El Sueno Fish Sign

“FOR THE SUPREME TEST of a fisherman is not how many fish he has caught, not even how he has caught them, but what he has caught when he has caught no fish.” John H. Bradley

The brown trout (Salmo trutta) is really in the salmon family, with both freshwater and sea trout in the extended family. The sea trout migrates to the ocean, spending a large part of its life and then returning to spawn in freshwater, similar to salmon and with a life expectancy of up to 20 years. Brown trout are native to Europe, from Norway and Russia to North Africa, and from Iceland to Pakistan in the east. Known under many names in different lands (Finnock in Scotland, White Trout in Ireland, Sewin in Wales, Mort in North West England, to name a few) this popular fish has also been introduced worldwide – North and South America, Asia, Australia, and Africa. The first brown trouts in the USA were obtained from Baron von Behr, president of the German Fishing Society, in 1883. These fish were hatched from eggs that came from mountain streams and lakes in the Black Forest region of Germany. Already by 1900, 38 states and 2 territories had been stocked with brown trout, and almost all of these soon had well-established wild populations.

The brown trout has been a favorite for anglers in Europe for hundreds of years, with a reference in literature going back to 200 AD describing it as a ‘fish with speckled skins’. Over the centuries, many writers have described brown trout fishing. A new all-tackle world record was set in September 2009 when a Mr. Healy captured a brown trout weighing in at 42.45 pounds (18.8kg) in the Manistee River in Michigan.

This handcrafted sign in Sagle, Idaho, features a hand painted trout, set on a seashell watermark. The text is all hand carved and gilded with 23kt gold leaf.

Carved & Gilded
Flat Painted
Sign Size
12 " x 13 "