Rainbow or steelhead question.

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by DennisE, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. Sean Beauchamp

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    Spotting varies wildly, this particular river has some crazy spotting on its summer runs.

    I agree release em all the resident rainbows are just as precious (possibly more than we even know) as steelhead so treat em with gentle care.
     

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    Good example. I might have been tempted to call that a resident fish at first.
     
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    I think the resident rainbows scattered around all the west side streams are the most intriguing fish that swim our waters. They share all the same genetics as our wild summer runs the only difference is some internal "decision" to stay put. I bet if more in depth studies of their lives were done it would turn up some pretty remarkable stuff and probably quickly lead to a tightening down of regulations on these special fish. The 2 fish limit is a relic of times gone by. I think current and future science will support that. But that's my humble opinion!

    Can't imagine slipping one of these on a stringer.
     

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    they also spawn with winter-runs quite a bit too. to protect resident rainbows one has to not only think about the kill limit but the fact that bait has a higher mortality on trout than anadramous species like steelhead / salmon. they are a critical component of our wild steelhead runs.

    one of the main reasons i am anti-bait fishing.
     
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    Spose that's why he kept it?
     
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    One of my more recent S-River resident rainbows (Jan. 2014). I could easily picture a fish like this getting on the gravel with one its anadromous cousins.
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    I kept it because it was a hatchery fish; as much to remove it from the gene pool as for any other reason. The only native summer-run steelhead in the North Fork of the Stillaguamish are the Deer Creek fish.