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    Re: any steelhead yet???

    Quote Originally Posted by fishwrong2 View Post
    There is a reason for the American River fish being a later run than the Feather and Sac. When the dams went in, the American river steelhead fishery went to nearly zero. They used Eel River broodstock in the hatchery to repopulate the river. Those Eel River steelhead are significantly different genetically in several ways including the fact that they tend to run much later in the year than the central valley strains. They're typically much larger (average Feather or Sac steelhead is 3-4 pounds, while American fish get upward of 15+ in some cases). The American fish also tend to be longer bodied and retain their silver color longer. The Feather and Sac fish tend to be deeper bodied and more coloration. Not all of them follow this pattern, but enough to tell a difference most of the time. The cool part is it extends the season for us.
    There’s got to be more to it than that, as the Salmon follow the same pattern - Sac up by Redding sees the first fish followed closely by the Feather, then the AR. Seems like the fish that have the farthest to go come in first. There’s actually two strains of Steelies on the AR - the Eel River strain which are larger and longer, and the “true” AR strain that are smaller and shaped like a football. The Eel River strain actually come in earlier than the AR fish.
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    Re: any steelhead yet???

    There are steelhead in the AR just not the numbers like the feather right now.


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    Re: any steelhead yet???

    There is a reason for the American River fish being a later run than the Feather and Sac. When the dams went in, the American river steelhead fishery went to nearly zero. They used Eel River broodstock in the hatchery to repopulate the river. Those Eel River steelhead are significantly different genetically in several ways including the fact that they tend to run much later in the year than the central valley strains. They're typically much larger (average Feather or Sac steelhead is 3-4 pounds, while American fish get upward of 15+ in some cases). The American fish also tend to be longer bodied and retain their silver color longer. The Feather and Sac fish tend to be deeper bodied and more coloration. Not all of them follow this pattern, but enough to tell a difference most of the time. The cool part is it extends the season for us.

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    Re: any steelhead yet???

    Been waiting many months for this time of year..
    if you fish for trout you will catch trout!! if you fish for steelhead you might catch steelhead!!

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    Re: any steelhead yet???

    Quote Originally Posted by stefanoflo View Post
    seems to be the Pattern that the steel heads are there before the Sac Area
    Seems to be that way with Salmon as well...gotta be somethin to that!

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    Re: any steelhead yet???

    Quote Originally Posted by jjb View Post
    I heard the feather is better right now


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    seems to be the Pattern that the steel heads are there before the Sac Area

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    Re: any steelhead yet???

    I heard the feather is better right now


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    any steelhead yet???

    so any steelhead reports yet ? With the newest storm of the Fall coming in it should bring up some Steelhead on the Lower section of the American.but whats in it now?

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