Golden stones are hatching on the upper freestone section of the Arkansas, but it's nothing like a sronefly hatch in any decent state.
Out for trout today and got this gorgeous beast!! Not positive if this was a steelhead but it was only 16" but weighed easily over 2 pounds. Extremely tough fight took it towards a large log jam twice with decent time in the air too!
Haven't seen spotting like it before in my life. Gorgeous fish though for sureView attachment 245808
Wow, I have never seen a rainbow trout with light halos on it's back and head, unless I am seeing a trick shadow?
Calling for anyone else who has seen a lot of fish..anyone recall seeing something like this? @Salmo_g , @Stonefish, @cabezon, @Smalma @dustinchromers.
Thanks for posting @SinglehandJay -looks like a fat resident fish
I caught this at the same river two years ago. I wasn't sure if this was a summer steelhead or a massive rainbow. Same with this next one at the same river but was positive it is a Steelhead.SinglehandJay-
Congrats on a nice trout! I have seen examples of such fish from a number of North Puget Sound rivers who based on aging from scale samples were resident rainbows. Your fish was likely 5 or 6 years old and had spawned at least once.
Such fish when we encounter them are always special that in reality are an equally important component of our anadromous ecosystems. I will post a new thread on the general forum on the occurrences and importance of these resident rainbows (as well as cutthroat) in our rivers and their potential role in fisheries management.