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 Rainbow Adventures

Alaska

Rivers were the natural highways for natives to travel the backcountry, and float and fish trips allow us to see and experience what Alaska pioneers did 100 or more years ago. To go to Alaska just to fish is to miss out on what is really there to be caught.
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Alaska Steelhead Company

Alaska

The steelhead rivers of the Kenai Peninsula harbor fantastic runs of fresh steelhead in the fall months, providing a wonderful and diverse Alaskan steelhead experience. These rivers are gorgeous and super fishy, from small little coastal creeks, to big water...
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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 be fishing in one of the most beautiful...
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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! Aniak River Lodge (ARL) is unique among Alaska fly fishing lodges,...
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Bear Trail Lodge

Alaska

Bear Trail Lodge is located at the epicenter of some of the best trout, salmon and char fisheries in Alaska. For those who are looking for a superb fly-out experience targeting a mixed bag experience, Bear Trail should be at or near the top...
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Black Bear Lodge

Washington

Black Bear Lodge located right on the banks of the Upper Columbia River in Northeast Washington. Staying at the Lodge offers guests an opportunity to fish this unique and seclude fishery and a chance to get into some really big rainbows.
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Black Canyon Anglers

Colorado

A float through the steep walled Gunnison Gorge is recognized as one of the top fly fishing trips in the lower 48. This National Conservation Area lies just downstream of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and features spectacular scenery,...
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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

Cedar Lodge is located on New Zealand’s South Island, about 90 minutes northeast of the resort community of Queenstown. The snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps surround the Makarora Valley and the cozy lodge that has hosted the most illustrious names...
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Chosen River Outfitters

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. Each day the scenery changes as you travel down this magnificent river,...
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Collon Cura Lodge

Argentina

Collon Cura Lodge sits on the banks of the lower Collon Cura River, a wide, fish-filled Patagonian steppe river. This secluded stretch of the Alumine is on an enormous ranch, and is virtually exclusively for the use of lodge guests, due to limited (and private) access sites.
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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 — a shallow, crystal...
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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 and resident grayling. The river is the...
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Duncan & Sons River Camp

Alaska

Dave Duncan & Sons is a family-owned and operated business that specializes in remote wilderness Base Camps – we represent their two operations on the Kanektok River, the Upper River Base Camp and the Lower River Base Camp. Their family has more than one hundred years...
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Eastslope Adventures

Canada

Cam and his team of talented guides have a host of public and private access fisheries to share with you. Some of these fisheries are walk-and-wade excursions, while others incorporate rafts with rowing frames for day floats. Regardless, the variety of water within easy striking...
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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 de los Rios

Chile

Estancia de los Rios is located in the remote Cisnes (Swan) Valley of Chile, Patagonia. It is a massive private ranch encompassing 360,000 acres (562 square miles) of rugged, remote landscape defined by the Andes to the west, and high desert to the east and...
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Estancia Laguna Verde

Argentina

This intimate, comfortable lodge has been carved out of some of the most inhospitable country imaginable, with nothing but flat, windswept, sagebrush-dotted volcanic plains as far as the eye can see. The “meseta de la muerta” (little table of death) to the south and the occasional...
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Estancia Pilolil

Argentina

The Estancia Pilolil program is the brainchild of Jorge Trucco, a legend and one of the most respected names in Argentine fly fishing. Jorge has assembled a talented, seasoned crew of professional guides, lodge staff and chefs that are committed to offering a world-class experience.
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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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Henry's Fork Lodge

Idaho

This is a special place on hallowed water and a must for any serious trout angler. Henry’s Fork Lodge prides itself on world-class service, inviting and cozy lodging, all thoughtfully and tastefully orchestrated for fly anglers looking for a unique...
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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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Iliamna River Lodge

Alaska

Nestled among pines overlooking the Iliamna River where the lodge’s float planes land and take off, the lodge affords guests easy access to fabled local waters to fish for trout, salmon, and Arctic char, as well as nearby saltwater species such as halibut...
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Khetick Exploratory Lodge

Kamchatka

We are excited to introduce two new, smaller rivers in the vicinity of the Savan into our Kamchatka portfolio of streams. The rivers are the Khetick, and the Uzhich. They join to form the lower Uzhich, which eventually flows into the larger Opala River (same river the Savan flows into)...
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Kingfisher Lodge

Montana

Kingfisher Lodge located on the Bighorn River in Southeastern Montana. It is a world-class owner operated fly fishing lodge that has been hosting and guiding fly fishing guests on the famous Bighorn River for 27 continuous years. This is a family run...
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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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Lago Strobel Lodge

Argentina

If you like your rainbow trout BIG, fat, long and strong, with shoulders, the kind of fish that you could saddle and ride – then Lago Strobel Lodge is the place. Located on the remote northern shore of the Strobel Lake within a massive 40,000-acre....
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Las Pampas Lodge

Argentina

Located in the Chubut Province of Central Patagonia, Las Pampas Lodge is in the “heart” of the Rio Pico area in the Chubut Region of Argentina. The lodge is located beyond the well-traveled roads and just outside the tiny border town of Aldea...
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Lava Creek Lodge

Alaska

Some of the best salmon fishing we’ve found in Alaska, at a super intimate little fly out lodge taking only 8 guests a week! Wilderness rivers reached by float plane and river skiff, filled with huge numbers of kings in June and July, and silvers in August and...
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Madison Double R

Montana

The Madison Double R Lodge, located in the beautiful Madison Valley just south of Ennis, Montana the self-described Trout Capital of the United States. With 1200 acres on 2 miles of Madison River frontage just south of iconic Varney Bridge, Madison Double R...
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Missoula River Lodge

