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Finesse Fishing meets Golden Rainbow Trout

by Adam
(Central Pennsylvania )

Yesterday I went fishing at a stream in northern Pennsylvania. My line was 3 pound Sunline Troutist Darkness. I love this this line. It is a gray color that the fish can't see (and neither can I but I can see my lure). The lure was a Daiwa Crusader 2.5 gram blue silver spoon. I cast into an eddy that is on the far side of the stream with much darker water. It landed right at the far side and did not make a big spash. As I was reeling in I noticed something orange in the water. I didn't realize that I had a fish on the line yet since it was now in the current. As I continued to reel I realized I had a fish on and that fish was a golden rainbow trout. I landed him using my net. PA stocks these guys in the 14 to 20 inch range. Mine was 18 inches, which I released due to delayed harvest rules. I would have released anyway unless badly hooked though. This guy had a very big girth. What a thrill!! Sorry I don't have a picture.

On a side note, there is nothing golden about these guys. They are literally bright orange with a darker orange stripe in the middle horizontally. Google them if you are not familar. On a previous hole I easily spotted them in the water. Good stuff!

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Jun 14, 2020
by: AdirondackJim

Congratulations on that size catch on finesse tackle! First time I saw one of those in a Potter County stream too many years ago I thought WT? is that...

How were the water levels? Friends and I had planned a trip last winter to fish Elk County the first week of June but current circumstances put an end to that trip...

Jun 15, 2020
Palomino trout
by: Les Albjerg

Out west we call those Palomino trout since the name "golden rainbows refer to those trout that originated in Kern County California. There are some planted Palomino trout in the Twin Falls area of Idaho planted, and many of the high lakes have the "golden rainbows" of the Kern County strain. It can get confusing! Thanks for sharing. Thanks for the report on the line, I've been wanting to try the darker Troutist line!

Jun 15, 2020
Water level
by: Adam

Hi Adirondack Jim,
The water level was just right. Saw kayakers also. However, the water temperature is soon approaching the limit where fishing might be too stressful on trout. It was a beautiful day on the stream!
And I thought for sure that he would come off the hook as he was rolling around! I got lucky😀

Jun 15, 2020
Golden Rainbow vs Palomino
by: Chris Stewart

Les, at least in the East, I believe there is a difference between Golden Rainbows and Palomino trout. As I understand it, Golden Rainbows are a pure strain developed from a mutant rainbow that was golden colored. Palominos are a cross between a Golden Rainbow and a regular Rainbow. I read that on the internet so it has to be true. I think it was even on a state Fish & Game Department website.

Jun 22, 2020
Hog Johnson
by: AdirondackJim

There's never any luck involved with landing Hog Johnson, only your skills on the river. Glad to hear you hit the water conditions just right and had a great day on the water! And thanks for the reminder about water temps...

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