Who Am I?

Hi, I’m Tyler. A while back, I saw a few guys fishing in a local pond for stocked trout and said to myself, “hey, that doesn’t look so hard.” Famous last words, right?

First rainbow trout
My first trout. Note: I kept it, and humanely killed it before taking this picture. DO NOT lay a trout on the ground if you’re planning on releasing it.

Well, after buying an Ugly Stik spinning combo, stocking up on Powerbait, and reading everything I could, I went out to that pond, threw my bait in, and waited. And waited. And waited.

Not so easy, huh?

It turns out that I can easily be outsmarted by a fish with a brain the size of a pea. So, I did more reading, bought a little more gear, and hit the pond again. It took a couple tries, but eventually, I caught that first trout. A nice 14 inch stocked rainbow.

Was it anyone else’s idea of a trophy fish? Probably not. But to me, it opened up a whole new world. I started learning more and more about trout and how to catch them. I caught a whole lot more trout. And now, I’m trying to give all that knowledge back.


What “More Trout” Means

Of course, one of the primary focuses of this site is on how to catch more trout. From gear to techniques, we’ll cover the ways you can get more trout on the hook and into the net. But in order to catch more trout, it isn’t enough to talk about what you do. You need to know what the trout does. Learning about the biology and ecology of trout and their habitat is key not only to catching more trout, but having more trout around.

That’s the other part of “more trout.” I want there to be more trout, period. Trout perform an essential function in their native ecosystems. Too often, these ecosystems have been disrupted, sometimes by fishing, often by a variety of other factors. Overfishing depletes natural populations. Rising temperatures make rivers and stream inhospitable to species that used to thrive. Introduced species wreak havoc on finely balanced ecosystems.

But it’s not all doom and gloom! There are a lot of initiatives going on to help bring native species back and rehabilitate trout habitat so that we can see more fish and wildlife in general. It might take a while and a lot of hard work, but I truly believe that we can and will pass on a healthier, more trout-filled world to the next generation.

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