The Odd Couple
The bright golden orange trout in the foreground is a spawning male Brook Trout and the other fish along side is a female Rainbow trout. Many trout species will "hybridize" including Brook Trout and Bull Trout, Rainbow and Cutthroat; however it is unlikely that this female will spawn with this sexually mature Brook Trout. Rainbow Trout spawn in early February and Brook Trout in late summer to early fall. Alas for these two the “magic” will never happen, however the male Brook Trout courted her and displayed territorial behavior such as holding his dorsal fin erect to all that passed by, including me.