Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Alaska, Skwentna to Kodiak
What A Beaut!
That's a big one in my book bud! Every now & then I get into a big one but many times they come undone and I don't land them. I don't want a bunch of guys to pounce on me for blasphemous statements but I'll share my thoughts about big rainbow trout with you here. Where I live and fish there are rainbow / steelhead trout, many of the trout drift into the brackish tidewaters and some go into the Inlet, unless I catch them close to the salt water or they are bright with sea lice I don't know who is who. Of course there are Pacific Steelhead Trout but I don't draw any line of distinction between a big rainbow and a steelhead. If I catch a rainbow and it is 27" long and obviously 6 or 7 years old I don't waste a bunch of time wondering if it's a steelhead, they're all steelhead to me when they get that big. The only fish I hooked up with this fall that I could honestly say was a steelhead came off the hook. How do I know or what made me think that............ it was about the size of a very large silver or small king and I was only a mile above the Inlet.
Having a catch like you made would have made my season, especially the fall. We had almost 6 weeks of flooding and now my favorite places are iced over........
Congratulations on a beautiful catch!
Kill the hens you kill the river.