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Trout Slayer_7

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My take is that it's a fat rainbow that has potentially spawned with sea-run steelhead... it happens - and it's definitely in spawn mode. It could be a jack, for sure... but I'd rule out it being a salmon or full sea-run steelhead. I think it's a spawning fat-ass rainbow trout. Lovely fish dude.
I agree with this 100 percent

Let's examine the facts.... Steelhead are merely anadromus trout. What you are holding looks like a kind of large rainbow (non-anadromus) I see in the Deschutes called a "red-side" and yes they are very hard to tell apart from a Steele.
The only problem is that it is incredibly rare to find redband a west of the cascades 🤷‍♂️
 
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There’s that whole mysterious “fall spawning rainbow” thing too.

Well, we all seem to agree it’s most likely not a sturgeon.
 
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There are native rainbows west of the cascades. Redbands are desert rainbows. I grew up fishing the McKenzie and its full of native redsides that are resident fish.
 
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There are native rainbows west of the cascades. Redbands are desert rainbows. I grew up fishing the McKenzie and its full of native redsides that are resident fish.
Hmm that’s interesting are they similar in coloring to the one that I caught?
 
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Hmm that’s interesting are they similar in coloring to the one that I caught?
Every trout picture I posted on this thread are Mckenzie redsides. I don't see similarity in shape or spotting.
 
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Every trout picture I posted on this thread are Mckenzie redsides. I don't see similarity in shape or spotting.
Yeah I agree with that they look very different making me think it’s a different species or at least a different strain

I’ve caught redbands before in central Oregon but they have a different coloring.

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