The odd ones used to turn up in matches around Marlow a few years ago, usually in the trout's close season so they couldn't be weighed anyway. I've spent years spinning for perch and therefore trout, but never caught one. I then tried the fly for a couple of years and got the feeling it was like practising flagellation, necraphelia, and bestiality at the same time - in other words , flogging a dead horse.
Shame really because where I now fish used to be a fishing lodge dedicated to trout fishing. I've asked the EA to put egg boxes on the weir to help build up a new breeding stock of Thames trout, but get no joy.
I did see a small one in a side stream at Swinford on the Isis, but that was maybe 3 years ago now. It's probably moved on.
I caught a small one a while back on the tidal Thames at Barnes Bridge, must have been 9 years ago now, trotting maggots using a 'Trent Trotter' Float and fished shallow, put up a good fight and was a nice suprise probably weighed 12oz.
Good Luck, Location will be the key, maybe Teddington Lock and Weirpools???
well well well, i wouldnt fish for pike in the closed season,
pike dont taste bad actualy, and i am of the persuation that doesnt fish jerkbaits with stupidly strong, big tackle, for almost all my lurefishing i use ultra light tackle, tbh i would rather blank for thames trout yet know i could have had one than catch an out of season pike and reel it in without a flap of the tail using biggame gear
Seen the odd one at teddington lock in the last few years. I worked for the publishing company that owned the carpark opposite the lock, used to spend my lunch hour looking for signs of life. I an convinved they are there.