cuttbow or rainbow?

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

  1. triploidjunkie

    triploidjunkie Active Member

    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

    Travis Bille Active Member

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  3. Travis Bille

    Travis Bille Active Member

    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

    McNasty Canyon Lurker

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

    Preston Active Member

    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

    triploidjunkie Active Member

  7. GAT

    GAT Active Member

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