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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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