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ExploretheWorld

ExploretheWorld - Apr 27, 2006 4:03 pm - Hasn't voted

whoa son!

What a beautifully colored fish! Wish I was fishing out there!

peninsula

peninsula - Apr 28, 2006 1:17 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: whoa son!

One of the prettiest fish I have ever seen. I think it is native, a Golden hybrid perhaps. Put up a good fight, too. Went 14.5 inches.

Alpinist

Alpinist - Sep 1, 2006 10:04 pm - Voted 10/10

Nice fish!

It's actually a Rainbow though. Golden Trout have par marks (vertical bars) on their sides.

peninsula

peninsula - Sep 1, 2006 10:18 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice fish!

Alpinist, Golden Trout lose their par marks at maturity. Although this fish might have Rainbow in it, as I now understand Golden Trout are more or less a subspecies of the Rainbow. Also, many of the "Golden" trout are actually Rainbow hybrids. But that pictured trout is classic color and spot pattern for a mature Golden.

Alpinist

Alpinist - Sep 2, 2006 12:22 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Nice fish!

That photo may be of a Rainbow-Golden hybrid, but it is definitely not a pure Golden Trout. I don't mean to be argumentative, but check out the links below.

What leads you to believe that it is a pure Golden Trout? Can you provide any web links to support that belief?
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This link shows the Kern River Rainbow Trout which looks exactly like yours. (It's actually a hybrid.)

This link states that the Kern River Rainbow Trout is part of the Golden Trout family.

However, this link states that the Kern River Rainbow Trout is not considered a Golden Trout, but rather a hybrid. "A third type of Golden was once recognized, o.m. gilberti, or Gilbert trout or Kern River Rainbow, but it now appears this type was a “ringer” or rainbow x golden hybrid. I’ve explained this because the old names and distinctions are still sometimes mentioned in guide books and other references that are not up to date."

Classic depictions of trout.

I am very curious because I've seen dozens of photos of Golden Trout over the years, both online and in guidebooks, and they all have the classic par marks with gold and/or orange sides and often a deep orange belly.

peninsula

peninsula - Sep 2, 2006 1:41 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice fish!

Hey Alpinist,

This is an interesting subject. I have seen pictures of mature golden trout without any par marks. Or at least that is how the picture was labeled. I do believe there to be a good deal of confusion on the subject, and hybridization only adds to the confusion. I will see if I can come up with more links of similar pictures of my fish.

peninsula

peninsula - Sep 2, 2006 1:48 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice fish!

Got one link for you on this subject, copy and paste: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.members.shaw.ca/goldentroutalberta/images/male01.gif&imgrefurl=http://www.members.shaw.ca/goldentroutalberta/&h=161&w=225&sz=31&hl=en&start=18&tbnid=iXQuBdeO6OabGM:&tbnh=77&tbnw=108&prev=/images%3Fq%3DGolden%2BTrout%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26sa%3DG

peninsula

peninsula - Sep 2, 2006 1:51 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice fish!

Try copy and pasting this for another picture: http://www.daemery.com/images/calif%20symbols/Golden%20Trout.jpg

peninsula

peninsula - Sep 2, 2006 1:55 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice fish!

One more for a picture: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.varmintal.com/golden2.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.varmintal.com/aback.htm&h=235&w=446&sz=62&hl=en&start=15&tbnid=XSPt3oXRrXKbXM:&tbnh=67&tbnw=127&prev=/images%3Fq%3DGolden%2BTrout%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26sa%3DG

Alpinist

Alpinist - Sep 4, 2006 3:57 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Nice fish!

Thanks for the links. All of the photos I've seen of Goldens up until now have had much more gold and orange coloring in them with par marks, as compared to the photos in your links which more closely resemble Rainbows. I'll have to pay closer attention to the subtle differences when I'm fishing now. The number and location of their spots seem to be one good indicator. Cheers...!

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