S5:E3 Surprising Things Trout Eat

Trout eat pretty much anything put in front of them, including their young. Much of fly fishing is focused on the insects, such mayflies, caddisflies, and stoneflies. But often trout are looking to consume a bigger chunk of calories. In this episode, we regale each other with stories of things we’ve heard trout eat. One such story comes from Craig Mathews, who founded Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone. After this episode, you’ll renew your commitment to fish more streamers.


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3 Replies to “S5:E3 Surprising Things Trout Eat”

  1. I remember watching a trout come up for a cigarette butt once . My guess trout will hit anything once . Just strange they don’t rise to a beautifully tied dry fly that represents something they are supposed to eat . Lord works in mysterious ways lol

    1. Hahaha! That’s great, David! Yes, why is it that trout will take something silly but not a skillfully tied imitation? It’s one of the mysteries of the fly fishing universe 🙂

    2. I have caught several during a trip to Quebec on a Marlboro cork filter, just poke a hook up through the cotton, made a couple of bucks from the guide, now my favorite go to filter unused of course.

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