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I and three others went out to a little Columbia Basin spring creek this last week for Browns and Tiger trout. My purpose was to walk to the spring creek's source fishing all the while. Supposedly, the fishing wasn't as good this week as last week, and even that wasn't all that great, but we did manage a few photos and a little tiger trout.

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This is a great spot because I am actually standing in a major source of the spring. This source fell into a beautiful pool of appx 4 feet deep. We could not detect any trace of a trout.

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Here's the little devil himself. This was taken by Daddy-O on a size 20 beadhead chironomid and drifted through a little rapid similar to the picture above. Because of the angle, this photo does not show the vermiculation spots very well on its back. However, a cool fish in a nice setting.
 

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Colubia Basin Tiger Trout

Oops. I meant ColuMbia Basin. You'll have to search long and hard to find the "Colubia Basin."

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Colubia Basin Tiger Trout

Hey, Sparse! Not really sure that you'll find any "tiger" trout in the spring creeks of the Columbia Basin. They are a hybrid fish that a only few hatcheries stock. The stocking program in Wa. State, as far as I know, has only been in lakes, with Nunnally, Lenice & Merry being three in the Basin to be stocked. Did a web search for tiger trout and came up with some info:

"Tiger trout is desciptive not only of the color of this hybrid but of its disposition. The tiger trout is a cross between the female brown trout and the male brook trout. The progeny from this cross have tigerlike markings on their sides and are more aggressive than the parent species. Unfortunately, only about 35 percent of the young are able to develop because of a disease whic is inherent in the sac fry. Occasionaly this cross occurs in nature, notably, in the Gallatin River of Montana, but the fish are unable to reproduce because they are not fertile. Tiger trout have been produced on a small scale in private hatcheries and stocked in various club waters, where they are considered a fine gamefish."

That aside, you do manage to find some interesting waters to wet a line. That's exactly why I have a 2 weight rod.

Thanks for the pictures!

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Colubia Basin Tiger Trout

Thanks Greg.

That's a confirmed ID on the Tiger Trout. These fish are from a lake; AKA the lake has an inlet/outlet and that's where we were.

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Colubia Basin Tiger Trout

Sparse,

Since I've only caught 1 tiger trout this past year at Lenice (and saw one other that my buddy caught), I don't want to come across as the expert but the fish in your picture looks entirely different then the tiger trout I caught. Maybe it has to due with it's size but there seems to be more of a geometrical stripe pattern on a fish that is 16 + inches and not the spots as in your picture. Here's 2 sites with pictures that more closely resembles what I've seen and heard.

http://www.roundrocks.com/rocks/tigertroutinfo.html

http://www.patrout.org/tiger.htm

Greg

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Colubia Basin Tiger Trout

Sparse -

YOU MUST get yourself some breathables! It can't be fun working that hard in those neoprenes! I mean...you look good with them painted on waders, but you know the fish aren't focused on what you look like. LOL!!!

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Callibaetis,

I not just going to "out with it," but I suggest that you do your homework, read your regs, grab a good topo map, and drive 3-6 hours from Seattle with absolutely no expectations. You never know what you'll find.

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Nice photos Sparse, here are the photos from our trip to the same local a week before.

Beautiful little tiger trout!
 

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RiverFishing

Looks like a nice spot you were at, closed or otherwise. Could you be a bit more specific for a transplanted east coast refugee who's landed in eastern Washington and has a hankering to do some exploring?

Thanks!:D
 
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