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    Sorry for the carnage, but I was wondering if people thought the top fish was a 'b-run' or a larger a-run.


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    1. Ryan Nathe

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  1. k2flyfisher

    its taco time. wheres the sauce?
    this is probably the best info ive read on the differentiation between the two...its hard to say with so many different river strains contributing to the "pool" where this fish was headed, but it does resemble the larger skamanias that we see a lot of down in these parts...nice "grouping" either way Ryan!


    From a NOAA source:


    A- and B-run steelhead--Inland steelhead of the Columbia River Basin, especially the Snake River Subbasin, are commonly referred to as either A-run or B-run. These designations are based on the observation of a bimodal migration of adult steelhead at Bonneville Dam (Columbia River river kilometer (RKm) 235) and differences in age (1- versus 2-ocean) and adult size observed among Snake River steelhead. Adult A-run steelhead enter fresh water from June to August; as defined, the A-run passes Bonneville Dam before 25 August (CBFWA 1990, IDFG 1994). Adult B-run steelhead enter fresh water from late August to October, passing Bonneville Dam after 25 August (CBFWA 1990, IDFG 1994). Above Bonneville Dam (e.g., at Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River, 695 km from the mouth of the Columbia River), run-timing separation is not observed, and the groups are separated based on ocean age and body size (IDFG 1994). A-run steelhead are defined as predominately age-1-ocean, while B-run steelhead are defined as age-2-ocean (IDFG 1994). Adult B-run steelhead are also thought to be on average 75-100 mm larger than A-run steelhead of the same age; this is attributed to their longer average residence in salt water (Bjornn 1978, CBFWA 1990, CRFMP TAC, 1991). It is unclear, however, if the life history and body size differences observed upstream have been correlated back to the groups forming the bimodal migration observed at Bonneville Dam. Furthermore, the relationship between patterns observed at the dams and the distribution of adults in spawning areas throughout the Snake River Basin is not well understood. A-run steelhead are believed to occur throughout the steelhead-bearing streams of the Snake River Basin; additionally, inland Columbia River steelhead outside of the Snake River Basin are also considered A-run (IDFG 1994). B-run steelhead are thought to be produced only in the Clearwater, Middle Fork Salmon, and South Fork Salmon Rivers (IDFG 1994).
    #1 12-1-11 7:04pm

    mike doughty

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    to damn complex. we don't have that problem here in utard with the troutskies
    #2 12-2-11 6:13am




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