Westslope Cutthroat Trout
A particularly pretty westslope cutthroat trout from British Columbia (photo: Chad Shmukler).

Cutthroat 101

A crash course on the west's iconic native trout

Cutthroat trout are prominent feature of the Western fly fishing world. They’re the subject of massive conservation efforts, with restoration work happening from Soda Butte Creek in Yellowstone to tiny headwater streams in Colorado. These days, most anglers are aware of the cutthroat, and a good majority understand why they’re so important to Western fisheries.

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