Fly Fishing for Trout
...is the greatest sport in the world. On any level it is an exciting encounter with nature. On the highest level, it is a chance to match wits not against a fish, but against the power of evolution itself to hone a creature's instinct for scrutiny to masterful levels. Coaxing a selective trout into taking your fly is the most satisfying challenge in fishing.
This site is both a scientific reference to help you catch more trout while fly fishing and a photographic tribute to our trout streams.
Aquatic Insects of American Trout Streams
Fly fishing demands imitation of the look and behavior of the insects trout eat. This section holds 4359 close-up pictures
of 1020 flies and other trout foods, along with detailed hatching behavior
and, soon, identification keys. Here's today's Specimen of the Day:
Troutnut.com is organized by scientific "Latin" names, but you can also find the hatches you know by their local and fly fishing pattern names through easy-to-use cross-references:
, Little Blue-Winged Olives
, Giant Michigan Mayflies
, Great Lead-Winged Coachmen
, Blue-Winged Olives
, Light Cahills
, Big Golden Stones
, Mahogany Drakes
, Gray Foxes
, American Green Drakes
, True Flies
, Speckled Duns
, Brown Drakes
, Northern Caddisflies
, 439 more...
Popular Gift Shop Products
To help pay the more than $1,000/year hosting bill for this site (I could buy how many fly rods for that?) I've used CafePress.com's printing services to create a store with t-shirts, mugs, calendars, and related gifts with a buggy fly fishing theme. Here are a few of the favorites:
Fly Fishing Forums
The 6622 members of the Troutnut.com forums have made 40519 posts in 4821 topics. The "Integrated Boards" are partially built into other sections of the site.
Articles & Miscellanea
Fly fishing entomology is complicated business, and there's much still to be learned. Some of these articles cover the basics to help you get the most from this site, and others investigate more interesting and original questions.
Trout Stream Landscape and Fish Pictures
The allure of fly fishing for trout owes much to the pristine habitats that trout prefer, and such streams are also a gift to the landscape photographer. I've dabbled in that complementary hobby and put 1711 of my pictures online. I've included pictures of trout, too, because there's no point making a fishing website without showing off some big fish!
Today's Picture of the Day:
This tiny spring creek is extremely fertile, and I sampled many interesting insects I didn't find anywhere else. The water was completely open even though other nearby spring creeks were frozen over and the snow was three feet deep.
Underwater Pictures from Trout Streams
The world of the trout is much more interesting from below the surface than from above looking down. These 241 underwater pictures are a peek into the secret lives of nymphs and other denizens of the riffly shallows.
Today's Underwater Picture of the Day:
I took this picture of the underside of a large slab of ice in a northern Wisconsin river in early February. I got cold.
Many of the best pictures from Troutnut.com have been specially trimmed and resized to fit the 17 most common monitor resolutions.
Motion is one of the most important things for fly fishermen and fly tyers to imitate, and one of the hardest to convey through still pictures. Most of these videos show the swimming motions of various aquatic invertebrates.