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#3193044 - 03/14/13 09:31 PM Re: Rainbow or Brook Trout [Re: drrxnupe]
Outdoor life
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Nice Rainbow for sure!!!! Those are also some very nice pics you others have posted. Love that Brookie 7mm08 as well, but they are a native fish here in TN as well.
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#3193064 - 03/14/13 09:57 PM Re: Rainbow or Brook Trout [Re: Model70Man]
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#3193117 - 03/15/13 03:26 AM Re: Rainbow or Brook Trout [Re: 7mm08]
stik
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 Originally Posted By: 7mm08
That big brookie is from Maine where they are native.


brookies are the only trout,actually a char, native to tennessee.

i have caught many wild, stream-bred trout from the clinch.
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#3193125 - 03/15/13 04:35 AM Re: Rainbow or Brook Trout [Re: stik]
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True dat on he "native trout/char" for TN. QUESTION is , how do you know they where native/ stream born bows in the Clinch. I've seen the redds for years up along Miller's Island and above the weir but I figured those eggs would just get flushed. You think Mike's fish is native or just like everyone of us.....an individual? Any specific markings on the natives?
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#3193126 - 03/15/13 04:40 AM Re: Rainbow or Brook Trout [Re: Outdoor life]
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 Originally Posted By: Outdoor life
Nice Rainbow for sure!!!! Those are also some very nice pics you others have posted. Love that Brookie 7mm08 as well, but they are a native fish here in TN as well.


You and Stik are right regarding native.....I was thinking the Clinch when I wrote that. I rarely fish the park anymore. Too many round boulders and rocks on my arthritic feet. I use to wear out the Little above Elkmount when you could drive past the old cabins up there.
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#3193127 - 03/15/13 04:43 AM Re: Rainbow or Brook Trout [Re: 7mm08]
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Mike243,
Getting back to your fish. Do you like the slot limits? Do you think they are producing a better fishing experience.....bigger, trophy fish when you go? Again nice bow.
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#3193129 - 03/15/13 04:54 AM Re: Rainbow or Brook Trout [Re: 7mm08]
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The slot limit is making a difference on size from what little I have seen.went a 3-4 times last summer & caught a nice brown trout also.I havent took any home in a lot of years as I prefer other fish .Theres nothing wrong with keeping any size but if you look at the amount of pressure on them you could be lucky to even catch 1 over the size of what had been stocked.The fishing guide lists no stocking dates for the clinch that I could find,twra is saving $ by not having to replenish the river every week & its a win win for them & us as the $ can be used else where.
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#3193307 - 03/15/13 09:59 AM Re: Rainbow or Brook Trout [Re: 7mm08]
stik
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 Originally Posted By: 7mm08
True dat on he "native trout/char" for TN. QUESTION is , how do you know they where native/ stream born bows in the Clinch.


if all the fins are intact, it's a stream-bred fish. hatchery fish's tails are rounded off from wear in the hatchery raceways. and normally one of the pectoral fins will be clipped.
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#3193532 - 03/15/13 02:57 PM Re: Rainbow or Brook Trout [Re: stik]
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 Originally Posted By: stik
 Originally Posted By: 7mm08
True dat on he "native trout/char" for TN. QUESTION is , how do you know they where native/ stream born bows in the Clinch.


if all the fins are intact, it's a stream-bred fish. hatchery fish's tails are rounded off from wear in the hatchery raceways. and normally one of the pectoral fins will be clipped.


Wild rainbows will have a red tip on their dorsal fin. Hatchery trout will not. I don't know why that is, but the fisheries biologist for Cherokee national forest pointed that out to me last year. A hatchery trout will never get that red spot, no matter how long they are in the river.
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#3195910 - 03/18/13 08:47 AM Re: Rainbow or Brook Trout [Re: Diehard Hunter]
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Stik. you know they are throwing in a 3-4" fish now into the clinch. I know what you are saying about the fins, but don't you think those small ones probably haven't been swimming in the concrete tanks long enough to wear down the fins?

I know there are native browns on the S. Holston. I would love to think there is some native reproduction on the Clinch as well.
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