Imagine site casting into placid waters and reeling-in a prized Brown Trout. Realize the dream atop one of America’s lakes and streams. These iconically spotted fish are abundant in US waters, although they were imported during the 1800’s. Moreover, many lakes stock Brown Trout because these energetic fish are an admirable catch.
Brown Trout, much like Crappie, gather around docks, especially after spawning. These large fish may be easily spotted looming around the legs of docks, they are easily spotted in translucent lakes. According to Lakesuperiorstreams.org, it’s not uncommon for these fish to reach 12 pounds. These fish are hardy and can more readily survive in cloudy waters. It’s said that Brown Trout fight hard and are capable of waring the angler out. While reeling-in these fish, a thousand things race through the anglers mind: is knot tight enough, will the pole snap, how much does this fish weigh…
No matter where you reel-in fish, the essence of Fly Fishing is in the Fly. Flies intentionally resemble insects that buzz the water’s surface. These mimics may resemble a variety of the aforementioned pesky creature. Brown Trout are said to be responsive to nearly any fly. Fly Fishing lures are made of a variety of materials and may include Duck feathers, natural fibers, glass beads, and synthetics. Many anglers combine these materials to make their own Flies. With the right Fly and a well-executed cast, it’s a cinch to reel-in Brown Trout.
An angler, at Outdoorlife.com, candidly shares his experience of fly fishing for Brown Trout: “As the tug-of-war continued, I felt a rush of Adrenalin, and I started wondering how big the fish might actually be, 20 pounds, 25, or impossibly, even 30 from a stream? The fish was all power, and I didn’t get a decent look at it until midway through the fight, which only heightened my anxiety.” This angler reeled-in a record winning 20 pounds Brown Trout. Although the average size for this species is about 12 pounds, mammoth Brown Trout lurk beneath the waves of America’s lakes and rivers.
Brown Trout were introduced to American waters for their ability to survive and reproduce. According to USGS.gov, Brown Trout are a non-native species. These fish are known to reduce native populations, especially other Salmoniac fish, via displacement and food competition. Although these are a non-native species, there is a bag limit. It’s not lawful, in most inland waters, to keep more than 2 of any variety of Trout, however, check with the local Wildlife Commission before throwing these fish in the frying pan.