The brown trout is an adaptable freshwater fish and a fearsome predator with rows of sharp pointed teeth in its mouth.
Cover is important to trout and they are most often found near submerged rocks or overgrown vegetation. Although active by day and night, trout frequently delay feeding until late afternoon or early evening.
Where to fish for trout
Trout are very adaptable and will live in both standing and flowing water. However, they have high standards of water quality with oxygen levels, temperature and sediment being important factors. Brown trout are most prevalent in Scotland.
How to fish for trout
Their high dietary reliance on insect larvae makes trout a good candidate for fly fishing. They can be caught with artificial flies, spoons, spinners and lures.
The brown trout is a medium sized fish which can grow up to 20kg. In smaller rivers specimens are likely to be around the 1kg mark. Trout have an adipose fin – a small fin between the caudal and dorsal fin. The purpose of the adipose fin is not known.
Did you know...?
- The brown trout is closely related to the Atlantic salmon
- The trout can open its mouth extra wide to take in large prey