Photo From: Joe Reynolds
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Description: This rainbow is typical of those resident in the Zhupanova River,
Kamchatka, Russia. Some I caught were even larger. They average from 28 to
30 inches or even more, and 8 to 12 lbs! Catch and release only. This river
flows east into the Pacific Ocean. It contains the largest rainbow in
Kamchatka, and, according to the Wild Salmon Center, the largest sized
resident rainbow population on earth. There are rivers in Kamchatka where
one can catch far more, slightly smaller rainbow 20 - 24". All other
species in the river - chum, king, sockeye, silver, arctic and
white-spotted Russian char (khundza) are sea-run.
There are few, if any, steelhead in rivers draining East.
by Joe Reynolds