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Old 12-21-2012, 10:01 AM
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Hi there folks. I'm new here and to fly fishing in general. This may seem a silly question, but how is it so many posters definatively label their catch as "hen" or "buck"? Is there a way you can easily identify the sex of these beauties? No important I guess, but I'm curious. I've only fished and caught browns.
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Welcome to the madness! Hens usually have a rounder more bullet shaped head while bucks have a longer predominant lower jaw getting hooked or kyped during the spawn.
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With 'trout,' well Steelhead anyway, the easiest way is where if the back of the jaw vs the eye. Male jaws will go behind the eye.
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Thanks for the responses. I did notice that some pics of Browns showed clearly larger mouths and thought that may have been an indicator of gender. Interesting.
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Welcome to the forum. As you can see it's a great place to get answers.
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Man I was going to pull out a line from Kindergarten Cop hahaha
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Hahahaha! Its not a tumor! I know that ain't the line but you put it in my head!
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welcome to the forum
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+1 for what has been said. I always learn better from pictures, so here are a few showing the differences. The challenge is that on smaller fish you really can't tell as a regular angler like me.

Hen rainbow:
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Buck brown:
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Buck Rainbow:
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Male brookie:
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