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Availability: late July - mid-October
Troutlodge Kamloops strain rainbow eggs are typically available and offered to customers between July and October. Of the 4 groups, Troutlodge produces, Kamloops strain eggs are roughly 20% smaller in size and average between 3.5 - 4.5 mm. Despite their small egg size, the Kamloops strain growth rates compare very similarly to our other three rainbow trout strains. To ensure alevins or fry survive and grow well, we recommend using premium trout starter diets after hatching and “swim-up” at a size range of 0.2 mm – 0.6 mm.
The Kamloops group has our longest spawning window – lasting from June through September/October.
Although unconfirmed, this group likely represents our longest-held line of trout originating from some of Troutlodge founder, Ed McCleary’s original stock. Before the introduction of the other three strains Ed was originally able to extend the spawn season of his stock by keeping some fish in warm, earthen ponds, and others in cooler ponds with constant spring water flow.
This practice, likely coupled with some crossing with the November group at some point, is the likely cause of this extended spawning season. Although the Kamloops group generally produces our smallest eggs, this strain shows fantastic performance during early rearing leading to little difference in average weight once our fish move outside.