Upper Peninsula of Michigan Fly Fishing Guide

Rainbow Trout - Upper Peninsula Michigan Fly Fishing Guide

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The Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus Mykiss) is a salmonid native to tributaries of the Pacific Ocean in Asia and North America. They are predators with a varied diet and will eat anything they can grab. Their image as a selective eater is only legend. Young bows feed on insects, fish eggs, minnows, crayfish and other crustaceans. As they grow the proportion of fish increases in most populations. While in flowing waters populated with salmonids, bows eat varied fish eggs, including salmon and eggs of other rainbows.
The Rainbow Trout is found in streams and rivers here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. They can be caught on all sizes and types of flies; nymphs, dries, wet and streamers. Rainbows are aggressive and are known for their aerial acrobatics. Fly Fishing the Spring time through Fall, they are commonly caught in rivers we frequent. Rainbows have a tougher time during the oxygen depleted Summer. They can then be found feeding in cooler and deeper waters or during the evening hours.
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