Species

The Brown trout is the most common trout in the rivers and lakes in the area.

The opportunity to catch "striped" brown trout (zebra trout) in their native streams was especially exciting for this wild-trout nut, but I also enjoyed the rainbows, "regular" browns, and even brook trout.

Phil Monahan. Freelance Writer and Editor. (New York, USA)

Species of the Pyrenees of Spain
  • Zebra brown trout

  • Brown Trout

  • Brook Trout

  • Rainbow Trout

  • Barbel

Mediterranean native brown trout in the Pyrenees of Spain

Striped (Zebra) native Pyrenees Trout are as fast as Yamame Trout, maybe more!

Fly Fisher Japan Magazine. JAPAN

The zebra trout -which is present in the Pyrenean waters of the Ebro drainage basin- is also known as the striped trout.

Zebra brown trout The zebra trout is easily recognized thanks to its four dark stripes which, provide perfect camouflage when seen from above over the background of a pebble and rock strewn river bed. It is also slightly paler than other trout species. Of course, food and habitat also play an important role in the color and markings of members of the trout family 

SALVELINUS guides have remarked on the ability of the “zebra trout” to make the color of its body, especially its stripes lighter or darker in a matter of minutes.

This trait has been observed in saltwater fish but has no scientific backing in the case of freshwater fish. Nevertheless SALVELINUS has posted several videos on YouTube where this change can be observed.

Zebra trout have lived in Pyrenean waters for countless generations and are supremely adapted to their habitat.

A constant feature in upland streams is the upsurge in water level especially due to flash floods. As a result “zebra trout” have developed disproportionally large pectoral fins.

Zebra troutThis particular feature is very marked in zebra trout fry whose pectoral fins are up to 25% as long as their total body length. This feature, of course, helps fry survive.

“Zebra trout” are known for their fast selective strikes. The rise and refusal is often so fast that the angler is misled into thinking that the trout is ignoring his fly. The angler should match his speed to that of the trout and strike faster.

Its fighting ability has led experts to claim that a 27cm (11 inches) long zebra trout fights as much as a 40 cm. (16 inches) long brown trout.

“Zebra trout” grow big in favourable habitats

In big Pyrenean rivers especially in the lower stretches, they have been known to reach 6 kilos (12/13 pounds.) Exceptional specimens have tipped the scales at 9 kilos or approximately 20 pounds!

Specimens of up to 10 kilos or 22 pounds have been caught in reservoirs.

Once it grows to weigh 2•5 kilos approximately five and a half pounds a “zebra trout” evolves into a ferocious predator feeding mainly on fish, crayfish and large underwater insects.

A real challenge for the trophy hunter.