This is one of the most excellent photos Ive ever seen in the "angler holding his catch" category. That fish is a maginificent specimen. Now, I feel stupid for asking, but can you clarify for me whether this is an anadromous mykiss, or one of those gargantuan actual "rainbow" trout; as your caption eludes to???? Cause if its a trout.....that is a once in 3 lifetimes fish.
most pictures of big alaskan rainbows i have seen were usually more colored and have alot of spots.
This one one hell of a clean fish to be a rainbow, usually fish that look that silver are sea-run fish.
I recognize the picture. I've fished the same area. These are resident 'Bows, not steelhead from the sea. They live in a lake and decend into a river to feed on flesh of decaying Salmon in the Fall. So some, like the one in the picture, are really well fed. My largest since going there for the past 3 years is "only" 30.5 inches. According to another website where the same pic is posted, that fish is 32.5" x 18.5". It's not the largest Rainbow taken there in 2006 but it is an absolute beauty. I'm taking a Skagit outfit there for the first time in mid Oct. Yippie Yahoo!!:hihi:
Yes,,,, This very close to a Rainbow of a life time. I was very fortunate to find this fish. The last afternoon of our stay and the fishing was tough. I talked the guide into trying a spot that we had success 2 weeks before this trip and man did we hit the spot right. In the course of an hour, of fishing this spot we had 3 Rainbows over 30". This was the last of the fish and hit on a black string leach drifted off a shelf in the river.
The fish measured 32.5" x 18.5". I am looking forward to returning to the Naknek in October for more trophy hunting for pure Alaska Rainbows on a spey rod.