One Cast to Gold
With too little time and awesome scenery, I found a road-side wash in the Skalkaho Creek drainage where a thoughtful presentation yielded this nice Yellowstone Cutthroat trout.
I’ve caught far more Westslope cutthroat in Montana than Yellowstone cutts and sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference. I did a search to better understand and here’s what I found: The black spots on the top and sides of a Yellowstone variety near the front of the fish are generally uniform in shape and size; whereas those on a Westslope are not uniform in size. Yellowstones also tend to be more gold-colored than their close cousins, the Westslope.
When it gets down to the catching, it makes little difference to most of us which one we catch. They’re both sought-after prizes in anyone’s hand and that’s the reason why a number of waters such as the Skalkaho now carry regulations requiring the release of this species.
I caught this one on an attractor pattern size 12. It was more a matter of reading the water and placing the cast properly than the choice of fly. She took just downstream of a rock on the seam side where the current brought any hapless prey her way with time to get at it.
That one cast completed my quick drive up a new stream and instilled the notion to go back again.
~Dwayne Parsons Twitter/#!/ifishwrite