Fly Fishing for Trout Home
User Password
or register.
Scientific name search:

> > Brown Trout colors

BuckParrishFebruary 4th, 2013, 7:04 pm
Durham / Indiana

Posts: 2
Why is it that some Browns have red spots and some don't? Then some have only two or three red in white or red in silver. Then others have lots of red in silver/white and just lots of red spots by them selves.
Are these sub spicies or mating seasons, different times of year, cold or warm water?
Any body know? I'm painting one on an old wooden boat paddle.

I know other fish vary considerably, too. And I'm aware of the sockeye turning almost completely red. But IMO it's not as noticable as with the red spots on a brown fish.
EntomanFebruary 4th, 2013, 7:52 pm
Northern CA & ID

Posts: 2604
Welcome to the forum, Buck!

Bad luck that you didn't check out the forum a few weeks ago as there were several topics up that went into this subject at length. The short of it is that our Brownies come from two strains, the dour Scottish (Loch Leven) and a colorful German (Von Behr). The later is known for its red spots. There is also the factor that all trout tend to turn more silver and lose color in big lakes outside of spawning season.

If you are interested in more in-depth information, type "Brown trout" in the Google search up in the right hand corner (the one on the forum page not the one on your browser). This will provide a list of the extensive forum conversations on this topic.
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
BuckParrishFebruary 4th, 2013, 10:14 pm
Durham / Indiana

Posts: 2
Thanks Entoman, I'll be back
JesseFebruary 6th, 2013, 6:22 pm
Posts: 378
Just like the man said different strains produce different colors. Add in the element of their surroundings and also their movements.. There you have it - different coloration patterns. Also, keep in mind their diet behaviors. That will effect their shading and how vibrant their colors are. Ohhh so much to learn eh ha?
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.
Jmd123February 7th, 2013, 6:57 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2611
I have posted this here before, but for the full story on the diversity of the brown trout (Salmo trutta) genome, check out James Prosek's "Trout of the World" (look it up on, etc.). His survey (in cooperation with local experts in research) and especially paintings of the brown trout of Europe, North Africa, and west Asia will blow your mind. Look up the "cave trout" from Italy! Or the Ferox trout from Scotland...

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

Quick Reply

You have to be logged in to post on the forum. It's this easy:
Username:          Email:

Password:    Confirm Password:

I am at least 13 years old and agree to the rules.

Related Discussions

TitleRepliesLast Reply
Re: Californicas v. Hex
In the Identify This! Board by Byhaugh
1Feb 19, 2014
by Entoman
In General Discussion by Kinalia
4Jan 7, 2013
by Mcjames
¿Zebra Trout?
In General Discussion by Pyrenees
Got my camera flash working (subtitled: Why do I love this fly?)
In the Photography Board by Jmd123
Re: Brown Trout
In the Photography Board by Al514
2May 16, 2014
by Kschaefer3
Re: Barr BWO Emerger Colors
In Fly Tying by Lastchance
5Oct 11, 2009
by Martinlf
Re: Scud colors - Wisconsin
In General Discussion by GoofusBug
4May 18, 2009
by CharlieSawd
Re: Clarks Creek
In Fishing Reports by Wbranch
8May 12, 2011
by Martinlf
Re: Mayfly from spring creek
In the Identify This! Board by Al514
11May 18, 2007
by Troutnut
Re: Grout Brook
In General Discussion by Al514
2Oct 8, 2007
by Al514