The rainbow trout, also called redband trout, is a species of salmonid native to cold-water tributaries of the Pacific Ocean in North America and Asia.
Rainbow trout are torpedo-shaped and generally blue-green or yellow-green in color with a pink streak along their sides, white underbelly, and small black spots on their back and fins.
Rainbow trout usually inhabit well oxygenated, shallow rivers with gravel bottoms; they also inhabit lakes, although they are usually found in deeper, cooler lakes with adequate shallows and vegetation for good reproduction. The ideal temperature range is 50 to 60 degrees. Lake populations generally require access to gravely bottomed streams to be self-sustaining.
Rainbow trout are predators with a varied diet and will eat nearly anything they can capture. They mostly feed on leeches, crustaceans, mollusks, insects such as flies, but also eat salmon eggs when available.
Enjoy the best Rainbow trout fishing in Patagonia and Alaska
The popularity of rainbow trout among anglers has placed it among the top five sport fishes in North America. Many anglers consider the rainbow trout the hardest-fighting trout species, as this fish is known for leaping when hooked and fighting gallantly.
Rainbow trout fly fishing, especially in Alaska, is one of the most exciting trips for anglers. Why? Because these fish are extremely aggressive, strong, and their jumping ability is two to three times its body length. They also have a highly developed sense of smell and sight. This is why anglers must choose their bait carefully.
A light, fast action spinning rod between 4 and 5 feet long.
- A light duty spinning or spincasting reel outfitted with 4 to 6 pound test line.
- #10 to #14 regular shank bronze hooks
- A few small split shot for those rare occasions when you need to get your bait down in swift water, and a canvas creel and a small knife.