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12/15/2015
Steelhead
Noon
12/16/2015
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Same old thing, one more silver and my personal best dollie that was just under 4#. River is looking good now. I would like to catch a steelhead in there some day though. Jigs as usual.
I haven't seen any one else fishing, they are probably fishing better rivers


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the piranha
12/17/2015 4:26:00 AM
The 2 pics are the same dollie, I was just trying to show how thick it was. It didn't want to hold still for a picture.
jonb
12/17/2015 8:55:00 AM
That is a bull trout not a dolly varden. The odds of catching dollies in ps river are really, really low. There are a few strongholds for them in whatcom county, but most of what we see are bull trout. 95% of our native anidromous char are bulls while dollies mostly live in small isolated high elevation streams.
jonb
12/17/2015 9:16:00 AM
If you search dolly varden on wikipedia and read the whole page, youll see there are 2 major types of dolly varden, the northern (arctic ocean drainages) salvelinus Malma and the southern dolly( pacific drainages) , salvelinus malma lordi.
Salvelinus malma is anadromous, like our bull trout, but salvelinus malma lordi is mostly fluvial or lacustrine, which means it either lives in deep lakes and spawns in feeder streams (lacustrine) or lives in rivers and spawns in small tributaries (fluvial).

Anadromous and fluvial bull trout are in our rivers right now as it is their spawning season here, which leads me to the conclusion that what you have is nearly certainly a bull trout and not a dolly varden. A dolly has a different head/body shape, and imo is more colorful than a bull trout, so it looks like a bull too.
Brat Bonker
12/17/2015 11:20:00 AM
that's a good looking Dolly!
the piranha
12/17/2015 11:56:00 AM
I was reading about stream restoration around the northwest, they only mentioned bull trout, I called called them dollies for so long, but I am going to stay calling them bulls.
jonb
12/17/2015 2:37:00 PM
Not trying to be a dick, just trying to be informative. That is a nice bull though.
schu7498
12/18/2015 2:30:00 PM
Yes great info! I believe you can only find dollies in a few streams in WA that are living above impassible fish barriers.
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