Why do people more commonly call the Dolly Varden a trout? Just because they are in the same family as them, the Dolly Varden is a really a char! The two fish may look alike in form but their colorations are totally opposite. Trout are light colored. Dolly Varden are dark colored with bright colorful spots. You can look just as distinctive as this char with this one piece. They aren’t distinct in many other ways. In fact, they are quite similar in size to the common salmon that you will find in the same waters along the Alaskan Coast. Just remember: char!
The Dolly Varden and we're not talking about the beautiful character from Charles Dickens' story "Barnaby Rudge." The Dolly Varden is similar to the Bull Trout and Arctic Char. It's prized by fisherman because of it beautiful colors however, there used to be paid bounties on its fish tails to rid local waters of Dolly Varden. This fishing Romper is great for any trout fan.