When people talk about Sea Trout fishing at night what they fail to tell you is just how fucked you will be the next day. Yesterday morning I found myself in a car whizzing back from the North Esk struggling to keep my eyes open, I caught brief glimpses of what was going on in between snoozes. I distinctly remember Alan saying thatâ€™s ok just have a snooze but then everything went a bit blurry, I remember stopping at the side of the road and Alan saying â€œneed to close my eyes for ten minutesâ€ and then shooting off again. I remember opening my eyes and seeing a sign reading â€œWelcome to Dundeeâ€ I pointed out that I had not seen that on the way up -â€œfunny that neither had Iâ€ pointed out Alan before pulling over for another 10 mins shut eye.
It all started with rather large salmon splashing around in a named pool on the river, very very impressive. The car was parked next to the river as our base and we had a few pools to ourselves- all very posh.
I have never fished through the night before for Sea Trout and a couple of things struck me. Firstly everything seems a whole lot heavier during the night- the rod, line and the fly. I kept on checking my mini tube as I was sure that I was trailing weed. I made a bit of a major mistake by missing my only Sea Trout of the night- I felt it plucking, once then twice I should have lifted my rod into it but instead my sleep addled mind froze- I had been waiting for this moment for a while- the fish gave a great boil on the surface and was gone.
Later Allan caught a Sea Trout, a tremendous fish that gave a couple of searing runs. In the morning it was my turn to mess up again losing a Grilse to my flying C.
This time I am unsure as to what happened, I think I got into a muddle with the backwind on my reel and it was off.
I then spent my remainder time slogging away at a pool with what seemed like massive Salmon rolling constantly- all very exiting !
Still, you donâ€™t need to catch fish for it to be a good nights fishing.