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Fly Fishing for Tiger Trout

The Tiger Trout is a Hybrid Brown Trout-Brook Trout


Tiger Trout caught in Ogden, Utah.

Tiger Trout caught in Ogden, Utah.

Brian Milne
The tiger trout is one of those trout you won’t come across a whole lot unless you’re fishing a water where hybrids are common in the U.S. and U.K.

Rivers like the Weber and Odgen rivers in Utah, where I caught my first tiger trout a few years back.

So What is a Tiger Trout?

It’s a hybrid trout, a cross between a brown trout and a brook trout.

The tiger trout can be identified by the dark maze-like patterns on its brownish, gray body. While the tiger trout is sterile, it is famous for its voracious feeding habits, which makes it a favorite for anglers.

What Tiger Trout Eat

Like brown trout, the tiger trout is extremely territorial, preferring deep-water pools and riffles.

Tiger trout take traditional trout dries, nymphs and streamers, although if you fish for a tiger trout like you would a brown trout, focusing on the subsurface bit, you’ll probably have the most luck.

Think beadhead nymphs and streamers when fishing brown and tiger trout waters.

Tiger Trout World Records

The all-tackle International Game Fish Association world record for the tiger trout is 20 pounds, 13 ounces, caught back on Aug. 12, 1978, by Pete Friedland while fishing the Great Lakes.

Because many states have discontinued stocking programs for tiger trout, that world record is unlikely to be topped in the U.S.

The largest tiger trout taken on a fly was a 16-pound, 12-ounce tiger caught at Duncton Mill, Sussex, in the U.K., according to the IFGA. That fish was caught by Luke Butcher on Sept. 1, 2008.

In fact, six of the seven IGFA line-class records were caught in the U.K. Four of those were at Duncton Mill on Sept. 1, 2008.

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