by Fly Fisherman

The welcome transplant from Europe. Eggs of this trout were sent from Germany by Herr von Behr to Michigan in 1883. Since that time the brown has been introduced to thousands of streams in over forty states.
The brown trout’s faculty, or ability, of tolerating the civilized, warmer and dirtier streams which once were cold sparkling flows, has much to do with its increasing popularity inasmuch as it thrives, too, in even heavily-fished waters. Once planted and established in a stream or lake it would be an extremely rare instance that that water would ever lack, at least, a few browns. The brown just doesn’t get itself fished out, which could easily be the case with brooks or rainbows.
Some confusion exists with relation to the also imported Loch Leven trout from Scotland and the commonly known
Trout brown trout. The argument exists in the fact that the Loch was originally the same race of brown trout and like those brought to this country were received in Scotland also from Germany. Here again the isolation factor is brought up. In Scotland the German brown, over a period of time, lost its red spots and accumulated the black spots. Interbreeding in this country of the two types is speedily eliminating the differences.
The brown trout spawns naturally from August to March, dependent upon temperature and water conditions. Certain observers have stated that they have witnessed brown trout spawning as late as May.
Its stream habits are much like the brook trout but it is a much more active surface feeder. This makes it rate high with the dry fly anglers. Its fighting ability, once hooked, ranks below other trout species—it gives up fairly easily. Its value as food isn’t of the second helping quality by any stretch of the imagination.

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