I don't catch a lot of Bull Trout

smarandr

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But when I do I try to catch the big ones :)

Honestly, I could count the number of bull trout I've caught on my fingers, and none until this one have been longer than 12". Since I'm coming up on 40 I would have to consider this a once in a lifetime kind of a catch for me.
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kmott

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congrats!
peshaw on the once in a lifetime thang. get backout there and git-r-dun!
been catching some decent ones the last couple years on mid fork of the boise up by atlanta also. but it's catch and release on bullies. only way I roll anyhow.
 

cedahm

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Excellent! The only large Bullies I've caught have been in Alberta and BC where they are fairly plentiful. Getting one like that in the lower 48 is a great accomplishment!

Looks a similar to Arctic Char, dolly varden
Very similar to dollies (they are a char), except their mouth is gigantic. A friend that use to guide for them in BC favored a 9" long whitefish streamer and they basically inhale them.
 

Don Fischer

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Bull Trout have mistakenly been referred to as Dolly Varden here all my life. I just let it go.
I was thinking about that. Used to catch them in Fathead Lake years ago and I think we did call them Dolly Varden. Then years later caught bunch of Dolly Varden on the Portage River in Alaska and they did look different. Tasted better too!
 

RobG

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Actually, Dolly Varden used to be their proper name. This is from “Fishes of Montana,” 1971 (note the asterisk)
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