The species (Oncohynchus mykiss) was originally named by Johann Julius Walbaum in 1792 based on type specimens from Kamchatka.

Rainbow trout are predators with a varied diet, and will eat nearly anything they can grab. Their image as a selective eater is only a legend. Rainbows are not quite as piscivorous or aggressive as brown trout or lake trout (char). Young rainbows survive on insects, fish eggs, smaller fish (up to 1/3 of their length), along with crayfish and other crustaceans. As they grow, though, the proportion of fish increases in most all populations. Some lake dwelling lines may become planktonic feeders. While in flowing waters populated with salmonids, trout eat varied fish eggs, including salmon, cutthroat trout, as well as the eggs of other rainbow trout, alevin, fry, smolt and even left-over carcasses.

Alaska West

Alaska

Deneki Outdoors owns and operates this destination on the banks of the Kanektok River, and has spared no expense to make it one of the most nicely appointed camps in Alaska. For the next week you'll...
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Aniak River Lodge

Alaska

Located on the remote banks of the Aniak River, it's jam packed with rainbows, dollies, grayling, salmon, sheefish and northern pike. It's a fish factory. Talk about a complete fly fishing experience!
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Baranof Wilderness Float

Alaska

Accessible only by floatplane, the headwaters lake of the river you'll be floating (the Kanektok) will be the jumping off spot for a week of fishing through a hundred miles of remote Alaskan outback.
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Big Ku Lodge

Alaska

Big Ku Lodge is nestled on a bluff above its namesake river – the Kukaklek overlooking a spectacular vista of river, lake and sweeping Alaskan wilderness. Built several years ago on privately-leased Native land within the Katmai Preserve.
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Bob Cusack's Alaska Lodge

Alaska

Look up "classic Alaskan fly fishing lodge" in the dictionary, and there is a picture of Bob and Lula Cusack's operation. Situated in a protected cove on the shores of famous Lake Iliamna, you couldn't ask for a more idyllic setting.
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Bristol Bay Sportfishing Lodge

Alaska

Owner and head pilot Jerry Jacques operates one of the most unique fly out lodges in the Iliamna area, combining small occupancy and multiple aircraft to give guests a wide range of angling options. Bristol Bay Sportfishing can show you...
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Cedar Lodge

Kamchatka

The comfortable, well-appointed Cedar Lodge is located in the middle of the world-famous Zhupanova River, surrounded by stunning wilderness. These middle sections of the river are below the end of the upriver float trips, and above the...
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Cedar Lodge

New Zealand

This South Island fly fishing Mecca is the #1 heli-fishing experience in New Zealand and possibly on the planet. Cedar Lodge is located on New Zealand's South Island, about 90 minutes northeast of the resort community of Queenstown.
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Copper River Lodge

Alaska

Located right on the banks of the famed Copper River near Iliamna, Alaska, this is, arguably, the most beautiful location and one of the finer fishing locations for rainbow trout in our 49th state. It is Alaska the way most anglers imagine it to be...
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Duncan & Sons Float Trips

Alaska

The float is based on the Kanektok River, which flows directly into Kuskokwim Bay. Famous for its beautifully-marked "Leopard" rainbows, the river also hosts superb runs of all 5 species of Pacific salmon, as well as sea run Dolly Varden...
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Duncan & Sons River Camp

Alaska

The Duncans use jet sleds to access the fishing grounds each day; sometimes they will have anglers fish from the boats (they have set them up to be rowed), and sometimes they will beach the boats and have guests wade the shallower runs and riffles.
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Eastslope Adventures

Canada

This Alberta trout mecca is either the most overlooked or best kept secret in North America! Native rainbows, browns, and Canadian cutthroats all grow big in the local tailwaters and nearby free-flowing trout fisheries...
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Egdorf's Nushagak Camp

Alaska

The "Nush" is a fish bum's dream come true. Rise as early or late as you please 'cause there's no competition to race to the pool. Fish hard all day on 50 miles of accessible river, come back to camp and recharge with a hearty meal and a few fish stories.
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El Saltamontes

Chile

There is a large menu of angling options and each day's fishing is tailored to mirror individual guest's interests. While wading or floating the Nireguao is high on most anglers itineraries, this breathtaking ranch also boats a number of private...
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Estancia Laguna Verde

Argentina

One might question the reasoning behind the expense of building such inviting accommodations in such desolate surroundings... until one has the chance to cast a line into nearby Jurassic Lake! This natural stillwater...
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Goodnews River Lodge

Alaska

Mike Gorton's remote outpost camp on the Goodnews River has been popular with hardcore anglers for decades. This midrange-sized river is far enough off the beaten track so as to have very few free floaters, meaning most of the many miles...
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Ichanga Float Trips

Kamchatka

The fishing days on the Ichanga are long and packed full with beautiful scenery, wildlife, and aggressive takes from some of the heaviest rainbows in the Russian Far East. The Ichanga will be limited to groups of 4 anglers, focusing 3 days on the...
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La Posada de los Farios

