TIPS FLY FISHING Posted Jun 15, 2016 By: Donnie Cooke Fly Fishing Tips for Brown Trout The brown trout is considered one of the toughest to catch, but not to Danny Ripley (Donnie Cooke photo) Some fly fishermen say that the most valued trout, one that is forcing fishermen to prove their skills, is the brown trout. It is the most sought after trophy and considered to be the most difficult to hook. Danny Ripley with a brown trout. (Donnie Cooke photo) Larger males develop spectacularly hooked jaws that, in combination with the well-fed brown’s broad shoulders and deep body, give them an aggressive appearance. This bullish look is borne out by the way they fight when hooked, often diving deep, slugging it out with massive head-shaking and dodging under snags around river rocks. Like all trout, both stream and lake living browns feed primarily on aquatic insects, which makes them a prime quarry for the fly fisherman. You hear lots about salmon and bass for fly fishing, but Danny Ripley, team lead for Fly Fishing at Bass Pro Shops, sales representative/pro-staff at Guideline Canada and owner of Streamborn Outdoors, puts on his presentation "Talking about Brown Trout" to give fishermen more insight. Ripley tells us how to identify browns, gear, what type of flies and what are we imitating with the hope of getting you started and getting you chasing browns.