We stumbled across these two long-awaited studies into the movements, feeding habits and mortality of White River and Norfork Tailwater brown trout courtesy of the Arkansas Fly Fisher’s Club.
We gave them a cursory read before posting but there is plenty to interest y’all.
Among some of the highlights,
trout didn’t actually move all that much during the studies pointing to the effectiveness of C+R areas.
Rainbow trout ate more algae than any other food group, though algae’s food value was questionable. (Is this trout junk food?)
Brown trout don’t actually eat many midges. Their dominant food source was scuds, sowbugs and especially for larger browns sculpins.