Most important of all the trout is our eastern brook trout, a charr, because it is nearer home to the largest number of anglers and because of its wide distribution throughout the East and North, its game qualities, and the readiness with which it rises to the fly. It is the one that is best known and the fish that is usually meant when anglers speak of trout fishing. It is at home in all the mountainous parts of the" eastern and southern states where it is found in the mountain streams, and in the streams and cool, clear lakes of all of eastern and central Canada and the New England States. Many of the northern ponds and lakes fairly swarm with these fish, and they are abundant in the streams of the Adirondacks, and the mountains of Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
The brook trout is a trim built fish without scales, in beautiful coloring, the back being dark brown with what are commonly known as worm track markings. The sides are a lighter color, often showing purple and rose red in parts, and rows of small bright red and yellow spots run longitudinally along the sides. The under parts are white, tinted with pink, appearing iridescent, like polished mother-of-pearl. All of the lines are exceedingly graceful. The body is very solid, having a very small cavity, and the flesh of adult specimens is a deep golden color.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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