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River: Eagle River (Upper)
Fish: Cutthroat Trout

Greenback Cutthroat?

Post By: Santinobruno      Posted: 9/27/2010 8:49:07 PM     Points: 4    
I'm a beginner and landed my first fish in the Eagle River.

Where: Eagle River between Wolcott & Eagle.
Fly: Blue Winged Olive Dry fly
Time: 5:30ish

Is this a Greenback Cutthroat?
 Reply by: BigBassMan      Posted: 9/27/2010 8:53:10 PM     Points: 57
baby rainbow
 Reply by: Catfish goon      Posted: 9/27/2010 8:56:29 PM     Points: 4474
baby bo bo. he's a cutie pie.
 Reply by: Santinobruno      Posted: 9/27/2010 8:58:30 PM     Points: 4
even with the oval spotting along the side?
 Reply by: Santinobruno      Posted: 9/27/2010 9:01:03 PM     Points: 4
also how can you tell?
 Reply by: BigBassMan      Posted: 9/27/2010 9:05:41 PM     Points: 57
Well first of all a cutt will have the red slash under its jaw. Also, the spots will be heavy on the tail end and get less and less towards the head. Baby rainbows often have those dark oval spots. Here is a true greenback to compare.
 Reply by: Catfish goon      Posted: 9/27/2010 9:06:30 PM     Points: 4474
juvenile rainbow trout fry have the big ovals like that. they lose them as they get older.

I just want to jump in the stream and cuddle his slimy face.
 Reply by: FnF      Posted: 9/28/2010 6:41:36 AM     Points: 936
I caught about a hundred of his cousins this summer lol The Lower Poudre is lousy with em. Good thing Rapala makes lures in that exact color.
 Reply by: aaron3607      Posted: 9/28/2010 8:22:46 AM     Points: 229
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This link has a pic of redband rainbow trout. A subspecies of the rainbow.

Looks very similar to the pic at the top of this post
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