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Re: Anyone have tips for catching Golden Rainbows?

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Do golden rainbows really feed differently than other rainbow trout, or is that a sort of myth?


My impression is yes, although I'm not 100% sure of it, and the only evidence I have is anecdotal and possibly explained by the effects of more pressure on them, or my putting extra effort on them since I can see them.

Most of the one's I've caught were in early season on Tionesta Creek. The typical MO there is cold nights, with slow fishing in the morning, turning on later in the day.

The goldens were always among the first fish caught. Why? Possibly because while fishing is slow, you don't know where all the fish are. Except the bright yellow marker. So you naturally "hover" over that one longer, knowing at least that you are fishing over fish. And you also have the benefit of observing it's reaction and adjusting in kind. Bias? Perhaps.

Then later in the day, as fishing picks up, you find a golden and fish for it. Perhaps because other fish are hitting I give up quicker. Or perhaps that fish has been pestered all morning. But I rarely connect in those situations.

Still, comparatively unpressured goldens seem spastic to me. If you throw something to them, they often have extreme reactions to it (often a weird mix of aggression and fear). Run away from, then towards, then away from the offering. Those are the ones I'll catch. Is that different than a regular old stocked bow? I think so, but it's hard to tell, because you so clearly see the golden's reaction but rarely see the regular bows' reaction.

Once they develop lockjaw they just ignore offerings, I presume that's what the regular fish do as well.

There's also a size question. The goldens are almost always "trophy sized". So for regular stocked bows, do 18 inchers act differently than 12 inchers?

Posted on: 2015/7/27 9:57


Re: Anyone have tips for catching Golden Rainbows?

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I don't think they feed any differently than other trout. They become selective quicker because they have so much chucked at them. All the other trout are moving to take food in the same manner the goldens do but you can't always see the rainbows or browns moving in the deeper holes. And the little ones tend to dart around and steal stuff a lot of the time, although I've seen goldens move quickly if they are interested in an offering.

Last few years where I've fished in ANF, there have been no goldens. A healthy eagle and osprey population has taken care of them there lightnin' trout, methinks.

Posted on: 2015/7/27 22:52


Re: Anyone have tips for catching Golden Rainbows?

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I rarely see them rise, but they are often seen taking nymphs in the little funneling currents we see on our streams. In pools they often prefer large weighted streamers, particularly white streamers..

Posted on: 2015/8/13 6:17
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Re: Anyone have tips for catching Golden Rainbows?

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I have been trying to land a Palomino/Golden trout in a hole now for the past 3 weeks. Since the water is low and clear, it is very easy to see. I hooked hime twice, once on a size 18 BWO parachute and another time on a 16 white dry fly parachute ( both were hatching at the time). The BWO hook broke at the bend and the 6x line broke on the size 16. I believe the fish in at least 20 inches. I am surprised it has lasted into the fall. It rarely rises (only right at dusk when you can not see anymore). I go each evening for an hour trying to catch it and have thrown everything at it and it just sits there.

From the other posts above, I am going to get very far away from the hole tomorrow night. I may be too close. Since I can see the fish, he can see me. I am catching other rainbows in the same location but not the palomino.

I am going to try a frenchie tomorrow evening.

Thanks for your posts.

Posted on: 2015/9/27 20:36


Re: Anyone have tips for catching Golden Rainbows?

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Just use a pitchfork.

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Re: Anyone have tips for catching Golden Rainbows?

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Wow 10November! I admire your fortitude and perseverance... I'm also glad to know it's not just a curse that I carry alone. I hope you get that sonnova gun! When I was trying at Laurel Hill, I did get it to take an egg pattern, but it shook off the hook. I was fishing a tandem rig, a green weenie with an egg dropper. I hope the Frenchie is the ticket for you! Please post if you do manage to trick it and are able to land it.

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Re: Anyone have tips for catching Golden Rainbows?

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I like the pitch fork idea.

