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In search of Westslope Cutthroat Trout

By Troutnut on July 22nd, 2017
Since moving to Washington in April, I've had a few chances to escape the crowds of the Seattle area and explore east of the Cascades, but one of my longtime goals -- to finally catch my first unambiguous, bonafide, beautiful Westslope Cutthroat -- had eluded me due to high water from spring snowmelt or fishing streams dominated by other trout. This weekend I went fishing and camping with my wife Lena & dog Taiga to check out a couple possible trout fishing spots.

Saturday, we dove into a labyrinth of forest roads, creeping along precipitous cliffs and changing one severely flat tire before arriving at a tiny stream in a high-altitude meadow. Having no previous information on this stream besides an old scientific report documenting the existence of the species, I was delighted to find one of the best small-stream fly fishing experiences I've had. There were fat, colorful Westslope Cutthroat in every likely-looking pool, and a few were pushing 10-11 inches, giants for the size of the water.

Photos by Troutnut from Mystery Creek #199 and the Yakima River in Washington

Updates from July 20, 2017

Updates from July 17, 2017

Photos by Troutnut from the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River in Washington

On-stream insect photos by Troutnut from the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River in Washington

Spent Acentrella turbida spinners on the water From the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River in Washington.
Spent (Spent: The wing position of many aquatic insects when they fall on the water after mating. The wings of both sides lay flat on the water. The word may be used to describe insects with their wings in that position, as well as the position itself.) Acentrella turbida spinners on the water
Date TakenJul 17, 2017
Date AddedJul 24, 2017
AuthorTroutnut
CameraNIKON 1 AW1
 From the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River in Washington.
Date TakenJul 17, 2017
Date AddedJul 24, 2017
AuthorTroutnut
CameraNIKON 1 AW1

Closeup insects by Troutnut from the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River in Washington

This was hard to walk past

By Troutnut on July 15th, 2017
On a hike with my in-laws to the very popular and crowded Grove of the Patriarchs in Mt. Ranier National Park, we followed the trail along the Ohanopecosh River, which is apparently a popular stop for small trout with park visitors. It was hard to pass these pools without a fly rod in hand.

Photos by Troutnut from the Ohanopecosh River in Washington

Updates from July 14, 2017

Photos by Troutnut from the American River in Washington

Closeup insects by Troutnut from the American River in Washington

Female Drunella grandis (Western Green Drake) Mayfly DunFemale Drunella grandis (Western Green Drake) Mayfly Dun View 6 PicturesI collected this specimen while away from all my good photography equipment except the camera and one of my macro lenses, so I made do. The lighting is from lamps in a hotel room, so it was hard to edit for really true colors, but I tried to get as close as possible. The body was 13 mm long, wing 19 mm long.
Collected July 14, 2017 from the American River in Washington
Added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on July 24, 2017
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