The rainbow trout is one of the most popular fish in the entire world, and particularly so in the United States. It is hard to beat the rainbow for sporting fly fishing, taste and beauty. All of the things that you would want in a fish are present in the rainbow trout. When you add in the fact that they are quite prevalent in our United States, you can see why it is so popular. Catching a rainbow trout on fly rod and reel is something that every young man and woman should experience.
How to Identify the Rainbow Trout
The colors of the rainbow trout are unlike anything else in the world. It is actually quite accurate that it is named after a rainbow. The colors are so variant and translucent that a rainbow might be the only place where you can reproduce them. The rainbow trout has an olive top and black spots all over its tail. The sides of the fish are what give off the beautiful colors. They can be anything from red to pink to crimson and most any color in between depending on the season and local type. The rainbow trout also happens to be the most common trout, making fly fishermen happy around the country.
Where are they located?
You can find rainbow trout in virtually any body of water. You can even find them in the ocean though they are technically steelheads then. Because they run to the ocean, they also come back from the ocean. This is why you get the variants along the way. They are found on six different continents. They are equally at home in lakes, rivers, streams, creeks and waterways.
Though they can be found anywhere, they do seem to prefer creeks and streams that have lots of hiding places and pools of water. They can be found in the lakes as well though and do quite well as long as there is abundant food to keep them going.
How big do Rainbow Trout get?
As steelheads they can actually get to be quite large and heavy. In the freshwater version, however, they usually are about the length of a common ruler. They certainly can get larger and do when food is plentiful. They can get quite heavy also. The record weight of a rainbow trout is over 40 pounds.
What fly fishing equipment will I need?
Assuming you are fishing for the rainbow trout variety and not the steelhead, you should use a typical four-piece pack rod and ultra-light tackle and reel. They like to eat bugs and lots of smaller bait fish, so trying to get the right bait can be tough. The best bet for you is to contact a local fly fisherman and find out what is biting in the area. My favorite trout flies are the Parachute Adams. These are highly effective with most species of trout, including the rainbow.