Cache Anglers is an organization dedicated to enjoying and preserving the waters and fish in and around Cache Valley Utah. We are a chapter of Utah Trout Unlimited. We are fortunate that Cache Valley has a wide range of opportunities to enjoy fishing. There are three main rivers that empty into the valley, and numerous streams, lakes, and reservoirs. In addition, Cache Valley is central to some of the greatest fishing in the west. An hour travel can take an angler to the Provo River to the south and the South Fork of the Snake River to the north. A little more time and a person can be wetting a line on the famous Green or Henry’s Fork Rivers.
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If you have caught Rainbow, Brown, and Brook trout it may be time to try to catch some of the more exotic trout species. We fly-fish for everything and caught a lot of fish but they were mostly Rainbow and Brown that are typical for the area around West Yellowstone, Montana. We also caught a few small Brook and a couple of Cut-bows (Rainbow/Cutthroat hybrid) in about a week of fishing. I had lived out west for many years and have seen many different rivers, lakes and trout. I decided to find out how many trout species there were in North America and see how difficult it would be to catch them all. The quest was on! It turns out that there are twenty trout species, but that number has been revised several times during the quest. The problem is that hybrids keep showing up, and a cross between a bull trout and brook trout turned up last month so the total number of species continues to climb and has reached twenty-one.
There are many other different trout that are difficult to reach and catch. Golden Trout are one of the most beautiful fish in the world and exist only in the cleanest and clearest water high in the western mountains. They are native to California but were introduced years ago to several other western states. The largest fish today seem to be in Montana and Wyoming, but large is somewhat of a misnomer for Golden. The state record fish are in the 5-6 pound range, but most Goldens are less than 12-inches. The world record Golden was caught years ago. I am fishing Montana next year for Golden and hope to catch a fish in the 2-pound range. That is a monster Golden, but they do exist in some lakes. Bull Trout are also a western trout on the endangered species list. They are native to Montana, Idaho, and Oregon, and there is a limited season for these fish in Montana and Oregon. Bull trout are very similar to Dolly Varden and are sometimes difficult to tell apart. I have caught Bull trout in the Bitteroot Mountains of Montana. These trout can get large, but size is directly related to the size of the water being fished. This species is mostly found in rivers and streams, but Flathead Lake, Montana does have a population of Bull Trout.
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All of the created hybrids seem to be exceptional fish. Tiger Trout, Splake, Golden Rainbow, and Albino Rainbow are beautiful fish the serve a purpose in the States were they are being stocked. Splake are the oldest hybrid in North America, and were created in the 1800s in several New England fish hatcheries. They are a cross between Lake Trout and Brook Trout (Speckled Trout), and hence the hybrid name Splake. They are beautiful fish that are stocked in many States and Canadian Provinces. Maine and Canada use Splake in areas where other trout species do not do well. This hybrid has exceptional characteristics. They have an exceptional growth rate, are hardy, can tolerated warmer water, are resistant to disease, and are not difficult to catch. That last statement is from a fish and wildlife department and I would question that a little bit. I have fished for Splake in several different parts of the United States and Canada and have not caught very many. They are out there, but require some work to catch. The western states use Splake because they are resistant to whirling disease that has taken a toll of many western trout species. Tiger Trout are also resistant to disease and are used in the west for the same reason as Splake. Tiger Trout are a cross between Brook Trout and Brown Trout, and have the fighting characteristics of the Browns. They are aggressive, make long deep runs, and are fun to catch. The other two hybrids have been created by selective breeding and are color forms of Rainbow Trout. Albino Rainbow are true albinos in that they do not have any color pigment. They are a white trout with red eyes, and are stocked only in Utah. This fish is used as part of the States urban fishing program and is stocked on a put and take basis. Golden Rainbow first showed up in a West Virginia Trout Hatchery in 1954 as an abnormality in a Rainbow Trout hatch. The fish was so beautiful that West Virginia decided to try to selective breed the fish. They were successful and introduced the fish with experimental stocking in the 1960s. The stockings were a hit with anglers in the State and have been stocked every since. Pennsylvania also stocks a color variation of the Golden Rainbow that is called a Palomino Trout and is a little lighter shade of yellow.
Trout is referred to some species under the subfamily Salmoninae which are fishes that can be found in freshwater and saltwater or both. The well known salmon is one member of the trout family, and unlike other trout members it prefers to stay in saltwater.
Trout prefer cold water that is rich in oxygen content. While each species of trout prefers different temperatures, in general trout as a whole prefer those that are fifty to sixty eight degrees. If the water temperatures increase, they tend to go deeper into the water where it cooler. The warmer the water, the lower the oxygen levels. They have to have the right balance of temperature and oxygen levels to survive, though some species are more adaptable than others.
When water temperatures are at its optimum level, trout are very active and they feed a lot. This makes for ideal fishing conditions. If it drops below fifty degrees, though, the trout’s metabolism slows, making them lethargic and less prone to eat. When the water temperatures rise over seventy degrees, trout are uncomfortable, their metabolism rises and they cannot take in the necessary oxygen. They stop feeding at this point also. So, for fishing, the ideal conditions occur when trout are active.
Because trout are adaptable they will move around in the water to find surroundings that are better suited. This is important to understand because if you know how trout think, you can better catch them. If the temperature is warm, look to shaded areas and deeper waters. If the weather is cold, it is likely the fish are closer to the surface of the water. Because of the need for oxygen, streams and rivers that are flowing are also ideal locations for trout so look to the more active parts of the water source.