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Float On
06-10-2013, 04:35 PM
Usually I don't have a problem figuring out what I've caught but this little guy caught in the Oconaluftee has me a little confused. When I was bringing him in I first thought it was a brown cause I thought I saw the yellowish looking tail but once I had him in my hands it looked like a rainbow. Now looking back at the picture I think it might be a brown.

http://i1349.photobucket.com/albums/p760/floaton3wt/P5250314_zps6232c72e.jpg (http://s1349.photobucket.com/user/floaton3wt/media/P5250314_zps6232c72e.jpg.html)

If it is indeed a brown I'll be a little bummed that I didn't drive back up to higher grounds in search for a brookie to get my first GSMNP grand slam but then again I'll be happy to catch a brown any day seeing how they are my holy grail (it will only be the 2nd one I've ever caught).

It was my first trip over to the Oconaluftee and for sure won't be my last. I only caught one other fish the whole and it was for sure a rainbow, no doubt there. A 2 fish day anywhere in the park is a good day for me. I had 4 others take a nymph but I just couldn't get a hook set on them. Something I need to work on.

Thanks in advance for identifying this one for me.

06-10-2013, 04:41 PM
It's without a doubt a rainbow.

Float On
06-10-2013, 05:20 PM
Thank you for the quick reply. Now I'm questioning whether my little brown I caught last fall is actually a brown. It had a darker yellowish tail. I'll have to sort thru the pictures and find it. It's hard for me to tell when they are that small. Guess I'll just have to catch the bigger ones :biggrin:.

Just curious but what gives it away without the tell-tell pink stripe down the side? Sorry for the trivial questions, but with less than a year of stalking trout and the majority of my catches being brooks, I realize I still have a lot to learn.

06-10-2013, 05:44 PM
Your rainbow in the picture does have a pink stripe... Look closely. The spots on brown are more similar to a brookie, colored red with a blue halo. In fact very small browns look a lot more like Brookies except with a yellow body and no dark body pigmentation. Their fin colorations can also be more similar as they are genetically closer to each other.

06-10-2013, 11:00 PM
As the others have already said, that is a baby rainbow.