The tiger trout is a hybrid trout that is rarely encountered unless you like to fish in hybrid lakes or streams specifically. Most bodies of water will not have the tiger trout. Though this trout is a rarity, it is a treat to try and outwit with a fly rod. Fly fishing for tiger trout is something that every fisherman should experience.
Recognizing the tiger trout
A tiger trout is a hybrid trout. That means that it is a mixture of two species. The tiger trout is a mixture of a brook trout and a brown trout. It is characterized by a gray body that is tinged slightly brown. It also has a dark pattern that can be found the length of its body. Some say this pattern resembles a maze.
What does the tiger trout feed on?
The tiger trout is very similar to the brown trout that is found in the same waters. These two species of trout are a fly fisherman’s dream. They are aggressive, territorial and somewhat predictable if you know what to look for. The tiger trout, likes to hang out in deeper water areas and anywhere the water gets a bit choppy or quick. They particularly like trout dries, beadhead streamers and nymphs that are fished around these areas. Make sure you fish just under the surface for the best action, much like you would with a brown trout. If they are both in the same waters, you might take one or the other!
The tiger trout can grow quite large as the world record is over twenty pounds. Though this was unusual, you can certainly find them in the twelve to fifteen pound range on occasion. The best thing about the tiger is its aggressive, territorial nature. They love to strike and are extremely popular among fly fishermen.
What about stocking of tiger trout?
People love to stock tiger trout for a number of good reasons. One reason is because they are sterile and they can have their numbers controlled rather easily. Another reason is because they are extremely tasty eating. Fly fishermen love catching them and then frying them up or tossing them back. They are also good for culling numbers of other species. All of these things makes the tiger trout a fly fisherman’s favorite.