Hi Paul !
for conservation about trout smoking.
if you want to conserve it, just put in vacuum pack(food saver)
and put on frezer and you can let it for 6 months.
this is for hot smoking.
me i prefer hot smoking
and my fillet trout are above 2 pounds each it is why i smoke between 6 or 7 hours
because i love the fish more than undercooked (more fluffy)
i hope you know what i meand
i wish you nice smoking and great taste too