Lifelong chemist and fly fisherman, Stuart (Stu) Hayden, focuses on developing premium fly fishing products that are environmentally safe and effective for all fellow fly fishers to enjoy.
At his shop in Vermont, Stu spent over 6 years researching and developing products that many consider to be the best on the market today.
Hear from Stu, himself, about how The Silver Trout (TST) originated:
"About 8 years ago, I was trying to find a good dry fly floatant that would maintain a gel consistency and float flies higher and longer at elevated outside temperatures. Not one floatant on the market worked to my satisfaction! I vowed someday to produce a supreme floatant that works without silicone oils and is safe for the environment."
And so, The Silver Trout was born:
2015 - Started reading literature, searching and generating formulations to develop a floatant without silicone oils.
2016 - Started field testing initial formulations with great success. Samples were sent to top fly fishermen: Glenn Brackett, Mark Canfield, Dennis Franke and Rick Robbins, to name a few. They tested the UBF floatants to the limit.
2017 - Refined formulation of UBF floatants to produce gels/pastes that maintain their texture at varied temperature conditions.
2018 - Launched UBF floatant systems for sale at The Silver Trout LLC.
Fun Fact About Our Logo: The fish in The Silver Trout logo is named Eeko and is an abstract form of the actual silver trout that perished in the 1930’s, paying homage to the extinct species.
About The Silver Trout Founder, Stuart Hayden:
Education: M.S. Chemistry Seton Hall University 1998
Experience: Over 25 years in the pharmaceutical, specialty chemical, flavors, natural products and lubricant industries as a synthetic organic chemist.
Papers/Patents: 10 scientific articles, 16 patent applications, 7 patents.