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: Rainbow spawning time?

12-16-2004, 09:54 AM
Dec 5. Beautiful 45* sunny Rhode Island day. I took my two boys out for some late season angling on the Wood river. They haven't quite mastered fly casting yet and with a limited backcast surrounding, I set them up with flies and a split shot on their spinning rods.

My 14 year old picked out a size 8 weighted Hellgrammite (I prayed he wasn't going to lose it. One of my finest creations). On the fifth cast, he caught a beautiful, thick, 20" rainbow. I am a 99.9% catch and release fisherman, but he wouldn't hear of it. He was adamant he was going to take it home, show his mom and have it for dinner.

Now here is my question. When we cleaned the fish, it was loaded with eggs! They were large and in the lower end, like she was preparing to, or already spawning. Is this the right time of year for Rainbows to spawn?