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

Lahontan Cutthroat Identification

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Illustration by Steven Schalla, FlyFishingtheSierra.com, used with permission As with all cutthroats, check first for the cutthroat slash below the jaw.   The Lahontan’s slash is a little less distinct than some cutts, but still unmistakable.  The Lahontan generally has a … Read More

Kern River Rainbow Trout Identification

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Illustration by Steven Schalla, FlyFishingtheSierra.com, used with permission The Kern River Rainbow can be distinguished by irregularly shaped spots both above and below the lateral line. The spots decrease as they extend towards the belly. Coloration is similar to the … Read More

Bonneville 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 Bonneville Cutthroat can be distinguished from other cutthroats by its fairly plain, greenish yellow to silvery … Read More

McCloud River 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

Colorado River 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 Colorado River Cutt is one of the most colorful, and will often exhibit a bright golden … Read More

Steelhead Trout Identification

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Illustration by Steven Schalla, FlyFishingtheSierra.com, used with permission Steelhead are sea-run, rainbow or redband trout which return to spawn after 2-3 years at sea (and typically 1 year as a smolt living in freshwater).  They are genetically identical to resident … Read More

Paiute 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 Paiute Cutthroat can be distinguished from other cutthroats by the near absence of any body spots.  … Read More

Great 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

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