Originally Posted by fredaevans
Interesting question here; what's their range? Know there are plenty of them in the Deschutes but don't recall a reference to them (as a fishery) anywhere else.
In Idaho specifically:
A bit of a long read from the "Clearwater Subbasin Assessment" PDF (an awesome bit of public information when hunting down specific species):
8.1.5 Redband (Rainbow) Trout
Redband trout are thought to represent the resident form of steelhead trout in areas where they coexist (or coexisted historically), although the subspecies also exists in areas outside the historic range of steelhead trout (Behnke 1992). Redband trout are considered a species of special concern by the American Fisheries Society and the state of Idaho, and are classified as a sensitive species by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (Quigley and Arbelbide 1997).
Although redband trout likely existed historically throughout the Clearwater subbasin (Quigley and Arbelbide 1997), little is known about the current distribution or status of redband trout populations in the subbasin. One reason for the lack of information is the inability to differentiate juvenile steelhead and resident redband trout phenotypically, and coexistence of the two subspecies throughout most of the Clearwater subbasin complicates efforts to gather information on redband trout population(s).
Hybridization of redband trout and stocked rainbow trout is common (Quigley and Arbelbide 1997), and often leads to questions over the genetic integrity of existing redband trout population(s). In the North Fork Clearwater drainage, where steelhead trout have been excluded by Dworshak dam, potential hybridization with stocked rainbow trout leaves the current distribution of redband trout in question. Methodology using DNA markers exists to differentiate redband trout from the common coastal rainbow stocks that have been used for hatchery stocking. For example, initial results from a study conducted by Mays (2001) in the Salmon River, suggests few genetic introgression legacy effects from past stocking of exotic trout in redband waters. There remains a need to identify the genetic integrity of redband populations in the Clearwater subbasin in areas naturally or artificially blocked, heavily or sparsely stocked, and where they are sympatric with or isolated from steelhead.
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Originally Posted by mridenour
I was going to chime in with rainbow but noticed that you were asking "experts" and that pretty much rules me out of any topic of conversation.
If you can discuss it without saying "um" 20x and not drool then you're more of an expert then I am