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Old 11-28-2000, 05:08 PM
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RE:Tiger Trout

Hi Al,
The trout you caught was most likely a Splake. I've caught quite a few recently in South Shore and Cape ponds.
Here is some info aboute Splake:
http://janus.state.me.us/ifw/fish/f-splake.htm
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Old 11-28-2000, 05:55 PM
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<!--http--><a href="http://janus.state.me.us/ifw/fish/f-splake.htm" target="_blank">SPLAKE!!!</a><!--url-->

Though my dim witted brain tells me the spots were light blue, not yellow, I think we have a winner. Thanks Mike and Mike. Finally, I can sleep
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Old 11-29-2000, 05:04 AM
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RE:Tiger Trout

I've forwarded the photo of the Tiger Trout to Al so he can post it on the Forum. In talking to the NYS DEC, they have not stocked Tigers for 10 years or more so they definitely consider this a natural hybrid. Several weeks later, another guide had a client who caught a Tiger on a different river. The client though it was a yellow perch and was ready to chuck it into the woods (you don't have to take an IQ test to get a fishing license). The guide fortunately saw the fish before he had a chance to pitch it and stop him for a more proper release. This guide does a column for a local paper and had just recently run the story and photos of our Tiger Trout so he knew what it was right away.

For those of you inquiring, I'm owner-operator of the Ausable River Sport Shop in Wilmington, NY right on the West Branch of the Ausable. I have a website (www.ausableriversportshop.com) that gives daily updates on river and fishing conditions. So if you're heading over this way, you can check things out before you get here.

Splake sounds like the right ID for the mystery fish. They're a much more popular hybrid them Tigers and do well in stillwaters. I also believe its an easier hybrid to achieve in hatcheries.

BTW Trutta, they may have told you that's a pic of a Tiger, but it sure looks like a good old Brown Trout to me.
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Old 11-29-2000, 06:58 AM
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[img]http://dev.dugmore.com/claves/images/tiger_2.JPG" border="0">
<font color="blue"><font size="3">photos by KevinH</font><!--3--></font><!--color-->
<img src="http://dev.dugmore.com/claves/images/tiger_1.JPG[/img]
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Old 11-29-2000, 08:14 AM
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Al: Where you get those Tiger photos?

Juro: Splake, Tigers: Are these the fish you refered to as "Frakenfish"? Both are crossbreads right?

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Old 11-29-2000, 08:55 AM
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But your honor I didn't inhale

To be clear, although I love the sport of it as much as anyone I fundamentally disagree with man's forced marriages of species for gain other than that which mother nature intended. Luckily, she makes them unable to reproduce!

As I may have said earlier, I am also disturbed that the whole whirling disease epidemic in the US was caused in the name of having more 'sport'. I'm no "fish anthropologist" but I have to wonder why the brown was the only indigenous trout in it's home range in Europe and it is the resistant carrier of the spirochete. Just a theory but scares me when I think of native steelhead and their landlocked form (rainbow) and other American species at risk.
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Old 11-29-2000, 12:37 PM
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RE:Tiger Trout

That is most definitely a tiger trout, i've caught 3 of them in the last two years. The giveaway is the square tail-splake have a forked tail! The tiger is a cross of the square tailed brookie I so love to catch! Never eaten one though, anyone know how they taste? Better than a fresh brookie?
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Old 12-02-2000, 06:39 AM
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As one who is completely ignorant of such things as Char, Splake, & so on, thanks for the education!
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Old 12-02-2000, 07:39 AM
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To clarify: I think the picture of the Tiger in hand above is from Kevin posted by Al. Al seems to have decided his fish was a Splake.
Grego- you're right, this thread has been very informative in many dimensions.

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