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Gurth  
#11 Posted : Monday, October 8, 2018 9:04:11 PM(UTC)
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From my experience with bows, the broods are usually the only ones that have fin damage.

Fingerlings and catchable (usually around 10 inches) bows that I’ve caught haven’t had fun damage and I’ve seen a few that must have grown up out there as they are large with nice fins.

I don’t know the answer to the fin regeneration question.
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#12 Posted : Monday, October 8, 2018 9:05:20 PM(UTC)
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rschmidt  
#13 Posted : Tuesday, October 9, 2018 12:24:14 AM(UTC)
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The rainbows to hand there were definitely stockers and had no damage whatsoever. In that system, there are two sizes of stocked rainbows - fry and 8", about 300 a year. My guess is that they were third year 8" stockers. Each of those fish was 15", with one a bit thicker than the other. I harvest bows as that stream belongs to brookies! :) They are cool looking fish but i'd rather they were not there. Also the one had bone white flesh, the other orange. I may have come across a migrant brooder and maybe a fry raised 6 year old. Who knows! Happy Fishing!
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#14 Posted : Tuesday, October 9, 2018 1:05:12 AM(UTC)
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If you've ever been to a hatchery, usually smaller (fry or "catchable" size) fish are raised collectively in a large tank, while the brooders are in raceways, separated from each other - which explains why only the brooders have beat up fins.
The fish that Ron caught were definitely stockers, but the difference in the meat between similarly sized fish is super interesting to me. I am usually all about killing stockers (since this stream has wild brookies that could do without the competition), but boy do they sometimes taste like the dog food they're raised on LOL
Guess that's what the smoker is for.
A bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work. ~Author Unknown
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