Trout are by and large the most popular fish in the United States of America for fly fishermen. While the rod and reel standard guys go jigging and poking for small mouth and largemouth bass, we fly fishermen are heading out to our favorite river, streams and lakes to catch that elusive trout. There are many different types of trout out there, and all of them are unique in their own ways. Here is a look at some of the more popular trout species that fly fishermen covet:
The rainbow trout is among the most popular and fortunately, the most plentiful trout species in the world. They are known for their brilliant colors and fighting ability, and they are especially coveted by fly fishermen. Every fly fisherman on the planet would want to catch a rainbow trout. The rainbow trout is identified by the brilliant shimmering colors on the sides of the fish. The tops are olive generally and the tails have dark splotches. This species can get rather large, but the average fish is about the length of a ruler. They fight like crazy regardless of size which is a big reason why fly fishermen love them so much.
The steelhead trout is a sea run rainbow trout. They are massive, silver bottles of lightening that will fight to the death if you are lucky enough to find one. They are generally around in very harsh winter conditions, making them very tough to locate and snare.
The brown trout is a very excitable trout that fly fishermen love because they are such fighters and they area ready biters. These guys eat like there is no tomorrow and will readily hit baits that other trout will pass on. They are easily identified by the brown coloration along with the pink spots found along its sides and back. There are a number of hybrid species as well like the tiger trout.
The golden trout is kind of like the Holy Grail among fly fishermen. This trout is very tough to find in its native state, though it is plentiful in areas where it was placed by sports fishermen. Stocking is common with this popular trout species. The original species is primarily found in northern California in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It has a brilliant underside of golden yellow that gives it the name, and it is known for fighting like crazy regardless of how small it might be.