Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: cumbrian derwent river towy
I DO understand the wild / stocked difference
Hi Roseph, I fish for wild brown in Ireland, Scotland and Wales, while maily stocked in England. Yes they ARE totally different.
What has happened on the Thompson I DON'T KNOW ! Several things might have gone wrong, choice of brood stock, size at which fish are stocked , nutrient enrichment of the water leading to excess of food.Leading to 'slob trout ' ( migrating stock which stay put )
If you now have resident rainbows instead of steelheads it will be hard to increase steels, as these rainbows will eat many of the young 'steels '
Improve water quality, reeds. shallows/nursery areas , kill all rainbows which do not go out to sea.