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Intrigued where the fish came from??
But I think I know where they were heading...
Hazel, I asked my partner and he said that he thinks it was a place called Chalk Stream Fisheries somewhere in Surrey, but he can't be sure as it was a while ago now. They were farmed rather than wild.
Roger, yes u do, and believe me they were tasty, very tasty, best fish I'v had in a long time... The Rainbow was a bit of problem trying to fit it in the freezer it was so big, but we got it in, in the end. Interesting that they taste different from each other though, the rainbow was more earthy in flavour than the brown which was quite light and fresh, but believe me you can't beat fresh caught fish, beautiful....
The bottom fish is definitely not a Brown Trout (Salmo trutta) and the main reason for the certainty is the magenta colouring on the gill plate and down the flank.If it isn't a Rainbow trout then it is some sort of a hybrid,but it just ain't a Brown Trout.The earthy taste comes from the bottom over which the trout are feeding.A muddy bottom with a lot of Chironomid larva and then pupa for the fish to feed on results in that earthy taste.Also Rainbows do at times (July and August)feed on vegetation which increases the earthiness to a point where they become inedible.
Hope this helps.
could it be a cross between brown and rainbow?
I'm not sure that Brown and Rainbow can be crossed but a lot of the American species have been crossed.I wouldn't rule out the chance that it may be a Rainbow as I think you can get heavily spotted ones.
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