Brown Trout (Salmo Trutta)

The brown trout is probably the most popular Salmonidae among anglers in Chile. Brown trout prefer more inaccessible waters, for example under cut banks and log jams that are hard to reach with a fly or streamer. Browns can be unpredictable, elusive and cunning, which can make them challenging to catch. Fishing for big brown trout can be a bit like trophy hunting.

Brown trout can vary greatly in color. In rivers, their backs are darker brown, with a golden brown color on the flanks and a white yellowish tone in the abdomen. They have spots scattered on the body: green and brown on the upper part, and on both sides they mingle with red dots wrapped in pale circles. Larger trout, found in lakes, can be reddish brown with a few spots along the tail, back and head.

Brown trout can tolerate a wider range of temperatures and water conditions than the other trout species found in Chile. Brown trout are found in different kinds of environments, and are the most abundant trout found in Chile's Patagonia. They feed on aquatic and terrestrial insects, larvae, voles, mice, crustaceans and other fish. Brown trout can weigh 35 pounds or more making them the largest in size of all the trout species.

With proper fishing techniques, brown trout readily take a variety of dry flies, large terrestrials, mice patterns and streamers.