Identification & Features
Brown Trout are one of the most beautiful and easily identifiable Trout. Their name comes from the brown or golden brown hue that covers most of their bodies. You will also find many dark spots on the top of their back and along their sides. Mixed in with the dark spots, will be rusty-red spots but these will be mostly concentrated on the sides of the fish. There is a small adipose fin just in front of their tail that will have a reddish color in most fish.
Brown Trout thrive in cool, clear rivers and lakes and prefer water temperatures from between 55 F and 65 F. Browns originated in Europe and were introduced to North America in the late 1800’s. Today they can be found throughout most of the United States and parts of Canada, in addition, to Europe and South America.
Browns will return to the stream where they hatched to spawn each fall from October through February. Females will find spawning sites with gravel bottoms and highly oxygenated flows. She will use her tail to create a spawning bed, sometimes called a redd, and deposit between 4,000 and 12,000 eggs. The male Brown Trout will then fertilize the eggs with their milt before moving on. The eggs develop slowly over the winter and will hatch in the spring as the water temperature rises.
Adult Brown Trout are voracious feeders with the largest trout feeding on smaller trout, mice, frogs and even the unlucky bird that gets too close to the water. However, the majority of their diet includes small aquatic insects that are washed down the river, worms, crustaceans and crayfish. They prefer to feed at dusk and into the night.
Brown Trout grow quickly depending on their environment but do not live for a long time with few surviving past the age of 8 years. Browns that live in lakes will generally grown larger and males will grow faster than females. They average from 1 – 4 pounds.
Browns can be caught with a variety of gear. Fly-fishing is one very popular method and very effective. Fly anglers will be successful either matching the naturally occurring hatches of caddis, stone or mayflies either in the nymph or dry fly state, or by using larger patterns such as Wollybuggers in black, brown or green that will stimulate a reactive feeding strike. Bait fishermen will also find success using worms, crayfish tails, minnows and various lures.
Snelled Hooks: 016, 051, 073, 073GE, 073Q, 139, 139GE, 139Q, 140, 179Q, 442, 672SB, 673, 673GE
Rigs & Spinners: 012, 014, 129, 129N, 4284, 06040
Kit’s & Assortments: 084-KIT, 084R-KIT, 613, TK-NEECO, TK-FRESH
Hook Styles: 024, 038, 080, 084, 084R, 085, 089, 165, 181, 186, 186R, 189, 226, 374, 374SB, 375, 376, 377, 570, 575,
Rods: Featherlight, Powerlight, Trailmaster, Brave Eagle, Water Eagle, Pack-It
Reels: Gunnison, Eagle Claw, Brave Eagle, Black Eagle
Snelled Hooks: L139, L139BPFC, L139BPXL, L673FC, L704, L739,
Hook Styles: L1, L2, L038, L038R, L181, L702, L934
Eagle Claw Clear Blue