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

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

Greenback Cutthroat Identification

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Illustration by Steven Schalla, FlyFishingtheSierra.com, used with permission Greenback cutts were considered Endangered until the 1990s.  Extensive conservation work expanded their range from 9 populations to several dozen, and the trout was honored as the “State Fish of Colorado”, and … Read More

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