12 Types of Trout | Fly Fishing For Trout

12 Types of Trout | Fly Fishing For Trout

There are several species of trout, each with its own unique characteristics and habitat preferences. Here are some of the most well-known types of trout:


Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss): Known for their vibrant pink stripe along their sides, rainbow trout are native to North America, but they have been introduced to many other parts of the world. They are often found in rivers, lakes, and streams. 


Brown Trout (Salmo trutta): Native to Europe, brown trout have been introduced to various locations worldwide. They are characterized by their brownish color with black and red spots. Brown trout prefer clear, cold streams and rivers.

Brown Trout


Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis): Native to eastern North America, brook trout are often found in small, clear, and cool streams. They have distinctive markings, including red spots with blue halos and a worm-like pattern on their back. Brook trout were the inspiration for our name! 

brook trout - high uintahs


Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii): Cutthroat trout are native to North America and are known for the distinctive red mark on their throat. They come in various subspecies, including the Yellowstone cutthroat, Westslope cutthroat, and Lahontan cutthroat.

rainbow trout - strawberry resivour


Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush): Also known as Mackinaw or gray trout, lake trout are the largest of the freshwater trout species. They inhabit deep, cold lakes and are native to North America. This picture is my dad and it was caught at Bear Lake Utah. 


Golden Trout (Oncorhynchus aguabonita): Native to mountainous areas in California, golden trout are known for their striking colors, with a golden-yellow body and red streak along their sides. They inhabit high-altitude lakes and streams.

Golden Trout


Tiger Trout: Tiger trout are a hybrid species resulting from the crossbreeding of brown trout and brook trout. They often exhibit a mix of characteristics from both parent species.


Apache Trout (Oncorhynchus apache): Native to Arizona, the Apache trout is a threatened species and is found in cold, clear streams at higher elevations.


Bull Trout (Salvelinus confluentus): Native to western North America, bull trout are often found in cold, pristine streams and rivers. They have distinctive spotting patterns and are a char species rather than a true trout.


Gila Trout (Oncorhynchus gilae): Endemic to the southwestern United States, the Gila trout is a colorful species found in clear mountain streams. It is a federally listed threatened species.


Greenback Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii stomias): Native to the Rocky Mountains, the greenback cutthroat trout is Colorado's state fish and has been a subject of conservation efforts due to its declining populations. Picture rights to Colorado Outdoors Online. 


Marble Trout (Salmo marmoratus): Native to rivers in the Adriatic basin in Europe, marble trout are known for their marbled coloration and can reach impressive sizes. Picture rights to Italy on the Fly