Originally Posted by mcnerney
Vans: I'm no expert at telling the two apart, but as the others have said, either way that is a great catch, Congrats!
Well, surprisingly enough, it is actually a steelhead.
At least according to the people who the state pays to tell them what fish are where. Two Senior level fisheries biologists and one Principal level fisheries biologist from a large international consulting firm
say that is definitely a steelhead. There are a number of factors that give them that determination. Also, ODFW claims( through surveys and the like from people the like these
) there is not a resident Rainbow population in the main stem of the Clackamas. In its tributaries, yes, but not the main stem.
It is kinda a blessing and a curse at the same time. I would almost it rather be a great big Rainbow than a little bitty Steelhead. lol
BTW, nice fish nockhunter.