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One of the greatest misnomers in trout fishing is the use of the term "German Brown." Unless you're fishing in Germany, the chances of the fish having the genetics of a German Brown are small. Most brown trout in the USA are mutts with a mixture of genetics from German, Scottish, English and Irish fish. Lewis Lake in Yellowstone has a fairly pure strain of Loch Leven Browns from Scotland and, if I recall correctly, they lack any red spotting. Rainbow trout have a similar hodgepodge of genetics in the USA.

Here's an interesting article about Brown Trout in the USA- http://thefrogwater.com/2013/06/01/brown-trout-subspecies-in-the-u-s/
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One of the greatest misnomers in trout fishing is the use of the term "German Brown." Unless you're fishing in Germany, the chances of the fish having the genetics of a German Brown are small. Most brown trout in the USA are mutts with a mixture of genetics from German, Scottish, English and Irish fish. Lewis Lake in Yellowstone has a fairly pure strain of Loch Leven Browns from Scotland and, if I recall correctly, they lack any red spotting. Rainbow trout have a similar hodgepodge of genetics in the USA.

Here's an interesting article about Brown Trout in the USA- http://thefrogwater.com/2013/06/01/brown-trout-subspecies-in-the-u-s/
That was an informative article. In the past, I could not understand why folks would refer to brown trout as "German browns," when they can be found all over the Eurasia. I thought it was some sort of Teutonic pride... Now I know that it is because much of the stock in the US came from Germany. Cool!
 
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