Middle Fork Snoq. Cutts and a Dolly?

#1
Fished the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie last Friday caught more fish than I could count and the week before caught a small juvenile Dolly on a dry fly. This is by no means all the fish I caught but it's a good sample. A pic is worth a thousand words so I just shut up now. 616380_4386361386694_83535541_o.jpg 330855_4386365546798_477620582_o.jpg 338523_4386368426870_1579391070_o.jpg 324039_4386371306942_1293756035_o.jpg 334250_4384899550149_336979710_o.jpg 622435_4399382192206_1443054858_o (1).jpg 256293_4399531995951_1969033281_o.jpg 291438_4384901990210_1655954228_o.jpg 323983_4384900950184_278491547_o.jpg
 

Shapp

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#3
the fish in question is 100% brook trout:

white and black on fin leading edges, looks to be spots throughout the dorsal fin, can see faint vermiculations on back.
 
#4
the fish in question is 100% brook trout:

white and black on fin leading edges, looks to be spots throughout the dorsal fin, can see faint vermiculations on back.
Ya know that's what I initially thought too but I can't find any WDFW data that suggest there are any brookies in any of the three forks. I was talking with the guys at Creekside in Issaqua about it and they said it was probably a dolly. I know there were not the type of worm marks on its back that brookies have although it's hard to tell from the pics. I caught a brookie the week before in another river and there were two major differences between the two, those being the lack of black worm marks and the belly was a much lighter color than the fish in the above pic. photo.JPG photo.JPG
 
#5
I've caught brookies from the same run, but different times of the year and there can be quite a difference in their colorings. The belly color seems to change the most.
 

Shapp

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#6
Trust me, it is a brook trout, I have worked on genetic studies to differentiate brook, bull, and bull x brook hybrids :)

Coloration is a pretty plastic trait in brook trout, but in bull trout/dollies the dorsal needs to be near 100% clear of spots