Tiger Trout

#1
Anyone have any experience with "tiger" trout? In the 2001 Winter issue of Northwest Fly Fishing magazine, there is an article describing these fish (cross between female brown trout and a male brook (char) trout. They are suppose to be surface feeders so they would be great dry fly fishing. Just wondering if anyone's had any successes / failures with them. Seems like the eastside lakes will be stocked.
 
#2
There are some lakes in s.w. wash that has them, And there are going to be a few in north central wash this year. I have not had the pleasure to catch and release one. I understand they are a very aggresive fish. :THUMBSUP
 
#3
Tiger trout are a blast to catch. In my experience, they are relatively easy to catch, and will attack a wolly bugger with wild abandon.

I've caught them in the Intermountain West, and am looking forward to fishing for them in SW Washington.
:THUMBSUP
 
#4
Fish till ya drop.
Then suck it up
and fish the evening hatch.

:BLUSH
I spent a fruitless 4 hours on a small pondlike lake of crystal clear alkaline water on a sunny day last spring in the Columbia Basin. The chronomids were hatching like crazy. My fishfinder was showing lots of fish. Yet there was not a single fish surface feeding in 4 hours of fishing. I cought nothing on chronies or damsels, or water boatmen,or leeches,or Mayflies..... finally I gave up. The rumor is that this pond was planted without treating it first with Tiger Trout hoping their agressiveness would clean up the stunted panfish population. I think it didn't work and the numerous fish I scoped were the stunted panfish. Would like to know a good Tiger Trout location and try them out again though.
 
#5
Any word on whether Lake Merrill is going to receive a plant of these. I understand the state wanted to put these fish into lakes that already have a brown trout population. I have not seen any plant info on Merrill since 1995. It seems like the browns numbers are down from the past (It could be my hook-up numbers are down). The combination of the aggressive surface feeding tigers and that huge Hex hatch would seem to be a great match. Also, what is the life expectance of a planted brown trout. Just wondering how long past plants can be effective. :DUNNO
 

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