Strange Trout

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

  1. cwbraue Member

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    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 2011 Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide Of The Year

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    That is strange, indeed.
  3. Jmills81 The Dude Abides

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

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

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  5. Ryan Hieronymus Member

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    That is a beautiful fish, whatever it is!
  6. Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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  7. Randru Member

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    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 Mad Flyentist

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    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 Active Member

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    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 Trout Hunter

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    Lost in the woods.....
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    I agree with Preston, looks like a westslope cutthroat.
  11. Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

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

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

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