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ThomDecember 21st, 2006, 11:17 am
cornwall on hudson, ny

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about two years ago i was fishing in the lower hudson valley of new york, a small streem that flows into the hudson river. it was the 2nd week of feburary when i landed a strange looking trout/salmon. she was silver whith a bright pink stripe, no spots and full of eggs,about 14"-15". on the next cast i landed a male brook trout about the same size. what kind of fish was it? do some fish change how they look in the winter months?
any ideas please let me know.
thanks, thom
Fly_TyierJanuary 7th, 2007, 7:06 pm

Posts: 5
I'm not totally for sure on what type of fish it is but I do know that there was a fish some people in Mexico got that had the genetics of a rainbow trout and of a steelhead trout. my best guess is that it could be a cross breed. But then again I am only guessing.
GONZOJanuary 7th, 2007, 8:11 pm
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"Bear Swamp," PA

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Thom, I'm stumped. I've caught some lake-dwelling rainbows that had very small indistinct spots, but I've never seen a rainbow without spots (except for those yellow cartoon rainbows that states like PA use as stocking "indicators"). Then again, if the fish swam up from the Hudson, who knows? Maybe it passed under the outfall pipe of a carbon tetrachloride plant and had its spots removed! :) (Sorry, but I couldn't resist. Both of the fish you describe certainly qualify as pretty unusual specimens, especially for a lower Hudson trib in February.)

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