Post By: strangebow Posted: 6/4/2019 11:53:46 PMPoints: 2917
There are indeed tiger trout in Antero, and I caught my new personal best-24"! So glad I didnt reel my line in and head to shore like I was just about to do. I've caught tigers a few times, but never one this large. Heckuva fight too. I'm glad I was able to release it safely as well.
Reply by: strangebow Posted: Jun. 8, 11:07:08 AM Points: 2917
Thanks everyone, I'm pretty stoked about it!
Strat-Caught it on a tazmanian devil-Canberra killer 7/16 oz
Rich w-Yes I'm 100% sure it's a tiger. Look at the spots on the head, and the worm pattern striping on the back. Also, they make these camera things called 'go-pros' or something...I dont know about that. I just use my third hand to take photos...
The OP's fish looks like a hybrid. But looks like some type of... Rainbow.. cross. Tigers are a Brown Brook cross. Odd looking fish. But like Anteroman. I'm not sure if thats a tiger. I've caught a few Tiger Trout and the pattern resembles Anteroman's fish. Either way. Definitely a cool catch !
Did do a little research what you might have is a Rainbow / Brook Hybrid A ...SILVER TIGER !!! Real coll catch if that 's what it is.
Smelly, I was also doubting the Tiger Trout claim myself as the OPs fish seemed to be some sort of bow cross as well. Too bright for what I've always considered a Tiger Trout (brook/brown cross) but it is definitely some sort of cross. Never heard of a silver tiger before. That is cool and would consider what you are saying. Cool catch regardless.
I'll agree, the colors arent nearly as vibrant as other tiger I've seen or caught. I've literally caught 1000 rainbows out of that lake over the years, and this was unlike any other fish I've landed at Antero. I've caught a lot of browns there too, many very silver and faded in color compared to what we all picture when we think brown trout. The fins and tail were really green, so was the head but much less pronounced.
I'll send some more pics in after I get back from vacation.
I like the idea of a silver tiger too, but either way it goes down in my book as a T.
Reply by: brookieflyfisher Posted: Jun. 11, 10:07:53 AM Points: 6098
Awesome catch! Any trout that stretches the tape to 2 feet is a sweet fish!
To throw my 2c in...that sure looks like a tiger trout.
Fins, head, body shape, and markings are all wrong for a rainbow trout.
I have to identify different types of trout on a regular basis for my job, and train others to do the same. Most people rely too much on color for identification. I see that mistake made on this forum all the time too.
Wow! Awesome catch! I would definitely agree that it must be a tiger trout. It is my understanding that although brook trout and brown trout have "trout" in their title, they are actually in the char family (salmon family). Rainbow trout are actually part of a different sub species and genus, and as far as I could find researching online, there are no hybrids between these fish. This is further confirmed by the fact that rainbow trout spawn in the spring and early summer, where as brook and brown trout spawn in the fall. It stands to reason that since there are no other fish in the lake that could produce a hybrid with that coloration, it must be a tiger trout. Just my two cents!
However, coloration is not something I go for often. I'll look at black pigmentation patterns, but not color. Black and white are only two "colors" that really count. Color can be influenced by the water, the angle of the photograph, lighting, even age (dead fish being a lot lighter than a live fish) can alter color. Although color can be useful for some fish identification, it should not be the only character relied upon, nor should it be independent... but a support character. Banding can be helpful, but that is caused by the presence of black in the "band."