For those who are passionate about fly fishing, the elusive brook trout is a sought-after prize. Its beauty matches the picturesque landscapes where it resides, and its reputation for being a challenging catch only adds to its allure. The average size of brook trout ranges between 6 to 12 inches, making any trophy-sized catch a significant achievement.
The World Record Brook Trout
The world record, as recognized by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA), for brook trout is an astounding 14 pounds (6.35 kg) and 31.5 inches long. This record, set a century ago, remains unbroken.
Dr. Cook, the holder of this record, caught this magnificent fish in the Nipigon River in Ontario, Canada, back in 1915 during a 7-day fishing expedition. According to accounts, the trout initially weighed close to 20 pounds, but due to preservation issues, its final recorded weight at the Royal Ontario Museum of Zoology was 14.5 pounds.
This historical catch is still on display at the Nipigon’s Historical Museum. Despite some skepticism due to the time lapse, the record has withstood scrutiny and remains unchallenged.
So, What Exactly is a Brook Trout?
Brook trout (Salvelinus Fontinalis) belongs to the Char family. It is a freshwater species recognized by its distinctive brown-green upper body adorned with worm-like blue-green markings and a lighter, whitish-silver belly.
You’ll typically find brook trout in spring-fed rivers, streams, and large ponds. Their elusive nature makes them a challenge to catch, which only amplifies the thrill for anglers.
Where can I find a World Record Brook Trout?
Brook trout are native to Eastern Canada and stretch all the way to Eastern Minnesota in the United States. However, the largest brook trout are generally found throughout Eastern and Central Canada.
In the United States, brook trout have been introduced to many waters, particularly in the Western states. The United States Department of Natural Resources is currently working on restoring the natural habitats of indigenous Cutthroat trout by gradually removing brook trout from certain waters.
Tips for Catching Big Brook Trout on a Fly Rod
Maximize your chances of landing a big brook trout by targeting them during their feeding times, which are usually early morning or in the evening. Try swinging your Streamers under trees and cutaways as this is where they tend to hide.
Effective flies to use include a size 8 Bunny Leech, Wooly Bugger, or size 12 Prince Nymph. Patience and persistence are key when it comes to catching these elusive creatures.
Good luck, fellow anglers, and tight lines!
Catching a record-breaking brook trout may seem like a distant dream, but remember, every cast is a new opportunity. Armed with the right knowledge and gear, and fueled by determination, you might just land the catch of a lifetime.
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