Fished small mountain stream in southwest Virginia yesterday. Caught rainbows; biggest 5"-6" in a C&R area. Got some chubs/fallfish too. Caught what I though was another chub/fallfish, according to look at back that was protruding out of the water, and was about to release it when I noticed bright scarlett color on it's side extending from right at the gill cover to almost the tail. Thought at first it was blood; but, inspection revealed an upper lip hookup and no sign of blood. Gently turned it over and had the same marking there too. Sure didn't look like the other small rainbows that I caught before and after this one. Not exactly sure of id. Had no identifying markings other than the scarlett side. Released it okay. Any ideas as to type of fish?
[This message has been edited by Grn Mt Man (edited 07 July 2006).]