Chile

The talented staff at La Posada de los Farios uses a combination of state-of-the-art rafts, four-wheel drive vehicles, strategically placed optional overnight "wilderness" lodging, and a wealth of knowledge. The action is sometimes fast and furious,...
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Limay River Lodge

Argentina

The Limay River is rated by veteran Argentina anglers as one of the richest fishing resources in Northern Patagonia. Even more attractive to fly fishermen is the isolated, middle portion of the Limay below Pichi Picun Leufu Dam.
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Patagonia ONE

Chile/Argentina

This is an over-the-top cross-border fly fishing excursion to a seldom-seen portion of Patagonia and three very different fishing experiences on both sided of the Andes – all in one neat package. For the serious trout fisher, this has to be...
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PRG - North

Argentina

Trips with PRG North can be built for as few as three and as many as 14 days of hard core fishing. PRG North has a spectacular choice of rivers and streams to choose from. They specialize in guiding on the most famous of the...
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PRG - Tres Valles

Argentina

Trips with PRG Tres Valles can be built for as few as three and as many as 14 days of hard core fishing. They have a spectacular choice of small streams and spring creeks to choose from, as well as a series of trophy trout lakes.
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PRG - Trevelin

Argentina

PRG Trevelin has a spectacular choice of rivers and streams to choose from. They specialize in guiding on small, out-of-the-way fisheries and have exclusive access to a number of creeks. There’s more than enough on their angling menu...
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Patagonian BaseCamp

Chile

One of Patagonia’s most diverse fly fishing programs for wild trout is Patagonian BaseCamp, on the banks of the remote Rio Palena, owned and operated by Marcel and Carolina Sijnesael. Marcel traveled the world for several...
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Poronui Ranch

New Zealand

To fly fishermen Poronui is an historic fishing lodge where you will go fly fishing for superb New Zealand trout in pristine waters. To others, Poronui is the ultimate luxury wilderness retreat, a place where they can relax or explore...
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Rapids Camp Lodge

Alaska

Rapids Camp Lodge, an easy to reach, full service fly-out lodge with excellent home water and one of the most diverse and exciting fly fishing programs in Alaska. The lodge is located on the Naknek River, near King Salmon, just an eighty minute flight...
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Royal Coachman Lodge

Alaska

Of all the attributes that make Royal Coachman Lodge attractive, none are so obvious as their location, and the quality of their staff. The lodge itself is located on the banks of a wilderness river in the remote Togiak/Tikchik region of Alaska...
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Royal Wolf Lodge

Alaska

Royal Wolf Lodge is remote, only accommodates 12 anglers a week in a true wilderness setting, and boasts one of the finest, most tastefully-appointed lodge and cabin complexes in its genre. Chris and Linda Branham own and operate what is,...
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Savan River

Kamchatka

We first heard rumors about the Savan from some of our Russian friends in Petropavlosk, who had heard it was loaded with huge trout. In 2012, we began our initial explorations of the river system. What we discovered was a place of awe-inspiring...
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Sedanka Spring Creek

Kamchatka

The Sedanka River springs from the toe of an ancient lava floe on Kamchatka's northwestern taiga plain. It is one of the most biologically diverse drainages of the entire peninsula, with all 6 species of Pacific salmon, rainbow trout, kundzha and both...
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Spatsizi Wilderness Lodge

Canada

Spatsizi is one of the most exclusive fly-out wilderness trips on the North American map. It is located on Laslui Lake, more than 200 miles north of Smithers, British Columbia. This family-oriented angling Eden offers exclusive fishing...
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Talaheim Lodge

Alaska

Imagine being in an Alaskan wilderness only a short 45-minute flight from Anchorage, in a comfortable lodge (that only takes 6-8 guests/week) on the banks of a great trout and salmon river, with superb guides and wonderful food.
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Wilderness Float Trips

Kamchatka

Every once in a while we have to wander and explore new, never-before fly fished rivers in Kamchatka. It does not happen every year, but when it does it is worth jumping at the opportunity. There are very few places left in the world where one can...
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Wilderness Place Lodge

Alaska

Wilderness Place Lodge has been taking care of anglers on Alaska's Lake Creek for decades, sending them home with happy smiles and arms tired from catching fish. WPL is very well run, affordable, and located on a wonderful and productive fishery.
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Zendzur Hot Springs Lodge

Kamchatka

Zendzur Lodge sits on a shoulder of the lower Zhupanova River amid a thick forest of Kamchatka stone birch, in the shadow of snow-capped Karimsky volcano. Exceptionally large rainbow trout, untamed wilderness, and deluxe accommodations define this...
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Zhupanova River

Kamchatka

The Zhupanova is the legendary flagship river of Kamchatka that first put the region on the map. It has trophy rainbow trout fishing like nowhere else on the planet, and is a "lost world" of surreal beauty. It's headwaters flow through a massive, immaculate...
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