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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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Almost wild looking rainbow from first day

This was by far the prettiest rainbow I've ever caught. If I was on a stream that could support wild bows I would have considered it one but it's fins were pretty messed up.

What's your guys thoughts on this? How could this one have the markings of a wild bow ? Good DNA?
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 09:30 AM
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I wish I could see the pectoral and caudal fins better. Certainly a beautifully colored rainbow. I've caught wild rainbows in places you'd never expect them, so you never know.

It may have been raised by a cooperative nursery. Their trout seem to look better than the PFBC's trout due to not usually being raised in concrete raceways.

It has to be a stockie though to have fallen for that thing you were fishing with.

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lol I agree 100% but hey you gotta use what they want lol
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Nice looking fish!!

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Unless that was a coop fish or fingerling it looks wild to me.
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I have caught the rare stocked trout that looks like that in water that I know doesn't contain wild fish. That being said, I think I agree with Trout 2003... could be wild, could be fingerling or coop stock. Too close to call IMO. It isn't uncommon for fingerling trout to keep their parr marks on up to the size you have there - there are waters I fish that are fingerling stocked where every rainbow that comes to hand still has them at that size. Definitely a pretty little trout!

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looking at the gill plate it looks like its probably a stockie. Not saying wild fish dont get beat up any.
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Its a pretty fish but I'd agree it is likely stocker.

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This is a Pa wild rainbow.
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The wild rainbows that I have caught in the Great Smokies look just like that.
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