What You Didn’t Know About Rainbow Trout

We all know rainbow trout as being the coveted fish for fly fishing enthusiasts. They thrive in cool, clear rivers and streams. Some rainbow trout prefer to live in the ocean and can do so for up to 6 years, but they have to return to the stream or lake of their birth to spawn. These ocean-loving trout are called steel-heads because the colour of their bodies is mostly silver. There is so much more to rainbow trout than their beautiful colours and ability to swim speedily upstream. In this blog, we will be looking at 10 interesting facts about rainbow trout.

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10 Interesting Facts About Rainbow Trout

  1. Rainbow trout belong to the salmon family and they fall under the hover group of fish.
  2. The presence of these gorgeous creatures indicates whether a stream is polluted; they do not survive in polluted bodies of water.
  3. Rainbow trout feed on smaller fish eggs, crustaceans, insects and insect larvae.
  4. The popular game fish are found in every continent except for Antarctica.
  5. The colour of a rainbow trout is determined by their habitat and nutrition. Rainbow trout can be white, pink, orange or a dark red.
  6. Female rainbow trout can lay up to 8000 eggs.
  7. Rainbow trout only produce offspring at their stream of birth; this is a trait that makes them unique.
  8. Rainbow trout start spawning around the age of 3 years.
  9. The average length of a rainbow trout ranges between 51cm and 76cm and they can weigh up to 3.6kg. Rainbow trout can weigh up to 24kg. According to National Geographic, the largest rainbow trout weigh 25.8kg.
  10. Rainbow trout can survive for up to 6 years in the wild.
Large Rainbow Trout
Large Rainbow Trout – Image Source: Graham Owen Gallery

Rainbow trout are popular game fish that are often farmed. Fly fishers enjoy coming to the Highland Run Fly Fishing Estate to relax and enjoy casting a rod or two. If you are looking for a space to unwind and bask in the beauty of nature, why not visit our beautiful estate?  We are nestled within the Drakensberg Mountains and surrounded by beautiful vistas. The Highland Run Fly Fishing Estate also offers shared ownership opportunities.

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