Sunday, May 29, 2011

Fish # 15 Brown Trout

We are happy to add a "Field and Stream" fish to the quest: the Brown Trout (Salmo trutta). We call it a "Field and Stream" fish because it is one of those species that the magazine would published a story about and use descriptive words like "legendary" and "trophy".  It is a major game fish.

Our charasmatic brownie came from the Lamprey River in Raymond, NH.

This fish was fooled by a small lead-free jig tipped with a redworm.  The retrieve that seemed to drive the fish crazy was a slow, jerky one - causing the worm to look like a swimming leech or perhaps an eel.  Regardless, It looked like dinner to this trout.

We kept the first one, but kept casting because it was just down right fun. We caught a twin to this fish, a rainbow trout about the same size, and many, many fallfish.

The brown trout is not native to New Hampshire and is stocked regularly by NH Fish and Game Department. According to their website, "In New Hampshire, brown trout are usually between 7 and 14 inches and weigh less than one pound. However, it is not uncommon to find fish that weigh between 2 and 4 pounds. After reaching about 12 inches, they feed almost solely on baitfish during twilight and nighttime hours. Live bait, spinners and flies fished at dusk are equally effective on brown trout."

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