Montana

Missoula River Lodge is a wonderful fishing lodge in Missoula Montana that specializes in dry fly fishing on the Bitterroot, Clark Fork, Rock Creek, and Blackfoot Rivers in Western Montana. On the water, they want to share the excitement of convincing a wild trout to rise...
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Missouri River Lodge

Montana

Missouri River Lodge located on the Missouri River in Central Montana. It is a world-class family owned and operated fly fishing lodge that has been hosting and guiding fly fishing guests on the famous Missouri River for 20 continuous years. This is a family run operation with a lot of heart,...
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Montana Fly Fishing Lodge

Montana

Montana Fly Fishing Lodge, Quaking Aspen Ranch in nestled at the base of the Beartooth Mountains, right next to East Rosebud Creek, just south of the little town of Absarokee, Montana. The fishing is a combination of float as well as walk and wade guided fishing on smaller streams and...
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On DeMark Lodge

Montana

On DeMark Lodge is located near the Missouri River in Central Montana. This is a family-run operation with a lot of heart, attention to detail, and commitment to taking care of folks. You are in excellent hands with your hosts, Craig and Becky...
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Outpost On The Nush

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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Owen River Lodge

New Zealand

This South Island fly fishing destination is a dream for serious trophy brown trout anglers who like to wade rivers, sight-fishing to big fish with dries and nymphs. Owen River Lodge is exceptionally-well run, and has access (within an hour's drive) to well over 30 world-class trout streams.
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Patagonia Outfitters

Argentina

Patagonia Outfitters is a full service outfitter, offering custom, à la carte fly fishing packages throughout the many fish-filled rivers, streams, and lakes within striking distance of both San Martin de los Andes and Bariloche. They work with a handful of the finest lodges and private...
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PRG - North

Argentina

Host, owner and head guide Alex Knüll grew up in the San Martin area, and knows the streams and rivers in this northern Argentine Patagonia region like no one else. His equipment and work ethic is second to none. Patagonia River Guides (PRG) North has a dawn-to-dark work...
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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 has a spectacular choice of small streams and spring creeks to choose from, as well as a series of trophy trout lakes. There’s more than enough on their angling...
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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 to keep you busy for the entire Patagonia...
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Patagonian BaseCamp

Chile

Marcel traveled the world for several years before settling in this hidden corner of Patagonia, choosing to build his dream lodge in an area as wild as it is beautiful. From his comfortable lodge, Marcel and his guides can access an amazing array of fisheries; it would take, literally, a month...
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Poronui Ranch

New Zealand

Poronui is a luxury fly fishing lodge nestled in the Taharua valley south-east of Taupo on New Zealand’s spectacular North Island, offering guests the opportunity to catch legendary fish in stunning and pristine surroundings. The 16,000 acre property is possibly the best fishing...
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Rainbow King Lodge

Alaska

A legacy fly-out fishing lodge in the heart of the famed Katmai Basin of Alaska, Rainbow King's variety of fishing options in unparalleled. From their private lease rainbow trout fisheries to world-class salmon rivers, there is something for everyone. They even offer halibut fishing...
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Rainbow River Lodge

Alaska

Rainbow River Lodge has been rated as one of the “ten best fly fishing lodges in Alaska” and their home water, the Copper, has been described by Trout Unlimited as one of the “top 100 best trout streams in the world”, and Alaska’s first fly fishing only, catch and release fishery.
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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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Ruby Springs Lodge

Montana

Ruby Springs Lodge is located on 3,500 private acres in the Ruby Valley, just outside the ranching town of Alder, Montana. The lodge has over 10 miles of the fabled Ruby River and its tributaries flowing through the lodge property, offering world-class private water trout...
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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 River Outfitters is one of the most exclusive fly-out wilderness trips on the North American map. The comfortable log lodge is located on Laslui Lake, more than 200 miles North of Smithers, British Columbia. The package includes the round-trip charter flight from Smithers...
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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 per week) on the banks of a great trout and salmon river, with superb guides and wonderful food. Yeah, yeah, that’s all fine and good, you say…
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Taylor River Lodge

Colorado

Gunnison County is the place to be for any serious or aspiring angler. From mid-March through late October, hundreds of miles of trout habitat are found on the area’s lakes, ponds, rivers, streams and creeks. Early spring the waters begin getting released from...
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Teton Valley Lodge

Idaho

Teton Valley Lodge, located outside of Driggs, Idaho. It is the oldest continuously operating fly fishing lodge west of the Mississippi. Teton Valley Lodge has been outfitting on the South Fork of the Snake River, the Henry’s Fork and the Teton River since 1919.
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The Ridge

Alaska

The Ridge is located 210 miles southwest of Anchorage on privately held land in the heart of Alaska’s phenomenal Bristol Bay and Lake Iliamna “Trophy Alaska Rainbow Trout” watershed, and conveniently adjacent to the Katmai Wilderness.
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Trouters Patagonia

Chile

One of the beauties of Trouter's fishing program is the variety. On any given day you can walk and wade a small creek, casting traditional dries and nymphs to fast pockets and small pools; or choose to float down a larger river, tossing large foam...
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Tsylos Park Lodge

Canada

The McLean family’s Tsylos Park Lodge (pronounced Silos) is a trout fishermen’s paradise, located about 200 air miles over the coastal mountains from Vancouver, British Columbia. Your Adventure Begins when you board ta twin engine aircraft in Vancouver, BC for a one and half hour...
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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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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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