Anglers should read this information in conjunction with the information on fishing restrictions imposed by the EA which can be found on the main Fishing page.
The majority of Sea Trout normally drop back towards the shallow water at the tail of each pool as darkness descends, however they still remain very sensitive to noise and movement. A stealthy approach is essential. The larger fish i.e. over 3 lbs are non-conformist and usually stay in deeper water at all times.
A short fly rod (between 8-10 ft) is recommended with a white or light coloured line to help you to see the direction in the dark. I use 6-8 foot cast (i.e. shorter than the rod length) with 6-8 lbs breaking strain and only a single fly.
The most popular fly on our stretch has to be the Stoats tail. Over recent years our visitors have helped to develop a variant known as the Butterwell Special; which has a flying treble attached with elasticum wire. A stock of Butterwell Specials is available for anglers to purchase. During very low water conditions smaller flies i.e. long shank singles or doubles are equally effective. A sinking line is needed for those anglers fishing for larger Sea Trout in deep pools.
Popular flies for Salmon include the cascade and other orange flies in clearing water, and a stoat’s tail or blue charm in clearer water. Cone head variants are useful to fish the fronts of the pools.
Spinners such as copper mepps number 3 and zebra toby as well as small weighted black flying C can be effective in heavy water. Shrimp is popular in low water.
Other recommended kit includes a net to be carried on the shoulder (and not left on the bank) plus a small torch. Waders are not essential but can be useful in the Woods and at Oak Tree Pool.