Western Oregon Brook Trout

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Western Oregon Brook TroutSalmo Masoni (Suckley)

The common brook trout of the tributaries of the lower Columbia and of coastwise streams of Oregon and Washington is very similar to the typical irideus and is readily distinguished from its associates, the steelhead and the cut-throat, by its larger scales. Compared with the cut-throat, it is less slender, the snout is more rounded there is no red between the branches of the lower jaw there are no hyoid teeth the maxillary is broader and shorter the operate more evenly convex there are fewer spots below the lateral line and the red markings on the sides usually coalesce to form a red lateral band; scales 120 to 130. Apparently merging into the ordinary irideus southward, if indeed, the 2 forms are distinguishable.

This trout rarely weighs more than a pound. It is found from Puget Sound to southern Oregon in streams of the Coast Range, and is locally abundant.

It is interesting to note that the type of this gamy little trout was caught by George B. McClellan. In describing it Dr. Suckley says: " I obtained this species at the Cathlapootl River, August 2, 1853, and am indebted for it to the skill of Capt. Geo. B. McClellan, as he took it with the artificial fly at a time when they did not readily bite at any bait."

From American Game and Food Fishes. Jordan and Evermann, 1902.