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February 20, 2011a trout mystery

I knew I was in for trouble on Saturday when I hooked (and lost) a nice fish on my first cast. Needless to say, that was all she wrote. Today (Sunday), I got out again with my friend Matt and dog, Sage. Matt started off just like I did yesterday- had a nice fish chase his streamer and then proceeded to get shutout for the rest of the afternoon. I started off slow too, stripping streamers, but eventually managed to take a nice fish on a nymph. The fish I caught (seen below) is a bit of a mystery to me. Common sense tells me it's a cutthroat, but the very pronounced red strip and white tipped fins make me think it might have been a cutbow (native cutthroat don't have white tipped fins). 

There is a population of rainbow trout in the Gros Ventre river below Slide lake (I have also caught them above the lake) and apparently years back, there were quite a few rainbows in the Snake itself (stocked at one time). Every now and then someone claims to catch one on the Snake and I don't doubt it. In hind sight, I wish we would have gotten a good close up photo and spent a little more time examining it, but it was best to get the trout back to the water quickly. Regardless, the fish put up a great fight and was a welcome sight to see on such a bleak, wintery day.

nate with trout


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