Fly Fishing for Brook trout

Brook trout

Salvelinus fontinalis

Freshwater
Fly Fishing for Brook trout

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Adams

Ant

Black Gnat

Bloodworm

Blue Damsel


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Rods

AFTMA 1 to AFTMA 5

Where you can find Brook trout

On this map you see where there were observations of Brook trout around the world, to give you an idea in which continents, countries and waters you can find this fish species.

Years 2000 until now, source: GBIF

Where can you fly fish for brook trout?

Brook trout are native to Eastern North America, inhabiting rivers, lakes, and streams across Canada and the United States. They're also found in parts of Europe and Asia, including Iceland and Scandinavia.

In the U.S, the most productive brook trout fishing is in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, particularly Pennsylvania, New York, and Vermont. Specific locations like the Au Sable River in Michigan, Rapid River in Maine, and the Shavers Fork River in West Virginia are renowned for their brook trout population.

Internationally, the Alta River in Norway and the Laxa in Adaldal River in Iceland are also famous for their brook trout fishing.

How to fly fish for brook trout

Brook trout spawn in the fall, typically between September and November. During this period, they can become aggressive, making streamer fishing an effective approach.

After spawning, eggs incubate over the winter and hatch in early spring. Young trout, known as fry, then emerge. At this time, brook trout feed heavily on small insects, making nymphing a productive strategy.

Throughout the summer months, brook trout often feed near the surface in the early morning and late evening, making this an ideal time for dry fly fishing.

What are the best flies for brook trout?

The selection of flies for brook trout should reflect the insects that are currently hatching in the area. Here are a few favorites among fly fishers, which not surprisingly are all flies that are used to target brown trout, grayling and rainbow trout as well.

Adams: This is a versatile dry fly that can imitate many different types of insects, making it a go-to choice in many situations where brown trout are feeding on the surface.

Elk Hair Caddis: The Elk Hair Caddis imitates the caddisfly, a common food for brook trout.

Pheasant Tail Nymph: This nymph is useful for mimicking mayfly nymphs.

Woolly Bugger: This streamer fly can imitate a variety of larger prey, including leeches and small fish.

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Flies that you can use to fly fish for Brook trout

Adams

Ant

Black Gnat

Bloodworm

Blue Damsel

Blue Winged Olive

Brassie

Brown Drake Nymph

Buzzer

Caddis Fly

Caddis Poopah

Carnage Attractor

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Locations where you can fly fish for Brook trout

Austria ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น

Zemmbach (Finkenberg)

18km of river among beautiful mountains

Stream

Brook trout

Brown Trout

Rainbow Trout

Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช

Stockholm Archipelago

Over 30,000 islands and endless fishing possibilities

Sea

Lake

Pond

Canal

River

Stream

Atlantic Salmon

Bream

Brook trout

Garfish

Ide

Perch

Pike

Pike-perch

Rainbow Trout

Roach

Rudd

Sea Trout

Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด

The wild trout of Southern Norway

So much water and so much trout

Lake

Pond

River

Stream

Arctic Char

Brook trout

Brown Trout

Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด

Southern Norwegian Archipelago

World class saltwater fly fishing in breath taking surroundings

Sea

Atlantic Cod

Atlantic Halibut

Atlantic Mackerel

Brook trout

Garfish

Haddock

Pollack

Sea bass

Sea Trout

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Countries where you can fly fish for Brook trout

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria

๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France

๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ Iceland

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง United Kingdom

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States

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Guides specialized in fly fishing for Brook trout

Fly Fishing in the Alps

Austria ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น

Guiding

Fliegenfischen mit Herz

Austria ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น

Guiding

Bamboo Rods (Guide)

Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ

Guiding

Pilve Fly Fishing

Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ

Guiding

Fly tying

Zum Schneider

Austria ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น

Guiding

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Identifying trout species: brook, brown, rainbow, sea, marble and cutthroat

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Identifying trout species: brook, brown, rainbow, sea, marble and cutthroat

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Fly fishing with woolly buggers

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Fly fishing with woolly buggers

In the category of flies known as streamers, the Woolly Bugger reigns supreme. Its popularity comes from its versatility โ€” it can be used to catch a wide range of species.

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