Living in a state like Virginia that has abundance of trout fishing for stocked or hatchery raised I prefer my trout to be wild. I’m not apposed to fishing for stocked trout and I do, but there is something special about that wild fish. The colors of a wild fish are very beautiful and typically always fight much harder than stocked. I hate when I see trout with fins missing from rubbing against concrete walls at the hatchery or very dull in color. I get more satisfaction from fishing and guiding for wild trout. I’m quick to let my clients know when they catch one that is wild. Most of our wild fish came from stocking at one time or another but we do have many mountain streams with native brook trout populations that were not put there by man. Two of my favorite larger rivers in my state is the Jackson river which has wild browns and rainbows and the Smith river which has wild browns but the state does stock rainbows in the Smith as well. Wild fish are usually always harder to catch because they have lived in that environment since day one. Catching wild fish will make you a better angler because you have to do things the right way to fool them. Here are a couple wild rainbows from the Jackson river yesterday. I had Amy and Justin out for his birthday and Amy’s first time ever fly fishing. She put a beautiful 17 inch wild rainbow in the net!