Dolly Varden/Bull Trout

Salvelinus malma/Salvelinus confluentus

Average weight: 1 to 1.5 kg (2.2 to 3 lbs)

A relative of the char and trout, Dolly Varden and Bull Trout are similar and hard to differentiate. Bull trout are aggressive and will give a good fight in the Liard and Mackenzie watersheds and the streams that flow out of the Mackenzie Mountains. Dolly Varden are found in the western Mackenzie Delta, along the northern slope of the Richardson Mountains and on the Peel River watershed.

Both have dark backs with small red, orange or yellow spots on the back and sides. Dolly Varden have large eyes and an oval shape, while Bull Trout have a pronounced upper jaw and smaller eyes. Bull trout average about 1 kg (2.2 lbs) but can reach 3 kg (6.6 lbs). Dolly Varden average 1.5 kg (3 lbs). They both like medium-size spinners, spoons and flies. 

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