The fascination for trout extends far beyond the BTA office and we are delighted to see the coverage that trout fishing has been given by BBC 2′s excellent series “Our Food”, hosted by well known restaurant critic and columnist Giles Coren
Episode 2 travelled to North Wales, and showed a fascinating piece on fishing for sea trout, or sewin as they are know in Wales, on the River Dovey. Whilst presenter Alys Fowler did not have much joy in catching a sea trout, she was lucky enough to taste this fish, alongside a Brownie for comparison, cooked up on the river bank. If you missed the episode in question, why not have a quick look at the BBC iplayer here.
Brown trout and sea trout are genetically the same – (Salmo trutta) – but as Nigel Milner of the University of Bangor explained during the programme, when the trout goes to sea it undergoes certain changes in colouration and physiology.
Not all of us are lucky enough to be able to go fishing for sea trout – or indeed to have the dedication to stand in the river at one o’clock in the morning! - so we are glad to be able to buy trout from such readily available outlets as our fishmongers, farmers markets, farm shops and multiple retailers. Not only do we farm rainbow trout in the UK, but certain BTA members farm brown trout too – and whilst the majority of brown trout farmed are for restocking into rivers, lakes and lochs – so that you can catch your own trout without affecting precious wild populations – we also have members who farm brown trout to organic standards which are on sale across the country too. For futher information, please contact our office!