If you are an avid fisherman, especially when it comes to fly fishing, you are probably well aware of how much fun brook trout fishing can be. Brook trout are a species of fish that is actually in the salmon family. Although they are commonly called trout, they are a char, related to lake trout, arctic char, bull trout and Dolly Varden. They are very widespread across the Northeastern US, mostly populating cooler rivers and streams, as well as spring fed ponds and high elevation lakes. Brook trout are also known to make runs into sea water, spending a few months fattening up before spawning in the late summer and fall.
Brook Trout Fishing Techniques – Fly Fishing
Brook trout fishing can be done many ways, the most popular of which is fly fishing. They feed mostly on small crustaceans and other underwater insect larvae. Larger brookies will feed on frogs, minnows, leaches, and even have been known to eat mice. When fly fishing for brook trout, it is important to focus on patterns that will mimic these examples of aquatic life. Choosing successful dry fly patterns will depend largely on the location you happen to be fishing. Brook trout fishing locations vary throughout the US because they have been transplanted from water system to water system, so each water system will have a different menu of insect life. Brook trout fishing in Maine will be similar to brook trout fishing in Canada just across the border, but will vary quite a bit from brook trout fishing in British Columbia. It is important to find out as much about the ecosystem before planning a fishing trip so you will have the right flies at your disposal.
Click the image below for more information on an assortment of trout flies plus a fly box that will get you started.
Brook Trout Fishing Techniques – Spin Fishing
For the angler that prefers to fish with lures, there are many different brook trout fishing lures that might do the trick in landing a trophy brookie. With lures, you will want to mimic the larger food sources, such as minnows and frogs. You will want to use lures with flash and erratic movements. Smaller spinner baits and rooster tails will do this with success. The sound that spinners generate, along with the flash, will help attract fish, especially in water that has lower visibility.
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Brook trout can be caught all year, even during the winter months. Brook trout fishing in winter can often be better than during the summer months because less fishermen are pressuring the fish. If you are willing to brave the cold, you might be in line to catch some big fish.
Brook trout are a beautiful fish. Remember to always have fun while fishing, and good luck!
What is your favorite method for catching brook trout? Do you have a favorite or go-to lure or fly for landing brookies? Let us know in the comment section below. Thanks!