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Old 10-26-2011, 07:55 PM
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Hey, nothing wrong with bitty steelies, that's what I caught too Gotta love the idea of your fishing stories getting vetoed by the mrs., however.

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So, here is a link to an Oregon fishing forum where i first posted this whole tale..

Finally i have to post reasons why it is a steelhead. The post where the reasons are listed is a copy/paste from an email from my wife. lol. She is riled up about it. I had to edit out some "colorful" language. lol

Reason #1: It was caught in the lower Clackamas mainstem.

Rainbow are not found in the mainstem Clackamas. They are only found several miles upstream in headwater tributaries where the water is cooler and there is large wood and good cover. They live in those tributaries their entire lives. They are born, feed, breed, and die there. The mainstem Clackamas is a warm nasty mud hole in the summer months and Rainbow are very particular about their habitat. Cutthroat will live in a pile of **** if it has a small dribble of water in it. Rainbow will not.

Reason #2: It's not the right color.

Willamette Valley rainbow trout are distinctive. They have bright colors. This fish was muted and had silvered like a fish does when it goes out to see.

Reason #3: It's too big!

That was a fat, 17" long fish. A big rainbow in that system is probably more like 14".

Reason #4: It makes the most logical sense!

At this time of the year you'd expect to find a jack steelhead in that part of the Clackamas River. It's possible that a rainbow could have followed a misguided salmon out of a trib and up river to mow down some salmon eggs, but that's a long shot.

Bottom line, it's an Onchorynchus mykiss. The only way to know definitively whether it is a steelhead or not is to test a scale sample to see if it's hit salt water. That is the only way anyone can ever definitely tell a Steelhead from a Rainbow.

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Here are a couple from Fridays trip with A.j. (gatortransplant).

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Hey even a pic with me holding a fish. Its kinda nice fishing with someone.

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That first one absolutely SWALLOWED that fly. I would have taken the picture if we weren't busy with a double :P And that second one just shows how much cooler you are than me, with the stogie hanging out there. Maybe I'd be cooler if I could take a non-blurry shot...
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Great fish all around fellas. When a river has steelhead and transient trout in the system they are all steelhead trout to me. We have trout as big as steelhead here and the rivers run right into the sea so I don't worry over anyone telling me my big fish isn't what I think it is. So Vans, Congratulations, and AJ, you too Mike. All great fish and there'll be no hair splitting from this corner.

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Those were Steel all right. We were only a mile and a half from Lake Ontario. That pic wasn't blurry, it was just nice to have someont take the pic for ya.

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my son, Bryan lands a nice steelie from the salmon river this past weekendClick the image to open in full size.

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our friend Nick's second trip to the Salmon River and he finally lands his first fish!Click the image to open in full size.
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Great fish, guys! The best part is the lack of people in the background! For the Salmon River, that seems unlikely. What a chrome bullet Nick's fish is! And your son's fish has quite the mean face on him!
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thanks! -we fish in the lower and upper fly zones mostly -at some times during certain days it 's hard to find a spot on the Salmon River -and I know how it feels to get on the water early to hold a spot on this river - it gets very crowded at times with all kinds of fishermen - and I know how it feels when people step into your space after you've gotten up early to be in that space - but most people are cool, some not so cool- the river is fast and the fish are huge and you have to have some weight on the line to get it down -some people fish with lots of weight - You have to step back when someone is walking a fish up or downriver - it's a challenge to land a fish on this river - most people get a kick out of seeing the kids flyfishing there - all these things balance out to an ultimately pleasant experience.

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Awesome Steel boys!!

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Great steelie photos! Awesome thread A.J.!!
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