After the successful installation of the new ‘What Trout Eat’ displays at Muir Lake, some members of Northern Lights Fly Fishers have used that material in developing a new stillwater fishing resource that’s now freely available to any individual or organization interested in using it for educational purposes. It’s a series of 44 illustrated, easy to read slides on the 12 primary natural food items that trout find to eat in lakes when they arrive from the fish hatcheries. It also includes fly and spin fishing strategies to imitate those food items at the different stages of their life cycle – larva, pupa, emerger, adult etc.
Although It’s written for an Alberta audience, especially youth and beginning anglers, much of its content is relevant to other regions of Canada and other audiences. Its authors are willing to help any TUC Chapter or other organization adapt the resource to meet local needs where needed. The text has hyperlinks to over 130 additional sources of online information – videos and articles on interesting facts about and behaviors of each particular trout food item, its entomology, and related angling strategies. Each section also includes a tip provided to us by KEEP FISH WET on best practices for releasing fish. The primary intent of ‘What Trout Eat -Digital Edition’ is to introduce youth to stillwater fishing and help make lake fishing more interesting, productive, and enjoyable.
Check it out at What Trout Eat – Digital Edition and please pass on the link to others who might be interested. Northern Lights will periodically update links and information within the resource and would greatly appreciate suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org for additions and improvements.https://www.nlft.org/what-trout-eat-digital/
Peter provides some background of the project in this interview with Michael Short at Let’s Go Outdoors.