The Rainbow Trout: Salmo gairdneri
This is a native western trout. Steelheads are Rainbows that go to sea Normal length is about 3’9″, though they have been known to reach a forty pound size. They range from the Bering Sea to California in freshwater lakes and streams. They usually spend from two to four years in their home stream before going to sea where they stay for about three years. At this time they come back to their original birthplace to spawn. It takes up to six years for freshwater females to sexually mature. Warm waters and blocked streams are threatening their survival. The design on the body is like one used by:
A Northwest Pacific Coastal Tribe from the Queen Charlotte Islands, an archipelago off Northern British Columbia, Canada. A design like this would have been used on a blanket or box around the turn of the century. Frogs represented new life.