Our native brown trout are fantastic fish. They seem to be able to adapt to all kinds of situations. Some of the rivers of the North and West of Scotland are nutrient poor and not very well suited to sustaining an abundance of fish. And yet you can catch large trout in them, sometimes as big as 10lbs or more. This is thanks to the incredible adaptability and plasticity of the brown trout.
In order to cope with nutrient-poor rivers the trout’s strategy is to adapt and head off to sea. They are able to control the salt levels in their bodies and make use of the productive feeding to be had along the coast. Of the trout adapted to deal with salt there are some which spend most of their time in the river’s estuary, others which come in and out of the river to make use of feeding opportunities and some which migrate long distances along the coast and only return to the rivers to spawn.
Sea trout put on weight quickly and often form loose shoals, making fishing for them very exciting. They can be caught high up in the river’s catchment, down near the mouth of the river, in the brackish water or even straight off the coast. Some anglers believe they can’t be caught in bright sunshine, but I would beg to differ. Though night fishing might well be the most productive I have caught sea trout in all conditions.
On our guided trips we come to pick you up at your hotel at the agreed time in the morning, usually around 9am. It’s then a short drive to the fishing venue.