A fur-bearing trout "caught while trolling in Lake Superior." Part of the collection of the Royal Scottish Museum in Edinburgh
Fishing for Beaver Trout
at Iceberg Cove
A fur-bearing trout found in Iceberg Lake, Montana
The Fur-Bearing Trout
The Fur-Bearing Trout is a species of fish that possesses a thick coat of fur to keep itself warm in the cold waters where it lives. These furry fish are primarily found in the northern regions of North America, but particularly in Canada, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. The species is also sometimes referred to as the Beaver Trout, or (incorrectly) as the Sabled Salmon.
A number of theories have arisen to explain this creature's luxuriant coat.
According to legend, the fur-bearing trout was first encountered by Europeans when Scottish settlers emigrated to Canada during the seventeenth century. One of them wrote home remarking about the abundance of "furried animals and fish" in the new land. Asked to provide more information about the furried fish, the settler duly sent home a specimen. If true, this legend would pretty much discredit the Colorado hair-tonic theory of the creature's origin.
Fur-Bearing trouts mounted as trophies can be found hanging on walls throughout the Great Lakes region of North America.