Rio Grande Cutthroat Identification

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Illustration by Steven Schalla, FlyFishingtheSierra.com, used with permission As with all cutthroats, check first for the distinct orange-red cutthroat slash below the jaw.  The Rio Grande Cutt will exhibit a yellowish gray-green to gray body with and an orange tint … Read More

Apache Trout Identification

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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 … Read More

Westslope Cutthroat Identification

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Illustration by Steven Schalla, FlyFishingtheSierra.com, used with permission As with all cutthroats, check first for the distinct orange-red cutthroat slash below the jaw.  The Westslope will often exhibit bright yellow, orange and red colors, especially among males during the spawning … Read More

Brown Trout Identification

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Illustration by Steven Schalla, FlyFishingtheSierra.com, used with permission A native of the “old” world, Brown Trout were stocked in the United States as far back as the 19th century, and are now the second most widely distributed wild trout species … Read More

Columbia Basin Redband Trout Identification

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Illustration by Steven Schalla, FlyFishingtheSierra.com, used with permission Redband is the common name for native-strain rainbow trout which live east of the coastal region. They are classified as subspecies of rainbow trout, with multiple sub-variants which are not necessarily consistently … Read More

Yellowstone Cutthroat Identification

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Illustration by Steven Schalla, FlyFishingtheSierra.com, used with permission Yellowstone Cutts come in two variants:  Large and Fine Spotted.  This describes the Large Spotted variant.  The fine spotted variant is also known as the Snake River Cutthroat. As with all cutthroats, … 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

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