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9 Apr 2010

Names of the sea-trout


At present I'm working on a chapter for Nomads which will be called 'The names of the sea-trout'. I collected the following list from various sources. For each term I'm planning to use the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) to track the first written attestation of the term, and then give recent attestations. That in itself is quite a job, but then I opened the pages of Nall (The Life of the Sea Trout, 1930) and found that the great man had recorded another 50 or so local names, including the intriguing terms chor, hepper, laspring, moorced, morgate and (my favourite) moudie-trout.... It's therefore going to be quite a philological task.

Here's what is merely an initial list:

black-neb

Sometimes the compound ‘black-neb’ is truncated to ‘neb’: ‘After numerous takes, three sea trout to 2 1/2 lbs and half a dozen nebs were netted.’ http://www.lochlomondangling.com/boatyarddiary/ Accessed July 8th, 2009

black-tail http://zipcodezoo.com/Animals/S/Salmo_trutta_trutta/
Recording of name. Accessed April 9th 2010

bull-trout
finnock
fork-tail
grey trout
harvest-cock
harvester
herling
herring peal
junior/juner
may peal
mort

orange-fin http://zipcodezoo.com/Animals/S/Salmo_trutta_trutta/
Recording of name. Accessed April 9th 2010.

peal
pugg peal
salmon-trout
scurf
sewin
skegger (trout)? (The term comes from Walton.)
smelt
sprod
truff
white-trout
whitling
yellow-fin

Any reader who can help is more than welcome to contact me with their knowledge of local terms for sea-trout in their dialect or dialect area.

I've often wondered why the sea-trout could be called a yellow-fin . The photo shows why - a lovely little fish I caught (and released) in Donegal last summer.

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