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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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