If you have a fisherman in your family, adding a set of trout dinnerware to your collection will be a nice touch when celebrating his birthday or retirement or giving a very unique and special gift option for someone who loves trout.
Trout dinnerware is perfect for a family of fishermen. My family is made up of outdoorsmen (and women) and we love to hunt and fish, including fresh trout. I remember that, as a child, our out-of-town trips and family reunions mainly were to mountains and lakes. We often had fish fries as a family get-together. All were good times. Whenever I see trout dinnerware, it brings back all of these memories.
For people who entertain by serving fish, it only makes sense for them to have fish dinnerware. You could serve your favorite food up on a trout plate, for one. It could also become a conversation piece amongst friends and family. There are many species of fish and dinnerware patterns for the most popular ones, trout being one of them.
Trout Dinnerware Selection
The selection of dinnerware that displays trout is limited; however, from time to time, dinnerware companies release a pattern. Therefore, searching for dinnerware sets through online auctions or replacement dinnerware companies is more logical. You might get lucky and find some that are in current production. Because it is a very niche design, you can sometimes find someone looking to sell a complete set they no longer want. And sometimes, you can find them at estate sales and auctions, too.
One of my favorite dinnerware collections is the Spode Woodland Collection (below). It features many wildlife dinnerware patterns, one of which features trout, and it's microwave and dishwasher safe. Here is the dinner plate. There are also salad plates in this collection with trout on them.
More trout dinner plate options
Better Homes and Gardens is currently making a trout pattern called Trout Lodge. Anglers Expression is another brand name currently producing trout dishes in various patterns. Sometimes you just need to dig and look around at what is currently available at stores near you.
Portmeirion Dinnerware has a line of dinnerware called "The Compleat Angler." Sea trout is featured in some of the dishes, making it unique from other patterns on the market.
Folkcraft has a retired pattern of trout dinnerware. Rainbow Trout is the pattern name. I really like it. The fish is featured on some of the dishes but some have fishing flies around the brim of the dishes, a perfect gift for a fly fisher. You can search Replacements.com and eBay, and even Etsy for this pattern.
Another retired pattern I like is called Trout of American Waters by Lynn Chase. It is fine China and the pattern is just gorgeous. If you can find a complete set of it, you should snatch it up immediately because it's getting harder and harder to find.
If you're only looking for some fish plates and not a full set, there are even more options. Here are some options for trout plates to consider.
Better Homes and Gardens Trout Lodge Dinner Plate
I love the pattern on this one and it's such a simple but bold overall look. I think it would be great in a cabin or winter lodge, but you could also use them for everyday, if you really like them.
Spode Woodland Dinner Plate, King Salmon, 10.5”
This one is actually salmon but it's a very pretty design and it could go well with trout themes as well. You can even mix and match if you really like fish and nature patterns.
Dinnerware that goes with a trout theme
Here are some other ideas for dinnerware sets that can go with your trout theme, even if they don't have actual trout pictures on them. These are woodsy or nature-themed sets.
Certified International Fluidity Lodge 16 Piece Dinnerware Set, Service for 4, Multi-Colored
Gibson Home Woodlands Round Melamine Dinnerware Set, Service for Four (16pcs), Wood
These are so unique and fun. I can't miss out on mentioning them anytime I talk about nature or woodland themed dinnerware and kitchen decor. This dinnerware set actually looks like it was made out of wood.
Learning About Trout
Why is this fish so popular that people want to put it on plates and dinnerware? Trout are primarily found in clear streams and freshwater lakes, although some migrate from the sea to freshwater to spawn. I grew up around Navajo Lake, Quality Waters and the San Juan River in northern New Mexico. Trout were plentiful there.
If you are looking for trout, it always helps to review the fishing reports that are put out by Department of Game and Fish. It will tell you where to find them. A guide to trout fishing will assist by telling you how to catch them.
I must confess, I have never cooked trout. That was Daddy's job. When I went creek fishing with friends in Colorado, Danny was "The Cook." If ever I have to cook trout, I will need some instructions.
I remember fishing for trout in Colorado. Our family traveled with friends of the family to Williams Lake and fished at Williams Creek. I also took a trip with friends to Dutch Creek in Colorado. The fishing there was surreal!
My paternal grandparents were usually the host and hostess of fish fries while my maternal grandparents were more into hunting. When my grandpa retired, Grandma and Grandpa spent most of their time at Buchanan Lake. It's a large lake in Central Texas. The fish in that lake included mostly yellow cat and white bass. Nowadays striped bass and large mouth bass are part of the catch. I chose to join them at the lake for my first solo trip after I graduated. We had a great time.
More Beautiful Dishes
There are so many themed dishes! Here are a few for inspiration:
If you have a fisherman in your family, buy a few pieces of trout dinnerware to surprise him. You can use it for everyday meals, or bring it out for special occasions. If you'd rather not buy a whole set of dishes, buy some trout paper plates for the occasional fun picnic or casual dining.