cuttbow or rainbow?

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by triploidjunkie, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. triploidjunkie Active Member

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    I forgot my camera, so the pics suck. But I got this guy yesterday. Looked mostly rainbow, but had very distinctive orange slashes. Is that possible in rainbows without having some cutthroat DNA mixed in? NCM_0001.JPG NCM_0003.JPG
  2. Travis Bille Active Member

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    Rainbrown
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  3. Travis Bille Active Member

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    I've caught rainbows in the rogue river and Sacramento river that have cutthroat like slashes. The rogue has coastal cutts, so its possible there's some DNA there. However, in the sac I don't think there is any evidence that cutts were ever in that watershed, so it'd kind of a mystery.
  4. McNasty Canyon Lurker

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    i think its just a rainbow, ive seen that alot over here on stocked fish.
  5. Preston Active Member

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    Native rainbows of the interior subspecies (Oncorhynchus mykiss gairdneri, redband or redside rainbow) often exhibit yellowish or orange "slash" marks similar to the red markings of the cutthroat.
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  6. triploidjunkie Active Member

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    Thanks!
  7. GAT Active Member

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    Yup. Native redband or as they call them on the Deschutes, Red Side.