Trout Species - Cutthroat Trout and Golden Trout
Cutthroat Trout: Cutthroat Trout are generally found only in highalpine lakes or in some selected areas of the Pacific Northwest.
The Cutthroat Trout is the original trout of the Rocky Mountains. Unlike Brown Trout which were originally introduced to theEastern United States, Cutthroat Trout are originally from theWestern half of the United States.
What separates the Cutthroat Trout from other trout is thatCutthroat Trout are found primarily in remote and pristinelocations. Unlike their larger cousins, the rainbows and thebrowns, Cutthroat Trout tend to fare poorly in highly competitiveenvironments - especially when predatory fish like Pike areintroduced into their waters. As such, the range of the CutthroatTrout has been driven back over the years.
While Cutthroat Trout are still found in good numbers in many ofthe rivers in Montana (such as the Yellowstone), the bestCutthroat Trout fishing will usually now be found deep in thebackcountry - in isolated mountain lakes and streams. Thisrequires lots of effort by the angler just to reach the CutthroatTrout, because they are often found in very remote areas. Cutthroat Trout do not receive as much fly fishing pressure astheir rainbow and Brown Trout cousins. As such, they aregenerally easier to catch and found in greater numbers. However, Cutthroat Trout do not get as large as rainbow or Brown Trout, and generally lack the aerial abilities that other trout displaywhen hooked.
Cutthroat Trout can be easily identified by the two red slashesunder and on the outside of its lower jaw. The sides of theCutthroat Trout are brownish yellow and are highlighted withblack spots. Other colorings of Cutthroat Trout can occur, butonly as a result of crossbreeding between Rainbow Trout and BrownTrout, and are called cut-bow trout.
Golden Trout: Rare and elusive, the Golden Trout inhabit some ofthe most remote lakes in the United States.
The Golden Trout is one elusive species of trout. Golden Trouthave very limited range, as they are only found in high alpinelakes and streams found in the Rocky Mountains and the Cascades. Because of this, reaching good Golden Trout waters is no easytask - usually requiring a long hike or horse pack in.
Additionally, due to the environment in which the Golden Troutlive in (very cold, low nutrient water), Golden Trout aregenerally quite small, as there is just not enough food tosupport larger trout.
Despite the relatively low fishing pressure they receive, GoldenTrout can be somewhat difficult to catch, as they tend to befickle about what they eat. Moreover, not all high alpine lakesand rivers contain these trout - so simply locating waters thathave good Golden Trout populations can be an effort in and ofitself.
That said, since Golden Trout live in the most beautiful sceneryin the United States, a day spent looking for or fishing forGolden Trout can never be wasted - even if you don't catch any. For an angler looking to catch trout in a splendid and scenicenvironment, chasing the Golden Trout is the way go.
It's hard to miss a Golden Trout, as their name conveys. Thesebeautiful trout are golden in color, so are hard to mistake forother types of fish. The Golden Trout also has a scattering ofblack spots and a red striping along its lateral line, belly andgill plates.
Since Golden Trout are not very common, it is recommended thatanglers who catch Golden Trout release them instead of eatingthem. If you're looking for a fish you can eat, go hook someBrook Trout instead. Brookies are usually found in the samewaters as Golden Trout are, but are not nearly as rare. Mostagree they taste better too!
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