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Rainy day but lots of fish were available. Very technical fishing but productive. Water was crystal clear. Thanks.

Chris B. with Doug M. of Leicester, North Carolina

Our trip with Ken outside of Jefferson, CO was incredible! Ken had every detail covered (including donuts :)) when we arrived river side. The Tarryall Creek was gorgeous and we had a couple mile stretch all to ourselves. Ken is an extremely talented guide who made the experience educational and exciting. Having a trout rise on a dry fly is truly exhilarating!! We highly recommend Ken! On top of the amazing time on the river we were treated to a mouthwatering delicious river side BBQ. The entire day was memorable and we can’t wait to come back and spend a day with Ken and Dan again.

Drew C. with Ken R. of Breckenridge, Colorado

Everything You Need to Know About Brook Trout Fishing

What is a Brook Trout?

The brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis), also known as the eastern brook trout, brook charr, coaster trout, squaretail, or mud trout, is a freshwater member of the salmon family Salmonidae. It is the state fish of nine states, including Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and the Provincial Fish of Novia Scotia in Canada.

They have a dark green to brown color, a marble pattern of lighter shades, and red dots with blue circles around them across their sides and back. This pattern is called vermiculation. Their bellies are milk brown to reddish in coloring, becoming more red or even orange when they are spawning.

How big do Brook Trout get?

Depending on the location, a brook trout can vary from about eight to 24 inches and weigh from one to almost ten pounds. Growth rates of brook trout are dependent on the season, water and air temperatures, and flow rates of which the fish are in. These differences cause significant variance in sizes.

What's the biggest Brook Trout ever caught?

On July 21st, 1915, Dr. John William Cook caught the world record brook trout according to the IGFA. It weighed 14 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 31.5 inches long, pulled out of the Nipigon River in Ontario, Canada.

Where is the best place to catch Brook Trout?

Brook trout are native to northeastern North America. However, they have been introduced through western North America, central areas of the lower Canadian Provinces, Mexico, South America, and Europe. They prefer clear, cold streams and lakes with water temperatures ranging from 57 to 61 degrees that are well oxygenated and pure.

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