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    Default What subspecies of trout is this?

    I took a family tip to California a two summers ago and I was fortunate enough to get some fly fishing in. We were in Sequoia National park and my Dad and I found some random creek that went under General's highway. I believe it was called clover creek but I may be wrong. I found the only water that was fishable (the water was high because of the show melt) and cast a nymph rig into the seam. I actually ended up catching a few fish. I was wondering if anyone could identify this fish.





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    this probably wasn't the best place to ask this question sorry

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    Default Re: What subspecies of trout is this?

    Pretty hard to see the fish. I'd say it's a rainbow with prominent par marks.
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    Default Re: What subspecies of trout is this?

    Young rainbow trout with parr marks.

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    Default Re: What subspecies of trout is this?

    What they said.

    Juvinile fish have different markings to aid in their camoflage, much like other young mammals and birds do (think spotted fawns, drab chicks). The large dark ovals are called parr marks.

    http://fisheries.btc.ctc.edu/Handout...TIFICATION.pdf

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    Default Re: What subspecies of trout is this?

    There was one more possibility given where you caught it. There are also Golden Trout in the park. However, they don't seem to have spots below their lateral line so I am going to say Rainbow also. Here is a Golden Trout with nice par marks.

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    Default Re: What subspecies of trout is this?

    I guess that's settled, I moved the thread to General Discussion

    It looked like this huh?


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    Oh, he's the guy who has been making me jealous by posting photos of giant trout and carp!

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    Default Re: What subspecies of trout is this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Diver Dan View Post
    There was one more possibility given where you caught it. There are also Golden Trout in the park. However, they don't seem to have spots below their lateral line so I am going to say Rainbow also. Here is a Golden Trout with nice par marks.
    Looking through my golden pics from the summer I found a pic with a golden trout that has 2 spots below the par marks. Its not quite like the fish he posted, but it isn't impossible it seems.



    You might never know for sure, but I would say with a decent confidence that it is a rainbow.

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    Default Re: What subspecies of trout is this?

    Nice photo. That wipes out my no spots below the lateral line theory. I also understand there has been some hybridizing between Golden and Rainbows in there so .....?

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    Default Re: What subspecies of trout is this?

    Golden trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita) are just a sub-species of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), much like the Great Basin Redband trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss newberri) or the Columbia River Redband Trout ( Oncorhynchus mykiss gairdneri). In other words, all golden trout are rainbow trout but not all rainbow trout are golden trout.

    Looks 100% like a rainbow to me.

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