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WHAT IS A BLUE RAINBOW TROUT?  A Blue Rainbow Trout is a variant of a Rainbow, Oncorhynchus mykiss. These trout display a iridescent body color of cobalt blue on their backs with a silvery color on the undersides.  The color is the result from a Tyndall effect that involves the structural arrangements of melanin pigments which disappeared when binding with the depigmenting gene. Blue fry are typically 25% smaller but can be reproduced without issue.  

Most hatcheries hold on to their Blue Rainbows and place them in special viewing areas for visitors to enjoy. But, a few are stocked here and there.  So, if you catch one, consider yourself fortunate.

 

 

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