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18 Oct 2010

Goodbye to another sea-trout season


It's been an extraordinary season, one that's taken us from the Ballyshannon estuary in Donegal (late March) to Strangford Lough, Sligo, Mayo, Connemara...and finally to Uist in early October. I've learned more about sea-trout during this past year - particularly, about how sea-trout behave in the estuaries of the western Irish coasts - than I have in any previous season. I've found the whole project entirely captivating. Here and there, too, we've run across grilse and salmon in our sea-trout travels, and very welcome they have been.

Nomads on Uist 2010


Lunchtime on Loch Fada, South Uist.

Nomads on Uist 2010


The fishing was challenging: high winds (to gale and even hurricane force) in the first part of the week; sunshine and near calms in the last. Despite this we shared a catch of 22 sea-trout (most of them finnock to a pound and a half) and 5 salmon, most of the last very stale fish. Here's a salmon from Kildonan about to be returned: a fish which, as the Scots say, was definitely in its tartan breeks.

Nomads on Uist 2010


Landing a fresh-run, late season Uist sea-trout.

Nomads on Uist 2010


Chris was on South Uist recently (first week of October), fishing with David Knowles and Ian Kennedy. South Uist has an October run of fresh sea-trout - among them, maiden fish. Here's David with a pristine sea-trout of just under 4lb. taken from Loch Roag on David's variation of that great sea-trout pattern, the Bruiser.

Mayo September 2010

Mayo white-trout from a bog river
Owenduff estuary white-trout on a Teal, Blue and Silver

James playing a Glenamoy grilse
Cracking Owenmore salmon
Owenduff estuary white-trout

Mayo September 2010


Markus with an Owenmore salmon
Overlooking the Glenamoy valley from the top of the watershed - wonderful salmon and sea-trout spate river
Owenmore salmon (angler: Markus Mueller)

Mayo September 2010


Glenamoy grilse

Coloured Owenmore salmon
Releasing an Owenmore grilse
Owenduff grilse (angler: James Sadler)