Salmo trutta x Salvelinus Fontinalis
Current British record: 16lb 12oz. Duncton Mill, Sussex
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%.
The average weight of this species is anything between 11oz to 7 pounds. The largest UK Tiger was a staggering 16 pound 12 ounce. Caught at Duncton Mill, Sussex, still the record for the species caught on a fly rod.
The average size of an adult Tiger Trout ranges between 10 to 16 inches from tip to tail.
Studies show that the average Tiger Trout is between three to five.
Tiger Trout will be found in stocked lakes, they will rarely be found in rivers due to their rarity. Tiger Trout prefer high elevation lakes reservoirs and streams. Cast near submerged rocks, undercut banks and overhanging vegetation for a greater chance of catching one. Tiger Trout are more likely to eat from the lower regions of their environment compared to their other Trout relatives.
These are becoming popular with anglers due to their fighting behaviours and their impressive determination to escape.
Both Brown and Brook Trout will eat anything that swims, crawls, or flies into their area. They will lurk beneath cover, such as deep undercut banks, floating weed beds under overhanging vegetation of lakes and rivers, waiting to ambush their prey. These aggressive hybrids will attack and swallow whole any frog or young fish that passes its nose. When they are not lying in wait, they will cruise the banks for emerging damselflies and mayflies. They are known to leap several feet out of the water at hovering dragonflies, which they are occasionally successful at catching. An array of dry flies will be successful with this species as they are not a fussy fish.
These guys mature around the same rate as their parents, anything between 2 to 3 years.
Due to the interbreeding and the rarity of this species in the wild, most adult tigers are sterile and cannot breed. Most breeding takes place inartificial breeding centres as their survival rate is greater, around 85% more successful than in the wild. This species still has the spawning urges of any other Trout and its behaviour will reflect this. Where it cannot spawn the Tiger will conserve its energy and has been known to grow faster and bigger than its parent species. This power and size make them a great game fish.
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The Fishing UK Team!