All steelhead and rainbows
Santa Cruz Naturalist

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UCSC doctoral candidate Katie Kobayashi’s personal and professional lives look very similar, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. You can usually catch her in waders angling for fish somewhere between Santa Cruz and Patagonia. We caught up with Katie about the fish she studies, which can be known as either steelhead or rainbow trout; what e-fishing is, and why the humble trout matters to the ecosystem of the Santa Cruz Mountains.