Trout are a beautiful fish that often take you to beautiful places! They are very worthy of being both for sport and for the table too. Living predominately in highland streams, rivers and lakes, they love the flow of cool oxygen rich water.
Trout were introduced into Australia from the United Kingdom back in 1864, and have successfully made parts of Australia and Tasmania home through natural breeding and local stocking programs.
Their diet consists of many aquatic and terrestrial animals including smaller fish, grasshoppers, yabbies, shrimp and even mice, however their staple food would have to be the abundance of insect life that enter or use their waters to breed and to complete their life cycles.
Sam Howard with a nice stream caught Rainbow Trout.
In Australia we have access to mainly Rainbow and Brown Trout, and are quite wide spread, however the lesser-known Brook Trout can also be found in certain locations.
With Rainbow Trout know to grow up to a massive 110cm and 40lb in some parts of the world, here in Australia anything between 6-10 pounds would be considered a genuine trophy, however a majority of fish caught would average 1-5 pounds depending on location. No matter the size though, they are an acrobatic fish full of energy that love pulling line while zipping around their pool when hooked, or trying to take you down rapids to get away making them an exhilarating capture for any angler.
Catching Trout can be approached in a few ways. Many enjoy drifting a bait downstream under a float, like an earth worm or cricket, whilst other like to target Trout using a lure or fly.
This trout held by James fell to a nicely presented tassie devil lure.
Lure Fishing - Lure fishing is recommended with a light, soft tip rod of around 1-4kg matched with a 1000-2500 size reel and spooled with line of about 6lb. Small lures like the Daiwa Presso Minnow and Double Clutch, Rapala floating and countdown divers, ‘Lil’ Rippers from Oar-Gee, Celta style spinners and Tassie Devils amongst others are great options when targeting Trout.
Rainbow Trout present beautiful colours when looked at closely.
Fly Fishing - When fly fishing for Trout, the world is your oyster. There are literally hundreds of flies to choose from, and the old ‘match the hatch’ definitely comes into play. Depending on what time of season it is will often dictate what style of fly you choose from. Summer time is a great time of year to use dry flies that float on top of the water and terrestrial insects like hopper patterns, while wet flies or streamer patterns and nymphs are great all season round options when targeting Trout on fly. Depending on location and size of fish, a 3-6 weight fly rod is ideal for Trout, paired up with a floating fly line, and tapered leader of about 6lb.
John Everitt Fly Fishing some beautiful waterfalls for Trout.
No matter how or where you choose to fish for Trout, a day on the water chasing these beautiful fish will have you leaving feeling better about life and looking forward to the next chance you have to head out.
- John Everitt - Fly Fishing Specialist at Motackle & Outdoors