Steady rain hitting my roof and plentiful green on the radar makes me wish I was gathering trout gear. Deadlines suggest other priorities, and the work that pays the bills probably must win the time battle. However, I suspect the brown trout would be more willing than normal to cooperate today, so I find them swimming about in my mind.
Browns are my favorites of the trout that swim in Southern Appalachian waters. Simple as that. I like their appearance, their “personality” and their propensity to grow large, even in small, relatively infertile mountain streams, on a natural diet of crawfish, sculpins and other large menu items. That same fondness for bigger meals also suits the way I like to fish for trout—with bigger offerings like minnow baits, crankbaits and marabou jigs.
Warier than their kinfish and prone to lurk in places where it’s difficult to make good lure presentations, brown trout also offer added challenge and consequently greater reward than rainbow or brook trout (in my mind anyway).
Rain, like what’s falling this morning, delivers enhanced brown trout catching prospects for a couple of reasons. For starters, brown trout are low-light feeders and they are simply more active when dark skies prevail. As importantly, rain delivers a bit of stain or at least added flow to clear mountain streams, which causes browns to abandon at least a bit of caution and to move into hunting mode.
Brown trout rambling reminds me of one of my favorite little video clips, which my son shot a couple of years ago through iKam Xtreme sunglasses and which nicely depicts the intensity of trying to get a big trout to the net.
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