Texas Trout Fishing
The 3 primary trouts
for in Texas are the rainbow trout, brook trout, and brown trout. Brown
trout are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest.
Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts and the brook trout is the
most sensitive to temperature. The others are comfortable in slightly warmer
Known for its tasty pink flesh,
beauty and gameness, the rainbow trout is a favorite among the vast majority
of trout fishing anglers. It also appeals to the fly fisherman as it can be
tempted to take properly presented flies as well as other baits and lures. It
feeds on small insects, minnows, crustaceans and worms. Rainbow trout fishing
is fun for both sport and dining pleasures.
In waters that allow such
migration the rainbow trout will remain in streams until it reaches 6" to 9"
in length and then travel to lakes or oceans where it will bulk up and then
return to the streams or rivers to spawn. Steelhead trout are rainbow trout
which have adapted to the salt water environment. Fishing for steelhead is
very similar to fishing for rainbows. However in winter the steelhead
typically prefer spoons or bait rather than flies.
Brook trout are found in clear
cold waters which seldom exceed 68 degrees. As the waters to warm, the brook
trout population begins to diminish. Its primary food source is small insects,
mollusks, crustaceans and other small fishes.
Fishing for brook trout is the
easiest of all the trouts. Look for gravel bottom streams with a moderate
current, plenty of waterfalls and ponds which include rocks and cover.
Overhanging trees offer additional shade, attract insects and offer protection
from preying birds. Duplicate their food source and you are in business.
The brown trout can tolerate
slightly warmer waters than the brook trout and have taken over some of the
fisheries formerly inhabited by the brookies. It is much more wary than other
trouts which help ensure its longevity in waters where other trouts get fished
When brown trout fishing look
for quiet water with lots of cover. Logs, under cuts in the bank, rock
shelves, overhanging trees and brush are some of the brown trouts favorite
hiding places. The larger they get, the more wary they become and are more
inclined to feed at night under the protection of darkness.
Brown trout feed on worms,
minnows, insects and crustaceans. Dry fly fishing for pan-sized browns is a
favorite technique as they rise well to these crafty presentations. Larger
browns tend to feed more on flesh and favor nutritious crustaceans, worms or
small fishes. When fly fishing for large brown trout use wet flies which mimic
the local natural baitfish.