The higher powers requested i repost this here....
Went to the Clackamas river late yesterday morning hoping to catch a steelhead. I was swinging a purple leach and hooked this big boy....
17.5" and a fat 5.5" deep. Really gave my Cabelas 7wt a workout.
General consensus on local forums has it as a big Rainbow trout, from a river that according to info my other half has access to, shouldn
t have a resident population of.
It seems that Mrs. Van has other ideas about it. See, she is a fisheries biologist by training and before she moved up into corporate financials she was a senior fisheries person doing salmon, steelhead and trout work that included surveys and habitat restoration. According to her the main stem of the Clackamas river does not have a resident Rainbow population. The feeder streams do however. She thinks that it is a small steelhead. So, tomorrow she is emailing the pic up to a coworker in Seattle who is a trout guy for his input. lol.
It seems my wife is coming to the rescue of my lost first steelhead. lol
I would prefer it a steelhead, but happy that it is a big fish from where it came from. Funny thing is, if i had caught this on one of the coastal rivers it would
be a steelhead.