Man standing on his boat fishing at the river.

Why Do Trout Jump? The Answers Might Surprise You

Trout are known to leap from the water in pursuit of prey, but it’s not all about food. Trout jump to loosen eggs and milt during the spawning season. They also jump to flush debris from their gills. And, of course, they jump when encounter waterfalls on their spawning migration. Trout jump for lots of …

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Trout fish lying in the stone in the above the water.

What Makes Trout Famous? It’s a Hollywood Thing

If you’re a trout angler, you’re probably a lot like me. You have a love-hate relationship with The Movie. In 1992, Brad Pitt and Craig Sheffer romanced the rest of the world in the film, “A River Runs Through It.”  It simultaneously saved and ruined both trout and fly fishing. Even if you’re not an …

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Feeding of Cutthroat Trout on the Surface

What Do Cutthroat Trout Eat? Cutthroat Trout’s Vast Diet

Cutthroat trout have similar diets to most other trout species. They feast on insects, crustaceans, leeches, worms, and smaller fish. They use their aggression and ambush-style hunting skills to feed. Wherever you’re targeting them, assume most of their diet is local insects followed by the larger prey.  Cutthroat trout are sensitive fish. There are over …

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Mono or Fluoro for Trout: Best Choices for Different Situations

Generally, anglers prefer fluorocarbon when they’re trout fishing. While some only use it as a leader, others use it as their main line. Fluorocarbon catches trout because it is challenging to see underwater, it’s durable, sensitive, and the stiffness prevents bird’s nests or unnecessary snags.  When I first walked into my local tackle shop to …

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Rainbow Trout swimming in a Colorado fish hatchery's raceway.

How Long Do Stocked Trout Live? Lifespan of New Fish

Stocked trout don’t have a guaranteed lifespan. Some live a few days, and others live upwards of seven years. Their lifespan depends entirely on the water conditions, fishing pressure, predators, and access to food. They’re raised in controlled environments and released into the wild to acclimate and survive. Without stocked trout, many of us wouldn’t …

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Alpine Lake in Colorado

How to Catch Cutthroat Trout in High Mountain Lakes

When fishing for cutthroat trout in high mountain lakes, anglers must prioritize covering all water levels of the water column. They’re finicky and spook easily, so being prepared to fish with numerous methods and lures gives you the best chance to land cutthroat trout. Alpine lakes are a challenge to fish but always entertaining.  Alpine …

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