Rainbow or Brook Trout

mike243

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caught this this morning & never seen a rainbow spotted up this shade,not sure after I turned it back if it was a rainbow or not,let me know what you think,it was a little over 16"
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mike243

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Yep & thanks,went & looked at some other pictures,have caught longer ones there but the color was washed out & the jaws were not as hooked,Lot of fun watching it swin off no worse off than before I caught it lol
 

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No question .......rainbow

Out of the Clinch? Some say there are no native fish on the Clinch , others say there are some. Personally I doubt it.

Nice bow however.
 

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I have a picture of the Brook trout you caught when you floated the Clinch with me. I will post it up if you want. It was the first year they released them into the Clinch.
 

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My go-to characteristic to look for is a Brook has a dark background with light squiggly markings, while a Rainbow has lighter background with fearless round spots. Your fish is darker than most rainbows, but it's sides are definitely lighter than the spots. Rainbows darken up quite a bit when they turn into Steelheads after moving into the rivers from the big lakes or ocean.
 

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Beautiful rainbow. Sometimes they're just all gussied up like that.

Here's a pretty one I caught on the Watauga a few years ago.

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mike243

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Model70Man yes thanks,loved the colors on it,it was above the weir dam.Been a long time since I fished the clinch this time of year but the colors were just awesome,no other folks fishing other than 1 guy piddling with a fly rod 50y up the creek.
 

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Very nice mike, and that is a heck of a brookie as well!
I gotta get back up there and fish the clinch soon. And try my hand at piddling with my new fly rods.
 

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Here is your Brook Trout that you caught that day Mike. Those Brook trout were introduced into the Clinch earlier that year. That was a very memorable float. That was when Gramps came down to float the river with us. I'll never forget it. Had a great time.

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mike243

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Thanks,we caught 1 of every thing that day,wont never forget either,never met a member that I didn't like & hope the trend continues lol
 

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