A big brown trout is a wary adversary in its home waters. They know every rock and current seam in their section of the stream and fooling one can prove to be utterly frustrating. Their mood changes by the minute and can go from chasing other trout to delicately sipping tiny midges or mayflies within only a few minutes. But with stealth, patience, and time spent learning their habits, you can fool the wary resident brown and be a worthy contestant to the brown’s game. It is the challenge of catching brown trout in their home waters that keeps me going back. They provide the highest highs and the lowest lows. There’s just some days when no matter what you do, they always seem to have the upper hand.
This piece depicts a resident brown moving in a freestone stream. Big browns will have a few favorite lies where they frequent. If you’re patient and observe carefully you can catch them cruising from one hide out to another. There are times when a brown trout can completely conceal themselves from the world in flooded timber or in an undercut bank. But if you’re lucky, you can catch one of these brutes cruising away from cover.
Original Artwork owned by April Vokey. Thanks April.