Object Detail

Object Name
Preserved and cased Thames Trout fish, caught by AE Hobbs in the River Thames on the 4th June 1898. Weight 9.25 lbs.

Hobbs was born in New Street, Henley in 1871 and lived in Henley all his life. Whilst working as an architect for Brakspear brewery in the 1930's he was responsible for designing many local pubs.

Hobbs claimed to have caught almost 900 Thames Trout, each over 3 lbs in weight, in 55 years of fishing. He fished in the non-tidal reaches of the Thames.

(When found in the Thames these are called Thames Trout)

Latin name - Salmo trutta

Colour - It is usually brownish or greenish with a darker back but the colour is variable. Greyish blue specimens occur and some are almost black.

Size - Growth is dependent on the surroundings and adults are often between 20-50m long. Trout can grow up to 140cm (55ins) long.

Charcteristics - The trout has many black spots on its head and body and some red spots. Its lower jaw is long and in old males becomes hooked. The younger trout are called parr and have around 10 marks (called parr marks) on each side of the body.

Habitat - The trout likes clean rivers which are high in oxygen.

Diet - It feeds on invertebrates, fish and crustaceans.

How fished for - Trout are today more often caught from stocked lakes than rivers such as the Thames.
Accession No
River Thames
Associated Date
04 Jun 1898
Associated Period
19th century
04 Jun 1898