What is it??

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  1. tommyhawk

    tommyhawk Member

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    Screenshot_2014-07-11-10-01-37.png upper green, I have never been there but the guy I was with said it was a small summer run steelhead....? Thoughts? Let's stay polite...
     
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    Fish was in the 17" range very fiesty, absolutely hammered a size 8 muddler fished on an clear intermediate line. It had a small red dot at the very top of it adipose fin...I have caught small summer runs in other creeks/rivers but I just don't know much about the green...near flaming geyser.
     
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    stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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    resident rainbow. Spots below the lateral line
     
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    Very cool, thank you.
     
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    stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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    really nice fish.
     
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    Great fighter, ran all over and jumped several times.
     
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    It is well known that rainbow trout are predisposed to anadromous behavior. That is, they are likely to go down to the sea if it's physically possible. That said, some rainbows are stay-at-homes, or residents. They could be steelhead, but they choose not to live as steelhead. Let's not worry about labels. These fish are either; they are both.:confused:
     
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    stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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    are you just trying to make danielocean feel better?
     
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    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    Used to catch many if those in that area in the late 80's and early 90's. Nice looking bow!
     
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    Speaking of summer run steelhead, is anyone fishing the Tolt? I used to fish it in the early 60's and caught them up to 10+ lbs.
     
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    Well you can't really blame them... it's dangerous out there in the ocean!! :)

    I've caught summer run steelhead that are about that size. I did some research and found that some steelhead do return abnormally quickly (as the "half pounders" on the Rogue in Oregon).

    The fish were bright as sea-run steelhead but were not cuts because they did show a hint of side color of red and no slash below the gills.

    The one shown above does look like a resident rainbow... maybe it wasn't interested in taking a trip to the ocean and back. Lazy trout.
     
  12. Danielocean

    Danielocean Steelhead Virgin

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    Aw fuck here we go again.
     
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    plaegreid Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

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    That, sir, is an Atlantic Salmon.
     
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    hah h ahah hahhah ahh hah a that's it! :D
     
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    fear_no_fish Cpt. Hump Slayer

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    Can you please share your source of information on this?
    I know steelhead typically don't have heavy spotting below the lateral line but having seeing it on fish before makes me have to ask. Isn't it more of a characteristic more common in residents because of life style? Rather then a definitive yes/no trade mark.
     
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    Its more of a generalization, true

    Plus, we dont get a "half pounder" run up here. That, combined with the coloration etc screams resident rainbow.
     
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    Danielocean Steelhead Virgin

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    From what its worth staff in both fly shops that I go to claim mine was a steelhead. However, I told them that I do not want it to be. I just do not want my first to be like that.
     
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    fear_no_fish Cpt. Hump Slayer

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    I would agree that the fish posted is a resident. Not so much coloration or spotting, just the size of fish.
    Either way its a beautiful fish. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    If they are under 20 inches they are Rainbow trout. If it is over 20 inches it is a Steelhead.
     
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