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    Default Big Fall Rainbows

    Every year, it seems that a lot of nice rainbows are caught in the fall. In fact, most of my largest wild Park rainbows have been caught in the fall. Of course, along with the nice fish, the leaves provide an extra dose of color this time of year.





    Last week, I was able to get out and fish Thursday evening after work at LRO and again Friday morning before I had to be back on the job. Thursday evening was fantastic as I fished a large EHC with a #16 Zebra midge as the dropper. Fish took both flies well but the larger fish showed a preference for the dropper.



    The colors are coming on strong now. In the mid to high elevations, we are seeing peak colors and farther down along Little River the leaves are not far behind.



    Friday morning, I had one last chance to get that big fish. I hit a nice pool that I've been fishing pretty regularly lately and finally got that nice trout I've been looking for. My best wild Park rainbow this year ran me around the pool for a while before I could slip the net under it. Some days everything works out though and eventually it gave up the battle and posed for a quick picture.



    Not a bad way to start my day on the way in to work!
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    David,

    Thank you for a great post and pictures. Got a new stream tech raft......lets go fish the Tuck or Nantahala!!!!!

    Breck

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    Great pictures!
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    Beautiful fall scenery. The colors on those rainbows is beautiful too. Up here the rainbows don't do so well. All the wild trout I fish for are either brown or brook trout. The rainbows are just hatchery planters and the colors are washed out compared to the Smokies rainbows.

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    Thanks guys!

    Breck, we'll get out sometime soon for sure.

    Softhackle, do you get any holdover rainbows that eventually color up a little better or do most of those stocked fish get removed pretty fast?
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    Nice fish David.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueRaiderFan View Post
    Nice fish David.
    Thanks man! Hope to go find a few as big as those you caught recently sometime soon...
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Knapp View Post
    Thanks guys!

    Breck, we'll get out sometime soon for sure.

    Softhackle, do you get any holdover rainbows that eventually color up a little better or do most of those stocked fish get removed pretty fast?
    There are some holdovers and once they've been in the wild for a while they do color up. Like this one i caught last spring.

    But, most of them fall to the bait fishers and after about two weeks most of them are gone. Some do survive the bait fishers and every year I catch a few holdovers. In the Driftless I see the rainbows as more of a novelty than anything else..

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    Nice TR and photos David Hope to see you in a couple weeks.
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