One of our local fishermen Brian was out on the River Thames under Barnes Bridge catching chub on every cast. The water ran clear and on the turning tide the surface was covered in ripples from the feeding fish during the last light of the day.

It’s been months since I last fished the tidal Thames however when the conditions are right it can be most rewarding. A single maggot beneath a trotted swan float on light line is the best set up and low tide always produces results.

Recently I have witnessed a good run of sea-trout especially on the turning tide. I have seen them spiral out of the water chasing the fly life, clean silver bars 18 inches above the surface with a resounding splash and then they’re gone making their way up-stream.