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Old 07-05-2011, 08:36 PM
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Default 2 Kinds Of Brown Trout In Wisconsin Small Stream

Lots of people automatically assume all brown trout in our waters are German browns.

This not correct.

Brown trout were brought to the United States by European settlers in the holds of ships. The adult fish were no brought. The eggs were brought as food stuffs in big wooden barrels with a covering of water and moss to keep them fresh and cool. When the passengers got hungry, they reached in to the barrels and scooped out a handful of eggs and eat them as is. When the settlers arrived they saw that the area looked a lot like their homelands and put the eggs in to locals streams and that is how BROWN trout were brought here by settlers. They are not a native species.

There are 2 strains of browns brought here originally. One is from Scotland and specifically from one lake there. It was lake “Loch” number eleven “Leven”. The strain from Scotland are called Loch Leven Browns. Loch Leven browns are typically longer and skinnier than their German cousins. They have fewer spots and do not have red spots.

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Trout with classic “Loch Leven” characteristics

The German brown trout is a little heavier and has red spots mixed in with the blackish brown spots.

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Trout with classic “German” Brown characteristics

Through the years the 2 strains have intermingled and it is hard to say that this a German or this is a Scottish brown. They sometimes have traits that look like their ancestors. The only true way of telling which country the trout are from is check to see which is wearing “Lederhosen” and which has a “Kilt” on.
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Interesting post - I'm enjoying learning the history of trout in the U.S., especially learning that many if not most of the fish we enjoy catching in a given area are not native.

I read Entirely Synthetic Fish as well as Behnke's book Trout and Salmon of North America. I'd love to see these different browns first hand - thanks for the post!
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My research is only partially scientific. Some of my information came from my forefathers that came from Germany “Hahn”. The information was passed on from father to son. The Hahns were some of the travelers that milked these trout for eggs and some of the time a male was tried by mistake and a little extra was deposited in the food due to the smell of eggs on the milker’s hands.
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Len: That was a great post, very informative, thanks for sharing!

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Interesting story
But being european I do know thing or two about brown trout,and one of that things is that proper brown trout do have red and black spots.Most of browns that live in lakes have only black spots and one more thing is that there is no genetic difference between browns in UK or browns in Germany.They are the same genetically...and I mean about german browns that belong to atlantic basin system ....
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