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Old 02-11-2013, 01:29 PM
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Default Re: Steelhead with bad Gill Plates

It's certainly a common trait in hatchery steelhead, I am not sure if it is a virus, but definitely not uncommon in hatchery steelhead.

The ones I catch with the issue it doesn't really seem to effect them, just makes them more vulnerable to injury during the fight and when you land them...

I see it in Skamania strain steelhead all the time here in Southwest Michigan...
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