Of all our members, it’s impossible to tell how many miles we’ve traveled, dollars we’ve spent, and fish we’ve caught while pursuing trout. However, we are willing to bet that none of us would admit any regret in this. Trout are among our favorite fish to catch, whether it be big browns in Southern West Virginia, cutthroat in Western Montana, or brook trout somewhere in a wilderness area.
Trout typically thrive in the most pristine, cool waters- it’s important we do our part to keep the ones we have and improve those we’ve damaged. That’s why you’ll see us at clean-ups, stockings, and TU events: we want to help trout thrive and we want the fishing to be good for generations to come. After all, it is our duty to take care of what we have been entrusted with:
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” -Genesis 1:26
Now wild in many streams here in WV and the Eastern US, they are native to the Western United States. They are simply beautiful fish and are appropriately named for the red/pink to orange stripe down their side. Often nymphing is the go-to method for catching rainbows, but they are aggressive enough to bite into a streamer or smash a dry fly during a hatch.
Among the biggest of trout, especially in the Eastern US, these guys are native to Europe but now thrive in many streams across the US. Their color patterns include bronze or yellow bellies with black and red spots. They are an aggressive species and often feed on other fish, which makes streamers ideal for catching the big ones- just ask the guys from River Tactical Flies, who specialize in catching fish like these. Nymphing is always a good option too, as there are almost always aquatic bugs to feed on.
Native here in the Eastern US, brook trout are actually a char species that has found its way to the WV State Fish position. We won’t argue with that, as we love finding them in streams and plunge pools across WV. They are super aggressive which makes dry fly fishing not only an effective but fun way to go after them. Their beauty is unmistakable, as orange bellies and white-tipped fins highlight red spots and blue halos.