About the Fish We Chase / Trout / Cutthroat
Cutthroat Trout - The cutthroat trout is a fish species of the family Salmonidae native to cold-water tributaries of the Pacific Ocean, Rocky Mountains, and Great Basin in North America, and is the state fish of Wyoming. As a member of the genus Oncorhynchus, it is one of the Pacific trout, a group that includes the widely distributed rainbow trout. Throughout their native and introduced ranges, cutthroat trout vary widely in size, coloration and habitat selection. Their coloration can range from golden to gray to green on the back.Depending on subspecies, strain and habitat, most have distinctive red, pink, or orange linear marks along the underside of their mandibles in the lower folds of the gill plates. These markings are responsible for the common name "cutthroat", first given to the trout by outdoor writer Charles Hallock in an 1884 article in The American Angler. These markings are not unique to the species. Some coastal rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss irideus) and Columbia River redband trout (O. m. gairdneri) populations also display reddish or pink throat markings. Cutthroats comprise at least 14 separate subspecies.
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If you are like me and like to fish for native trout, the cutthroat and its many subspecies will keep you busy for years. In these four pages on cutthroat trout, there are 14 different subspecies of cutthroat and they are divided into four separate geographical areas based on their traditional native ranges.
From the extinct Alvord and Yellowfin cutthroat to the rarest Paiute cutthroat to the Lahontan cutthroat, the largest, they are all here.
Cutthroat Grand Slam!
Some of you already know that several states and "regions" have official cutthroat grand slam programs. I have listed three of these below as they all benefit our native trout. For a small entry fee you can enter, have some fun and help conserve our native fish. They are all for a very good cause. Support them!