Strange Methow Steelhead?

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  1. zenzless

    zenzless Experienced Enthusiast

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    Near the end of October I caught a steelhead, buck that looked unlike any other I have caught or seen. It looked more like the leopard rainbows of some Alaska rivers. It was a smaller, 24-25", unclipped fish with heavy, more distinct spotting nearly top to belly and all over the head too. Maybe it was just a big local, bow that looks different!?! It didn't look to be a Cut-bow cross either; besides the cutts here aren't as spotted as on the coast either. What's being stocked 'round here?
     
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    Picture?
     
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    On second thought, I'm deleting my post.
     
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    Probably a chinook jack.
     
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    zenzless Experienced Enthusiast

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    No, just like big foot...grabbing for the camera, solo, and the fish was pretty tired and had andipose so rleased as fast as possible.

    Not sure I catch the drift of BDD's reply so I'll look at your post.
     
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    zenzless Experienced Enthusiast

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    No, it was a rainbow for sure. Just really spotted like a one red-headed kid has some freckles and the other has a lot of freckles!
     
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    I live on the Methow River and have caught a few 23-25 inch heavily spotted bows with an olive sheen. You are lucky and they are rare.
     
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    I replied and posted a picture of a cutthroat to see if the fish you caught looked anything like it. Regardless of what a certain fishing author says, the large, resident mykiss and clarki are not real common in the Met, so I decided to delete the picture so as not to add fuel to the fire.
     
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    Could it have followed salmon up out of the Columbia? I could see one making a move to feast on eggs & flesh.
     
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    Here is a Methow bow-did it look like this one?
     
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    Thanks, everyone. I accept Muknuk's evaluation. We are all lucky to fish. Now how to help the fishery...as BDD suggests we might not want to accept the current for the norm.
     
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    Awesome, beautiful fish, but no it was more emerald green than the olive green and had way more spots and they were a little bigger in general and much lower over the whole body and head.

    It is interesting that those bow's look a lot like some of the Westslope cuts in Northern Idaho that we see.
     
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    rick, that looks like a cutbow.... when i stuck my face in the screen i think i see slight slash and the max jaw looks cutty'ish..i could be wrong, totally. have seen alot of them and less pure this or that. throwin'in a pic of my cousins cutt from the area.
     
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    Guys. It is a Steelcutt.
     
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    Not sure if you are being sarcastic or not but there are steel/cutt hybrids. A few years ago, I caught an obvious hatchery fish with adipose completely removed sporting (very clearly) orange slash marks under the jaw.
     
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    Zenzless, the descriptions kinda sound like a Chinook to me, did it look like the fish in this pic? That was a Chinook jack I caught earlier this year.
     
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    Thats a pretty cool looking fish. Trout body but with king colors.
     
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    Rick, Definitely a cutbow. Beautiful fish though. Nice job.

    How about this one? Did your large bow look like this one?
     
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    Funny, this has been bugging me since all the replies have come in. Troutrageous that Jack is interesting and has the sort of facial spotting but Lex's rainbow pic has a lot closer resemblence. I contend that it was a rainbow salted or not and not a Cutthroat or Chinook (or of course bull trout for that matter) and the best representation I could find is the rainbow on the bottom right of this page (I use the link for copyright reasons): http://bulkleysteelhead.com/rainbow-trout

    The uniqueness of that fish just had me scratching my head and though I wish I had a picture for this post and as a trophy it isn't always about that especially considering the wild/hatchery situation there. I guess the interest just shows the appeal of this passion we call fishing. - Thanks
     
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    This is from an old film camera. Fish was 25" long and 11.5 deep or 23" around I suppose. Main stem Columbia catch. I was alone and was interested in making is easy on the fish so the photo was quick & poor. At the time I swore it was a trout but years of catching various looking fish leaves me less certain for sure. I will say I have never caught another with such a deep heavy body as this one. My take is there are a variety of mixes of genes in the big C and they move around too. Not just within the Columbia but the tribs too from what I have seen. I seem to catch the trouty/steel mixes late March>early May and then mid Aug> mid Sept. They seem to be in the same places I fish for bass early and late in the season.