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Presented from Issue 111, August 2014

Tackling early season trout is a totally different proposition to fishing during the mild, calm conditions we had at the end of April. Fish have now spawned and are looking to put condition on, while the cooler weather of Spring is not conducive to insect hatches. Water temperatures are very low and levels are high. All of these things require different tactics. I will not discuss sea trout as they run and feed off a totally different set of circumstances. I will concentrate instead on inland lakes and rivers.

Trout seem to feed best in water temperatures of around 16 degrees, but you are not going to find much warm water in August and September. Having said that, I don’t believe that there is such a things as being ‘too cold to catch a fish’ as long as the water isn’t frozen over. Although water temperatures are far from ideal, a change of tactics will still bring results. Don’t expect enormous bags of fish but certainly enough to make it worthwhile.

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Leven River - 30/11/11

With humid conditions I was undecided where to fish today, so tossed a coin heads will go to the Leven River and tails to the Meander River. Heads it was. On arriving at the Leven my usual area I fish was flowing very fast and having to cross it there was too risky, so I moved further upstream to another of my favourite fishing zones.

The river here is mainly fast water but it was wade-able and I could also get to the other side where the river has more access. Using a Mepps #0 Black Fury gold with black face and yellow dots I managed 3 nice plump little browns ( 320gms) in the first 20m of river, a great start to the day. Into the next section of river and 2 hook-ups for one small brown ( 210gms) and a few hit and misses to go with it.
The section of river ahead had quite a few long deep sections in it and was the colour of black coffee from the weekends rain, so fished the full length of these sections to no avail, not a touch. I tried several different types and colours and still nothing until the next stretch of fast water where I finally hooked 7 browns but only landed 2 of these, not a good strike rate I know. I caught one more small brown in the next run of river and then called it a day after fishing around 2 kms of river. This was not one of my better days, but still good to be on the river and catch a few in tough conditions.



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