TROUT GUIDE

THIS IS ALWAYS A POSSIBILITY

BROWN TROUT ARE THE MOST ELUSIVE OF ALL TROUT. THEY FAVOR SLOW-MOVING WATER AND RARELY FEED BEFORE SUNDOWN. AT NIGHT THEY GORGE THEMSELVES ON INSECTS, MINNOWS, CRAYFISH, FROGS, AND EVEN OTHER TROUT. WHEN A STREAM POOL SEEMS FISHLESS, IT MAY BE THAT A HUGE BROWN HAS TAKEN OVER AND OTHER FISH DARE NOT ENTER.

THE BROWN TROUT WAS BROUGHT TO AMERICA FROM EUROPE IN THE 1800’S. ONCE THEY ARE INTRODUCED IN A STREAM, MANY WILL SPAWN EACH FALL. BECAUSE OF THEIR LARGE SIZE AND GOLDEN COLOR, IT IS EASY TO SPOT A BROWN TROUT FLASHING THROUGH THE WATER. IF YOU NOTICE SUCH A FLASH, RETURN AT DUSK TO WATCH FOR SURFACE ACTIVITY.

FISH ARE FINELY TUNED TO THEIR ENVIRONMENT. THEY CAN FEEL THE SLIGHTEST MOVEMENT IN THE WATER. VIBRATIONS OF ANY THUMPING SOUND MADE ON THE SHORE WILL SPOOK THEM. TROUT ARE THE SPOOKIEST OF ALL FISH. STAY LOW SO THEY WON’T SEE YOU. KEEP YOUR SHADOW OFF THE WATER. TRY NOT TO MAKE SUDDEN MOVEMENTS. IF YOU ALARM THEM, THEY WILL STOP FEEDING.

THE BEST WAY TO CATCH TROUT IS TO USE A FLY. THIS IS A LURE MADE OF FEATHERS OR FUR TIED ON A HOOK. “DRY” FLIES, TIED LIGHT AND BUSHY, FLOAT ON THE WATER LIKE WINGED MAYFLIES. “WET” FLIES, TIED WITH A HEAVY WOOL YARN, SINK AND LOOK LIKE SWIMMING NYMPHS. LONG “STREAMER” FLIES IMITATE SMALL MINNOWS.

courtesy of:” FRESHWATER FISH & FISHING” by Jim Arnosky

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