Thinking back about those early Spring mornings through March/April setting up Fly, & Lure rods with freezing cold hands seems like a decade ago now, as we enjoy some reasonably fine weather in Wexford latley. We had a longer than usual season on “Salty’s” with the cooler than normal Spring, and fairly dominant Northerly air flow, and there were decent numbers of Trout around too. I know for a fact those cold, hard winters from 08-12 (though a disaster for bass) contributed greatly to the survival of young sea-trout in many of their nursery rivers, & streams, with steady flows of cold well oxygenated water in the years mentioned, instead of deluges of dirty brown water clogging up the gravel, starving vital oxygen from the spawning redd’s….. The knock on results could easily be seen in the Estuaries below the rivers in the corresponding years by anybody that knows them well enough. Whether the fish around were locally spawned, or tourists, nobody knows for sure, another one of their many secrets…….
As we say “By for Now” to the Sea-Trout, as the majority of them move off, + on to who knows where? We can only speculate….
But I know well enough that, they will be back again to test the Battle Hardened, Bulletproof, Pilgrims who seek them out once again come Springtime…. As the Sun sets on this years “Salty” season we switch targets now from “Spot’s to Spike’s” full time….