Exotics Identification

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Illustration by Steven Schalla, FlyFishingtheSierra.com, used with permission Exotics refer to any species of wild trout that establishes a self-sustaining population in geographic regions where they are not native.  The most common exotic species in the US are Brown, Rainbow, … Read More

Rainbow Trout Identification

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Illustration by Steven Schalla, FlyFishingtheSierra.com, used with permission Coastal rainbows (“Oncorhynchus mykiss irideus”) are native to the north Pacific coast, from northern Mexico to Alaska, and across the Bering Straight to eastern Asia. Within CONUS, the coastal rainbow trout’s original … Read More

Identification Overview

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These pages describe 24 trout species and sub-species sought by anglers in the lower-48 United States.  THE DOWNLOAD SYSTEM PROVIDES A HIGHER RESOLUTION PDF VERSION OF THESE PAGES, SIZED TO FIT IN YOUR VEST, WHICH YOU CAN PRINT AND TAKE … Read More

Eagle Lake Rainbow Trout Identification

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Illustration by Steven Schalla, FlyFishingtheSierra.com, used with permission The Eagle Lake Rainbow Trout is the only rainbow trout native to the east side of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains.  This trout is unique in it’s ability to withstand high alkalinity (Eagle … Read More

Snake River Cutthroat Identification

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Illustration by Steven Schalla, FlyFishingtheSierra.com, used with permission The Snake River Cutt is also known as the “fine spotted” Yellowstone Cutt.   As with all cutthroats, check first for the distinct orange-red cutthroat slash below the jaw.  The Snake River … Read More

Bull Trout Identification

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Illustration by Steven Schalla, FlyFishingtheSierra.com, used with permission Bull Trout, and its close cousin, the Dolly Varden, are chars (along with the “eastern” Brook Trout).  Their color varies with habitat and locality, but the body is generally gray to olive … Read More

Gila Trout Identification

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Illustration by Steven Schalla, FlyFishingtheSierra.com, used with permission The most distinctive characteristics of the Gila Trout are its coppery to yellow body color, and spotting that is limited principally to the upper third of its body (above the lateral line), … Read More

Little Kern Golden Trout Identification

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Illustration by Steven Schalla, FlyFishingtheSierra.com, used with permission The Little Kern Golden closely resembles the California Golden (aka “Volcano Creek Golden”) except that it has many more spots over the back and onto the head.  Like the California Golden, it … Read More

California Golden Trout Identification

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Illustration by Steven Schalla, FlyFishingtheSierra.com, used with permission The Golden Trout, aka the “Volcano Creek Golden Trout” can be distinguished by its bright golden body. The back has a brassy or copper coloration. A bright red stripe goes through the … Read More

Coastal Cutthroat Identification

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Illustration by Steven Schalla, FlyFishingtheSierra.com, used with permission Check first for the distinct orange-red cutthroat slash below the jaw.  If you find one, and you’re in the right range, it’s almost certainly a Coastal Cutthroat, as no other cutt inhabits … Read More

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