Thames Trout - do they still exist ?

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Re: Thames Trout - do they still exist ?

Post by Olly » Sun May 17, 2015 7:13 pm

With the Thames tributaries holding trout it is possible that the Thames has them.

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Re: Thames Trout - do they still exist ?

Post by MGs » Sun May 17, 2015 7:17 pm

Similar to Santiago, my dad has had a couple of sea trout in the last couple of years. He fishes the same or similar areas as Santiago. This must indicate that at some stage there are browns migrating to sea. He has caught one brown from the Thames but that was nearly 50 years ago!
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Re: Thames Trout - do they still exist ?

Post by MHC » Sun May 17, 2015 7:41 pm

I would say that if the Thames can support larger pike and perch there would be enough fodder for trout to reach similar proportions. As far as stocked salmon not having the same survival instinct fear of predators etc. depends. Keep on watering down the gene pool as with farmed salmon for the table then that would be true, goofy and flabby salmon without the same survival qualities as wild. On the other hand collect broodstock from natal rivers rear the young, bring them on as parr to release them in the same rivers and there is little reason for them not to be as fit as their parents for that river.

For Thames salmon there are no parents to glean the eggs from so I would have even thought that any first generation salmon would stand a good chance. What the actual reasom for their lack of success in the Thames is more complex, compare the rivers of Scotland and Ireland to the Thames and we may come closer to the truth. Also I am sure the cost of trying to re introduce them was a factor. I seem to remember that It was a good PR excercise at the time of the 'cleaner Thames'.

Stocked and reintroduced salmon of various species have been a great success in other parts of the world.

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Re: Thames Trout - do they still exist ?

Post by Olly » Sun May 17, 2015 7:55 pm

The Tyne has been a huge success as far as salmon rearing is concerned - I understand it was down to 1 man?

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Re: Thames Trout - do they still exist ?

Post by Paul D » Sun May 17, 2015 8:19 pm

I've had two trout from the Thames and one from the Wey. There is a topic on here somewhere and I believe I posted some pictures. :Hat:
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Re: Thames Trout - do they still exist ?

Post by Firebird » Sun May 17, 2015 9:12 pm

I'd be surprised if there were any sea trout in the Thames. Before they built the fish ladders during the salmon experiment there would have been no way for them to run. Possible I suppose that trout have begun to do this since but seems unlikely.

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Re: Thames Trout - do they still exist ?

Post by Santiago » Mon May 18, 2015 10:00 am

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This is the last mystery Thames trout that I caught a few years ago. A good friend of mine who is an avid game angler reckons it's a sea trout. And the colouration is nothing like the other brown trout I've seen caught from the Thames. If salmon can make it up the Thames then why not sea trout? The other trout I caught years ago was about the same size and same silvery colouration. I've also caught sea trout from the Hampshire Avon and they looked very similar!

Sadly the colouration on the photo does not show how dark and silvery it really was!
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Re: Thames Trout - do they still exist ?

Post by Luga00 » Mon May 18, 2015 10:18 am

I've had countless trout from the Wey.

Sadly, none on the fly - usually long trotting.

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Re: Thames Trout - do they still exist ?

Post by MHC » Mon May 18, 2015 3:25 pm

Regarding: ' if salmon can make it up the river why can't sea trout'. I suppose the answer is that sea trout are not very good leapers, sea trout being brown trout after all, and not a separate species, which have migrated to the sea (or large inland water -thinking Great Lakes) and returned to rivers.

Not all brown trout are born equal in colouration terms and that can change depending on the time of year.

In those Victorian days of Hobbs great trout catches, none were mentioned to be sea trout in his book, Trout of the Thames, quite the opposite as often he mentioned the areas where known large trout lived. One reason that some browns migrate to the sea is the lack of food in their native rivers, I would not have thought that any Thames trout would need to migrate for that reason. There are three photos of trout in his book , one is a very spotty large young trout, another male 8 lb 'er with dark spots, the last is the heaviest of the 1945 season at almost 9lbs which looks to have a decidedly silver appearance and very small spots, almost like a rainbow trout.

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Re: Thames Trout - do they still exist ?

Post by Santiago » Mon May 18, 2015 4:33 pm

MHC the description of the last trout sounds like the two I caught. So I'll quite happily call them Thames trout!
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