Help...what did I catch?

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by pmacquarrie_1, Jul 7, 2002.

  1. pmacquarrie_1

    pmacquarrie_1 New Member

    Feb 26, 2003
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    I was on Coldwater lake on Thursday. a combination of wind and rain made for challenging float tube conditions....none the less, it was my first time there and just being in a lake created by the Mt. St. Helens eruption was a thrill in it self.
    I was using an olive wooly bugger, but hooked only 1 fish. This is where I need some help. As I have never fished Washington State (from Ontario, Canada) My ability to identify the local species is not the greatest. The fish I caught was 17 inches long and extremely fat. As I had never caught a cutthroat before, I assumed that what I had was indeed a cutthroat. However, the fish had a dark topside, fading into red and then into a brilliant gold mid section and belly. In the haste to get the fish back in the water, my partner took only 2 pictures, of which I can not see the dorsal fins, spots etc. to help in the identification....
    Is this a cutthroat or is there any chance that this was a golden trout? I can honestly say it is the most beautiful trout I have caught and pound for pound, fought like the brookies of Labrador... Thanks!

  2. Rob Blomquist

    Rob Blomquist Formerly Tight Loops

    Mar 31, 2004
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    Mountlake Terrace, WA, USA.
    tough to call, but based on what I know about the fish of washington, I would say that it is a cutthroat.

    I would suggest that you take a tour of the net, looking for golden trout images, then tell us, since you brought the topic up.