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Old 06-17-2010, 10:40 AM
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I'm Ryan and this is my first post here I've just recently become addicted to fly fishing,and managed to get out yesterday, I'm looking for help Id,ing a fish my buddy thinks its a golden or a hybrid because of the markings I 'm not sure because the fishery it came from is not supposed to have them, looking forward to reading your oppinions thanks.
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Hi Ryan,

Welcome to the forum, the fish is a young rainbow trout. The markings are known as parr markings and are part of the fishes cryptic coloration while it is a juvenile. The marks will eventually fade and the fish will look more like the rainbows you have seen pictures of.

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Ryan: Welcome to the forum! As Ard said that fish sure looks like a rainbow. Looking forward to your fishing reports.

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Thanks for the info I really appreciate it, I plan on a few trips to take this summer including a trip back to my homeland of the uk where I hope to catch grayling on the fly heres a couple shots from my first fly fishing trip just before memorial day

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this was my very first trout on a fly so Im going to have very high standards for myself now.
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how come your very first trout looks dead?

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Hi rcsmyth,

Here is a picture of a California Golden Trout. These trout like high altitudes and you find them around the 10,000 foot mark depending on the drainage. When you pull them out of the water they are stunning with their bright colors.

oops, I almost forgot to welcome you to NAFFF.

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Nice catch, but please allow me to make a suggestion. Don't lay your fish in the dirt like that unless you plan to kill and eat him. Laying on the ground, long out of the water, is really hard on the fish and reduces the chance that he'll survive.

Try not to remove fish from the water at all. We all like to take a few pictures, and for those catches of which we're truly proud, use a net or at least take the picture in shallow water.

The picture of the fish on shore with your rod and reel was *the* classic photo when I was growing up, so totally understandable if that's how you've always done it, but more and more folks are thinking about catch and release and techniques needed to lessen our impact on the fisheries.
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