The Stream Doctor

July 12th, 2004

Email YOUR Questions directly to the Stream Doctor. This is your opportunity to get an experts professional opinion on anything stream related.

Q. I was wondering if fish (trout) had taste buds? The reason being - when you strike short/early and fail to hook up do they realize they missed a morsel of food?

A. Yes, trout have taste organs located on their tongues. However, whether they realize they missed a morsel of food can only be answered by the trout - and they aren't talking. Seriously, except when they strike as a reflex action or in defending territory, I expect they are looking for something to eat.

If you have a question, please feel free to contact me.
~ C. E. (Bert) Cushing, aka Streamdoctor
105 W. Cherokee Dr.
Estes Park, CO 80517
Phone: 970-577-1584

The 'Stream Doctor' is a retired professional stream ecologist and author, now living in the West and spending way too much time fly-fishing. You are invited to submit questions relating to anything stream related directly to him for use in this Q & A Feature at

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