DrV- Brown trout were never "native" to North America. They were introduced in the later part of the 19th century from the UK and Germany.
I have heard that my entire life. It might be true. But i have seen books describing this brown going back to the mid 1800s. Who the heck would have been introducing fish back then?
No one has ever shown me any group or individual introducing any fish in the 1880s or so as is claimed. We were wiped out from the civil war. There was mass starvation and socioeconomic problems beyond description. Yet some-one brought trout here??? Travel was so scetchy many died trying. How could they have hauled those fish?
I think the world missed a native that is probably extinct now. Those browns were very different. I feel lucky that i got to see some. I think the last one i caught was around 1981-82??? I have never seen any-one catch one since. German browns are very different. The ones i speak of were more colored like a brookie. They were mean and i remember getting bit by them a few times. I wish i had a picture of one.