When fly fishing, there are a number of trout that are popular with virtually every angler. Brown trout are among that esteemed group of fish for a number of reasons. They are voracious feeders that go after the bait with gusto when they are so-inclined. They are capable fighters once you have them hooked. Finally, brown trout are among the best tasting fish on the planet, particularly over a campfire.
Where can you fly fish for brown trout?
Now, in a day when stocking lakes, streams and rivers is constant in many areas, you can find them most anywhere. They are actually native to Europe and Asia, but they are now found all across the United States in waters where they are comfortable and thrive. This is largely because they are so popular among fly fishermen. Stocking them seems like a no brainer if you live nearby and love to fish them.
Brown trout are mostly attracted to bodies of water where they have lots of hiding places and pools of water. They particularly like streams and rivers that feature these types of hiding spots. They are capable of surviving in lakes as well as long as they have plenty of food and space.
How do you identify the brown trout?
Simplistically put, the brown trout is brown. It also has pink spots on the sides and back and can get rather large in big bodies of water. The world record for brown trout is over forty pounds. The bigger the water source, the bigger the brown trout you are likely to catch. This is due to food availability. Brown trout are aggressive feeders so they tend to rise or fall to their food sources that are available where size is concerned.
What about fly fishing tackle?
Clearly this is going to be determined by the type of water you are fishing in. If you are fishing waters with twenty plus pound browns in it, you better come prepared with a strong fly rod. If you are just fishing the smaller streams, then ultra-light tackle is just fine. Personally I like to fish Wooly Buggers most of the time for browns, but the fly fishing guides in your area can fill you in on what they are hitting.