Our local (Walla Walla area) steelhead display amazing size variation. This hen and buck were taken in the same pool within 1 hour of each other. Both hatchery fish, I would be inclinded to think the smaller fish is from a different hatchery than the larger male. The big male is 38.5 inches while the hen was 21 inches. He outweighed her by 17lbs. Here is another photo of him: We kept the female to try to indentify what exactly she was. Her eggs were underdevloped for march, furthermore she was chrome and her flesh was deep orange. I showed photos of the fish and eggs to a local biologist who concluded she still had at least a month, likely longer, before she would spawn. I think both these fish have been to the ocean. The buck for likely 3 years while the hen had probably not spent more than several months in the salt. She was also probably smaller heading out that he was, destined to be a much smaller fish. Curt, is there any reason for such size variations? I would assume the buck is B-run headed for the clearwater but it is possible that it just spent more time out in the salt than average. Thoughts?