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    Hey all thought i would share some pics of the last couple fishing trips on Crane Creek here in Missouri,as most of you probably know these fish are wild McCloud river rainbows that have been spawning wild here since the late 1800's,I caught them on a size 18 Elk Hair Caddis.May have to click on links too see all of them there is three pics

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    Gotta love those McCloud River RB's spassky72,
    thanks !



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    Nice fish. Those are pretty rainbows.

    I have a suggestion if you are releasing the fish though...It's not a great idea to lay them out on rocks and dirt while you take a picture. It can damage their slime coat, get things caught in their gills etc. If you are alone and want to take a picture, the best thing to do is hold them in one hand and take a picture without laying them down on the ground. Try to get them back in the water as fast as possible and remember to wet your hand before handling them.

    I've taken my share of pictures with trout laying on the ground next to my rod but ever since someone pointed out to me the harm it can cause, I try not to. If you are going to let the fish go, you might as well do everything you can to ensure its survival.

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    sweet fish, love the color on the first one.

    One question though, they dont stock trout in the McCloud do they? because that second fish looks like a stocker, it looks paler and less colorful, or is that how they are in that river.

    watched a show on that river, looks awesome.

    "I have a river runs through it on blue ray, so yeah, I guess you could say I know a thing or two about fly fishing."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troutwhisperer View Post

    One question though, they dont stock trout in the McCloud do they?
    You're right Troutwhisperer, the McCloud isn't stocked anymore...spassky72 caught his in
    Missouri though. You're also right about the McCloud being an awesome river but these days
    you need to leave the parking areas and head
    downstream (hint) to get away from the crowds
    and the swarms of guides. Nothing against
    crowds, guides or anyone that makes the trek to
    the McCloud but it's a far cry from days when I
    could go there on a weekend day and have it all to
    myself withouth the 1.5 hour hike to 'get away
    from it all' so to speak. Still a great river though.



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    Here's mine from Crane..

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