Gerald Stratford writes a monthly column for the Mail. Contact him on 07917 772615
FIRST of all I must say a big thank you to all the anglers and non anglers who got in touch to support me regarding last month’s article on dredging.
I will do a follow up later after meetings with the relevant bodies.
With the summer we have had, I think we could be in for a bumper autumn for all species, especially the trout at Farmoor and Lechlade.
I think there is not a better fish than a rainbow trout, which has been in the reservoir for a few months, especially if it has over wintered.
Most trout anglers enjoy catching in September and October, size doesn’t matter, a big one is a bonus.
It’s the quality we are looking for, a full tail, perfect fins and a fight second to none.
You will find most methods will work, we all have our favourite style. Mine is a team of nymphs under a strike indicator.
What’s very important is to spend time looking for the trout.
Don’t be afraid to keep moving. It’s amazing what other fish you can catch on a fly, as well as trout.
I have caught all the course species as well as sea fish with a fly rod.
There are one or two young anglers who have started to advertise course fishing with a fly rod as something new, but I’m afraid it’s not.
I can remember catching bass with a fly as far back as 1968 and catching carp the same way in the 1980s.
If you investigate any sport, most new ideas are just old ideas with a new twist.
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