HERE, Angler's Mail reveals another new species caught in the UK - this steelhead is one the first-ever to be properly identified from British waters!
Angler’s Mail magazine exclusively revealed how it gave roach expert Dr Mark Everard the right run around when he was invited to fish an exclusive stretch of the upper Hampshire Avon.
The Pacific bruiser, normally caught in North Amercia – gave Mark one hell of a highlight in what were awful conditions. He estimated it at 7 lb-plus.
Mark was invited to fish a game-only stretch of the upper Hampshire Avon around Amesbury – well up the river – by an owner keen to see how big the roach he had seen actually got.
“As the fish topped, I thought I had hooked a grilse salmon. It was certainly going like one!,” he told Angler’s Mail magazine.
“I also took a number of photos of key features as my suspicions were aroused.
“And I copied those photos to a number of experts, including a number of my friends in the Wild Trout Trust. We all now agree… a steelhead!” he concluded.
In the excitement, Mark returned the steelhead without weighing it so can’t claim a possible record although there is a British best for sea trout which are the same scientific species as standard brown trout.
What’s a steelhead?
• The basic characteristics are those of a rainbow trout and have the same scientific Latin name. Britain’s natural sea trout are brown trout.
• Fin shapes indicate that this fish entered the river as a farmed and stocked rainbow trout so didn’t come across from North America.
• The largest steelhead can weigh over 40 lb and measure 45 inches, but most weigh 8-20 lb. In North America, they’re one of the top 5 sporting fish.
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