Brook Trout - Salvelinus fontinalis
The beautiful Brook Trout is not native to Britain and originates from America. With a greeny brown tinge to its flanks and its white tipped pectoral, anal and pelvic fins, this is a beautiful species of Trout. The Brook Trout’s tail fin is square but is rare occasions it can have a slight fork to its shape.
Brown Trout - Salmo trutta
The beautiful and well known Brown Trout is olive brown in colour with yellow hints along its flanks. You will find some prime specimens with orange and red spots along its sides and others with black encircled spots. The brown Trout’s tail fin is usually unspotted and its adipose fin will usually show a orange or reddish tinge.
Charr - Salvelinus alpinus
The Arctic Charr is closely related to the Atlantic Salmon and the Brown Trout. The colour of these fish varies a great deal, wild sea run Charr are usually a deep blue colour where as farmed Charr have a red tinge to their skin and cream coloured spots. This species is not commonly caught in the wild, spending a lot of its time in Scotland, your best bet of a catch is in a farmed venue.
Grayling - Thymallus thymallus
This fairly flat sided fish is a relative to the salmon family, it has a smaller head in comparison to its body but is known for its beautiful large dorsal fin. The grayling is also known as 'The lady of the stream' maybe because of their flowing appearance beneath the water. Grayling are favoured by trout anglers as they make a good challenge and can be caught using similar tactics.
Rainbow Trout - Oncorhynchus mykiss
The Rainbow Trout is a well known beautiful fish. Famous for their acrobatic aerial displays and impressive stamina. This species will tend to jump out of the water in an attempt to break free instead of other species who will dive to the depths and head for cover.
Salmon - Salmo salar
This is the king of game fishing, everyone has heard of salmon and most people have eaten one too. Salmon are dotted all over the UK but are known to enjoy the waters of Scotland and Ireland. The salmon is a long and lean silvery fish with a large tail to propel its way upstream when spawning. The average weight of a salmon is around the 6-12lb mark, with the British record standing at a massive 64lb.
Sea Trout - Salmo trutta
The Sea Trout is very similar in appearance to the Salmon, The Sea Trout is more round in shape with a rounder head. The Sea Trout will have more spots than a salmon and these will appear along its flanks and down to its belly. You will find that the end of it body where it meets the tail is thicker than a Salmon also. Fish for these at night as this shy species is more likely to take a fly under the cover of darkness.
Tiger Trout - Salmo trutta x Salvelinus Fontinalis
The rare Tiger Trout is an interbred hybrid of the Brown Trout and the Brook Trout. This species gets its name for obvious reasons, the pigmentation of a Tiger Trout form in such a way similar to the stripes of a tiger. With only an average of 5% of survival in the wild this species is bred in artificial breeding centres where the survival rate increases to 85%.