Best Fish of 06

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  1. Mark Ritari

    Mark Ritari Trouthunter

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    oh man, now i really cant wait until next summer!! thanks for the pics AK flyboy, those are some siiick fish. 3 months in alaska.... i cant wait.
     
  2. Jeremy Floyd

    Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    Is the reel on the fly rod that first fish not there or is it just me Flyboy@ak?

    I dont even see fly line or anything strung on that rod...

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  3. Flyboy@ak

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    Its there, just hidden. I think the guides are turned towards the fish, the reel is a Ross CLA 3, so you get an idea how big that Char is. The rod is an 8wt Sage RPL II. That is why in part I put the rod in the photo, to show scale. I think the Char was about 30" in length.
     
  4. Chucker

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    That fish looks much more like a dolly varden than an arctic char. Nice one though.
     
  5. Stew McLeod

    Stew McLeod aka BigMac

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    Those are some impressive fish!

    Stew
     
  6. Flyboy@ak

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    Chucker,

    The Dolly Varden and Arctic Char are basically the same fish. There is some difference that I don't remember what. But this fish was caught at 68 degrees North Latitude, and they are all Char up there. It is really nice, here is another with a little more color.

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    And one a friend of mine got:

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    :) :) :cool:
     
  7. Chucker

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    No no no! Dolly varden and arctic char are different species. But, you're right about there not being too many dollies that far north. Pink spots are a characteristic of dolly varden.
     
  8. seanengman

    seanengman Trout have no politics

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  10. Zen Piscator

    Zen Piscator Supporting wild steelhead, gravel to gravel.

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    Biologists are still haggling about the debate of char, and how to classify them. Particularly in the fishes northern reaches almost every population is genetically distinct from one another and 2 or more genetically distinct populations coexist in the same system and remain separate.

    Even the most experienced fish handler has trouble telling what is a "dolly varden" or an "Artic char". Furthermore these fish are so similar that there is argument that they should be in the same species.

    I don't think you can make a judgment on a fish from a photo alone, at least not in this case.
     
  11. Flyboy@ak

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    I agree Zen Piscator, that is what I have heard too from Fish Biologists here in AK. The species are so close that they should be a single fish. Problem is, who is going to call which one it should be?!!

    So without an easy way, I just use the classification that any Dolly or Char caught north of the Arctic Circle, that is a sea-run, is an Arctic Char. I have yet to hear of a good way to quickly evaluate a fish to determine species between Arctic Char or Dolly Varden when you are just removing the fish from the water for a short moment to release it. If anyone has a proven accurate way to do this, I would love to hear it!!

    Regards
     

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