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: Check out this small steelhead!!

Rick J
01-13-2005, 02:28 PM
Bill Kiene sent me this post of a fish caught in Bosnia!!

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01-13-2005, 03:42 PM
however, his left boot looks just a tad big

Rick J
01-13-2005, 04:53 PM
I think the photo is real - I sorta thought that also but if you look closely it looks like his left foot is wedged in a slot in the rock and really isn't out of proportion - posted this on spey site also and someone there thinks it is a cousin to the taimen

01-14-2005, 06:25 AM
If this is a taimen, which it does not immediately strike me as being especially due to the shape of the caudal peduncle and spotting pattern / shapes, not to mention the less char-like head characteristics...

then it is a very endangered species and should raise our hackles as a species worth protecting. In fact as we have often said conscientious angling is one of the most potent ways of protecting a species as this national geographic article explains:

Can angling save this species? (

In any case, this is the world's largest salmonid and it would be a privelege to have healthy enough populations to pursue this fish on a fly. Wherever possible sportsmen should work to protect it so that such populations might thrive enough to C&R them.

01-14-2005, 09:59 AM

That doesn't look like Bill in the photo (unless he has gone on some reality show and had work done).

What is with the Santa suit?