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billybigbilly  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, December 31, 2019 9:46:15 PM(UTC)
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Hey everyone, I hope every one is having a good holiday's and a happy new year!
I have been planning my fishing trips for this new year of trouting and I was wondering if anyone has any tips on catching some nice size rainbows, I know in the driftless they are mostly put and take but I assume some holdover and get bigger. Where have you guys had the best luck with them in stream sections, pools vs riffles and any other tips you might have. I am just looking for something a little different vs the typical brown with some brookies mixed in.
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#2 Posted : Tuesday, December 31, 2019 9:59:37 PM(UTC)
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Not sure about winter but their metabolism runs different than the browns and they are able to tolerate faster water.

In streams where both are present, I look for them right in riffles and runs.

There was a really good Orvis podcast within the past year that talked about their more efficient metabolic rate. Was an eye opener for me and my experience since then has proven that the science was correct.

Again... not sure that will be the case in winter though.
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billybigbilly on 12/31/2019(UTC)
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#3 Posted : Tuesday, December 31, 2019 10:07:22 PM(UTC)
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I think the podcast was the March 14th one called something like Planning Your Strategy...
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#4 Posted : Tuesday, December 31, 2019 11:11:28 PM(UTC)
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That's what I have heard to, or that its more efficient to stay in the riffle vs outside it and darting in and out like brown and brook trout do. So I take it is should fish the riffles a lot more then.
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#5 Posted : Wednesday, January 1, 2020 12:11:38 AM(UTC)
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My experience with stream rainbows is pretty limited but I’ve squandered a lot of time chasing their migratory relatives. As Gurth pointed out, they do hang in faster water than browns and brook trout. I’m not surprised to find summer run Skamania in fast water-more dissolved oxygen in the warm Summer water-but it’s a shock to hook a steelhead in that kind of water during the Winter. At least it was a shock the first couple of times it happened.
With the relatively constant water temps in the Driftless, I don’t think the fish would be too sluggish to hang out in the riffles, even in the middle of winter. The cold will probably bother you more than the fish. Good luck.
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#7 Posted : Thursday, January 2, 2020 3:03:46 PM(UTC)
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I'd definitely concur with rainbows loving faster water. On streams with both, when I've worked up a run to the heart of a faster chute or riffle I often think to myself 'time to catch a rainbow.' It can be that predictable.

As far as catching holdovers, it's a little unpredictable, but the higher the overall stocking numbers and the lower the fishing pressure the better the holdover chances. MN state parks get harvested pretty hard for rainbows (which is fine - that's why they're there) but the same streams outside park boundaries can have quite a few bows at times.
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billybigbilly on 1/3/2020(UTC)
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#8 Posted : Thursday, January 2, 2020 7:20:26 PM(UTC)
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MN has a tendency to stock rainbows in the southeast around high pressure times: the harvest opener in April, holidays through the spring, summer, and fall, and then for the park/town boundaries for the post October 15 anglers.

I concur with the others - faster riffles. They don't seem to turn down a well-placed scud.
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billybigbilly on 1/3/2020(UTC)
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#9 Posted : Friday, January 3, 2020 2:01:42 AM(UTC)
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Thanks for the advice everyone! I like to avoid the heavily fished streams, So it always surprises me when I do hook into a bow. They do move around a lot in the systems it seems. And an interesting tidbit of information, while looking around for information on the cannon river here in mn, I read somewhere that it used to hold a special self sustaining population of rainbow trout. They are long gone but has anyone else ever heard of it?
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