Re: Pictures from the South Holston River
Fellas, we watched this fish for several minutes and it went thru all the motions of a fish that was preparing a redd. All the tail swishing and body arching that goes with normal preparations of cleaning silt from the gravel and so on. It was a very large fish as well (looked to be over 20in.) and since it is the spawning season for browns, that's what I thought that I was watching... until it made a wide, strong body arch and came almost completely out of the water, exposing it's whole side. To my surprise, it was a large rainbow!!! Don't know if the mating season for the browns had stirred some primal instinct in the rainbow causing it to go into an early mating posture, or if it possibly was trying to uncover a newly made bed that some brown had just made and was trying to get to the eggs or what. All the motions seemed to be the same as bed preparation. It made me wonder if we have some Fall Spawning Rainbows. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Hugh Hartsell---East Tn.