Strange Trout

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by cwbraue, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. cwbraue

    cwbraue Member

    I caught this little guy in a Snoqualmie tributary today. Most of the fish in there seemed to be cuttbows as far as I could tell (I don't have experience with them), but this one looks to me like a cuttbow crossed with a Brook trout?
  2. Derek Young

    Derek Young 2011 Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide Of The Year

    That is strange, indeed.
  3. Jmills81

    Jmills81 The Dude Abides

    alright i'll say it...Atlantic Salmon
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  4. Joe Goodfellow

    Joe Goodfellow Active Member

    Looks like a cutthroat to me I've caught some like that. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1373780585.175555.jpg

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  5. That is a beautiful fish, whatever it is!
  6. Thomas Williams

    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

  7. Randru

    Randru Member

    Is there a reason that it could not be a hybrid? With all the crazy weather and toxins floating around the ecosystem I'm surprised they dont have a third eye by now... kinda like the Simpson fish.
  8. Pat Lat

    Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

    It looks elderly. like a bonsai version of other nice sized cutts, maybe thats why there is so much color. A finite amount of pigment cells would look more washed out on larger fish and deeper and more contrasted on the smaller surface area of the fish you caught. Or not...
  9. Preston

    Preston Active Member

    Cutthroat are spring spawners, brookies spawn in the fall. Given the timing it would be rather difficult for the two to get together. The picture appears to me to be a fairly generic westslope cutthroat (Oncorhynchus clarki lewisi) Although not native to the western slope of the Cascades, westslopes washed down from mountain lakes where they were once stocked, have apparently become established in some small tributaries, notably in the Snoqualmie drainage.
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  10. Skysoldier

    Skysoldier Trout Hunter

    I agree with Preston, looks like a westslope cutthroat.
  11. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

    Nah, that's a "tri cities trout", better known as the "Hanford Reaction".
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  12. Steve Call

    Steve Call Active Member

    Hank Patterson, the famous fly fishing guide, mentioned them in one of his videos: brookthroat.
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  13. triploidjunkie

    triploidjunkie Active Member

    Looks dead
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