Fishing for trout.

I have met a lot of fishermen and women under some strange conditions, but this one is a new one for me.

Most recently I met nurses, CNA’s and anesthesiologists. One of the nurses informed me that she and her husband had floated and fished the West Fork for their first time this past weekend. The other nurse was a man who grew up in Great Falls, went to nursing school and had fly fished since he was a youngster. The anesthesiologist I met was a gentleman who had been fly-fishing for many years and had fished in several other places around the world.

What interesting people to hear their stories and build a little temporary relationship with some new people.

I try to do a lot of reading and one of my favorite subjects is fly fishing.

Here are some interesting facts that you might not know about trout.

Trout are one of the most sought after game fish in the world because they are good to eat and very challenging to catch. It would seem that trout could be easily caught because they spend over 80% of their time feeding. I was not aware of this because when dry-fly fishing sometimes the trout move from their favorite hiding places to take unnatural food like flies.

Brown trout have more chromosomes that humans. It wouldn’t seem likely that this is true because humans are the most advanced lifeform and we should be the most complex with chromosomes. Scientists have found that trout have between 28 and 47 chromosomal pairs. Brown trout also have genetic diversity that can allow them to have as many as 50 different shades of color to their skin.

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Brown trout have the capability of interbreeding with other trout but they spawn at different times of the year so they don’t interbreed like rainbow trout and cutthroat trout do. Brownbow trout don’t occur in nature but though crossbreeding in fish farms cause the brownbow trout to exist. 

Trout have the capability to focus their eyes in different directions at the same time. This allows them to see in every direction at once. We generally believe that when you approach trout from below them in a stream they can’t see us but they can. They are probably focusing on food sources so they may ignore us.

Trout have no scales the first month of their lives. I am not sure about this fact but the experts say this is true.

More water was released from Painted Rocks this week so we should see a little bump in the water levels upstream from Darby.

Plan on fishing terrestrials this weekend and use the hopper dropper method when you can.

Good Fishing,

Bill Bean.