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Crazy Fish Identification

Post By: Mattastrophy      Posted: 3/13/2018 3:09:12 PM     Points: 769    
I caught this in the hills East of Buena Vista after a rain storm. I did not even think that the water puddle was connected to the very small creek that paralleled the jeep trails we were on. My buddy said cast in there you will catch one. I was skeptical but I did. First cast and with no exaggeration as soon as my lure hit the water I had this fish on!

I expected a brown or possibly a brook trout but when I landed him, this is what I saw. A beautiful trout with yellow under his gills similar to cutthroat but yellow. Bright yellow. A belly that was yellow as well with a little red on the side of his body. It doesn't even seem to have any brown trout in him at all which surprises me because of where I caught him. There is no body of water that carries Cutthroat close to where I caught him ... that I know of.

I assume this is a cross breed of sorts ... cut bow?

Has anyone seen this kind of fish before? Is it an oddity or rarity?

I have just never caught or seen one like this before.

What do you all think?
 Reply by: Kev-o      Posted: Mar. 13, 3:12:04 PM     Points: 40213    
I see an orange slash under the jaw so Id say cutbow.
 Reply by: Mattastrophy      Posted: Mar. 13, 3:19:53 PM     Points: 769    
I thought maybe but I have caught cutbow in the small lake in the middle of Buena Vista and they looked nothing like this one. Just wanted confirmation.

What would be the difference between the ones in town and the one caught in the hills in an unlikely body of water cut off from flow in and out of the pond?
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: Mar. 13, 3:23:35 PM     Points: 4829    
Agree CutBow.
 Reply by: Smelly      Posted: Mar. 13, 3:25:55 PM     Points: 17926    
Cutbows vary just like their parents do. The slashes say cutbow to me
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: Mar. 13, 3:50:19 PM     Points: 1298    
The color and appearance of the fish might be a direct result of genetics and environment. That said, I think its a cutbow.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: Mar. 13, 5:07:35 PM     Points: 39012    
you have no idea how painful it is to agree with those other guys! Cutbow
 Reply by: thompo      Posted: Mar. 13, 5:56:46 PM     Points: 202    
the elusive cutbrown
 Reply by: pike&cats      Posted: Mar. 13, 6:44:43 PM     Points: 24    
The presumed extinct yellow fin cutthroat
 Reply by: The Fast Forester      Posted: Mar. 13, 9:48:51 PM     Points: 402    
Snake River Cutthroat ?
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: Mar. 14, 10:05:56 AM     Points: 3936    
It does have Snake River Cutthroat characteristics but also some rainbow markings so I would say it's a cutbow.
Fishseal, where are you?
 Reply by: Freestone303      Posted: Mar. 14, 11:42:13 AM     Points: 442    
Cutbow for sure.
Remember, individual specimen's appearance will vary depending on environmental conditions and time of year. Do not only is it possible to look different than others of the same species, it can look different from itself through out the year.

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