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Saturday August 5th, 2006

I live in an area where there are both cutthroat and rainbows as well as some hybrids of the two, but I had a hard time telling them apart. I asked around and got turned onto a great book Salmon and Trout of North America. The cutthroat really captured my interest.

Unfortunately, I found out that telling rainbows from cutthroat (named for the bright slash under their jaw) can be really difficult without a lab (chromosomes and genetic markers). Most cutts have some tiny teeth in their throat, but I don't want to discect the beauties. What's a better indicator (though not certain) are bigger and numerous spots on the top of the head. The lack of them actually is a good clue for more pure inland cutts (I think 3 of the 4 major lines. Lahontan, Yellowstone, and Westslope with the Coastals excluded).

I've become pretty familiar with the Lahontans (at least the lake form) and hope that while I'm in Montana I'll get a chance at some from the Yellowstone line (I may have to drill a hole in Paul's kayak, but I'm prepared for that).

So many fish, so much more fishing to look forward to.


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