Sea trout run many UK and Irish rivers, although significant waterfalls block their passage, as they do
not have the same remarkable leaping ability as salmon. On the mainland the most prolific sea trout rivers
tend to be those with a comparatively gentle gradient.
All of these types of rivers have a tradition of angling specifically for sea trout (especially at night)
notwithstanding the fact that they are also often important salmon rivers.
Where to fish
The great bastion of river angling at night for sea trout is Wales, notably the Towy (with fish of over
10lbs possible) and the Teifi; between them these two rivers have an impressive average annual catch of
Tragically one of Scotland's greatest angling assets, the sea trout fishing in the west Highlands, is a
shadow of its former glory; the decline of which has coincided with the explosion of fish farming in the
last 20 years. The affected area includes two of the three truly great mainland sea trout lochs: Loch Maree
and Loch Stack. Both have more recently seen some tentative signs of recovery.
Another stronghold for sea trout is the Outer Hebrides, especially east Lewis, Harris and the Uists. The
latter have always been primarily sea trout fisheries.
Sea trout fishing.
When to fish
The best river sea trout fishing in the Northern Hemisphere is from June/July onwards, with the prime
months being July and August, during which nocturnal fishing is the favoured option. In the Southern
Hemisphere it is from December through to March.