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  • Rainbow or steelhead? Still a novice. So this was a shock to hook into and land!

     ToxicTung updated 10 months, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • ToxicTung

    Member
    December 16, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Rainbow or steelhead? Still a novice. So this was a shock to hook into and land!

  • mtymstra

    Guest
    December 16, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    What’s the general location of the catch? Great catch either way!

  • DO_initinthewoods

    Guest
    December 16, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Short answer: Yes
    Long Answer: If it’s a common spot for migratory fish(from the great lakes or ocean) and the right time of year then it’s a steelhead which can be colored as a rainbow or in silver phase. If youre in a closed pond or inland stream with no migratory fish then you’re looking at a rainbow. [Others please comment if you understand differently]

    Either way that is an awesome fish!! Keep it up

  • MrSticky_

    Guest
    December 16, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    I think the WA fishing regs defines any rainbow over 2 ft (or 18 inches maybe?) a steelhead. Or maybe it has to be in an area where migration is possible?

    At any rate, the WDFW has a specific legal definition for a steelhead

    Edit to add: Gorgeous area for fishing. I’m pretty luck that I got to grow up and learn to fish in North Central Washington and the scenery (and fish) never gets old

  • bigcountry138

    Guest
    December 16, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    r/someonegetinafightdefiningsteelhead

    Nice fish! It’s a troot!

  • epandrsn

    Guest
    December 16, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Local regs will define what a steelhead is. Both genetically identical, so…

  • BeeElls

    Guest
    December 16, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Spots below the lateral line. Rainbow. Great fish man.

  • zoubrew

    Guest
    December 16, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    The last episode of Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast, Trout Markings And Their Significance, goes into this a bit. John McMillan has some great insights on resident trout vs steelhead. He’s on two of my favorite episodes of April Vokey’s podcast.

  • NW-Norm

    Guest
    December 16, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    The amount of speckling below the lateral line leads me more towards rainbow. But I’m not as familiar with the lake running cousin of coastal steelhead.

  • Ty-McFly

    Guest
    December 16, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    ^(they’re the same thing)

  • ridinbend

    Guest
    December 16, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Rainbow trout

  • pandainsomniac

    Guest
    December 16, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Beautiful football!

  • whipfinish

    Guest
    December 16, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Looks pretty Rainbowy/landlocked to me. No head of steel, more a head of green.

  • blakeblevins

    Guest
    December 16, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Rainbow from Eastern WA my self

  • Tattooedtroutdude

    Guest
    December 16, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Looks like a coastal cutthroat to me

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