"Sea Trout Fishing"

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Intro:This page shows a sneak preveiw of two pages from within the revised second edition of "Sea Trout Fishing" by Hugh Falkus. This allows you to see, online, a small sample of the inside of the book prior to purchasing, almost as if you had opened it in a book shop. I will stretch my neck out and say that this book along with "Salmon Fishing" by Hugh Falkus is a must read for anybody with the slightest interest in fishing.
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The Sea Trout Secret Weapon

This device was conceived during a frustrating night's fishing in August, 1962: sixteen offers, three fish landed. The prototype was tied the following afternoon and fished later that night. Result: eleven offers, nine fish landed. A dramatic improvement.

   And so it has been ever since. Now, when a sea trout tweaks a maggot it finds itself lip-hooked by the tiny treble, which lies astern of the main hook.

   Fishing the Secret Weapon often provides good sport late at night when sea trout have "gone down". At such times, fish are not inclined to race about in pursuit of a lure. It must, therefore, be placed right in front of their noses. To achieve this, it is fished very slowly on a smooth-shooting sunk line. It is delicate work and very exciting.

    To avoid damaging the maggots, a special form of casting action should be developed. It is quite impossible to describe this cast other than to say that it should be as "soft" as possible, without jerkiness, all slack line being shot first time with no false casting.

   When they are in a tweaking mood, fish are likely to be very lightly hooked through the skin of the lip. Great care must be taken when a fish is being played; the tension of the reel slackened, and the fish handled as though on cotton.
   There is another reason for careful playing of fish. suitable trebles are difficult to obtain; many have an unhappy tendency to straighten out. If this can be overcome, there is no better arrangement for fishing fly/maggot.

I. Lay a seating of fine tying silk along thc shank of a size 16 treble.
2. Loop a short length of 12 lb. B.S. nylon round the treble and bring both ends out through the eye from opposite sides.
3. Whip the nylon to the shank of the treble.
4. Whip the strands of nylon together just above the eye of the treble.
5. Bring one strand of nylon through the eye of a size 8 Hardy "Perfect" hook and back along the shank. Cut off the other strand level with the eye of the hook.

Note. It is very important that the distance between treble and hook is not too great. As a guide, the eye of the treble should be level with, or even slightly inside, the bend of the hook.

6. Whip the nylon mount to the hook shank, taking care to maintain equal tension in the two strands. Put extra turns of tying silk round the hook at the end nearest the treble, to provide maximum strength at this point.
7. Varnish mount.
8. Apply dressing. Body: brown dubbing. Hackle: natural red hen fluffed out. A sparse "wing" of. brown mallard.
9. Varnish head of lure.

Avoid neatness in the dressing. The overall effect should be a small brown straggly-looking creature. It is a fiddly thing to make, but gloriously rewarding on the river in the small hours of a summer night.

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