S. Fork Snoqualmie Rainbow - Age?

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  1. squaretail

    squaretail Respect the FISH

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    I caught this fish today on the S. Fork of the Snoqualmie River, east of North Bend. Most fish I catch on this river are between 6" - 10", thus this guy caught me by surprise. This rainbow was a legit 20". I am wondering, how long would it take to grow to this size, on this body of water?

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  2. SteelieD

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    :thumb: WOW

    I hope some folks who know that water will chime in here. That is HUGE fish for that river.
     
  3. Eric Tarcha

    Eric Tarcha gear whore

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    cheers bro, I believe that is equivalent to a 20 lb steelhead for that system.
     
  4. Lex Story

    Lex Story Angler, Gastronomist, Artist, Jarhead, Geek

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    I've seen 20" brookies but never rainbow that approached that size on the SF. Congrats and keep that spot under your hat. Now I'm all antsy to go and scout, heck that photo is giving me the Jimmy legs!!!
     
  5. sroffe

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    Wow. That's one awesome fish on that river.
     
  6. Jacob Mitchell

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    I fish that river quite a bit and the biggest I have ever got was a 13". That fish you got is a pig!!!! Congrats!!
     
  7. Skysoldier

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    Congrats! that is a beautiful fish.
     
  8. Dan Soltau

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    wow, that is a fine, beautiful specimen! well done there squaretail! big fish are a combo of food sources and genetics, that fish appears to be around 6 years old. as they get older they tend to start developing a rugged look with defined, hardened facial features. that fish doesnt really have that going on, it could be right out of the madison! what a fish!
     
  9. Chris Scoones

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    Nice fish!
     
  10. Dehlan G

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    You sure that it isn't a steelhead that jumped Snoq Falls? :thumb: :beer1::beer1:
     
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    :beer2: hamana-hamana-hamana . . . . that is a nice fish anywhere but has to be close to a (if not the) modern day record on that river.
     
  12. Keith Hixson

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    It's a steelhead that jumped Snoq Falls. :rofl: That I must agree is the best answer. Must be at least 4 or 5 years old.
     
  13. Trout Master

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    Very well could be a steelhead, as there is a private Hatchery on the south fork up one of the feeder creeks that raises them,and it couldve escaped .
     
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    Maybe. Looks pretty healthy for a hatchery ecsapee though, unless it's survived in the system for a few years after.
     
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    I Just caught a huge one today??HMMMMM