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Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by KevinH, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. KevinH

    KevinH Active Member


    A friend of mine posted this on facebook, I dont think the picture is messed with at all. I told her if she could catch it again Id like to have it.
  2. warthog

    warthog Member of VVA and VFW

    That looks like one well deformed trout. That's my guess. Used to catch some real weird one out of the Little Red River in Ark.

  3. KevinH

    KevinH Active Member

    I was think a cross between trout and bluegill, but I dont think that can happen, or can it?
  4. Caught several somewhat similar looking rainbows in the upper Missouri River in Montana after the waters had become infected with whirling disease. Juveniles that contract the disease and survive can have serious malformations of the spine and look pretty darn strange. Almost looks like a caricature of a trout.....cute little sucker.....

    Any uranium refinement facilities upstream????? Possibly an Oncorpomis macromykiss??????

  5. That would be a great caricature to mold, I bet it would sell like hot cakes in a cartoonish scene.
  6. AnglingArtisan

    AnglingArtisan Well-Known Member

    I caught a Brown Trout like this about 10-12 yrs ago.
    Back before I started making molds...
    I want another one! ;D

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  7. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    It's a deformity called "stump body. " I've seen it in some trout and have seen it in a few of my yellow perch.
  8. oldyellowdog

    oldyellowdog Member

    seems you used the wrong size body..... ;D
  9. ryanstraw

    ryanstraw my first brook trout on a fly 13"

    I used to stock creeks in allegheny and westmoreland county with trout unlimited before I moved. When I was stocking Deer Creek I had one like that in the net looked just like that little bow. I asked about it and a couple guys said its growth was stunted from being crowded in the tanks with others. I don't know if it is true but it sounds possible.
  10. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    They were incorrect. Overcrowding in tanks and raceways can cause other problems but not this. This is genetic.

    Here's a yellow perch with stump body from the pond with also curvature of the spine. It's rare but I see it once in a while.

  11. ryanstraw

    ryanstraw my first brook trout on a fly 13"

    Thanks for clearing that up for me Cecil. Sweet looking perch.
  12. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    Sweet?! Dude I hope you have better taste in women! ;D

    That fish is like a fat stunted hunchback of Notre Dame! It's also only a few inches long. The ruler I think is about 6 inches.

    Sorry Ryan couldn't help myself. :-[
  13. ryanstraw

    ryanstraw my first brook trout on a fly 13"

    Hahaha I said sweet looking that sucker isn't even close to a beauty. ;D
  14. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    O.K. gotcha. Kind of like saying something "bad" when you mean really cool.
  15. jemmick

    jemmick Active Member

    Rich, yours looks like a cross between a brown trout and a pick salmon ??? In either case they are really wierd!!