Tiny Baetis mayflies are perhaps the most commonly encountered and imitated by anglers on all American trout streams due to their great abundance, widespread distribution, and trout-friendly emergence habits.
Rdd on Dec 16, 2006December 16th, 2006, 4:43 pm EST
I caught a yellow trout in a western Oklahoma pond that is stocked yearly with rainbow trout from Arkansas. Are these yellow trout common? We have fished this pond regularly through the trout season for three years and this is the first of this kind we have seen. Oh, how do I post a picture?
Sayfu on Sep 14, 2011September 14th, 2011, 5:09 am EDT
We have a lake near me, Rigby Lake, that depends on river water to fill it in the high water Spring, and dries up when the river drops in the Fall. The state stocks it with "Banana Trout" they call them that are yellowish rainbows. I do not know the hybridization.
JOHNW on Sep 14, 2011September 14th, 2011, 2:33 pm EDT
In PA they refer to them as Palomino or golden rainbow trout. If I remember correctly they are essentially a cross between a brown and a rainbow and are sterile. So they are only common in place they are stocked.
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Gutcutter on Sep 14, 2011September 14th, 2011, 3:17 pm EDT
JohnW and Sayfu
A palomino trout or "golden rainbow" trout is actually a distinct color variation of the common "rainbow" trout. They are both Oncorhynchus mykiss. The coloration can be selectively bred by mating like colored adults, much the way fine quality feather hair extensions (I mean dry fly hackle) is bred.
Oh, and they can reproduce in the wild.
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Motrout on Sep 14, 2011September 14th, 2011, 5:06 pm EDT
Yeah, I agree that it is most likely a golden rainbow. You said the hatchery where it came from is in Arkansas, and the state of Arkansas has recently taken to buying these unusual trout from private hatcheries to replace regular rainbows from the federal hatcheries that are lost due to flooding, warm-water temperatures, or disease, as well as to add a "novelty" factor to the tailwater fisheries.
Maybe this fish you caught came from one of the same private hatcheries... I know that they are some genetic mutation of a rainbow trout as opposed to a distinct subspecies, but that is where my knowledge of them ends.
But it is my personal theory that a fisheries biologist got very drunk one night, and thought to himself, "Wow, wouldn't it be neat to expose a trout to vast quantities of radiation and see what happens?" And the golden rainbow, our little glow in the dark trout, was the end result.
I'm pretty sure herons love them.
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Keystoner on Oct 27, 2011October 27th, 2011, 7:54 pm EDT
Yep, Palomino is what I've always heard them called in PA. Pretty much the most unfortunate trout that could ever be. Whenever there is one present it is obvious to everyone within a 5 mile radius, and it is like that fish is the only one that exists. From the moment they hit the water they are bombarded with everything under the sun. Most don't last very long.
There was actually one in a pool that I was fishing that lasted for about two weeks once. Every morning I would wade in, and there was that yellow form cruising around down there. Then one morning I showed up and it was gone. I'm not afraid to admit I was a little bummed, kinda felt like losing a pal.
Kurt, I believe the thread your thinking of was titled "tanking big stockers with no one around to fish the floods." Although I can't name the poster.
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