The Bull Trout/Dolly Varden is one of the rarest trout of the char family. Have you ever fished or caught one?
Joined: 1/10/2006Yup, I love catching them. I’ve found that they’re best eating when cooked up within 24hrs of the catch. If you do, then they stay really firm and for some reason, it tastes better too
Joined: 1/14/2006Yes, oh very yes!!
Derek, try them fresh, stream side for taste delight
Joined: 9/9/2004Nope. Don’t have them over this way. Heck, we’re lucky to have a few browns and rainbows.
P.S. Oh, almost forgot, Steelhead too!It's not how far you shoot, but how close you get.
Joined: 7/9/2005If it ain’t on Bass Pro, I don’t fish ityep, caught one on the mckenzie one time. released it unharmed!
they are protected in this part of the country, and very rare to even
hook one! it was only about 10″ long, neat lookin fish!We have caught quite a few Dolly Vardens in a few differant spots. My step daughter Brittney caught one when she was 9 and kept calling it a Dolly Parten My husband got so mad (which is why she kept calling it a Dolly Parten. We still laugh about it today. I have some good pictures of Dolly Vardens. I need to scan them
We have caught quite a few Dolly Vardens in a few differant spots. My step daughter Brittney caught one when she was 9 and kept calling it a Dolly Parten My husband got so mad (which is why she kept calling it a Dolly Parten. We still laugh about it today. I have some good pictures of Dolly Vardens. I need to scan them [/quote:nbeyj2ev]Betcha that fish had some big “fins”
That’s precious there
Joined: 5/28/2005Beleive it or not I haven’t specifically fished for trout in over 20 years.I still do buy a trout stamp every year though.Quite honestly I don’t know why I still buy it but I do.I guess my subconcious thinks that on a spur of the moment I may want to go trout fishing.
Joined: 3/7/2006I have caught more then a few, usually when I fish for steelhead using roe, but they are protected so they go back unharmed
Joined: 4/2/2006Nope, but I’m after some stocked Rainbows and Browns this weekend in the NE corner of our state.
We have caught quite a few Dolly Vardens in a few differant spots. My step daughter Brittney caught one when she was 9 and kept calling it a Dolly Parten My husband got so mad (which is why she kept calling it a Dolly Parten. We still laugh about it today. I have some good pictures of Dolly Vardens. I need to scan them [/quote:3hhp3na6]Betcha that fish had some big “fins”
That’s precious there [/quote:3hhp3na6]While drift boat fishing for King Salmon in Alaska a few years ago, I caught quite a few (small ones though….catch and release) it got to the point that I was called the “Dolly King” in our boatOver 25 years ago, before the introduction the opossum shrimp (Mysis[/i:1u0jzls6])
and the stocking Lake trout in Flathead Lake (NW Montana), Bulltrout where
relatively abundant in parts of the drainage and could be fished without feeling guilty.
However since then the Kokanee Salmon (landlocked Sockeyes) population
has crashed and disappeared which was the main food source of the Bulls living in the lake.
Together, with all the other impacts on their habitat, the Bull trout numbers
have dwindled in most of the drainage.
There is however some good news. The Hungry Horse Dam, which was built
before the introduction of these non-native species has turned out to be a benefit
for the Bull Trout. The dam is located on the South Fork of the Flathead River
just above the confluence with the other forks and has kept the Lake trout out
of the South Fork drainage, and thus protecting the native Bull trout populations.
So sometimes a dam can even turn out to be environmetally beneficial.
Thus you can still fish (catch and release) for Bull trout there.
However, in freshwater I’m a flyfishing purist, and adult Bull trout usually don’t go for flies,
except when a big salmonfly (Stoneflies, Plecoptera) hatch is coming off.
Bull trout are voracious predators, which mainly feed on smaller fish.
Thus you normally won’t encounter them when flyfishing.
This fish was actually caught by accident: My wife had hooked a little 5-6″ Cutthroat
and was playing it, when this monster came up and just hammered it swallowing it whole.
My wife just freaked, when it hit, the reel going “zzzzzzzzzzz”, taking off all the flyline
and much of the backing……
She just wanted me to have the rod right away saying “Here, you take it!”
So with much patience, on really light tackle, we slowly brought this guy in.
(Talking about an adrenalin rush!) When we finally had him, we were able
to pull the little Cut with the fly smoothly out and return him to the river
Tox.I wonder what fly these guys were using…think they would tell…chances are probably slim to none and slim just left town.
The next two pending world records in the Fly Rod category are for Bull trout. Both were caught in August 2006 out of Wigwam River in British Columbia, Canada. The first Bull trout was 10lbs-8oz (caught by Josh Splinter) and the second was 18lbs 8oz (caught by A. Matthew Eggert). Tippet sizes were different[/i:364f9nrm]
…and Bull Trout have been added to the Endangered Species list. You now need a MT separate permit to fish for them and a catch card:
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