One of the great things about the Strathaven area is that there are many Burns that contain a good head of Trout and in my youth i enjoyed nothing more than finding and exploring these burns and catching there fiesty wee Brownies. Many of the Trout you will catch will be of the the 3 to the pound variety – however these little streams can throw up some remarkable surprises and have been lucky enough to catch Trout to 2.5lb in a burn not far from the town – so you never know and that’s what always makes Burn Trouting exciting.
It was a great hobby – all you need if you are not familiar with the area is an ordanance survey map a rod, some flies (or light worm tackle) and off you go.
Had a couple of hours to spare on Sunday afternoon & decided to re visit some of the spots from my early days of fishing & was keen to do it in a similar style. So tackled up with a 12 foot match rod (it would have been a fly rod then) a centre pin reel (would have been a spinning reel then) 4lb breaking strain braid & 4lb nylon on wee piece of shot a number 12 hook & a brandling worm.
It was a lovely afternoon to be clambering around a wee burn & i wondered if i might have been better with some flys as the trout were rising to flys – but the burn was the colour of Guiness and looked just right for the worm.
Spent a bit of time retreiving my line from branches & kept missing the bites at first – but finally got the hang of it on the second pool and caught a wee dark Trout about half a pound with bright red spots.
They might be wee but they fight really hard for there size & can be amazingly acrobatic – had a great time, muddy knees & was back to being a wee boy – its great to do this again & will be having another go soon.
Managed to catch 4 in 2 and a half hours – No Trout were harmed during this session & are now back happily swimming in the burn.
Hope you enjoy the photos.
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