Thames Trout - do they still exist ?

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Re: Thames Trout - do they still exist ?

Post by Bobthefloat » Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:16 pm

I talk to anglers around the Hampton court area where the Mole and ember enter each season and often hear of sea trout being caught. I've never had one myself though
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Re: Thames Trout - do they still exist ?

Post by Santiago » Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:09 pm

There's definitely sea trout as far up as Reading and possibly further up. I suspect the come through the lochs.
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Re: Thames Trout - do they still exist ?

Post by Olly » Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:12 pm

I also believe that they will jump the weirs in times of high water. If barbel can do it so can a mini-salmon!

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Re: Thames Trout - do they still exist ?

Post by Reedling » Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:40 pm

I am sure I said this before but when I used to play on the Woolwich ferry as a kid(1960's) we used to look over the side and we used to see these tied up things floating down the river :Wink: , they were known locally as Thames Trout, you would not want to catch one though. :eyebrow:
Thinking about the river back then I do not think any type of fish would have survived that stretch of water, it really used to pen and ink all through the summer months and if the tide was out the mud stunk to high heaven. Back then you could hardly see the river for boats and barges going up and down and heavy industry puffing out smoke and effluent at a tremendous rate. What an improvement we have now and fish can be caught anywhere down the river both fresh and sea species.

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Re: Thames Trout - do they still exist ?

Post by RobWooly » Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:26 pm

If anyone thinks Thames weirs are a barrier to Trout or Salmon forget it, Standing on Shepperton Weir as a youngster I watched a rather decent Brownie make it's way in instalments up the weir at the end of the walkway, this was in the middle of summer and at average water levels. Trout, Salmon and Sea Trout make Barbel look tame in regards to the water they can navigate

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Re: Thames Trout - do they still exist ?

Post by Olly » Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:55 pm

Even Beluga whales now!

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Re: Thames Trout - do they still exist ?

Post by Santiago » Fri Jun 28, 2019 6:09 pm

Just seen a Thames trout /sea trout, late this afternoon whilst cycling home. Notably, it was about 3 lb and very silvery and thick bodied, and dead! Looked like a couple of cormorant slashes were responsible for its demise. I saw it on the Thames right next to the Kennet mouth, and several hundred yards from where some years ago I caught one just a little bigger up at Blakes lock. Both were very silvery almost like salmon and the Loch leven strain! Anyway, not nice to see such a lovely fish dead, but at least they're still in the Thames. I also saw one last year chasing a hooked bleak as I reeled it in, and I also caught another one about ten years ago on sweetcorn at Shiplake, near where the Loch leven trout were originally released and is the location for much of the brilliant book 'Thames Trout' by Hobbs.
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Re: Thames Trout - do they still exist ?

Post by Olly » Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:20 pm

Spinning with a bleak - should sort one out from a weir-pool!

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Re: Thames Trout - do they still exist ?

Post by Santiago » Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:13 pm

Yer, that's on my to do list for the summer!
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Re: Thames Trout - do they still exist ?

Post by JerryC » Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:26 pm

Friends of mine have taken a few sea trout over recent years from the tidal Thames whilst pike fishing...We used to take a few brownies from Marlow Weir in the 70's (while minnow live baiting for early season barbel) before they took it off the Thames weir permit for 'elf and safety' reasons.
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