Trout are a fish of tradition. Many trout enthusiasts consider
the pursuit of trout to be the purest form of fishing. It is the
finesse required to entice a trout into striking that appeals to
the soul. The trouts have endeared the imagination of anglers for
There are 5 primary trouts distributed throughout the US. They
are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Brown
are the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure
cold water is key to survival of the trouts and the brook trout
is the most sensitive to temperature. The others are comfortable
in slightly warmer waters than the brookies. The trout
fishing videos section offers excellent tips and fishing action.
Known for its tasty pink flesh, beauty and gameness, the rainbow
trout is a favorite among the vast majority of trout fishing anglers.
It also appeals to the fly fisherman as it can be tempted to take
properly presented flies as well as other baits and lures. It feeds
on small insects, minnows, crustaceans and worms. Rainbow trout
fishing is fun for both sport and dining pleasures.
The rainbow trout originally found in the Rockies and west to the
Pacific ocean has been distributed far and wide across the US. It
tends to do better in the northeast but is found in isolated areas
even in the south. In waters that allow such migration the rainbow
trout will remain in streams until it reaches 6" to 9"
in length and then travel to lakes or oceans where it will bulk
up and then return to the streams or rivers to spawn.
Steelhead trout are rainbow trout which have adapted to the salt
water environment. Fishing for steelhead is similar to rainbows.
However in winter the steelhead seem to prefer spoons or bait rather
Cutthroat trout call the great northwest home and flourish in these
mountain streams that eventually drain into the Pacific Ocean. It
too can be taken on flies as well as other baits and lures. It also
feeds on small insects, minnows, crustaceans and worms.
Cutthroat trout fishing is a western angler favorite on big, fast-moving
waters. Fly fishing is the preferred method but they can be caught
on any number of minnow or grub imitating lures as well as live
Brook trout are the native trout of the US, originally found throughout
areas with cold clean water, preferably waters which never exceed
68 degrees. As civilization invades its cool shady forest areas
it causes the waters to warm and the brook trout population begins
to diminish. Its primary food source is small insects, mollusks,
crustaceans and other small fishes.
Fishing for brook trout is the easiest of all the trouts. Look
for gravel bottom streams with a moderate current, plenty of waterfalls
and ponds which include rocks and cover. Overhanging trees offer
additional shade, attract insects and offer protection from preying
The brown trout can tolerate slightly warmer waters than the brook
trout and have taken over some of the fisheries formerly inhabited
by the brookies. It is much more wary than other trouts which help
ensure its longevity in waters where other trouts are fished out.
When brown trout fishing look for quiet water with lots of cover.
Logs, under cuts in the bank, rock shelves, overhanging trees and
brush are some of the brown trouts favorite hiding places. The larger
they get, the more wary they get and become more inclined to feed
at night under the protection of darkness.
Brown trout feed on worms, minnows, insects and crustaceans. Dry
fly fishing for pan-sized browns is a favorite technique as they
rise well to these crafty presentations. Larger browns tend to feed
more on flesh and favor nutritious crustaceans, worms or small fishes.
The lake trout is by far the largest of the trouts. It lives in
deep cold lakes in the northern US and is also known as Great Lakes
trout, Mackinaw trout and salmon trout. It feeds on virtually all
forms of flesh which abound in its home waters. Minnows, smelt,
eels and any variety of small fishes are part of the lake trout's
diet. It's rich flaky flesh makes it a tasty table favorite.
In early spring these fish can be taken in the lake shallows on
dry flies, wet flies and other slow moving presentations. Once the
surface waters warm the lake trout retreats to deep water where
trolling with heavy tackle is the preferred method. Spoons and baitfish
imitating lures worked near the bottom provide the best results.
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