Caudal fin pink

This rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) is donning a pink mark on its caudal fin not because it is the "in" color for spring fashion aficionados, but because Read More…

Winter trout spawning

We captured this "ripe" female rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) while electrofishing in a California reservoir. You can tell if a female is ready to spawn by how Read More…

Rosy cheeks

This fish exhibits conspicuous rosy cheeks characteristic of adult rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss); but color like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Rainbow trout have Read More…

Isolation has its advantages

During a recent visit to Iceland we were amazed by the limited number of freshwater fish species present on the island (7 species). There are only five Read More…

Measure me

After species identification, length is the first and most important biological factor evaluated, and for steelhead trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) typically recorded as fork and total length (65 Read More…

Young-of-year rainbow trout

This juvenile rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) was recently captured in a Central Valley tributary. At 3 inches, it is similar in size to many young trout typically Read More…

One born every minute…

On this day we caught hundreds of juvenile Sacramento suckers (Catostomus occidentalis) and a lone trout. These juveniles are only a few months old, but they grow Read More…

Rainbow trout or steelhead?

This may seem like a simple question, but there is more than meets the eye. At first glance the fish in the photo above appears to be Read More…

Electricity or rod and reel?

The Quinault River is a fantastic fishery that originates on the west side of the Olympic Mountains in Washington State. Our friend Yale Smith at Smith-Root released Read More…

A season ending fish!

Although we'd love to tell a story about how this hog fell to a perfectly placed dry-fly in the last days of the general trout season, unfortunately, Read More…