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    I was up on the Brule today and pulled this girl in. In all honesty I am having a hard time nailing down the species of this fish. I'm thinking brown, but it doesn't really have the brown characteristics, but it is real peach colored unlike any steelhead I have seen up there. Total newbie to the trout world so go easy on me. This is truly embarrassing. I have looked on google at pics of both species and still can't decisively say what it is. Thanks guys!

    Awkward Sportsman

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    Lake of the Woods/Rainy River Minnesota Canada border

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    It's a Brown. Not a bad one either.

    I'm not sure if you know this or not, being new to Trout, but they are not a very tough fish when it comes to being held out of the water. For the safety of the fish, keep it in the net, in the water till the camera is ready for the grip and grin shot. When everything is ready, hold it up like you have it, not vertical, and take one or at most two really fast shots. Try and keep it under 10 seconds out of the water. In Fact about 6 is as long as I would with a Trout.

    There are some really tough species as far as surviving being held out of water. Trout are not one of them.

    Congrats on a nice fish. For being new to it, you are off to a good start.

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    Copy that Dan. Thanks for the confirmation. I was real real quick with the pic, and made sure to wet my hands. I've been reading about the best ways to keep them healthy and alive. I realize the hero shots aren't the best way to do that, but I am very careful about that. Luckily this one shot out of my hands the second she got in the water. She is alive and out there for someone else to hook up with. And she was a jumper!
    Awkward Sportsman

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    Lancaster Ca,

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    Beautiful fish great shot.

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    Coolidge, AZ

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    Agreed that it is a really nice brown trout. Look at the overall hue of the tail fin, the adipose, and the brown tints all over the body. Steelhead won't have that.

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    Brown trout

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    New to trout and you're landing those? KUDO's.

    There are about elevenity billion strains of browns, each just slightly different than the other and they will voluntarily cross breed. Generally speaking, if it is not one of the other know trouts, then it is some kind of brown.

    Keep in mind that when browns were originally introduced to North America, the strains were amalgamated.

    A bigger, darker, sort of deep water, lake dweller from Germany, shorter, stockier and thick-bodied, and not a lot of spots, almost lake-trout niche

    Loche Leven trout from Scottland, which are a bit lighter, more the classic "trout" shape, have a lot of big spots, again, slower deeper water tendencies

    Another one from Germany, smallish, almost tan-ish, lots of little spots, many colorful, sort of brook trout niche.

    I forget the minute details of them, so the descriptions above are a generalization at best.

    Like most things sleek, elegant, gracefully, agile and fast, they are also fairly fragile. Look into safe catch&release / reviving procedures and pinch down the barbs on your hooks if you are not using barb-less hooks.

    Congrats on the fish. If you weren't hooked before, you should be now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by awkwardsportsman View Post
    ITotal newbie to the trout world
    Why I oughtta!

    Less likey, more green dots

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    Nice brown awkward and I'd really like to hear your fish story.
    I'd tell you about the last brown I took in the Namekagon but
    "there ain't a brown in the river__ never was!".
    I love the rain it suits my mood...

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    Nicely Done!!!

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