Re: Pictures from the South Holston River
Hugh, I wouldn't be surprised if it was rainbow. While I have found most rainbows spawn in spring, I have cleaned several rainbows on the Hiwassee and Clinch in the past that have had eggs late in the fall and early winter.
Caught a beautifully painted male bow on the Clinch in early February a few years ago. Granted that is few months after seeing this one do it's thing.
I have read a couple of different studies on streams out west where the same species of rainbow will spawn at different times of the year, (Usually these time occured between Dec. and April) according to what creek they are in. Not sure it helps here but it made for interesting reading.
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