Tiny Baetis mayflies are perhaps the most commonly encountered and imitated by anglers on all American trout streams due to their great abundance, widespread distribution, and trout-friendly emergence habits.
I was in Portland this week for the annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society, and I had time early Monday morning before the sessions started to meet up with a fishing buddy from college (thanks, Willy!) and try for some trout. That area is in the midst of a serious drought, so fish were hard to come by, but we each managed to draw a bit of interest in our flies, and I finally landed one fish.
It was only about 8-9" long, but it was my first cutthroat ever! I've been running a website called "Troutnut" for far too long to have never caught one of North America's major species. Problem solved now. Next up: golden trout? One can hope!
Jmd123 on Aug 23, 2015August 23rd, 2015, 10:43 am EDT
Congrats, Jason! Another species to add to your "life list". They are pretty things, aren't they? I caught a few sea-run cutthroat while living on the Oregon coast back in '92-'93, and one more (though not on a fly rod) while on Vancouver Island back in 2001. That is beautiful looking water there too! Oregon is a beautiful state, and I would love to live and explore there again some day...
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
PaulRoberts on Aug 25, 2015August 25th, 2015, 7:31 am EDT
Nice. I spent some time in the Blue Mountains (catching spotted owls with the USFWS) and got to see many cutts in the small steep timber-strewn streams in the gulch bottoms, as well as blacktail deer. Didn't fish but I still remember them. The memory still quickens my heart a bit.
Wbranch on Oct 9, 2015October 9th, 2015, 12:04 pm EDT
Is that a genetically pure cutthroat or a rainbow/cut hybrid? I never saw a cut with such rainbow trout looking flanks. But then again there must be close to ten sub species of cutthroat found all over from Wyoming, Colorado, and Montana all the way to the Pacific Ocean.
Edit - I just Googled "Cutthroat trout" and found out that there are fourteen subspecies of cutthroat identified.