Thames catch catalogue
On this page I’ll catalogue my successes. I am optimistic that with practise I may develop better understanding of when, where and how to find sea trout, perch, pike and any other species that attack my flies. I have heard stories from the men at Farlows about salmon too. My intention is to document trends over time. Your comments are welcome – Enjoy the photos!
Tide schedules http://www.tidetimes.org.uk/
Catch number 1
anadromous salmo trutta up close and personal. Length = 53.4cm 6th May 2013 19h30 (90 mins before low tide)
Catch number 2
Thames baitfish caught accidentally on 19 August 2013 circa 20h30 on the rising tide.
Catch number 3
Perca fluviatilis – if one measures a fish by the number of casts since the previous catch in the same spot, this would be a world record! I had so much fun fishing the rising tide on 16 August 2014. Fly used was a Mrs Simpson size 12 long shank.
Catch number 4
17 August 2014 just before low tide. Leuciscus leuciscus – dace… These can grow to a decent size. I look forward to finding out more about them in due course.
Catch number 5
Day two, number two – I was amazed at how hard he struck and with the bend he managed to put in my rod! Notice how clear the water is, despite a downpour earlier in the day.
Catch number 6
Perfect poser! I love these colourful little fish… So do cormorants and grebes!
Catch number 7
See what I mean about cavernous mouths?
Catch number 8
Sunday 17 August 2014 Day two, perch number four!