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03-26-2009, 09:07 AM

03-26-2009, 10:22 AM
What causes that? Is that a different strand of rainbow?

Rog 1
03-26-2009, 10:40 AM
Same fish...just different environment....get the same effect on largemouth bass down here...catch one from a sandy bottom open lake and they are pale green...get back into dark water with lots of cover and they turn dark green to black....

03-26-2009, 11:05 AM
i think stress causes that also, i.e., heavy silt loads in the stream, some chemicals, etc.

03-26-2009, 01:28 PM
or possibly laying on a table

03-26-2009, 02:09 PM
My son caught a black rainbow like this from the Little River at Spring Break a couple of years ago. He was throwing a wooly bugger from his scooby doo pole. We drove to the end of the road at Elkmont, and he was fishing in the first big pool above the bridge. Nobody had much of an answer for me when I posted then.

I wonder if time of year has anything to do with it? His catch would have been right around this time of year.

03-26-2009, 08:06 PM
Some bows get real dark like that during the spawn. I have noted several on the Cumberland and my local creek here on Post, they are usually males oozing milt.

03-26-2009, 08:18 PM
or possibly laying on a table

Humor, hidden on every thread...well done...

03-26-2009, 09:59 PM
I caught two nearly black bows last year in WPLP, one at the lowest quiet walkway and one higher up in the gorge. Strange looking. You could make out the patterns but they were very dark.

03-27-2009, 07:10 AM
I've often thought the bows caught out of deeper water off the bottom were darker.

03-27-2009, 07:21 PM
Ive caught stocked fish in the lower part of the little river. Some were nearly pitch black. Also being dead for a while causes the blood to coagulate making the fish a darker color