iPhoneography: Questions about Trout

This is a little off the beaten path for me, but after seeing it I have to ask:

What exactly is a “Trout Rainbow Dressed Color Added Fresh” (Farmed Product of the U.S.) ? It doesn’t sound very natural to me.

So is this fish that was raised similar to cattle? Is this how we get the majority of our fish? Have we been doing this for a long time and I’ve just been ignorant to it. To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I caught, bought or ate any rainbow trout. Originally I just took the picture because I caught these shiny looking things out of the corner of my eye, but after reading the price tag it has me curious.

Lame Fish Post. Sorry. It is so lame, I have already lost all enthusiasm for going any further into this matter. So with that I give you, an iPhone picture of some Rainbow Trout in Black & White. Your welcome.


iPhoneography: Questions about Trout


6 thoughts on “iPhoneography: Questions about Trout

  1. Here in NZ trout are an introduced species that can be fished only at certain times of the year and then only by license. Sounds like things are a bit different in the US. Have to admit that the odd times I have eaten trout it didn’t appeal.


  2. "Occam Blade" says:

    The “dressed” means that the fish has been gutted/cleaned. If it was a saltwater fish versus freshwater, add scaling as well, depending on the prep. The color added means just that. Salmonids and Trout in the wild feed on insects and plant material and thus their colors are natural. In acquaculture [farm raised fish], the fish get pellet food. In that pellet food is a type of oxidant that changes the usually white-colored meat to pink.
    So in the photo, you’re looking at a farm-raised trout that [you hope] was recently “caught” and cleaned within the last 24-hours….hope this helps.


  3. "Occam Blade" says:

    You’re welcome. I don’t remeber the name of the additive, but it’s widely used in acquaculture. As a fly fisher, I much prefer catching wild trout. Unfortunately, unless I head out west, much of the trout in freshwater east of the Mississippi is stocked. Colorado has some incredible wild trout only found in alpine lakes at elevation [7,000 and higher]. They’re smaller, but oh so beautiful. Oh, and your trout rivers are also terrific. Someday….


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