Illustration by Steven Schalla, FlyFishingtheSierra.com, used with permission
The most distinctive characteristics of the Apache Trout are its yellow to yellow-olive body color which shows tints of purple and pink and its large dorsal fin. Medium sized spots cover its body fairly uniformly, both above and below the lateral line. Spots on either side of eye create a “bandit mask” effect. Pelvic and anal fins will exhibit cream or yellowish tips. Many mature fish will also exhibit a yellow cutthroat mark.