Tackle and Technique
When the water is stirred up by the wind or colored from rain, tubes and larger flies work very well. In turbid water conditions, we like bulky flies that “push” water. Tubes tied in the “Temple Dog” style on plastic and/or brass in all colors and sizes are good to have along. Conversely, as the water clears, smaller flies are much more effective. Traditional sea trout and salmon patterns are good and the locals also fish with a wide variety of trout patterns such as bitch creek nymphs, yuk bugs, egg-sucking leeches, wooly buggers and muddlers. Small nymphs are also used regularly when the trout won´t take anything else. Doubles are fine, but please leave the trebles at home. Most of the fishing requires you to strip the fly.
There are also pools where sea trout can be taken by simply swinging the fly as one would for Atlantic Salmon, but generally speaking, these fish don´t favor the same types of flies as salmon do. They lie in quieter seams and tails and the motion imparted by stripping the fly produces some fantastic “induced” takes. We like shooting heads because the maximum effective fishing distance with each cast is much greater than with that of a normal line. It´s nice to have a two-handed rod in heavy wind, but most of the fishing can be accomplished with a one-hander. It comes down to a matter of personal preference. WF line weights #6-8 Float or Clear Intermediate heads (a line built up like a shooting head) are the most popular depending upon the size of the fly.
A single hand 9-10 foot rod in weight class #7-8 and a light double hand rod in weight class#7-8 will have u covered for most fishing. However you can easily go up or down a class depending or personal preferences and weather conditions. Bring a 5 or 6 weight single hand for some great brown trout action.
Floating and Intermediate lines is what we use 95% of the time and will have you covered for most conditions.