Rainbow trout ("Regnbåge") Overview

Rainbow trout - Oncorhynchus mykiss

Rainbow trout is quite similar but has a reddish band along the sides and in addition, its fins spotted. The name derives in part by the special male shifts colors when playing.


The rainbow is stocked in Sweden and is hence not a natural species. However, it has become one of the most popular fish species to fish in Sweden, thanks to the widespread "Put and Take" -fisket. Rainbow is especially popular in fly fishing circles as it is willing to bite, battles well, and goes on a natural food quickly. But it is also very popular among the spin fishermen and anglers.

Size and growth

Rainbow can grow very quickly if conditions are favorable. Although the vast majority of rainbows can not reproduce in a natural way in Sweden as it has actually happened in some rivers. Usually such "sham playing" Rainbow in the spring, ie it behaves as it plays that it is not (in most cases) lead to an offspring. In North America, which is the natural habitat of the rainbow, so it has a similar growth as trout.

Record size

Largest rainbow in Sweden is at 14.16 kg. In North America, they can be up to 20 kg.

Fishing tips

When fly fishing: The most important thing is to see the current conditions. Watching it as it means that the rainbow eat insects on the surface. Incubators, fully developed insects such as caddisflies, mayflies and stoneflies could be at the rainbow's menu. Do you see any wakes you may want to test a nymph (not fully developed insect that lives under the surface), such as a haröra. Vary the repatriation momentum. Another very popular fly is streamer, a fish imitation. Apply colors like red and orange are some rainbow usually like. At spinning: All different spoons and spinners can get rainbow chopping. Do not be afraid to put on something colorful. Vary the repatriation momentum. Angling: Mask and shrimp are very popular, though artificial baits such as Power Bait. Should you meta with shrimp it often pays to buy fresh unpeeled prawns.

Most efficient fishing methods

Information below is based upon thousands of real catch reports from the past two years.
  1. Spinning - SPOON
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