Posted on: 2015/9/28 8:03


Re: Anyone have tips for catching Golden Rainbows?

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in my experience the most success ive had catching them is stripping a weighted green weenie right in front of it.. i cant think of a single time where i didnt get at least 1 hit doing that.

spring creek below tallyrand was a great testament to this tactic

Posted on: 2015/11/12 11:13


Re: Anyone have tips for catching Golden Rainbows?

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I know I'm a little late on this thread, but our TU Chapter runs a cooperative nursery. Mostly we raise brown trout, but most years the PFC throws in a few "Goldens" . The guys that run the nursery hate them. They are great to stock for kids fishing derbys and such, the kids love them, there easy to see. But as far as raising them our nursery manager calls them hogs because of the way they eat. They grow at a much faster rate than the browns because they seem to be much more aggressive at feeding time than the browns. The nursery team are always happy to get rid of them as soon as they can so that the other fish have a better chance at the food.
I have only caught a few of them, mostly when I wasn't even trying to, we always called them "Gold Fish" or "tracers". I never cared for them myself, a man made oddity.

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Re: Anyone have tips for catching Golden Rainbows?

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I’m happy to revive this old thread because I finally and surprisingly finally caught a golden rainbow yesterday. Thanks again for all the input and advice. In the three years since I asked for advice, I have only run across about ten or so opportunities to fish for golden rainbows. I have hooked into about half of them but was never able to land one... Again, I know these fish are not revered, but it has become more of a milestone for me in my fly fishing exploits. Not helping my ego with this inability to catch one of these is the fact that my twelve year old son has caught about four or five of them, albeit with bait in youth-only waters, but that doesn’t stop him from rubbing it in that I haven’t caught one yet!

So yesterday I had the fortune to head out to Meadow Run and was able to fish from about 7:00 till 2:00. I decided to go there since I haven’t been fishing Meadow Run as much this year as I have in the past because it is getting so much more pressure since it’s Keystone Select water now. I prefer more solitude and smaller fish I guess... However it’s hard to beat the scenery of Meadow Run so I decided to go for that reason.

I worked my way upstream only having caught two trout in about an hour and a half of fishing when I came upon a seemingly respectable little run that I decided was worthy of a cast or two. I was fishing a tandem rig with an olive stonefly nymph and a cream weenie dropper. My indicator jerked and I set the hook and saw the flash of gold and pink! I thought, NO WAY IT’S A GOLDEN! Not two seconds later he spit the hook and my line got tangled up in a tree... Having this be the routine for my encounters with golden rainbows has tempered me to not let the frustration get the best of me. I managed to pull my flies free and than had a tangled mess to deal with.

So, I took a seat on a nearby rock, got the line untangled, checked my knots and inspected the integrity of the line and told myself, he wasn’t hooked long enough to be put down, so there’s still a chance I can get this one. After two casts with no luck, I figured the fish may have moved up to the head of the run, so I made my third Castro a spot above the head of the run. My indicator drifted into position and BAM, fish on! This time I had a solid hook set. I played him just enough to net him and was able to finally cross this milestone off my list!

Now the trouble is, what is my next conquest going to be? I’ve caught wild browns, two wild rainbows, native brookies, one hatchery tiger trout and I’ve had two cases where I have caught the PA grand slam on three consecutive fish (one time was from the same pool in Laurel Hill creek). I think the next conquest must be to get a wild tiger trout.

The one thing I have learned from this golden rainbow chase is that TIME is the one thing that you need in order to pull this off... in my case, 3 years!

Posted on: 8/25 15:32


Re: Anyone have tips for catching Golden Rainbows?

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Congrats on the golden rainbow. Next on the list: the wily and elusive cuttyrainbrown.

Posted on: 8/25 19:10


Re: Anyone have tips for catching Golden Rainbows?

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I have caught several on honey bugs when they would not take other flies. Do many of you still fish honey bugs?


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