Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Roger Stephens, Mar 13, 2013.
that fish has been eating well this winter...
Olympic Peninsula Rivers Heating Up With Solid Dolly Action...
fabulous. thanks for sharing that!
Nice!!! I don't get to see many of those.
Very nice! a lot more color to your fish than my bull trout last Oct.
On the Met how (avatar pic).
Nice fish man, nothing better than catching a fat dolly!
Bull trout, bull trout, bull trout.
There should be some sort of permanent post with info on the genetic studies. Smalma?
Geez,Roger, I'm looking at that new Aleka 6-wt of mine, thinking "I'm gonna need a bigger rod"!! Well done!
Back when the National Park bios ( Dr Sam Brinkman etc.) were doing research on these fish using surgically implanted transmitters, they told me that sometimes they could go downriver to the netting operations and get samples of genetic material from the Bull Trout that were caught in the gill nets. It seems we would see many more of these endangered fish if it were not for the fact that they gets sifted out of the runs by the nets at a certain size. This link provides a basic life history overview and includes further links to the most recent studies on these fish. They truly are remarkable in so many ways. http://www.nps.gov/olym/naturescience/bull-trout.htm
I think that part of the problem of their nomenclature is that, in the regulation pamphlet, WDFW continues to refer to "Dolly Varden/bulltrout" as if their populations were indiscriminately mixed. Studies have shown that, while the range of the Dolly Varden (Salvelinus malma) does extend into Washington, they are restricted to small, high-elevation tributaries in the Cascade and Olympic mountains, usually above obstacles to anadromous fish, where they do not achieve any significant size. The large, anadromous (or semi-anadromous) char of Puget Sound and the coastal rivers are bull trout (S. confluentus).
Everybody keeps saying this but it seems that nobody believes it. I was told this many ions ago and I don't question it anymore. I just shake my head when somebody miss calls them.
Before I left for greener fishing to a state that actually has trout in it. I was fishing in the Upper N/F Sky. Just about at the end of the road. I was fishing one of the small creeks that empty into the N/F. I caught a small dolly up in there. It came out of a hole about the size of a dinner plate. And after I looked at it, it went back into the same hole. I believe it was Quartz creek under the bridge.