|Egan Mountain Range northeast of Cold Springs Reservoir|
|Trout Truck patiently waiting at Haymeadow Reservoir|
|Float tube and equipment at Haymeadow boat launch|
|Rainbow rolling while on the line|
|First Cold Springs trout, 15.5 inches, gullet stuffed with eggs|
|Note this rainbow's sharp teeth|
|Typical eleven-inch Kirch rainbow|
|Another woolly bugger victim|
|Sixteen-inch Haymeadow rainbow hen fish|
Let me digress. Rainbow trout are indigenous to North America. Years ago rainbows were transplanted down under in Tasmania and New Zealand. Over the decades these transplanted trout began spawning in October rather than April because the seasons are reversed in the southern hemisphere. Since there are no competing salmonoids on those continents, these rainbow strains remained very strong, and now are used for stocking programs back in the United States where the indigenous brood stock had become weaker. Ironically, these confused fish when stocked from Tasmanian eggs still spawn in the fall. See my Cumins Reservoir blog for an encounter with fall spawning rainbows.
Perhaps what happened was that some of the Kirch stocked trout were of the Tasmanian gene pool and the hen fish were releasing their eggs. Maybe that male’s gullet was full of trout eggs. Come to think of it, when I look at the pictures of the sixteen-inch hen fish from Haymeadow she looks as if she could have just spawned. That could also explain somewhat of their lethargic action when hooked (trout can be a little weak after spawning). I really don’t know, but it is interesting to speculate.
|Sixteen-inch rainbow; a spawned-out Tasmanian?|