trophy trout manita on the gaves-min

Finally a trophy trout manita on the gaves!

Catching large trout is always an immeasurable pleasure!

Here is an article which summarizes my experience in tracking down large trout in the gaves basin and which could bear the title:

How many emotions these large trout captured over time, all represent the story of a day: some were present at the appointed meeting, others there by chance showed themselves to me without really that I did not wait, then for the most beautiful and the least visible too, this chance to be there on the right day, in the right place at the right time and that everything goes well until capture.

Here, in the Béarn gaves basin, a beautiful trout can exceed 40 centimeters in the lower and intermediate parts of the hydrographic basins. But a wild fario trout that exceeds 60 centimeters remains relatively rare and exceptional!

As far as I am concerned, it was around my twenty years that, for the first time, I could admire a wild trout of this size on loan, an unforgettable memory, unfortunately, the digital photo did not yet exist … Then wait another twenty years to make a 60+ “Manita”!

Being often at the water’s edge but not only …

All the whitewater fishing techniques make it possible to catch beautiful, each one has to choose the one he prefers or will employ according to his technical know-how concerning the season, the activity and the environmental conditions, in short, the one that seems most judicious to you at the moment; after, there is more than!

For my part, I take into account my technical and practical experience and the time I allow myself to arrive at such a capture situation.

Two forms of approach are then generally confronted: Acting on aggressiveness or, on the contrary, on food, and sometimes a mixture of the two…

  • A fish is in the feeding phase, we will opt for fishing approaching the current diet: fishing with natural/artificial bait, whipped fly …
  • The fish is in the hunting or territorial dominance phase, we will opt for an incentive or an excitation fishing like a spinning or handling fishery.

Because of my experience and my territory, the relationship between time spent at the water’s edge and catching a beautiful trout leads me to favor fly fishing, then bait fishing, and lastly, the casting fishing.

Certainly, my expertise in the first two techniques leads me to practice them more often, but it is also in these that I find that the difficulty in bringing the fish to the hook is the finest and the most complex. Without denigrating the lure fishing which also requires technique, knowledge, and practice, this fishing still allows you to touch beautiful fish more randomly without the fishing technician being of an excellent level. After fortunately, not everything is chewed because we fish for lures, on the contrary, only the best performers who know this fishing on the fingertips get regular results; which is not yet my case, even if I practice more and more in this approach for the sake of always learning and progressing,

On the other hand, if I have to favor the number of touches to the size of the trout, then my choice is quickly focused on underwater fishing, natural bait always having my preference for fishing like artificial nymphs or micro lures.

The attitude to approach to track the beautiful:

Each technique has its specificities, each technique has variants, but all can catch beautiful trout. It is up to us to be successful in tracking down fario trophies. However, let us start from an obvious observation, if these memories are still in their element, it is that they became very suspicious and certainly educated by probable slackenings or fights lost by the fisherman. So the challenge is great! You will have to remain humble and accept the hoods: thankless fishing in perspective !!

fly rod in hand

Hunting for large trout, fly rod in hand:

The fly fishing is traditionally an area of fishing or subsurface that allows catching lots of trout visuals. The traditional going (or trout climb on the aquatic invertebrate drifting on the surface of the waves) is certainly the best way to identify an active fish. This is the pleasure and the moment that most of the whip fishermen seek. But the real trophy hunters learn to fish differently and the hunt for these specimens becomes quite different. These “strategists”, of whom I am one, adopt a real hunting plan for the occasion and do not necessarily wait for hatching and going to take place. Here are a few rules, how these fishermen work and the profile they adopt:

  • Impeccable material,
  • Systematic analysis of environmental conditions,
  • Entomological knowledge,
  • Selection of positions,
  • Little throwing to catch water,
  • Ignorance of small active fish,
  • Progress in slow fishing,
  • Significant coverage of the territory,
  • Flawless fishing technique and throws,
  • Experience and knowledge of beautiful fish and their habitats,
  • Knowledge of the mores of fish depending on the season,
  • Experienced aquatic and underwater visions,
  • Network with other enthusiasts of the genre…

Tracks big trout while fishing for bait:

Bait fishing, as said above, is the queen technique to catch several fish in reduced fishing time. Because the trout generally stays close to the bottom and remains opportunistic in the face of local food, it feeds mainly on aquatic mollusks and invertebrates but also on anything that drifts accidentally at its height (earthworms), terrestrial insects, flying insects …). It is therefore fundamental to “follow” the seasonality and to offer the menu that will suit naturally. And above all to approach fishing areas suitable for tracking large trout because these mothers require a living space that confines them to specific areas. So the choice of the fishing course is essential, in short, choosing the proximity of an area synonymous with “line cemetery” is often a fair and justified strategic choice. The tips that I impose on myself for a successful capture:

  • Systematic analysis of environmental conditions,
  • Impeccable material and construction of the line,
  • Adaptation of the material according to the seasonality,
  • Concentration to any test,
  • Prospecting strategy,
  • The experienced fishing technique,
  • Diversity of suitable habitat for the desired host,
  • Knowledge of the course,
  • Selection of stations according to current speeds and depths,
  • Discreet approach,
  • Constant reading and analysis of surface and underwater structures,
  • Search for nourishing veins,
  • Impeccable positioning in front of the selected position,
  • Modulation and adjustment of the sinker regularly,
  • Selection of fishing bait according to the seasons,
  • Bait freshness,
  • Accuracy of throws,
  • Optimization of the first line pass (often the right one),
  • Natural or slow line management depending on seasonality,
  • Knowledge of the behavior and manners of fish according to the seasons,
  • Network with other enthusiasts of the genre…