Rainbow Trout is One of the Top Five Game Fish in America

Rainbow Trout is One of the Top Five Game Fish in America

Fly Fishing is always a great way to
spend your day and the experience itself is enough to put a smile on your face
for a long time. But what do we catch? Our main game is the rainbow trout and
the best way to bring one (or several) home is to know your animal.

Adult freshwater rainbow trout range from 1 to 5 lbs.,
but lake trout can get as big as 20 lbs. Coloration of these fish range
depending on species, but they live up to their title and exhibit gorgeous hues
of reds, greens and blues here in Arizona. They also feature heavy black
spotting.
Both wild and hatchery-bred rainbow trout can be
found in over 45 countries and on every continent save Antarctica. They spawn
in early to late spring (between January and June) when water temperatures reach
42 degrees Fahrenheit. The maximum-recorded lifespan is 11 years.
Though not particularly aggressive, rainbow trout
are certainly predators that will eat anything they can get their jaws around.
They generally feed on aquatic insects in larval, pupal and adult stages of
life. These include caddisflies, stoneflies, mayflies and aquatic diptera.
However, they’ll also chow down on fish eggs and even terrestrial insects that
fall into the water like ants and beetles.
In fly-fishing circles, rainbow trout are known as
one of the hardest-fighting fish. This is determined by their tendency to leap
when hooked. They’re regarded as one of the top five game fish in America.
Rainbow fish are also highly regarded for their use
in western cuisine. Seafood Watch named them a “best choice” fish for human
consumption for their appealing flavor and high levels of vitamin B. Typical
wine pairings for trout include chardonnay, sauvignon blancs and pinot gris.
When you’re ready to tackle a rainbow trout, contact
Marble Canyon Outfitters. We
can’t wait to get out on the Colorado River.

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