing a couple of Sea trout, I had two flatties on a 1.5 inch tube, which was a bit of a surprise to me. It seemed this season that everything was 4 to 6 week’s behind what it would normally be.
Hopefully, condition’s will be kinder for the 2014 season. It was a season for big Sea tout thoug with two of my friend’s and myself catching our personal best’s of 15lb4oz, 16lb8oz and 18lb 2oz. And although very tough at times, I won’t be forgetting this season in a hurry and looking forward to the next already.