Re: Stream-bred rainbows?

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Posted by GRW on April 10, 1997 at 23:33:50:

In Reply to: Stream-bred rainbows? posted by Doug Phillips on April 07, 1997 at 00:14:31:

: I am from Pennsylvania, and fish small mountain streams catching native brookies. Most run in the 3 - 7 inch range, any over 10 inches are considered monsters. I used to work with a guy from northern GA who claimed he caught "native" (meaning stream-bred I would think) rainbows. Another friend says he doesn't believe there are any self-sustaining trout populations in GA. Can anyone tell me which is the case. I don't want anyone giving away secrets, but If you can name a stream with stream bred rainbows I would appreciate it.

The Brook trout is the only native trout in the
Eastern US.The rainbow is native to Western US
and the Brown trout in the US all came from either
Scotland(Loch Leven)and Germany(thus the name German
Brown)Alls browns in the US today are probably
mixed.Does GA.have any stream populations of stream
bred trout.YES-To name a few-all streams within the
boundries of the Cohutta Wilderness have not been
stocked since about 1976.(I said Cohutta Wilderness
not Cohutta wild life management area there is a
difference).Noontootla has wild browns,bows,and Brookies
Jones has wild browns and I can go on.Tight Lines
GRW.PS-Most gover't stock trout have a clipped pectoral
fin.Don't assume that a trout that doesn't have clipped
fins is stream bred --some folks stock trout from private
suppliers and they don't clip fins!

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