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Old 01-02-18, 05:18 PM   #1
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Default New Years day float to Settles

CaneBrake and I hit the hooch yesterday in the kayaks. Gorgeous day on the water with basically the whole river to ourselves. The ice wasn't too much of a factor especially with the nymphing setups we were using. The midge activity was crazy with fish rising all over the place. Small midges on the anchor were key in the euro nymphing approach while using a skinny stone on the dropper. We caught a lot of browns with some bows sprinkled in. It was nice to see a healthy stream bred rainbow as well.



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Old 01-02-18, 06:11 PM   #2
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Nice fish. Super pretty bow. Don't see those too often.
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Old 01-02-18, 07:00 PM   #3
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You guys are much braver than me. I thought about heading out then I walked out my front door...
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Old 01-02-18, 07:50 PM   #4
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Old 01-02-18, 09:05 PM   #5
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Unusual coloration and markings on the 'Bow. Are Brownbows possible?
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Old 01-03-18, 10:15 AM   #6
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Unusual coloration and markings on the 'Bow. Are Brownbows possible?
Nahhh it's just a clean wild fish. I've caught bows in some creeks up north that look a lot like this one. They are just few and far between on the hooch.
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Old 01-03-18, 11:23 AM   #7
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A whole lot of small wild bows have that yellowish coloration.
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Old 01-03-18, 11:41 AM   #8
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Nahhh it's just a clean wild fish. I've caught bows in some creeks up north that look a lot like this one. They are just few and far between on the hooch.
It could be the same stream conditions that account for the buttery browns making stream born and/or classroom trout take on a brownish coloration. That and the relative lack of spots compared to hatchery fish had me wondering about the genetics of the fish. Now, if there were a few red spots on the lateral line near the tail, I would really be curious.
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Old 01-03-18, 11:50 AM   #9
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Default It is possible... but HIGHLY unlikely

According to wildtrout.org browns and rainbows have only been successfully crossbred in hatcheries. Some of the other facts in this are interesting like that salmon and trout have crossbred and been recorded.
http://www.wildtrout.org/content/trout-facts
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Old 01-03-18, 12:55 PM   #10
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Nice, man. I'm not brave enough to go floating in this weather. I'll stay close to home and close to the car so I can bail whenever my hands get too cold. haha
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