Trout, brown (Salmo trutta)

Trout, brown (local name)

In fresh water, brown trouts as a rule, are more heavily spotted, The brown trout also has dark spots on the dorsal and adipose fins and vague spots on the tail, though nothing like the prominent radiating spots on the tail of the rainbow trout, It resembles its relative, the Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). Despite the historical common names salmon and trout, these two species belong to the same genus Salmo (see Salmon, Atlantic). Both have black spots on the back, upper sides, and on the gill cover, and sometimes have red spots. In fresh water especially near spawning time, both species are bronze to dark brown in general coloration, with black and (usually) red spots on the body and head. In salt water both species tend to become silvery with fewer black spots and no red spots.It is one of the worlds most widely distributed and highly esteemed freshwater fish. It is a prime target of fly fishermen and one of the most difficult of trouts to catch by any angling method.

Grows up-to  Max. published weight: 20.0 kg
Where to Catch Northern Pakistan
When to Catch May – September


Often found in fast-flowing streams of mountain and sub-mountainous regions and sometimes even valleys. Feeds on benthic invertebrates, insect larvae, aerial insects (in rivers) and mollusks. In addition, adults consume fish and frogs.


The Indus river and its tributaries are the lifeline of Pakistan. Running from the highest mountain ranges in the world in the Himalayas down to the vast Arabian sea. Along the course of this mighty river lies some of the most exciting freswater angling in the world – both course and game angling.The eggs of which were brought over in ships more than a century ago have thrived in northern Pakistan’s rich rivers and deep, crystal clear lakes. Here the story of brown trout is much the same as that of the rainbow trout in New Zealand. Often compared to Chile and Germany in terms of the average size of the brown trout caught, the difference lies in the altitude and scenery one an angler casts his fly in. The Himalayas are the tallest mountains in the world and flyfishing against such a backdrop is truly an experience to remember. While rivers provide lighter tackle fun, the hidden lakes are the true treasure. Wild stock, brilliantly coloured, and in fantastic sizes are waiting to be fought. Reports of 5 to 10lb fish are commonplace and a confirmed 18lb brownie has been caught!

Angling Methods

In Pakistan just about all trout fishing is done with spinners which is not a proper way to enjoy the maximum trout fight, the most widely used method is “Fly Casting” around the world but here in Pakistan very few anglers are doing that, the trout here are completely unaware of flies. This makes fly-fishing in Pakistan one of the last true frontiers in the game anglers “must fish” list of locations, Brownies are sometimes be spooked by the bait or fly and at other times it will simply ignore it.Fly fishing and trout are synonymous. Tackle for this type of angling comes in a vast array of styles and models, like most fishing equipment. But there are some important considerations for a comfortable experience. The rod, reel, and line should be matched — use the manufactuer’s recommendation that is listed on the rod. In general, a 7 1/2 to 8 foot flyrod with medium to slow action is just about ideal for trout fishing. The reel is least important since it merely stores the line; pick one that suits you best. Fly lines come in various weights and styles. Again, use what you are happiest with. A leader, preferably tapered, with a 3-pound test tippet should be attached to the heavy line — there are small barbed eyelets available to do so.

Fight Characteristics

After you have a fish on, there are many techniques necessary for playing and landing a trout, and several are very important. Keep your rod tip high, so the impact of a sudden run is on the rod and not the line. Do not allow or encourage a large fish to swim downstream; it will only prolong the battle from the current. If this happens, the best advice is to follow the trout along the bank. Trout tire easily, especially if they have to work in the current in an upstream direction or the fish is allowed to make several runs. If you intend on releasing the fish — don’t overplay it — stress may kill the fish. Fish intended for release should be landed quickly and netted. Release the fish while it is underwater and in the pool where it was caught.Freshwater fishes are valuable stock of our ponds, lakes and streams in Pakistan, The over fishing can damage the stock forever, so if you go up there for Trout Fishing please release the fish. for the sake of trouts in Pakistan, future generations or that may be you next time fishing for touts.

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