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Wednesday 01 October, 2014

New fishing techniques are often hard to find, I think. Usually it takes a lot of fishing experience and a lot of time to improve, change and re-change before its really working well.

In coastal Sea trout fishing I have gone thru this process for about 25 years now. Always I was trying to find a more effective technique and a better strategy to catch more and also bigger Sea trout. Pretty often I was told about 80% in succeeding to catch a Sea trout would be about being in the right fishing spot at the right time. You know the secret HOT SPOT stuff... ;)

This I find an interesting thought, but it doesn't match with my experience. Not even close! Instead I believe in finding the best technique to catch those fish being around in whatever spot is the best way to go.

It seems fair to say, that most coastal anglers here don't change their fishing technique much during the whole season. Maybe it would need more fishing time to get more used to the current technique and then being more open minded to fish and try different techniques. Time, which only few of us can spent in fishing. This year I again tried a pretty different fishing technique compared to what I have come across along the coast here yet:

I was constantly fishing sinking lines in sink rates 4 to 7. Sink 7 no doubt makes my significant leaded fly sink very fast. And fishing such typical shallow spots in the range of 1-2m water depth means I have to strip the fly extremely fast to not hit the ground. But the huge advantage is my fly then will move DEEP and FAST. Both these (key) factors are among the most important ones in many Sea trout situations as I have experienced it often.

There are also other advantages: Casting such a heavy sinking line in mostly significant windy conditions makes it (the casting) much easier (compared to floating lines for example).

I think quite a large number of coastal fly fishermen would tell me about a sink 7 fly line being nonsense to fish it in 90% of the spots here. And that's fair. It needs a hell lot of practise to get the retrieving technique fast enough to not steadily hook up in the ground. But once I could combine deep and fast, I caught a serious number of fish - big ones inbetween.

No doubt such a technique isn't meant to offer anything relaxed to a beginner. But who knows it might offer a fantastic Sea trout to some of you experienced coastal fly fishermen?

If so, send me a picture please! ;)

Any new techniques (for whatever species of fish) you added to your tool box lately?

All my best


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