Yes you did. These fish have now residualized and probably will not go out to the ocean, so if any die it will not affect future runs. I release all the smolts I catch, and I treat them a lot better than most people do :wallbash: (shaking them off the hook, dragging them up onto rocks :naughty: ) The smolts are suppose to leave in May when they are released and have all of June to get to the ocean with no pressure on them. The ones left behind are now competing with wild stocks for food. The wild smolts are alot smaller right now about 5-6 inches.
Dry fly action is quite fun for them, so go out with a light weight rod and toss some dries, you might be surprised at the fight they put up in the faster water :thumbup:
Nice looking fish but doesnt look very big? I have caught a few that size on the fly, and the boy out of luck on some lures. Let me see a 18"er out of the Vedder!! That would be nice!
The bigger resident fish are there, they are just few and far between. The bigger residents always seem to be in deep and fast water with a lot of cover. So far I have only caught 2. I got the one last year around 18 inches and one this year that was about 16, but really fat. The one in the pic is only bout 12 inches but he was pretty fat too. :thumbup: