A steelhead is a salmon instead of a sea-running rainbow? Boy, that flies in the face of everything I ever thought. Especially since steelhead run back to the ocean. I want to call BS on that one.
Little known fact. Everyone always thinks that rainbows (a California native trout west of the Sierra Nevadas) is an introduced trout in Montana, but there actually is a native rainbow trout to Montana. To wit, the native inland redband rainbow trout which resides in the Yaak River in northwestern Montana. My understanding is that that particular species is not really a native rainbow, but a land-locked steelhead that became landlocked several centuries ago due to some cataclysmic geologic event that produced something (landslide? falls?) that prevented its ancestors from swimming back to the Pacific Ocean, which lead to Montana's only native rainbow trout species.
Mule, I suspected as much. In 1996, I pounded the red fish, but had to let them all go, as they were all outside the slot limit.