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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-27-2015, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
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Dad's Native Brown

This is my dad's brown trout he caught at a stream in Lackawanna County. It was caught on a grub with my ultra light Ugly Stix. It was 19in. We were told this was a native brown, can anyone else confirm this by looking at the pic
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Re: Dad's Native Brown

It might very well be wild, but there's no such thing as a native brown trout in PA. Regardless, that's one heck of a nice fish!

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Re: Dad's Native Brown

I'm guessing not. Hold over maybe but seems to be lacking the color of a native. Very nice fish either way!
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Re: Dad's Native Brown

heck of a nice fish right there. I am going to have to agree with the above posters, stocked this year or last.

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Re: Dad's Native Brown

Most likely a holdover, but still a 19" trout is still great!

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Re: Dad's Native Brown

Nice catch! But to mirror what everybody else said, that's more than likely a holdover. Wild browns tend to have less spots and more of a silvery bottom.

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Re: Dad's Native Brown

I agree that it is not a wild brown. In fact, it might not even be a holdover. Don't know what hatchery it came from , but it could just be the strain of brown trout they are raising this year. There is experimentation among the hatcheries with different strains of trout. I have stocked some browns that were really bronzed up through the belly and looked similar to this one.

As said before, it's a darn nice fish that anyone would be pleased to catch. Congrats to the dad.
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Determining wild Brown trout vs. stocked Brown trout is far more difficult in streams that receive stocked fish, nearly impossible at times. Sure, some stocked fish are easy to ID and some wild fish are so beautiful, there is little doubt. Pectoral fin structure can help, but not all stocked fish have roughed up fins. Red spots on the side are great give aways for wild fish, but not all wild fish have the spots (though, I don't think I've ever gotten a stocked fish with red spots). The bottom line is that, IMO, a big brown trout, regardless of origin, is a worthy opponent...even stocked ones get smart quickly....Maybe I'll post a quiz with some photos later...wild vs. stocked.....

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Re: Dad's Native Brown

I am going to say a holdover. Wild fish usually have some color to them like red spots and such.
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