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Big trout and trout recognition

By scottishriverfishing, May 29 2016 09:07AM

As usual for this time of year there are some big trout around. Spotting them is one thing, catching them another. There have been a few in the 5 or 6lb bracket caught and make no mistake these are huge for wild brown trout on a river. There have been lots of caught in the 2-3lb range too. These are great trout, very fit and in excellent condition and give some great sport.

It's normal for the fish to become a bit more picky at this time of the season due to the abundance of different flies. This week we've seen olive uprights, blue winged olives, yellow mays, sedges, iron blues, large brook duns and large dark olives. When you take into account that the fish might take any of these flies at any stage of it's life you can see why fly choice gets more difficult.

The TTGI trout recognition is now beginning to show some results for repeat catches. I've had one fish thrice in a few days (twice in one night) so it does look as though repeat catches will perhaps be much more common then you'd think. Repeat catches highlights the importance of catch and release of wild brown trout. The software plots the spot pattern on the trout's head and once the data is entered it can scan through hundreds of pictures in a few seconds. As well as trout recognition it will also be used to plot the movement of fish throughout the Tweed system. I'll be at the TTGI meeting next week so should get an update on any findings, although it's early days yet.

Trout of around 5lb goes back
Trout of around 5lb goes back
Me looking extremely happy with a big trout!
Me looking extremely happy with a big trout!
Photo taken to show spot pattern on left side of head for TTGI programme
Photo taken to show spot pattern on left side of head for TTGI programme
59cm trout caught first cast in early evening
59cm trout caught first cast in early evening
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