It seems that my business goes in streaks. One specie will be popular for a while and then another. The last couple of weeks Brook Trout orders filled my desk in my small shop.

It is easy to understand the Bookies popularity. Here’s more than you probably want to know:


The brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) is a freshwater fish native to eastern North America. it’s believed to have originated from a common ancestor shared with Arctic char around 10,000 years ago during the last glaciation period. As the glaciers retreated, populations of these ancestral fish became isolated.

Brook trout have a preference for clear, cold, and clean water, they can be found in streams, rivers, lakes, and ponds as long as it is clear and clean.. They are known for their distinctive markings—vermiculations (worm-like patterns) on their back, with red spots surrounded by blue halos. These beautiful fish are highly sought after by anglers for their fighting spirit and delicious taste.

Distribution-wise, brook trout have been introduced and established in many parts of the world beyond their native range. Due to their popularity among anglers, they’ve been stocked in various rivers, lakes, and streams across North America, Europe, and other continents. However, these introductions sometimes lead to competition with native fish species and can negatively impact local ecosystems.

In their native habitats, brook trout face challenges such as habitat destruction, pollution, and competition with non-native species. Conservation efforts often focus on habitat restoration, reducing pollution, and managing fisheries to maintain healthy brook trout populations.

Where ever they are found they are a favorite of anglers in particular fly fishermen. Whenever an order for a Bookie crosses my desk a smile comes on my face as I try to imagine the location where the fish was caught and all the details that led up to me making a memory for some angler.