Randy was out guiding one of our guests, David, on Monday on the Anchor River and they hooked up on some nice Dolly Varden and Steelhead Trout. Using beads to mimic the salmon eggs they feed on, both are active and fun to catch!
For those of you not familiar with “Dollys”, though similar to, and often confused with, trout, Dolly Varden are actually a char. To tell a char from a trout, look at their spots—char have light spots (white or yellow to red) on a dark body, while trout have dark spots (brown to black) on a light body.
According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, there are two forms of Dolly Varden in Alaska, which differ in number of vertebrae and in number of chromosomes between the northern and southern forms.
In addition to the beautiful fall foliage, these anglers also spotted quite a few eagles and a moose!