I've been perplexed for a long time about whether westside rivers (that don't have barriers to migrating trout like the Snoqulamie forks) truly have resident trout populations. I've done a fair amount of exploring on many of our puget sound area rivers only to find tons of finger-sized fish that were so aggressive they would swallow a sparrow imitation if it fit in their little mouths. I can't imagine how resident trouts could compete with those ferverous little guys. Fishing for smolts twinges my ethics bone a little bit, so what's a general rule about what kind of conditions must exist in a costal stream for there to be resident trout populations? Judging by many posts i've seen here (like the posts about the Tolt river a few days ago) that talk about doing well catching fish in the 6" range, i'd say that i'm not the only one who's confused about this distinction. It seems clear to me that these are smolts, not resident trout. I think it would be helpful if someone with more knowledge of trout ecology would shed some light on the subject of what kind of conditions allow for resident populations, because I wouldn't mind catching a few of the little guys!