Fly fishing - brown trout: 2

A little more history to build your fly fishing knowledge base. Brown trout (salmo trutta) are actually a salmonoid. They are  close relatives to the popular Atlantic salmon, and native to Alpine regions in Europe and Asia. They were first introduced to North American waters in 1883 when a wet moss wrapped package of eggs wrapped was shipped from Germany to the USA. The following year a similar parcel containing another genetic strain of brown trout was shipped from Scotland to Canada.

By 1896 these Scottish or “Loch Leven” brown trout had been successfully transported one again across the North American continent to California. They ended up being planted in the Sierra region near Wawona. Since that time the brown trout have thrived and the species can now be found throughout the lakes and rivers of the United States and Canada.

Owing to the fish’s incredible ability to thrive in an astonishingly wide range of conditions, sturdy populations of them can be found throughout Europe, India, New Zealand, North and South America, and New Guinea. Even at high elevations such as the European Alps you can find small,  isolated groups of robust wild browns, if fly fishing high above sea level appeals to you.

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